Monthly Archives: July 2013

Is It Really Winter? Plenty In Bloom At The Dunedin Botanic Garden

With temperatures of 18°C this week it’s hard to believe it’s actually mid-winter. The roses are out of action but so what – there are plenty of other species to fill the gap, creating a riot of colour. You can be sure of a warm welcome from the ducks, especially if they’re treated to grain from the information kiosk. Don’t forget the parrots; they’re hungry for attention too. Happy 150th anniversary!

Crocus

Crocus

Camellia

Camellia

Hellebore

Hellebore

Here comes the food!

Here comes the food!

The Aviary

The Aviary

King Parrot

King Parrot

The Outfits

Vintage pinafore and belt from The Modern Miss. Duck pendant from The Clothing Port, Port Chalmers. Worn with leggings from Glassons and gumboots by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa from Belle Bird.

Vintage pinafore and belt from The Modern Miss. Duck pendant from The Clothing Port, Port Chalmers. Worn with leggings from Glassons and gumboots by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa from Belle Bird.

Datura dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club. Resin pendant by Annie Blackberry.

Datura dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club. Resin pendant by Annie Blackberry.

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Victoriana is Alive and Well at the Larnach Castle Winter Ball 2013

 

Locals and visitors alike can’t fail to be enchanted by the glamour and magic of a Larnach Castle Winter Ball. In celebration of Dunedin’s Scottish heritage, the castle pulls out all the stops to create a night of Victorian pomp and circumstance, with delicious food, ‘called dances’ and the haggis ceremony. Everyone receives a glass of champagne on arrival before being ‘formally announced’. Whether you see yourself as a lady, countess, duke or colonel, be prepared! If you want to take a spin on the dance floor or simply mingle and celebrate your inner Victorian nobleman (or woman), then the yearly winter ball is for you!

Make way for the dashing gentlemen in uniform.

Make way for the dashing gentlemen in uniform.

Penny and Vince from Christchurch

Penny and Vince from Christchurch

Jessie with ‘Grenadier Fat Belly’

Jessie with ‘Grenadier Fat Belly’

Shona from Timaru

Shona from Timaru

Grant and Richard from Timaru. They wear jewellery from Grant’s antique shop ‘Opulence’.

Grant and Richard from Timaru. They wear jewellery from Grant’s antique shop ‘Opulence’.

Belinda enjoys the delicious supper.

Belinda enjoys the delicious supper.

Cat and Dan from Dunedin

Cat and Dan from Dunedin

Margy and Rowe from Timaru

Margy and Rowe from Timaru

The Haggis Ceremony

The Haggis Ceremony

Ayumi and Wesley from Lyttelton

Ayumi and Wesley from Lyttelton

Mimi wears her wedding dress and it still fits her perfectly!

Mimi wears her wedding dress and it still fits her perfectly!

Dancing in style, so romantic!

Dancing in style, so romantic!

Jessie and Patrick. Patrick (from Ireland) wears his own kilt.

Jessie and Patrick. Patrick (from Ireland) wears his own kilt.

Miriam and Catherine

Miriam and Catherine

Metiria Turei, co-leader of our favourite political party

Metiria Turei, co-leader of our favourite political party

NB: Sorry if we’ve got anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

 

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Special Events: What Are You Wearing 4?

Go Dunedin! So many great happenings and interesting people to meet! At the Arty Farty Party, guests wore an artwork of their choice. Gatsby-style ruled at the Mid-Winter Murder Mystery party as people portrayed famous personalities from the 1920s. Last but definitely not least, there were lots of amazingly dressed people at Sammy’s for The Veils gig.

Arty Farty Party, 13 July

Lucy is 'Expectation' by Gustav Klimt

Lucy is ‘Expectation’ by Gustav Klimt

Sarah is a Reuben Paterson artwork

Sarah is a Reuben Paterson artwork

Hannah is 'Self Portrait' by Rita Angus

Hannah is ‘Self Portrait’ by Rita Angus

Mid-Winter Murder Mystery Party, 20 July

Jayde is Dorothy Parker and Jo is T.S. Eliot

Jayde is Dorothy Parker and Jo is T.S. Eliot

Shika is Mae West

Shika is Mae West

The Veils at Sammy’s (Crawford Street), 19 July

Mike and Kate from Oamaru

Mike and Kate from Oamaru

Oliver

Oliver

Craig (right) and friend

Craig (right) and friend

Hadore and Aleisha

Hadore and Aleisha

Sophie

Sophie

 

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

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SCREAM: It’s The Veils At Sammy’s!

