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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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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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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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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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Trains and Coats and Plainly Incredible Bargains at the iD Designer Sale

The queue forms outside the Dunedin Railway Station.

The queue forms outside the Dunedin Railway Station.

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

Flocking to snap up a Charmaine Reveley bargain

Flocking to snap up a Charmaine Reveley bargain

Precious Peg was there too: Karen Walker belts.

Precious Peg was there too: Karen Walker belts.

Love this Zambesi shirt!

Love this Zambesi shirt!

The magic of the Designer Sale would be missing without Margi Robertson (on the left)

The magic of the Designer Sale would be missing without Margi Robertson (on the left)

Mauve rules on a NOM*d rack

Mauve rules on a NOM*d rack

NOM*d prototype: design in progress

NOM*d prototype: design in progress

Sparkling rings by Debra Fallowfield

Sparkling rings by Debra Fallowfield

Dada Vintage coat – perfect for winter.

Dada Vintage coat – perfect for winter.

Red and black at Jane Sutherland

Red and black at Jane Sutherland

Hope everyone enjoyed the shopping experience!

Hope everyone enjoyed the shopping experience!

Until next year ...

Until next year …

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We Wish You A Dunners Christmas

… And a Happy New Year! We love the effort Dunedinites have put in to making our city sparkle. It’s a kind of magic – enjoy!

The Octagon

The Octagon

Golden Centre

Golden Centre

Dunedin Railway Station Gingerbread House made by Scenic Hotel's baker Steve Mee

Dunedin Railway Station Gingerbread House made by Scenic Hotel’s baker Steve Mee

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Dunedin Through the Lens of Alan Haig Photography

You won’t find anyone who embodies the spirit of Dunedin more than Alan Haig. Dunedin born and bred, Alan has been a major contributor to the local music scene for decades, having played in iconic Dunedin Sound bands such as The Chills and, more recently, David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights. He has now turned his considerable talents to photography. We asked Alan a few questions about his latest endeavour.

What prompted you to move your focus from music to photography?

I have been a musician for the last 30 years starting in the early eighties which is now known for the ‘Dunedin Sound’. I contribute my original ideas to assist the others to get a musical piece finished. I always have a picture in my mind while performing musically. This combination makes me who I am. These days I have been giving live music a break but am experimenting with sounds at home. It now gives me the time to focus on my photography hobby. I do like the idea of combining my still imagery with my own musical soundtracks, a long term goal.

The vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello communities

The vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello communities

Low tide in Portobello

Low tide in Portobello

How long have you been working as a photographer professionally?

It would be nice to become a professional photographer but at this stage it remains as a hobby. With the help of Sam Clarkson of Clarkson Design, I set up my photography website initially to get my images out for public viewing and feedback. I’m keen to establish myself professionally and welcome any enquiries about commissions.

Broad Bay

Broad Bay

Hoopers Inlet, Otago Peninsula

Hoopers Inlet, Otago Peninsula

What is your preferred subject matter?

I love landscapes and as I gain more experience new ideas evolve.

Black & White images are a favourite and enforce the basic rules of actual film photography. Colour does have a lot of distractions but does have its place. Street/Urban is another area which I enjoy. All these descriptions tend to cross over in subject material so I just go with what the image means and categorise it accordingly.

The Sound Shell, Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Sound Shell, Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Quad, University of Otago

The Quad, University of Otago

Are there any New Zealand or overseas photographers who influence your work?

I look at what other photographers are doing from the likes of Facebook and various photo websites. There are some great ones out there. Locals such as Ian Bilson, Alistair Reid and Chris Reid are long-term friends and mentors and I admire their work. I subscribe to the British magazine Black & White Photography which is full of inspirational articles and examples of fine images. Lee Frost and Tim Clinch, both professional, produce some great work which I aspire to and they write excellent articles in this magazine.

A historical building in Dunedin's First Church grounds

A historical building in Dunedin’s First Church grounds

The 'Nigel Bruce' Steam Train at the Dunedin Railway Station

The ‘Nigel Bruce’ Steam Train at the Dunedin Railway Station

You use a wide variety of techniques in your photographs. Are these techniques easy to achieve?

