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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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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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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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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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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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What Are You Wearing Summer?

Dunedin summer style is all about mixing and matching with separates!

Meg wears top by Max and op-shop skirt.

Meg wears top by Max and op-shop skirt.

Logan wears jacket from Just Jeans and bag from Hydro.

Logan wears jacket from Just Jeans and bag from Hydro.

Emily and Jeanne. Emily wears top and pants by Country Road and Vans shoes. Jeanne wears top by Zara, jacket from France, skirt from Dotti and shoes from Hannahs.

Emily and Jeanne. Emily wears top and pants by Country Road and Vans shoes. Jeanne wears top by Zara, jacket from France, skirt from Dotti and shoes from Hannahs.

Mikayla wears op-shop.

Mikayla wears op-shop.

Ethan and Emily. Ethan wears tee and jeans from Hallensteins. Emily wears jacket from Hallensteins and Dr Martens.

Ethan and Emily. Ethan wears tee and jeans from Hallensteins. Emily wears jacket from Hallensteins and Dr Martens.

Jenna wears top and shoes from Farmers, pants from Forever New and bag from Acquisitions.

Jenna wears top and shoes from Farmers, pants from Forever New and bag from Acquisitions.

Tay and Veeta. Tay wears jacket from Toffs, dress from The Warehouse and shoes from SaveMart. Veeta wears jacket by Storm, pants from Wild Pair and op-shop.

Tay and Veeta. Tay wears jacket from Toffs, dress from The Warehouse and shoes from SaveMart. Veeta wears jacket by Storm, pants from Wild Pair and op-shop.

Mairead wears Dr Martens and borrowed.

Mairead wears Dr Martens and borrowed.

Sarah and Oska. Sarah wears gifted jacket, tee from Dotti and op-shop skirt. Oska wears shirt from Farmers, Levis and shoes by Pantofola d'Oro.

Sarah and Oska. Sarah wears gifted jacket, tee from Dotti and op-shop skirt. Oska wears shirt from Farmers, Levis and shoes by Pantofola d’Oro.

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Street Art Dunedin-Style 3

It just keeps on getting better! Even though some of it was painted without permission, we love it just the same!

Albany Street

Albany Street

Water Street (by Yohann Meker, France)

Water Street (by Yohann Meker, France)

Glenleith

Glenleith

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

Playhouse Theatre, Albany Street

George Street

George Street

Vogel Street (by Jon Thom, Dunedin)

Vogel Street (by Jon Thom, Dunedin)

Water Street (by Be Free, Australia)

Water Street (by Be Free, Australia)

Vogel Street (by Sam Ovens, Dunedin)

Vogel Street (by Sam Ovens, Dunedin)

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

Corner of Leithbank and Forth Street

George Street

George Street

Vogel Street (by Andy McCready, Dunedin)

Vogel Street (by Andy McCready, Dunedin)

If you’d like to see even more Dunedin street art, take a tour following the ‘Street Art Trail’ map here.

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