Category Archives: Fashion

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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Spotlight on South Dunedin

Surf, sand, street art, collectibles and culinary delights – we found them all in South Dunedin! And so stoked we spotted one of our style icons, Sara Aspinall (designer of Company of Strangers), enjoying the sea air.

South Dunedinite, Julian, enjoys a walk on St Clair Beach

South Dunedinite, Julian, enjoys a walk on St Clair Beach

Julian wears cricket jersey from Shop on Carroll and jeans by Barkers.

Julian wears cricket jersey from Shop on Carroll and jeans by Barkers.

St Clair street art

St Clair street art

Sara wears top by Strangelove x Zac Fay and bag by Emma Mulholland.

Sara wears top by Strangelove x Zac Fay and bag by Emma Mulholland.

Almond tart by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Almond tart by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Mazarins by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Mazarins by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Kitchenalia in Bill's Antiques, South Road, Caversham

Kitchenalia in Bill’s Antiques, South Road, Caversham

Street art by Stickum, South Road, Caversham

Street art by Stickum, South Road, Caversham

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Inside KWOK’s Revolution

Anyone shopping in Dunedin’s Barkers Mens Clothing store on George Street can’t fail to be charmed by Daniel Kwok’s enthusiasm and great customer service. At the end of 2014, he graduated from the Otago Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Design (Fashion) degree and is one of six Otago Polytechnic graduates to be showing their collections at the 2015 iD Dunedin Fashion Show at the Railway Station. It was such a pleasure to catch up with Daniel and gain some insight into the world of ‘KWOK’s Revolution’.

Daniel Kwok in Barkers, Dunedin

Daniel Kwok in Barkers, Dunedin

When and where were you born?

I was born in Hong Kong in the early ’90s and lived there for around 15 years.

How long have you been in New Zealand?

I have been in New Zealand for just over 6 years. I went to high school in Timaru before starting my fashion degree in Dunedin.

What made you choose Dunedin as a destination and what do you like about living here?

I chose Dunedin for two reasons. I knew that the Otago Polytechnic provides an amazing learning environment for students, especially the creative side of the campus. There is no rule on what we can do and what we can design. It gives you a lot of freedom on what you want to become as a designer. Also, Dunedin is such a lovely multicultural and fashion-based city and I really enjoy a place not being overly commercial like Auckland and Wellington. Living here helps me bring out my personality and enjoy a lot of little things around me.

What was the most important thing you learnt from your fashion degree at the Otago Polytechnic?

I have figured out that in order to impress anyone, you have to impress yourself first. You cannot convince others if you don’t enjoy what you’re doing. And also sleep well while you can!

How would you best describe your design aesthetic?

I like things that are simply detailed, stand out and are practical. My looks are created to seamlessly integrate into current modes of style and are semi-tailored with a focus on unusual (yet cohesive) colour and pattern combinations.

Daniel Kwok at Collections 14 Fashion Show, 2014. Photo by Chris Sullivan/Seen in Dunedin. Models: Ali McD Agency.

Daniel Kwok at Collections 14 Fashion Show, 2014. Photo by Chris Sullivan/Seen in Dunedin. Models: Ali McD Agency.

The collection you’ll be showing at iD is ethereally beautiful – vibrant and wearable with an “east meets west” vibe. Can you tell us a bit about the design process and inspiration behind this collection.

‘Dynasty of Benediction’ seeks to present a visually astounding showcase that reflects my past and present influences – as if this was an introduction to myself. The collection contains clear references to both Eastern and Western links and collides these two contrasting cultures together in a package that is fun, quirky and entertaining to watch. The more pronounced features of these two cultures come through in the choice of fabrication used (modernist architecture), composition of forms (Western silhouettes and Eastern details) and screen-printed Eastern terms (Chinese calligraphy). The idea of harmonising these main elements is to transform the strength of each individual feature into a cohesive and provocative Resort collection.

The hallmarks of modern architecture dictate that form follows function and, in the same way, outfits in this collection have been composed to best showcase the structures and fibre(s) of each individual garment. By doing so, we are presented with looks in which fabrics conduct a sort of exchange amongst themselves – both revealing and concealing as well as continuously skewing the focal point of each garment. There is also a simplicity and clarity in these forms that has been composed from cues observed within the Western fashion industry (strong lines and the elimination of superfluous details) as well as the integration of archetypal Eastern details (up-turned mandarin collar and Eastern drape).

The decision to use singular colours within each outfit also works with modernist teachings and further lends itself to the attached meanings of colour that pervades Eastern culture. The Chinese typography used (福’) means blessing, bliss and good fortune which has a strongly emotive quality within the Asia region and this word has been applied in two different forms: one being a direct hand-written calligraphy from a well-recognized artist and the other a deconstructed and re-formed version developed into a motif.

'Dynasty of Benediction' collection. Photo taken by Emily Hlaváč Green in Shanghai. Models: International Fashion Academy/Shanghai University of Engineering Science.