I experiment with different darkroom techniques digitally these days. It’s amazing how one single image can be manipulated in many different ways. Thankfully I have had some experience in the ‘real darkroom’ and shooting with film to have a reasonable amount of knowledge to apply to post production.

I print my images using Ilford ink jet papers. It’s personally satisfying having the final control in producing the idea. Printing digitally requires some dedication but is worth it at the end.

I can imagine the huge number of great photos taken by others that are locked up in a hard drive to be viewed only a few times and forgotten.

Ilford has just produced a dedicated Black & White ink jet paper called Mono Silk, which is stunning. I have started using this and it is producing some excellent results.

Steam train activity at the Dunedin Railway Station

Steam train activity at the Dunedin Railway Station

The vacant Gresham Hotel

The vacant Gresham Hotel

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

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We ♥ Jewellery

Our ancestors made jewellery and gentlemen’s trinkets in 19th century Birmingham, England, a place synonymous with fine jewellery design. It’s great to see the same creative spirit alive and kicking in Dunedin. We love Underground Sundae jewellery for its quirkiness, originality and use of recycled materials. Celebrities agree – Rita Ora and Rachel Hunter have worn pieces and it has been featured in magazines such as Black and Remix. Even though designer Anne-Mieke Ytsma recently located to Melbourne, her jewellery is still firmly linked to Dunedin, being sold in both Plume and Company of Strangers as well as online. We’re saving up to buy more of it!

Pink Flat The Door rocks with Underground Sundae silver pendant in Clyde Street, Dunedin.

Pink Flat The Door rocks with Underground Sundae silver pendant in Clyde Street, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae necklace pushes up the daisies at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Underground Sundae necklace pushes up the daisies at the Dunedin Railway Station.

Robbie Burns wears Underground Sundae gun pendant.

Robbie Burns wears Underground Sundae gun pendant.

Underground Sundae 'Fall In Love Not In Line' Ring at Knox Church, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae ‘Fall In Love Not In Line’ Ring at Knox Church, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae skulls necklace entertains at the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Underground Sundae skulls necklace entertains at the Regent Theatre, The Octagon, Dunedin.

Old becoming new is also a part of the Company of Strangers jewellery aesthetic. We featured their protection necklace in our first blog post but it really needed to make another appearance.

Company of Strangers Protection necklace hangs around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Company of Strangers Protection necklace hangs around the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin.

Creeps and Violets is an innovative range of jewellery made by Dunedin trained and based designer Steph Miller. We love her signature popcorn necklaces and sailor moon jewellery. Her pieces can be bought from Slick Willys.

Creeps and Violets Sailor Moon pendant lights up the Rialto Cinema on Moray Place, Dunedin.

Creeps and Violets Sailor Moon pendant lights up the Rialto Cinema on Moray Place, Dunedin.

Barking Fish in Port Chalmers is crammed full of unique pieces of jewellery to suit all budgets. They sell a good range of locally made bone pendants.

Bone pendant from Barking Fish floats in the Otago Harbour.

Bone pendant from Barking Fish floats in the Otago Harbour.

Design Withdrawals in Moray Place is a shop dedicated to promoting New Zealand design and is well worth a visit. We picked up this intricately laser-etched pendant by our old friend Wendy James.

Wendy James wooden pendant scales the heights of the University of Otago clocktower.

Wendy James wooden pendant scales the heights of the University of Otago clocktower.

Kate Sylvester has recently brought back her fob chain necklace, a very versatile piece.

Queen Victoria admires the Kate Sylvester fob chain necklace (from Void) in Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

Queen Victoria admires the Kate Sylvester fob chain necklace (from Void) in Queens Gardens, Dunedin.

To conclude, this 1950s Kiwiana bracelet is an absolute stunner.

Vintage Kiwiana bracelet snakes down Baldwin Street, Dunedin.

Vintage Kiwiana bracelet snakes down Baldwin Street, Dunedin.

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