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The Last Post

At the end of March, our ceramic poppy from the iconic installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London, finally arrived. And thankfully in one piece! It was one of the 888,246 poppies we photographed back in September 2014, each poppy representing an individual British or Colonial soldier who had died in the First World War. Of these poppies, about 18,000 represented New Zealand lives lost.

Ceramic poppy from 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'

Ceramic poppy from ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’

Poppies at the Tower of London

Poppies at the Tower of London

Tower of London

Tower of London

Photo from Historic Royal Palaces series: Tower of London, Your piece of history

Photo from Historic Royal Palaces series: Tower of London, Your piece of history

Dunedin remembers …

Cenotaph, Queens Gardens

Cenotaph, Queens Gardens

Wall of knitted poppies at Toitu

Wall of knitted poppies at Toitu

We remember our own family who died at Gallipoli

Flanders dress by Karen Walker

Flanders dress by Karen Walker

Commemorative poppy necklace from the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, England

Commemorative poppy necklace from the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, England

First World War postcards including one sent from Camp Anglais, France (1918) by our great-grandfather, Hartley Taylor.

First World War postcards including one sent from Camp Anglais, France (1918) by our great-grandfather, Hartley Taylor.

 

This really is our last post. We’d sincerely like to thank all the lovely people we’ve featured and everyone who has followed us – it’s been a blast. Dunedin, keep on rocking it!

 

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At the iD Dunedin Fashion Show, Friday 24 April, Dunedin Railway Station

The Octagon was buzzing, Di Lusso was packed out with showgoers trying the Designer Cocktail Series and the evening was beautiful. Some of our show highlights: poppy images cascading down the facade of the Railway Station; the refreshing enthusiasm of Doris Raymond as she took to the catwalk with her model; Daniel Kwok’s East-meets-West red showstopper; watching Foureyes in action just in front of us; and seeing so many great Dunedin labels rocking it to retro music.

Poppy images on Dunedin Railway Station in honour of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli

Poppy images on Dunedin Railway Station in honour of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli

NOM*d

NOM*d

Charmaine Reveley

Charmaine Reveley

Lydia and Steve Hall (1st place at iD Emerging Designer Awards)

Lydia and Steve Hall (1st place at iD Emerging Designer Awards)

Steve Hall

Steve Hall

Beats Clothing

Beats Clothing

From Doris Raymond's collection at 'The Way We Wore'

From Doris Raymond’s collection at ‘The Way We Wore’

Jenna, Karlya and Jasmin

Jenna, Karlya and Jasmin

NOM*d

NOM*d

Dada Vintage

Dada Vintage

Fashion stylist Stephanie wears WORLD

Fashion stylist Stephanie wears WORLD

Charmaine Reveley

Charmaine Reveley

Shirley, Rongo and George

Shirley, Rongo and George

Perriam

Perriam

Annie and her daughter

Annie and her daughter

From Doris Raymond's collection at 'The Way We Wore' (1960s dress)

From Doris Raymond’s collection at ‘The Way We Wore’ (1960s dress)

Daniel Kwok

Daniel Kwok

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iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2015, Dunedin Town Hall

Dunedin Town Hall

Dunedin Town Hall

Thea Blocksidge (Queensland University of Technology)

Thea Blocksidge (Queensland University of Technology)

Laura Fanning (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

Laura Fanning (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

Jorge Alfaro (Whitecliffe College of Art and Fashion, Auckland)

Jorge Alfaro (Whitecliffe College of Art and Fashion, Auckland)

Vanessa Emirian (University of Technology, Sydney)

Vanessa Emirian (University of Technology, Sydney)

Jillian Boustred (University of Technology, Sydney)

Jillian Boustred (University of Technology, Sydney)

Tara Gurisik (University of Technology, Sydney)

Tara Gurisik (University of Technology, Sydney)

Yi Ming (Massey University)

Yi Ming (Massey University)

Kelsi Bennett (Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion)

Kelsi Bennett (Otago Polytechnic School of Fashion)

Emma van de Merwe (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

Emma van de Merwe (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

Jessica Oldfield (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and model

Jessica Oldfield (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and model

Monique Duggan (University of Technology, Sydney) and model

Monique Duggan (University of Technology, Sydney) and model

Finale

Finale

From left: Carolyn Enting (MiNDFOOD associate editor), Doris de Pont (designer), Doris Raymond (owner of 'The Way We Wore' vintage store), Steve Hall (Massey University, MiNDFOOD Style 1st place), Steve Hall's model, Margi Robertson (designer of NOM*d), Tanya Carlson (designer).

