NZFW 2013: Andrea Moore

Andrea Moore was a love bright dash of colour a midst a day largely dominated by dark colours and over sized or unfitted clothing.  Its was a complete wake up to my senses,  colours of the season for A/W 2014 from Andrea Moore definitely feature strong  nectarine oranges, vivid magenta pink which hints at almost being fluorescent.  Royal blues and bright avocado greens mixed with geometrical prints dare anyone to wear them and not stand out.

My favourite piece of the collection has to be the hot pink jump suit.  Although a jump suit would really challenge my body confidence with pleats and gathers around a higher sitting waist, the colour is just FANTASTICALLY bright, and I love it.  Teamed up with a complimentary purple blazer coat it just looked great.

The rest of the collection was full of florals, tailored dress pants for your corporate Remuera business woman with too much money to spare or a fancy out for that special occasion.  What edged it up a little were some awesome wee vinyl  harness waistcoats.  Made of wide thick straps that came around the shoulder and across the back I love the idea.  One with faux fur shoulders actually made me super excited I think I’ll have to get my hands on one myself….  I like this challenge!

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NZFW 2013: Company of Strangers

Doll faces, not a smile to be seen, grungy styled hair, dark make up and fishnet tights.  Company of strangers show was grimy, dark and brooding, hosted in the underground car park of the Sofitel hotel, just down and around the roadworks detour from the Fashion Week venue, the Viaduct Events Centre.

High platform wedge boots by Chaos and Harmony were amazing and fitted the style of the show perfectly. I think this sign from back stage sums it all up perfectly. Love it!!

I’m pretty sure I’ll have a huge list of “WANT” when this range comes out.  The dog collar necklaces with chain detail,  the over whelming amount of sheer fabric in a gothy winter collection!  The excessive use of vynal mixed with base fabric in black, dark green or deep plumy red colours.

Nose to ear chain rings are COOL… I’ll have to dig mine out… although it wasn’t something I brought with me.  Tunic dresses in rib fabric, side splits and the hottest leather look crop tops.

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NZFW 2013: Lela Jacobs

NZFW 2013: Lela Jacobs

Not quite knowing what to expect when I sat down at the Lela Jacobs NZFW show, my heart beat quickened when a guitarist and singer/keyboardist stepped out to play the show sound track live.  A hauntingly eerie beginning to a collection show I’ve fallen in love with.   Himalayan Sherpa Gothic chic mixed with a little ice queen.  For myself,  huge fan of alternative fashion style, darker and androgynous clothing the Lela Jacobs show, “The Keep” will be something I’ll be putting on my shopping list once I am back in Melbourne!

A monochromatic color palette of predominantly blacks, grays, whites and neutrals accentuates the conceptual silhouettes and strong lines of a Lela Jacobs design.  The show opened with a major impact,  tall dark African looking girl in black goddess robes.  Layered fabric, robes and tunics, some with Asian inspired collars and other long garments with a shirt collar and shoulders draping down to frayed edges and deconstructed hems.   Printed in white across the shoulders or legs was the stylized words “de-centralized”.

Favourite pick of the collection would be the only one pair of stretch sheer soft cotton like black leggings with the font “de-certralized” printed up one leg.  I’ll be on the hunt for a pair of those.  My inner gothic tendencies were excited.  Although I’d team my outfits up with loads of colour, I love the dark over garments, the fur and leather waistcoats and shrugs I need in my Wardrobe to survive the next Melbourne Winter.
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NZFW 2013: Twenty Seven Names

NZFW 2013: Twenty Seven Names

Opening with a nod to school boy chic and casual street glam for winter, Twenty Seven Names show was a cute selection of skater dresses, tailored pants, dropped waistlines and 90’s cardigans.


The models were fresh and not darkly made up, tattoo designs on their for-arms, with little marching bowler hats and the fabric motifs claiming “je susis predu”  or “I’m lost”.  Gorgeous navy with a stiff satiny look and heavy pleats on some of the dresses.   The collection is dedicated to the Rene Margritte a infamous surrealist artist in Brussels.

I love the bowler hat look, the dapper nod to ladies or “Toms” who would dress in suits instead of the gowns of the day.  The skater dresses definitely have relaxed casual feel about the whole look.  If I was to see a girl in one of them with a fur muff and white vintage boot skates I’d say the look was just about perfect.

I still don’t think you’ll catch me in a knitted cardigan anytime in the near future but it’s interesting see how looks or a vibe of my teen age years is returning to New Zealand Fashion week this year, 2013.

Photos thanks to Dani Just Is.

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Fashion Week 2013: International Media

Fashion Week 2013: International Media

Fashion Week is an experience like no other.  For me its a pleasant escape from reality and a “What the doctor ordered” distraction.  If you haven’t met me or guessed already by reading my blog that I take great joy in dressing up, looking “fancy” or all dolled up.  Why?
I don’t really know, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with how I feel in those clothes!

Do clothes make a difference to my self confidence?  Well for me and many other girrls boys, ladies, gents it really really does, we are only human, right?  Its so exciting to be here in NZ, in Auckland again this year for this event and feeling chuffed about rolling with being an “International Blogger”.   It’s the small things that count.

So for me its a week celebration of looking and feeling like a million dollars, and maybe the paparazzi at the Fashion Week opening party tonight down at the Viaduct Events Centre.  I’m the first to admit I’m a special creature but I like to celebrate my uniqueness in both myself and others.  My aim is this week to bring you the highlights of all of the Fashion Week from my unique and quirky sense of style and  humour.

Fashion Week Claw Club

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Online, tv and video  coverage for all of Fashion Week can be found on New Zealands’ TV3 website and more on Fashion font row with Kate Roger.  I’ll have my coverage and professional photography from each event and my snippets as it happens on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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Nick von K – Midnight Carnival

Nick von K – Midnight Carnival

As the former co-host of The Midnight Rock n Roll Circus (on the late great Alt TV) with my amazing New Zealand based contributor to this blog Dolly DeStory, I was excited to send her along to cover “Midnight Carnival” – the newest collection from the decadently Gothic Nick Von K!  I knew she’d love it!  With my other amazing friends, pictured above, I couldn’t help be just a little jealous that I was there too.
Have you ever dreamed of a monkey riding on a wolf’s head? Or an alley cat with an eye-patch? Or the eternal battle between the Swan Queen and the Dragon Queen? 

Rendered in gorgeous silver and semi-precious stones, Nick Von K’s Midnight Carnival is a banquet of craftsmanship and imagination.

In a fitting dramatic style, New Zealand burlesque icons Leda Petit and Miss Anthropy fleshed out the Swan Queen and Dragon Queen at Wednesday’s launch event on Cross St – complete with elaborately sculpted headdresses to match.  Made by Andrea Howes!
Perhaps it was the heady mix of 450mL Grolsch bottles and delicious glasses of Giesen Wines, but between the flicker of candles illuminating the new range and the ethereal Queens, the Midnight Carnival was as vivid as the best of dreams.
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