Evocative. Intimate. Etherial. Energetic. We’d been counting down the days to this gig and it far exceeded our high expectations – perfect band, perfect venue! The Veils were supported by popular Dunedin bands Males and Two Cartoons, with a guest appearance from Dunedin Sound legend Martin Phillipps (The Chills). The delectable Finn Andrews led The Veils through a set that flowed beautifully from one masterpiece to the next. Well-balanced sound and atmospheric lighting completed the spectacle. There were numerous highlights. We loved Finn’s parallel drumming in ‘Train With No Name’. There were other crowd pleasers such as a melodic ‘Lavinia’ and ‘Nux Vomica’ – emotional and frenetic. The crowd clamoured for ‘Jesus For The Jugular’ which was played with edge and energy for the encore.

Males

Males

Males

Males

Two Cartoons

Two Cartoons

Martin Phillipps plays 'Pink Frost' with Two Cartoons

Martin Phillipps plays ‘Pink Frost’ with Two Cartoons

The Veils

The Veils

The Veils

The Veils

The Veils

Finn Andrews and Sophia Burn (bass)

Finn Andrews and Sophia Burn (bass)

Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Uberto Rapisardi (keyboard)

Dan Raishbrook (guitar) and Uberto Rapisardi (keyboard)

Sophia Burn

Sophia Burn

Sophie wears dress by Les Filles en Fleur.

My 'Finn'dom Come

My ‘Finn’dom Come

Raife Burchell, drummer

Raife Burchell, drummer

Thanks to Radio1, we got the opportunity to meet The Veils and to ask Finn Andrews a few questions. Despite the jetlag, he enthused about how well the tour was going. Having been born in London, the recent London gig at Scala was particularly special for him. Setting up their own record label, Pitch Beast Records, has proved to be worthwhile despite the extra workload. Most of Finn’s favourite Veils songs are on Nux Vomica and, in the video for ‘Advice For Young Mothers To Be’, there really were 23 babies on set with 23 sets of anxious parents in the wings. He recalled having bad hay fever on the day which made filming difficult.

Check out the ‘Advice For Young Mothers To Be’ video here.

Finn doesn’t know Dunedin very well except for the area around Sammy’s. The last time they were here was in 2009. He would really like to see an albatross though! Thanks so much Finn. You are just as much a gentleman as you are a musical genius!

Veils fans really must check out their National Radio interview (including live performances) here in which Finn said that Sammy’s was a favourite venue.

A special moment with Finn Andrews

A special moment with Finn Andrews

The lovely Sophia Burn

The lovely Sophia Burn

Raife Burchell and Dan Raishbrook check out their own merchandise.

Raife Burchell and Dan Raishbrook check out their own merchandise. They thought this Dunedin gig was hard to beat.

Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, if you haven’t got a ticket yet, find one somehow!

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Homage to The Modern Miss

The Modern Miss has graced the streets of Dunedin with its elegant presence for the past decade, initially on High Street but for the past seven years on Moray Place. Alas, all good things come to an end and the doors have closed for the final time. We’ve spent many happy hours there foraging for treasures and usually there was something we were unable to resist.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. We’re sure that Violet Faigan, owner, has something new up her sleeve and we can’t wait to find out what it will be. So, in Violet’s own words, “watch this space”.

The Modern Miss shop window in 2006

The Modern Miss shop window in 2006

With 18°C temperatures in Dunedin today, we headed outside to take photos for our own personal homage to The Modern Miss.

1950s waterlily sundress. Picnic set from Purple Rain.

1950s waterlily sundress. Picnic set from Purple Rain.

1960s dress worn with leggings by NOM*d

1960s dress worn with leggings by NOM*d

1960s bucket bag

1960s bucket bag

1950s day dress worn with diamante brooch

1950s day dress worn with diamante brooch

Belt worn with dress by NOM*d and cardigan by Kate Sylvester

Belt worn with dress by NOM*d and cardigan by Kate Sylvester

Loafers

Loafers

1940s sweater

1940s sweater

1960s dress with bow

1960s dress with bow

Lace cocktail dress worn with gloves from Shop on Carroll. Tea set from Butterflies Hospice Shop.

Lace cocktail dress worn with gloves from Shop on Carroll. Tea set from Butterflies Hospice Shop.

The beautiful Violet Faigan in The Modern Miss

The beautiful Violet Faigan in The Modern Miss

NB: Unless otherwise stated, all the above items were from The Modern Miss.

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Live Well with Moodie Tuesday: An Interview with Jon Thom

With much anticipation, we headed to Motion Sickness Studio to interview Jon Thom, creator of Dunedin-based fashion label Moodie Tuesday. His studio is sunny, warm and alive with creativity as well as technology. Jon made us feel very much at home, as we settled on comfy couches to talk about his work. Jon’s artistic talent, passion for his label and drive to succeed is a winning combination. He is positively brimming with ideas.

