Tag Archives: Company of Strangers

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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It’s So Green!

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

Looking towards Flagstaff from Braeview Crescent

Looking towards Flagstaff from Braeview Crescent

Shorts by NOM*d (upcycled from vintage scarves) from Plume (George Street)

Shorts by NOM*d (upcycled from vintage scarves) from Plume (George Street)

Looking towards Port Chalmers from Blueskin Road

Looking towards Port Chalmers from Blueskin Road

Organic cotton blazer by Kowtow from Slick Willy's (George Street). Worn with badger necklace from a selection at Charmaine Reveley & Co. (George Street).

Organic cotton blazer by Kowtow from Slick Willy’s (George Street). Worn with badger necklace from a selection at Charmaine Reveley & Co. (George Street).

The Taieri plains from Halfway Bush

The Taieri plains from Halfway Bush

Upcycled dress by Melanie Child

Upcycled dress by Melanie Child

Ross Creek

Ross Creek

Ross Creek

Ross Creek

Second-hand farm scene jumper from Toffs (Princes Street). Worn with shorts by NOM*d.

Second-hand farm scene jumper from Toffs (Princes Street). Worn with shorts by NOM*d.

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”

Ross Creek

Ross Creek

Necklace by Underground Sundae from Company of Strangers (George Street)

Necklace by Underground Sundae from Company of Strangers (George Street)

Underground Sundae necklace worn with jumpsuit by Coop from Belle Bird Boutique (George Street)

Underground Sundae necklace worn with jumpsuit by Coop from Belle Bird Boutique (George Street)

Dunedin town belt

Dunedin town belt

'Climate Revolution' organic cotton 'knot wrap' by Vivienne Westwood for Lush (bought online at Lush NZ). Worn with tee and shorts by NOM*d.

‘Climate Revolution’ organic cotton ‘knot wrap’ by Vivienne Westwood for Lush (bought online at Lush NZ). Worn with tee and shorts by NOM*d.

Leith Valley

Leith Valley

Top by Standard Issue from Slick Willy's (George Street)

Top by Standard Issue from Slick Willy’s (George Street)

Sincere thanks to Slick Willy’s for allowing us to borrow this item.

Looking towards the Otago Peninsula from Ravensbourne Road

Looking towards the Otago Peninsula from Ravensbourne Road

Recycled button necklace from a selection at Box of Birds (Port Chalmers)

Recycled button necklace from a selection at Box of Birds (Port Chalmers)

Button necklace worn with dress by Charmaine Reveley

Button necklace worn with dress by Charmaine Reveley

Looking towards Pine Hill from Queens Drive

Looking towards Pine Hill from Queens Drive

Upcycled shirt skirt by Melanie Child

Upcycled shirt skirt by Melanie Child

And just for Christmas …

Queens Drive, Town belt

Queens Drive, Town belt

Snow feather necklace designed by Boh Runga, made by NZ Mint

Snow feather necklace designed by Boh Runga, made by NZ Mint

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London’s Calling

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.

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Russian Revolutionary posters at Tate Modern

Russian Revolutionary posters at Tate Modern

Ross enjoys the view from the restaurant at Tate Modern

Ross enjoys the view from the restaurant at Tate Modern

'Victoria Beckham' on Dover Street

‘Victoria Beckham’ on Dover Street

'Tie Fighter' singlet from NO*SENSE by NOM*d worn with pants and bag by Company of Strangers

‘Tie Fighter’ singlet from NO*SENSE by NOM*d worn with pants and bag by Company of Strangers

Pelicans in St James's Park – their beaks are even bigger than Ross'.

Pelicans in St James’s Park – their beaks are even bigger than Ross’.

Street art by Banksy on Bruton Lane

Street art by Banksy on Bruton Lane

'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red': an installation, at the Tower of London, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’: an installation, at the Tower of London, to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War

Ceramic poppies forming part of 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation, Tower of London

Ceramic poppies forming part of ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ installation, Tower of London

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Grace About Town: June

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.

Harbour Mouth Molars by Regan Gentry

Harbour Mouth Molars by Regan Gentry

Grace wears Blackboard Dress from 'I Will Be Good' AW14 by NOM*d, hat by Karen Walker, bag by NOM*d and vintage scarf.

