Monthly Archives: February 2013

Collared

You may think that multiple collars are a recent invention. In fact, they have been around for quite some time.

Greer Garson in 'Random Harvest' (1942). Source: thefoxling, Flickr.

Greer Garson in ‘Random Harvest’ (1942). Source: thefoxling, Flickr.

NOM*d double shirt jacket (AW08)

NOM*d double shirt jacket (AW08)

NOM*d triple collar jacket from Danse Macabre (AW11)

NOM*d triple collar jacket from Danse Macabre (AW11)

Karen Walker bug-patterned peplum blouse from The American Girl (SS12)

Karen Walker bug-patterned peplum blouse from The American Girl (SS12) giving the illusion of a triple collar

Katy from Plume wears the Trooper Shirt from Spaced Out (AW13)

Katy from Plume (310 George Street) wears the NOM*d Trooper Shirt from Spaced Out (AW13) with her own detachable collar

Trooper Shirt collar detail with Company of Strangers ring necklace

NOM*d Trooper Shirt collar detail with Company of Strangers ring necklace

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Fabulous Finds

Sylvester by Kate Sylvester skirt ($6) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, Hanover Street, Dunedin

Sylvester by Kate Sylvester skirt ($6) – Butterflies Hospice Shop, Hanover Street, Dunedin

Nike trainers ($24) – Box of Birds, Port Chalmers

Nike trainers ($24) – Box of Birds, Port Chalmers

Charmaine Reveley slip ($40) – Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store, 9 Dowling Street, Level Two, Dunedin (works especially well under lace dresses and comes in a variety of colours)

Charmaine Reveley slip ($40) – Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store, 9 Dowling Street, Level Two, Dunedin (works especially well under lace dresses and comes in a variety of colours)

Karen Walker necklace ($59) – Angel Divine, Queenstown

Karen Walker necklace ($59) – Angel Divine, Queenstown. This range is now available from Belle Bird, 327 George Street, Dunedin.

Vintage velvet dress (under $20) – The Modern Miss, Moray Place, Dunedin

Vintage velvet dress (under $20) – The Modern Miss, Moray Place, Dunedin

Sailor top ($5) - SaveMart, Timaru (Dunedin also has a SaveMart in Stafford Street)

Sailor top ($5) – SaveMart, Timaru (Dunedin also has a SaveMart in Stafford Street)

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Scarlett Shines in the Darkness

Jewellery designer, Rebecca Scarlett Shearer is another great example of Dunedin talent. It was a pleasure to meet her at the Company of Strangers shop launch. Her 2013 jewellery collection, ‘Darkest Day’, is quite a contrast to her bubbly personality and her label name, Scarlett. Her gothic-inspired pieces take Stone Henge and Queen Mab into the modern age. Each design starts as an original hand-crafted piece from which copies are made using moulds. But Rebecca doesn’t stop there, each piece is carefully reworked until she is happy with the finished result. Everything is made out of sterling silver. Here are some examples of her work. Shame we didn’t find out about this jewellery before Valentine’s day – could have done some serious hinting!

You can see her website here.

Spike Ring

Spike Ring

Facet Ring

Facet Ring

Skull Ring

Skull Ring

Wishagram Pendant

Wishagram Pendant

Rebecca at Work

Rebecca at Work

Photos: © Rebecca Scarlett 2012

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Company of Strangers Shop Opening

What a great way to kick off our blog with the opening of the first ever Company of Strangers retail outlet in Dunedin, at 320 George Street. Sara Aspinall, a Dunedin local, created this label in 2008 and it is only now that her shop has established its own presence in Dunedin’s Edinburgh Way. It’s not been an easy ride for Sara who has had to weather the effects of theft, fire and the Christchurch earthquake to get where she is now. We attended the launch party last night and what a fabulous event it was. Buzzing with family, friends and fashionistas, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves quickly absorbed in the inclusive vibe and sipping on fruit punch! The shop interior is spacious and minimalistic, which makes the colours of the clothing literally pop off the racks. Her latest Autumn/Winter 13 collection is aptly named ‘Pop Shop’ and takes its influence from New York street artist Keith Haring. The signature piece, the purple and black ‘Subway Sweater’, is colour blocking at its best. This amazing piece was painstakingly crocheted by Dorothy from Mosgiel – great to see local talent being harnessed. Sara has also collaborated with Dunedin artist Philip James Frost to produce the coca-cola print featured on her ‘Foundation Dress’. We absolutely love your collection Sara!

You can view the ‘Pop Shop’ collection here.

Company of Strangers shop window

Company of Strangers shop window, 320 George Street, Dunedin – showing the ‘Subway Sweater’ as featured in NZ Fashion Quarterly Autumn 2013

Launch party

A packed Company of Strangers launch party

Orange rules at the Company of Strangers shop launch

Orange rules at the Company of Strangers shop launch

Company of Strangers jewellery

A selection of jewellery by Company of Strangers

'Protection' Necklace

‘Protection’ Necklace – a melding of Birmingham-hallmarked silver and Company of Strangers’ magic

'No Wave' Jacket

Shop window, looking out to George Street, featuring the ‘No Wave’ Jacket

Rebecca (wearing Twenty Seven Names) and Wesley (wearing NOM*d)

Rebecca (wearing Twenty Seven Names) and Wesley (wearing NOM*d)

'Factory Bomber'

Company of Strangers ‘Factory Bomber’ in ‘Army Check’

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