The preliminary schedule has been announced for New Zealand Fashion Week, which will take place over seven days from September 3, 2012.
Over 40 designers are so far confirmed to show their Autumn/Winter 2013 to buyers, press, and guests this year at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre. All but one hail from across the ditch (2012’s event also gets the privilege of welcoming Australian designer Charlie Brown, who was confirmed last month), and the majority of those are brands based in the North Island — Dunedin’s Company of Strangers is alone in representing the South Island.
However NZFW managing director Pieter Stewart insists the ever-changing lineup of designers is one of the event’s draw cards, and this year certainly isn’t lacking in talent. Local fashion linchpins Huffer, Juliette Hogan, Zambesi, and Trelise Cooper will be staging guaranteed hot-ticket shows, while rising stars Ruby, Stolen Girlfriends Club, and Twenty-Seven Names invest the event with that edgy innovation that defines much Kiwi design. There will also be plenty of emerging local labels given the chance to make roads into lucrative overseas markets, much of them doing so via the exciting New Generation group show.
Sartorial powerhouses absent from the preliminary list include World, Karen Walker, and Nom D, who will likely be skipping NZFW for the second year in a row.
New Zealand Fashion Week 2012 designer announcement:
• A La Robe / Auckland
• Alma J / Auckland
• Andrea Moore / Wellington
• Anna Schimmel / Auckland
• Annah Stretton / Morrinsville
• Arielle Mermin / Tauranga
• Brady / Auckland
• Charlie Brown / Australia
• Christopher Woods-Huia / Auckland
• Company of Strangers / Dunedin
• Crane Brothers / Auckland
• Cybele / Auckland
• Daniel K / Auckland
• Deryn Schmidt / Wellington
• Dmonic Intent / Auckland
• Hailwood / Auckland
• Hohepa Thompson / Wellington
• Huffer / Auckland
• Ingrid Starnes / Auckland
• John Zimmermann / Auckland
• Juliette Hogan / Auckland
• Koia Gray / Wellington
• Liam / Auckland
• Marsh Ranginui / Whanganui
• Michelle Yvette / Auckland
• Monique Lynch / Auckland
• Olivia Edginton / Wainuiomata
• Pia Boutique / Auckland
• Poto Morgan / Ngaruawahia
• Ruby / Auckland
• Sable and Minx / Auckland
• Sera Lilly / Auckland
• Shona Tawhiao / Auckland
• Silence Was… / Auckland
• Stolen Girlfriends Club / Auckland
• Surface Too Deep / Wellington
• Trelise Cooper / Auckland
• Twenty-Seven Names / Wellington
• Vinka Design / Auckland
• Zambesi / Auckland
Look, it's really easy to lose perspective when you have a cat. No one ever thinks they're going to turn into that crazy cat lady, but the second you adopt a kitten your entire moral order shifts and your sense of restraint goes flying out the window. The next thing you know, you're changing your Facebook profile picture, telling stories about Fluffy on first dates, evaluating someone's boyfriend potential based on how well they interact with your cat, hiring three personal maids devoted to your kitten's care and well-being, bringing your cat into the cockpit with you whenever you jet to St. Tropez. It gets really intense!
And so ever since Karl Lagerfeld was gifted a furry little furball named Choupette, journalists have not stopped asking about the new pet, and the Kaiser's answers have been getting progressively more insane. First we heard that Choupette had just two dedicated personal maids, but in an interview with The Independant which went online today, Karl suggested he'd hired on an additional pair of hands. The Chanel designer needs all the help he can get caring for his cat, because after all, Choupette's delicate animal body needs to be examined by a vet once every ten days: "I don't take her. I don't want her to be furious with me."
Instead, Karl just pampers his feline friend, permitting her to sit in the cockpit with the pilot when they fly to St. Tropez because "she loves looking at the sky." Choupette is quite enamored with her generous owner, obviously: "Choupette waits for me at the front door," he says. "She doesn't like being alone. She gets moody." With three personal maids, I don't understand how Karl's little princess ever has a second to herself. Like any emerging "it" girl, Choupette is being fishbowled, and it's only a matter of time before she caves under the pressure, starts acting out, and lands in the tabloids.
We’ve already seen Karlie Kloss vamping it up in a YSL chainmail dress on the cover of Vogue Japan’s September issue, and now we’ve got a preview of her Vogue UK cover, shot by Nick Knight. Forum members offered varied reactions to the cover shot.