Motion Sickness Studio on Lower Stuart Street

Motion Sickness Studio on Lower Stuart Street

Jon was born in Christchurch but spent most of his youth and high school years in Clyde. Five years ago, he moved to Dunedin to study at the University of Otago. He initially intended to become a doctor but did an about turn, ending up with a degree in design and art history, having enjoyed art at school. Design helped him understand the rewarding process of taking an idea and seeing it through to the final product – in his case, seeing someone wearing one of his designs.

Jon Thom in Motion Sickness Studio

Jon Thom in Motion Sickness Studio

The Moodie Tuesday label was established in 2012 and made its first appearance at iD Dunedin Fashion Week this year as part of a capsule collection. The label concentrates on well-tailored shirts, tees printed with Jon’s own artwork (frequently images of iconic figures such as James Dean and Jack White) and crew neck sweaters. The clothing is all made locally (utilising Dunedin’s skilled seamstresses) with an emphasis on quality and practicality. While Jon takes care of the creative side of the business, his cousin, Chris Brun, acts as managing director and production manager, dealing with the finances and working with the employees.

Selection of the Moodie Tuesday collection

Selection of the Moodie Tuesday collection

Psyche tee depicting androgynous Australian male model Andrej Pejic – fashion photography influences Jon's work.

Psyche tee depicting androgynous Australian male model Andrej Pejic – fashion photography influences Jon’s work.

The above photo was taken from our post What We Love About Dunedin, Salisbury Boutique.

Moodie Tuesday limited edition (1/15 made) Rosa shirt delivered in MT pizza box

Moodie Tuesday limited edition (1/15 made) Rosa shirt delivered in MT pizza box

A new initiative is the production of limited edition dog bandanas (“we all have dogs”) each with its own leather collar – extraordinary value at $30 with 15% of each sale going to Paw Justice. These really are super cute! Dog shirts are in the pipeline – we can’t wait to see them.

Dog bandanas. From left: Rene, Rosa, Incognito, Butcher's Stripe.

Dog bandanas. From left: Rene, Rosa, Incognito, Butcher’s Stripe.

There are some exciting new plans in the offing. The seamstresses may move into the studio rather than working offsite. Moodie Tuesday wants to move away from the traditional two collections a year. They plan to release eight limited edition garments every two months, essentially one a week. Another plan is to make garments for two weeks and then travel for two months, selling the items in pop-up shops in the style of Comme des Garçons’ ‘Guerrilla’ stores. Jon doesn’t believe in money tied up in stock but rather keeping the brand exclusive with small amounts of stock, but still accessible.

Motion Sickness Studio

Jon still finds time to keep up with his own artwork (he doesn’t sleep much). From 27th July, he’s holding an exhibition called ‘Youth Knows No Pain’ at The Artist’s Room (2 Dowling Street). It will show young people in various emotional states. Jon now likes to produce some of his art with Moodie Tuesday in mind (what will look good as menswear) while keeping other ideas strictly for artworks.

Skull and Helmet

Skull print

When we asked Jon what he likes about living in Dunedin, he had plenty of good things to say: the landscapes (his latest collection is inspired by Long Beach), being able to walk everywhere, the sense of community and having friends close by. He doesn’t think the weather’s that bad either. We agree!

In ten years time, Jon would like to be known for being successful in his creative ventures and Moodie Tuesday to have an international presence. He would hope to have a big yearly art exhibition of his own work and would love to have travelled widely.

Iconic Prints

Not one to skite, he never let on that he was head boy of Dunstan High School, Class Act and a rugby star to boot. We are impressed! Thanks so much Jon – we really enjoyed interviewing you.

Jon Thom of Moodie Tuesday

Jon Thom of Moodie Tuesday

The Moodie Tuesday collection can be purchased from their online store. Select items are available at Slick Willy’s and Salisbury Boutique.

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Fabulous Finds 6

What a stunning Dunedin day for taking outside shots of our fab finds. There’s even flowers in bloom.

Karen Walker pom pom hats ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street) and Precious Peg. Everyone's wearing them!

Karen Walker pom pom hats ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street) and Precious Peg. Everyone’s wearing them!

NOM*d Overlanders ($95) – Plume (310 George Street). Sale now on!

NOM*d Overlanders ($95) – Plume (310 George Street). Sale now on!

Wool coat ($48) – Box of Birds (George Street, Port Chalmers).

Wool coat ($48) – Box of Birds (George Street, Port Chalmers).

Anyone's Daughter necklace ($29.90) – Salisbury Boutique (104 Bond Street). Featured church: St Nicholas, Beaudesert, Warwickshire, England.

Anyone’s Daughter necklace ($29.90) – Salisbury Boutique (104 Bond Street). Featured church: St Nicholas, Beaudesert, Warwickshire, England.

Karen Walker scarf ($48) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street).

Karen Walker scarf ($48) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street).

Rachel Blackburn leggings ($30) – Vintage Roundup at Queens.

Rachel Blackburn leggings ($30) – Vintage Roundup at Queens.

