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!
How lucky are we to be living in a city where the urban landscape is so green. From Dunedin’s town belt to the native bush of Ross Creek to the distant hills of the peninsula, there’s an abundance of lush vegetation. It’s good to be green with fashion too and we’re not spoilt for choice – second-hand, vintage, recycled, upcycled and eco-friendly.
Why we love …
NOM*d – for their upcycling of vintage into new
Kowtow – for their use of only fair trade organic cotton
Melanie Child – for her entirely upcycled and innovative collections
Why we love …
Underground Sundae – for their use of ‘found’ objects to create stunning unique jewellery
Vivienne Westwood – for her environmental activism
Standard Issue – for their use of only metallic-free-dyed yarn to create items “made to last”
Sincere thanks to Slick Willy’s for allowing us to borrow this item.
And just for Christmas …
There’s so much to do and see it’s hard to know where to start! Here we’ve combined some fashion, art and iconic buildings. It was a coincidence that pieces by Dunedin designers happened to match the Tower Bridge paintwork. No sign of Victoria Beckham at the opening of her new shop on Dover Street but the interior did look very chic.
We’ve been obsessed with Grace Coddington ever since watching her in ‘The September Issue’, a documentary about the making of American Vogue’s September 2007 issue, and she stole the show! This Welsh-born former 1960s model turned stylist has been the fashion/creative director of American Vogue since 1988. Here’s a short clip of her from ‘The September Issue’:
In her honour, we named our newly acquired mannequin Grace and plan to take her, suitably attired, to notable locations around Dunners. For June, we’ve chosen to celebrate last week’s All Blacks victory against England at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. So, we’ve dressed Grace in an all black and white outfit which we feel she would like. For June, she’s posing with the ‘Harbour Mouth Molars’ by Portsmouth Drive.
On a beautifully warm Friday evening, we headed with great anticipation to the Dunedin Railway Station for the 15th anniversary of the iD Dunedin Fashion Show. All three of us were able to attend the pre-function, held in the Art Station, as guests of the lovely Tania from Configure Gym. The gathering was a who’s who of NZ fashion’s most influential people including Denise L’Estrange-Corbet (WORLD), Charlotte Smith (curator of the Darnell Collection) and bloggers Foureyes – we looked on in awe. The show was one of the best we have ever seen – so many pieces on our wishlists!
What an incredible show! We felt proud to be Dunedinites.
The Company of Strangers’ one day only, old season and samples sale was an event not to be missed! There were lots of very wearable samples for $10 to $20, jewellery as cheap as $50, and a recycled leather bag we’d been coveting for months was down to $95. The shop was packed but, despite the craziness, everyone seemed to find a great bargain.
On an O-Week summer’s day, the girls came out to play, along with their bold colours, feminine florals and funky footwear. And there was Wesley!
We have lots to shout about in Dunedin from our beautiful suburbs to our innovative creative talent. This showcases both plus a few extra things we’ve picked up along the way. Thanks to Ross Creek for being a great photographic location.
Good ‘Company’, Kiki Beware nibbles, Amisfield wine – what more could you ask for? Last night, Company of Strangers hosted a fabulous function to celebrate the festive season and showcase their summer collection. We loved the innovative way they did this by creating a human installation. This featured models Rebecca and Wesley making collages of Company of Strangers and Underground Sundae images – all the more appropriate since Underground Sundae’s Anne-Mieke Ytsma was a guest at the event. We also came away with lovely goodie bags. Thanks so much everyone. What a wonderful start to the Christmas season!