‘Dynasty of Benediction’ collection. Photo taken by Emily Hlaváč Green in Shanghai. Models: International Fashion Academy/Shanghai University of Engineering Science.

We understand that you have worked as a Barkers intern. What did this involve?

I did a three-week internship with Barkers Menswear in their head office based in Auckland. During that period, I was assisting the buyers on the new season summer range and got a chance to design a short-sleeved shirt based on the buyers’ thoughts. The team really liked the design and it ended up being the summer season focus piece. The shirt was so popular, it sold out nationwide before it had a chance to go on sale. I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to work for the team.

Dorian wears shirt from Barkers, designed by Daniel Kwok.

Dorian wears shirt from Barkers, designed by Daniel Kwok.

Detail from Daniel Kwok-designed shirt for Barkers.

Detail from Daniel Kwok-designed shirt for Barkers.

We understand you make bespoke bow ties for special occasions. Can you tell us more about this and how they can be ordered?

I started my label by making some funky-printed bow ties during my first year at design school. And now I do make seasonal bow ties as part of the collection as well as custom-made bow ties for clients and weddings. Customers can choose the material/pattern/colours/style based on their needs and order them by contacting me via phone/email/Facebook.

Bow ties from SS14/15 'Colour Bomb' collection. Photo by Daniel Kwok. Model: Tobi Scott.

Bow ties from SS14/15 ‘Colour Bomb’ collection. Photo by Daniel Kwok. Model: Tobi Scott.

Which outlets stock your KWOK’s Revolution collections (including Summer 2015)?

At the moment, I am not stocking my designs anywhere. People can contact me if they are interested in any piece from my website and we can go from there. But at the moment I am working on my first ever commercial collection for 2016, so hopefully you will be able to see it in retail stores soon.

Are there any NZ or international designers who have influenced your designs?

I think that I’ve got most of my inspiration for my collection ‘Dynasty of Benediction’ from Shanghai Tang and Thom Browne.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

I see my label ‘KWOK’s Revolution’ having more frequent collections and being stocked in a few retail outlets with a loyal group of customers. Also, I would like to do some custom-made pieces.

Thank you so much, Daniel! Can’t wait to see your collection in the iD Dunedin Fashion Show.

 

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day Dunedin!

Love is in the air in Dunners with head-over-heels couples and heart-warming shop displays! Just remember, love comes in all guises.

Alice and Courtney of Peter Alexander, Meridian Mall

Alice and Courtney of Peter Alexander, Meridian Mall

Marbecks Foodstore, Wall Street Mall

Marbecks Foodstore, Wall Street Mall

Ben and Grace

Ben and Grace

Typo, Meridian Mall

Typo, Meridian Mall

Dress by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique. Check out their super summer sale!

Dress by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique. Check out their super summer sale!

Lush, Wall Street Mall

Lush, Wall Street Mall

Sylvia and Milo

Sylvia and Milo

Arthur Barnett, Meridian Mall

Arthur Barnett, Meridian Mall

Pascoes, Golden Centre

Pascoes, Golden Centre

 

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Q.U.E.E.N.S.T.O.W.N.

Q is for Quail

Quail, Lake Hayes

Quail, Lake Hayes

U is for Underwater

Queenstown Observatory

Queenstown Observatory

E is for Earnslaw

TSS Earnslaw (with a fresh lick of plum-coloured paint!)

TSS Earnslaw (with a fresh lick of plum-coloured paint!)

E is for Entertainment

Fear Factory

Fear Factory

N is for Nibbles at Dorothy Browns, Arrowtown

Nothing beats a cheese platter and a glass of Two Paddocks' Picnic!

Nothing beats a cheese platter and a glass of Two Paddocks’ Picnic!

S is for Street Style

Lynne wears sweatshirt by Karen Walker

Lynne wears sweatshirt by Karen Walker

T is for Trees

Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

O is for Orange

Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

W is for Walnut Cottage brunch

N is for Nightlife

Street entertainer, Queenstown Wharf

Street entertainer, Queenstown Wharf

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Wanaka: Infinite Shades of Blue

Lake Wanaka from Mt Iron

Lake Wanaka from Mt Iron

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

'Encircling the Baroque' by Llew Summers, Bistro Gentil

‘Encircling the Baroque’ by Llew Summers, Bistro Gentil

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Necklace from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop

Necklace from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop

Sculptillusion Gallery at Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World

Sculptillusion Gallery at Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

'China, China' by Zhu Wei, Bistro Gentil

‘China, China’ by Zhu Wei, Bistro Gentil

Dress from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop worn with TARDIS necklace from Bags of Bargins (Mornington, Dunedin)

Dress from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop worn with TARDIS necklace from Bags of Bargins (Mornington, Dunedin)

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

Blue Lagoon, Edgewater Resort Restaurant

Blue Lagoon, Edgewater Resort Restaurant

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