From left: Carolyn Enting (MiNDFOOD associate editor), Doris de Pont (designer), Doris Raymond (owner of ‘The Way We Wore’ vintage store), Steve Hall (Massey University, MiNDFOOD Style 1st place), Steve Hall’s model, Margi Robertson (designer of NOM*d), Tanya Carlson (designer).

From left: Carolyn Enting, Doris Raymond, Tanya Carlson, Vanessa Emirian (University of Technology Sydney, Brooker United Travel 2nd place), Vanessa Emirian's model, Doris de Pont, Margi Robertson.

From left: Carolyn Enting, Doris Raymond, Tanya Carlson, Vanessa Emirian (University of Technology Sydney, Brooker United Travel 2nd place), Vanessa Emirian’s model, Doris de Pont, Margi Robertson.

 

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iD Dunedin Fashion Week Official Opening, Golden Centre Mall

Last night, the Golden Centre was buzzing with excitement as designers, fashionistas, supporters and beautiful models gathered to celebrate the opening of iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2015. The highlight of our evening was chatting to the fabulous Doris Raymond, owner of Los Angeles’ vintage store, ‘The Way We Wore’, and star of Smithsonian Channel’s ‘L.A. Frock Stars’. What an approachable, enthusiastic, friendly and down-to-earth lady!

An amazing time was had by all, and the Quartz Reef flowed!

Designers and models from Shanghai

Designers and models from Shanghai

Model wears dress by Charmaine Reveley

Model wears dress by Charmaine Reveley

Keri and Tina

Keri and Tina

Charlotte, Simone, Kathryn and Esther

Charlotte, Simone, Kathryn and Esther

Vanessa and Amelie

Vanessa and Amelie

Caitlin (Dunedin Wears The Pants) star struck by Doris Raymond

Caitlin (Dunedin Wears The Pants) star struck by Doris Raymond

 

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Bagging the Bargains at iD Designer Sale, Porters’ Lounge, Dunedin Railway Station

This is always an event not to be missed with ridiculously cheap designer pieces up for grabs. What a wonderful way to start iD Dunedin Fashion Week!

NOM*d

NOM*d

Emma Mulholland at Company of Strangers

Emma Mulholland at Company of Strangers

iD Fashion Week designer Daniel Kwok wears RPM and KWOK's Revolution

iD Fashion Week designer Daniel Kwok wears RPM and KWOK’s Revolution

Waughs

Waughs

Zambesi and Karen Walker at Precious Peg

Zambesi and Karen Walker at Precious Peg

Jess and Alaric

Jess and Alaric

Company of Strangers

Company of Strangers

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Tarot and Tie-Dye at The Oval

Last weekend, the Gypsy Fair brought an abundance of Romany magic to Dunedin’s Oval. From tarot readings to hula hoops, cute dogs to creative crafts, there was something for everybody. One of us was there to soak up the romance. And the weather was glorious too!

Francis and Ireland

Francis and Ireland

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Say Cricket With Flowers

Cricket World Cup fever is here! As Dunedin hosted international teams at the University Oval, floral flags of the participating countries sprang up outside the Dunedin Railway Station – how ingenious! Cricket-inspired fashion is a perennial favourite, with recent collections by overseas designers such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Tommy Hilfiger. NZ designers Kate Sylvester and Karen Walker have also joined the trend. Anyone for cricket?

Flag of Scotland

Flag of Scotland

Cricket World Cup logo

Cricket World Cup logo

Black Caps vs Sri Lanka, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Black Caps vs Sri Lanka, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

You must support the team, darling!

You must support the team, darling!

Dress by Charmaine Reveley

Dress by Charmaine Reveley

Vintage camping stool from Mac & Wallace (Allanton)

Vintage camping stool from Mac & Wallace (Allanton)

Cakes from Spelt Bakery on Highgate

Cakes from Spelt Bakery on Highgate

Flag of Afghanistan

Flag of Afghanistan

Cricket supporters admire the World Cup trophy, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Cricket supporters admire the World Cup trophy, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Could it be the Cricket World Cup trophy?

Could it be the Cricket World Cup trophy?