Euphoria Lane necklace ($10) – Market22 (Vogel Street). Necklace worn with dress by Kate Sylvester.

Euphoria Lane necklace ($10) – Market22 (Vogel Street). Necklace worn with dress by Kate Sylvester.

 

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What Are You Wearing July I?

Dunedin rocks winter style, even in the supermarket. Love the hats!

Laurence (Black Rock Coffin Maker) and Nadia. Laurence wears vintage. Nadia wears op-shop.

Laurence (Black Rock Coffin Maker) and Nadia. Laurence wears vintage. Nadia wears op-shop.

Kirsty wears high street.

Kirsty wears high street.

Jack wears military coat from overseas.

Jack wears military coat from overseas.

Katie wears dress by Huffer and op-shop hat and jacket.

Katie wears dress by Huffer and op-shop hat and jacket.

Ella and Ellen. Ella wears cardigan from Wildpair, dress from Glassons and Doc Martens from Frames Footwear. Ellen wears borrowed and op-shop.

Ella and Ellen. Ella wears cardigan from Wildpair, dress from Glassons and Doc Martens from Frames Footwear. Ellen wears borrowed and op-shop.

Mark wears I Love Ugly and Maison Martin Margiela. 'Leg' wears Rakel Blom leggings.

Mark wears I Love Ugly and Maison Martin Margiela. ‘Leg’ wears Rakel Blom leggings.

Abby wears op-shop and ukulele.

Abby wears op-shop and ukulele.

Rachel wears jacket by Kingan Jones and dress (underneath top) by Kate Sylvester.

Rachel wears jacket by Kingan Jones and dress (underneath top) by Kate Sylvester.

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

 

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Operation Underground Launch Party at Queens, 3 July

For those of us who are fed up with overseas record labels/producers dictating what we should listen to in New Zealand, Operation Underground proves to be a great alternative. Masterminded by Artistic Director Michael Morris, a group of indie soloists and duos (many from Dunedin) have united to produce their own CD. This project evolved from Sunday Porch Sessions, in which solo artists were recorded performing their own compositions, literally from their porches! The launch party at Queens helped to raise awareness of this project with Dunedin musicians taking centre stage. Even though the event was free, donations were encouraged to help bring the project to completion. A fantastic evening was had by all.

If you would like to learn more about the project or make a donation, follow this link https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1034

Maddy Parkins-Craig

Maddy Parkins-Craig

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Jo Little & Jared Smith

Nick Knox

Nick Knox

Rachael aka The Ruby Lady

Rachael aka The Ruby Lady

Paul Cathro

Paul Cathro

Queens' goddess and host Tahu captures the 'animal instinct' theme of the evening.

Queens’ goddess and host Tahu captures the ‘animal instinct’ theme of the evening.

Nikki dresses as an octopus.

Nikki dresses as an octopus.

John and Kim. John wears vintage hat and jersey from a jumble sale.

John and Kim. John wears vintage hat and jersey from a jumble sale.

Hana and Natasha. Hana wears vintage. Natasha dresses as a cat.

Hana and Natasha. Hana wears vintage. Natasha dresses as a cat.

Bones wears op-shop.

Bones wears op-shop.

Michael Morris (Artistic Director of Operation Underground) wears coat and pants from SaveMart. Rachael dresses as a Bird of Paradise.

Michael Morris (Artistic Director of Operation Underground) wears coat and pants from SaveMart. Rachael dresses as a Bird of Paradise.

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Piccolo Cor – A Journey of Beauty and Belonging, Allen Hall, 29 July

Since it’s conception at the 2012 Dunedin Fringe Festival, Piccolo Cor has leapt from strength to strength. Created and directed by sisters Anna and Miriam Noonan, the production cleverly weaves dance, devised theatre and psychodrama to tell true stories of struggles to achieve a sense of community, belonging and self-appreciation. There are very few productions in which the performers truly expose their inner being through body contortions and candid stories, leaving the audience enthralled and emotionally raw. Captivating scenes included actor Lyndon Katene wrestling with inner demons (performed by Patrick Meessmann), and the fragility and grace of Anna Noonan and Beth Lane’s dance solos. It was great to see the strong local support behind this project; we were even treated to free mulled apple juice!

Thanks for a great night team! We look forward to seeing your future projects.

Devised theatre

Devised theatre

Which group are you in?

Which group are you in?

Beth Lane dance solo

Beth Lane dance solo

 

Lyndon Katene wrestles with his demons

Lyndon Katene wrestles with his demons

The troupe

The troupe

Sister act! Miriam recently completed theatre studies with honours at the University of Otago and Anna gained a bachelor of dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Despite travelling overseas frequently, the girls still appreciate Dunedin’s strong sense of community.

From left: Miriam Noonan and Anna Noonan.

From left: Miriam Noonan and Anna Noonan.

 

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