“She looks incredible but the styling is tragic!” helmut.newton exclaimed. “Really awful and clashing, it hurts my eyes!”
Yesitsdagny thought Karlie projected the qualities of the 90s supermodels we all know and love. “Wow, it’s quite sensational,” she wrote. “And I can't even describe how many 90s models vibes I get from Karlie. She's like a modern version of Cindy Crawford or Stephanie Seymour. Sultry and sexy, yet classy and that big hair… I really like this cover!”
Ohmycolin posted, “Kind of loving all of this. Karlie pulls those pants off in a way that no other model could, and for a look that is essentially really mature, she gives it her lovely youthful flair!”
Jmrmartinho wrote, “I absolutely love this cover, super vibrant. Karlie’s body is a dream; she looks super sexy even dressed head to toe. I also adore the styling, it’s playful and it goes really well with the model’s body.”
All in all though the styling was iffy for some, this is not a bad September cover. The captions boast that like Vogue US, this will be Vogue UK’s “Biggest Fashion Issue Ever” and it’s sure to fly off the shelves once it hits newsstands.
Image courtesy of Vogue UK, scanned by tFS forum member honeycombchild.
Josh Goot’s Resort 2013 collection plunges us into the briny waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and yes, there’s wetsuit material involved. This time, one of summer’s most inexplicably desirable fabrics has been rendered in bright tropical hues and scaly prints paying tribute to the colourful underwater animal world.
Oddly enough, this tropical outing is more subdued than the designers previous offering. Simple block colours offset the more intricate prints, and the collection as a whole hearkens back to the exaggerated silhouettes that Goot is famous for. Instead of sourcing more synthetic rubber than you’d find on board a boat of overweight deep sea divers, he’s fused silk onto thin foam, creating a more wearable (and commercially viable) version of neoprene and showing his signature aesthetic in a fresh (and far more pretty) light.
Pieces most likely to have the overseas market going bonkers over the Australiana affair include asymmetric hems and mesh cutouts that bestow a timely athleticism, plus a psychedelic Rorschach dress that has already been seen on his girlfriend, fashion editor and all-around sartorial mastermind, Christine Centenera. And while the majority of the collection is a celebration of what made Goot so great in the first place, it also introduces a new flavour in the form of knitwear. A first for the designer, this strain feels almost sterile in its rigidity and is the perfect partner for those extraordinary silhouettes.
Images via Style.com
I'm glad LOVE mag captured this photo of Alessandra Ambrosio because this is exactly the kind of thing that needs preserved for posterity. [Fashionologie]
Hey — you know what will make you feel more Olympics-y? Coveting a bunch of international beauty products always helps me. [BellaSugar]
No, but seriously: this US Olympic Team style rundown will really do the trick. [FabSugar]
Maybe Kristen Stewart publically apologized only because Robert Pattinson demanded it? [CelebDirtyLaundry]
Either way, it seems like it didn't work because RPatz moved on out of their shared fortress. [RightCelebrity]
In addition to maybe sleeping with him, KStew also maybe shared an "intimate meal" with Rupert Sanders, which should surprise no one with even the most rudimentary knowledge of contemporay American romantic rituals. [AnythingHollywood]
Robert Pattinson was maybe going to propose to Kristen Stewart before the scandal broke out, and now he probably will not do that. [EarSucker]
September issue previews keep rolling in (hooray!), and one of the latest is Elle UK’s cover featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley photographed by David Vasiljevic. September issues are typically the biggest, most important issues of the year for fashion magazines, and unfortunately this cover is just not September-worthy.
“This would be a nice April cover, but September?!” blueorchid posted.
HeatherAnne agreed: “The font color and floral styling screams spring to me, not autumn."
Honeycombchild wrote, “This is incredibly blah for a September issue and quite frankly it's beneath UK Elle. They are capable of much better. Well, at least they were. They went through a really strong period when they were producing really great covers but lately that seems to have really dropped off,” he complained.
In addition to the cover’s lack of a fall fashion feel, I’m going to just come right out and say I think Rosie’s face looks a little weird. I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s something a little awkward or off about it in this shot. There’s nothing really wrong with this cover, but it lacks the wow-factor we come to expect once September rolls around, and it pales in comparison to the few September covers we’ve seen thus far (see Bella Heathcote on Vogue Australia [they also did a great subscriber cover] and Karlie Kloss on Vogue Japan). Better luck next year Elle UK.
Image courtesy of Elle UK.