Cricket ball

Cricket ball

Cricket display, Taste Merchants (Princes Street)

Cricket display, Taste Merchants (Princes Street)

Supporting the Black Caps at the University Oval. Cricket jumpers by Kate Sylvester.

Supporting the Black Caps at the University Oval. Cricket jumpers by Kate Sylvester.

The Silver Fern

The Silver Fern

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Waitati Music Festival, Saturday 21 February

Rivka, Judah and Ezra

Rivka, Judah and Ezra

Millie

Millie

Aria and Christina

Aria and Christina

King Missile

King Missile

Sabrina

Sabrina

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Thieves’ Alley Market, Saturday 14 February

Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage

Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage

Sarndra

Sarndra

Chapel Gardens (Milton)

Chapel Gardens (Milton)

Daniel and Olivia

Daniel and Olivia

Dunedin Steampunk Group

Dunedin Steampunk Group

Emma

Emma

Clemency and Nick

Clemency and Nick

Flagstaff Alpacas

Flagstaff Alpacas

 

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Strange Harvest: One of Dunedin’s Finest Crops

They may hail from the flat lands of Palmerston North, but Dunedin has long been the home of darkwave lo-fi duo, Strange Harvest – Justin Walshaw (guitar, vocals) and Skye Strange (keys and vocals).

Strange Harvest: Justin Walshaw and Skye Strange (© Strange Harvest)

Strange Harvest: Justin Walshaw and Skye Strange (© Strange Harvest)

Since the band formed in 2011, they have entertained us at numerous gigs around town, have released two albums ‘Here Is Where You Are’ and ‘Inside a Replica City’ under local label Lttl Paisly Records, and are recording a third, ‘Pattern Recognition’. This will be coming out in April 2015. They have just released their single ‘Astronaut’ which you can listen to here.

'Astronaut' single cover (© Strange Harvest)

‘Astronaut’ single cover (© Strange Harvest)

Strange Harvest setting up in 'The Attic' (© Strange Harvest)

Strange Harvest setting up in ‘The Attic’ (© Strange Harvest)

Last Friday, they played at The Crown Hotel, supported by Radio Cegeste and Hologram Heart.

Strange Harvest at The Crown Hotel

Strange Harvest at The Crown Hotel

To find out more about this quirky band, we talked with guitarist, Justin Walshaw, who describes their musical style using three adjectives “dodgy, batch-roasted and interpersonal”. Although they enjoy music by American experimental band Gang Gang Dance, Prince, Cappadonna and the Beastie Boys, the Strange Harvest sound is distinctive and unaffected. Instead, Justin and Skye draw on past experiences and the culture they grew up with as influences.

Musical influences are kind of weird. It’s like how your childhood memories can be related back to a song or a cassette tape of Bananarama that reminds you of eating ice-cream on the beach. And how the second ‘Faith No More’ album seemed really bizarre at the time. And how certain Smiths’ riffs will put a knot in your stomach. I remember when bars first started playing Hip Hop over decent PAs.”

We were particularly interested in some of their song lyrics in ‘Inside a Replica City’ which describe the irony of celebrity culture and our society’s obsession with social media.

…we should probably log-off. But I love E Channel, and how it can affect people – really badly. CNN can run 24 hours of Ebola updates, and the CIA will continue to enhance torture techniques, but we really need to know who Jennifer Lawrence is sleeping with. It’s absurd. We all know it’s bizarre. Lilo is our spiritual guide. And when she’s gone, there will be a new High-Priestess of Nothing.”

Strange Harvest fans at The Crown Hotel

Strange Harvest fans at The Crown Hotel

However, their new album ‘Pattern Recognition’ is “spacey”. Justin prefers it to the previous one. “It’s more about technology than celebrity”.

Justin credits band mate and wife, Skye, as the “brains behind the band”. Prior to Strange Harvest, she played in bands ‘Rise Of The City Cat Cult’ and ‘The Autoharpies’. Skye is also about to release a solo EP as ‘Embedded Figures’.

So what keeps this busy band in Dunedin? We’ve been here about 15 years. So Dunedin is really home now. It’s a good place to be … The psycho-geography is appealing … I like the pseudo-Scottish-ness. And the music scene here is very open and diverse – this tends to happen in ‘Art School towns’.”

Thanks guys, long may you reign here!

Keep an eye out for this talented pair and their new album … watch this space!!

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