Grace wears Blackboard Dress from ‘I Will Be Good’ AW14 by NOM*d, hat by Karen Walker, bag by NOM*d and vintage scarf.

Soho Shirt from 'Pop Shop' AW13 by Company of Strangers and perspex bird necklace by Wendy James.

Soho Shirt from ‘Pop Shop’ AW13 by Company of Strangers and perspex bird necklace by Wendy James.

Wool bag by NOM*d

Wool bag by NOM*d

 

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Winter Warmers

 

A wintery blast is a good excuse for bringing out your cosy coats and knitwear which Dunedin designers are so good at producing. Here’s a mix of some of our favourites, with a dose of vintage thrown in.

Snow on Mount Cargill

Snow on Mount Cargill

Trenchcoat by Hi There by Karen Walker from Belle Bird. Worn with dress from Slick Willy's and pants by Company of Strangers.

Trenchcoat by Hi There by Karen Walker from Belle Bird. Worn with dress from Slick Willy’s and pants by Company of Strangers.

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d. Worn with skinnies by NOM*d, Dr Martens and vintage scarf.

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d. Worn with skinnies by NOM*d, Dr Martens and vintage scarf.

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d

Recycled jumper dress by NOM*d

Morse coat by Company of Strangers. Worn with leggings by NOM*d, hat by Karen Walker and gumboots by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa.

Morse coat by Company of Strangers. Worn with leggings by NOM*d, hat by Karen Walker and gumboots by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa.

Vintage cashmere cape and skirt by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with boots from Maher and vintage scarf.

Vintage cashmere cape and skirt by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with boots from Maher and vintage scarf.

Willowy cardi by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with necklace by Annie Blackberry.

Willowy cardi by Charmaine Reveley. Worn with necklace by Annie Blackberry.

Pure wool blazer bought off TradeMe (only $10!). Worn with dress by NOM*d and pants by Company of Strangers.

Pure wool blazer bought off TradeMe (only $10!). Worn with dress by NOM*d and pants by Company of Strangers.

 

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iD Dunedin Fashion Show, Friday 4 April

 

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!

NOM*d

NOM*d

Hannah Louise Heslop (Otago Polytechnic)

Hannah Louise Heslop (Otago Polytechnic)

Justine Tindley (Otago Polytechnic)

Justine Tindley (Otago Polytechnic)

Charmaine Reveley

Charmaine Reveley

Charmaine Reveley

Charmaine Reveley

DADA Vintage

DADA Vintage

Senorita AweSUMO

Senorita AweSUMO

Clothes I've Made

Clothes I’ve Made

Tamsin Cooper

Tamsin Cooper

Company of Strangers

Company of Strangers

Company of Strangers

Company of Strangers

Vaughan Geeson

Vaughan Geeson

Lucilla Gray (Massey University)

Lucilla Gray (Massey University)

WORLD (NZ guest designer)

WORLD (NZ guest designer)

WORLD

WORLD

Martin Grant (international guest designer)

Martin Grant (international guest designer)

NOM*d leads the finale

NOM*d leads the finale

Tamsin Cooper and dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company

Tamsin Cooper and dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company

What an incredible show! We felt proud to be Dunedinites.

 

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Stranger Danger! George Street’s Sale Of The Century, Sunday 23 February

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.

Anticipation as the crowd gathers

Anticipation as the crowd gathers

Simone

Simone

Cecily and Katy try on sale items

Cecily and Katy try on sale items

Emma

Emma

Megan wears Zambesi and Wishagram pendant by Rebecca Scarlett.

Megan wears Zambesi and Wishagram pendant by Rebecca Scarlett.

Lucy

Lucy

Izzy tries on Strange Love top

Izzy tries on Strange Love top

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What Are You Wearing February?

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!

Jemma wears dress and bag by Company of Strangers, and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

Jemma wears dress and bag by Company of Strangers, and sunglasses by Karen Walker.

Veronica wears Radio One t-shirt and op-shop skirt.

Veronica wears Radio One t-shirt and op-shop skirt.

Anna and Niamh wear hand-me-downs and clothing bought online.

Anna and Niamh wear hand-me-downs and clothing bought online.

Holly wears op-shop.

Holly wears op-shop.

Wesley wears top by Rick Owens, shorts by Zambesi and Converse customised by Philip James Frost x Company of Strangers.

Wesley wears top by Rick Owens, shorts by Zambesi and Converse customised by Philip James Frost x Company of Strangers.

Anna and Christine. Anna wears skirt by Glassons, necklace from Thieves Alley Market and boots by Mi Piaci.

Anna and Christine. Anna wears skirt by Glassons, necklace from Thieves Alley Market and boots by Mi Piaci.

Nada wears dress gifted by friend and op-shop stockings.

Nada wears dress gifted by friend and op-shop stockings.

Anna-Marie and Christina. Anna-Marie wears dress from Yaks n Yetis. Christina wears skirt and braces from Topshop.

Anna-Marie and Christina. Anna-Marie wears dress from Yaks n Yetis. Christina wears skirt and braces from Topshop.

Tannia wears dress from Most Wanted Vintage and necklace from Thieves Alley Market.

Tannia wears dress from Most Wanted Vintage and necklace from Thieves Alley Market.

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These Are A Few Of Our Favourite Things From 2013

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.

Karen Walker beach towel from Belle Bird Boutique

Karen Walker beach towel from Belle Bird Boutique

'Diamond Fans' oversize singlet by NOM*d from Plume worn with shorts by NOM*d

‘Diamond Fans’ oversize singlet by NOM*d from Plume worn with shorts by NOM*d

'Damn Good Tee' and 'Kick My Ass Boxers' by Strange Love from Company of Strangers worn with Underground Sundae necklace

‘Damn Good Tee’ and ‘Kick My Ass Boxers’ by Strange Love from Company of Strangers worn with Underground Sundae necklace

Underground Sundae necklace from Company of Strangers

Underground Sundae necklace from Company of Strangers

'Fox On The Run' kimono by Mickey Loves Mallory from Belle Bird Boutique worn with NOM*d slip and Two Squirrels Vintage spider pendant

‘Fox On The Run’ kimono by Mickey Loves Mallory from Belle Bird Boutique worn with NOM*d slip and Two Squirrels Vintage spider pendant

1940s spider pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton)

1940s spider pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton)

'Glorious Jacket' by NOM*d from Plume worn with dress by NOM*d and necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique

‘Glorious Jacket’ by NOM*d from Plume worn with dress by NOM*d and necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique

Company of Strangers 'Heavy Metal' bag made from recycled leather

Company of Strangers ‘Heavy Metal’ bag made from recycled leather

Sterling silver and enamel bracelet to commemorate the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, made in Birmingham (bought off TradeMe)

Sterling silver and enamel bracelet to commemorate the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, made in Birmingham (bought off TradeMe)

Floral vintage dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with Wendy James pendant. Tudor wears cat harness from Gardens Veterinary Clinic.

Floral vintage dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with Wendy James pendant. Tudor wears cat harness from Gardens Veterinary Clinic.

Velvet bag by Tamsin Cooper shown with 1950s ballet-style dress (bought off TradeMe). Congratulations to Tamsin for her collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on their tour of the USA.

Velvet bag by Tamsin Cooper shown with 1950s ballet-style dress (bought off TradeMe). Congratulations to Tamsin for her collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on their tour of the USA.

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Christmas Cheer With The Strangers

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!

Sara Aspinall of Company of Strangers and her adorable daughter Frankie

Sara Aspinall of Company of Strangers and her adorable daughter Frankie

Anne-Mieke of Underground Sundae wears her own jewellery creations

Anne-Mieke of Underground Sundae wears her own jewellery creations

Wesley and Rebecca form a living installation

Wesley and Rebecca form a living installation

Siobhan, Diane and Millie

Siobhan, Diane and Millie

Katie and Elizabeth

Katie and Elizabeth

Ross and Vita

Ross and Vita

Holly and Rachel

Holly and Rachel

Rebecca wears Underground Sundae jewellery

Rebecca wears Underground Sundae jewellery

Victoria and Carly

Victoria and Carly

Wesley wears Company of Strangers and necklace by Underground Sundae

Wesley wears Company of Strangers and necklace by Underground Sundae

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