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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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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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Fabulous Finds 7

We love mixing vintage with contemporary pieces, especially accessories. It’s a great way to create a unique and timeless look.

Tudor wears Most Wanted Vintage bag from The Vintage Roundup.

Tudor wears Most Wanted Vintage bag from The Vintage Roundup.

Vintage denim jacket from Most Wanted Vintage ($40) – The Vintage Roundup. Behind: vintage Birmingham (England) bus blind.

Vintage denim jacket from Most Wanted Vintage ($40) – The Vintage Roundup. Behind: vintage Birmingham (England) bus blind.

NOM*d socks ($28) – Plume (310 George Street).

NOM*d socks ($28) – Plume (310 George Street).

Vintage dress from King's Emporium ($28) – The Vintage Roundup.

Vintage dress from King’s Emporium ($28) – The Vintage Roundup.

Velvet and bead necklaces by Tamsin Cooper ($29.95 each) – Tamsin Cooper Outlet (30 Moray Place). Worn with dress from King's Emporium.

Velvet and bead necklaces by Tamsin Cooper ($29.95 each) – Tamsin Cooper Outlet (30 Moray Place). Worn with dress from King’s Emporium.

Wool cardigan by Waughs ($99 sale price) – Waughs (460 George Street).

Wool cardigan by Waughs ($99 sale price) – Waughs (460 George Street).

Karen Walker Runaway Girl pendant ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street). Worn with dress by NOM*d.

Karen Walker Runaway Girl pendant ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street). Worn with dress by NOM*d.

1960s vintage dress from June Loves Fred ($90) – The Vintage Roundup. Worn with shoes by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, bracelet by Whiting and Davis, and wolf pendant by Wendy James.

1960s vintage dress from June Loves Fred ($90) – The Vintage Roundup. Worn with shoes by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, bracelet by Whiting and Davis, and wolf pendant by Wendy James.

1940s vintage brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage ($18) – The Vintage Roundup.

1940s vintage brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage ($18) – The Vintage Roundup.

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Fabulous Finds 6

What a stunning Dunedin day for taking outside shots of our fab finds. There’s even flowers in bloom.

Karen Walker pom pom hats ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street) and Precious Peg. Everyone's wearing them!

Karen Walker pom pom hats ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street) and Precious Peg. Everyone’s wearing them!

NOM*d Overlanders ($95) – Plume (310 George Street). Sale now on!

NOM*d Overlanders ($95) – Plume (310 George Street). Sale now on!

Wool coat ($48) – Box of Birds (George Street, Port Chalmers).

Wool coat ($48) – Box of Birds (George Street, Port Chalmers).

Anyone's Daughter necklace ($29.90) – Salisbury Boutique (104 Bond Street). Featured church: St Nicholas, Beaudesert, Warwickshire, England.

Anyone’s Daughter necklace ($29.90) – Salisbury Boutique (104 Bond Street). Featured church: St Nicholas, Beaudesert, Warwickshire, England.

Karen Walker scarf ($48) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street).

Karen Walker scarf ($48) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street).

Rachel Blackburn leggings ($30) – Vintage Roundup at Queens.

Rachel Blackburn leggings ($30) – Vintage Roundup at Queens.

Euphoria Lane necklace ($10) – Market22 (Vogel Street). Necklace worn with dress by Kate Sylvester.

Euphoria Lane necklace ($10) – Market22 (Vogel Street). Necklace worn with dress by Kate Sylvester.

 

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What We Love About Dunedin 1

Alley Cantina Mexican Restaurant (140 George Street)

Guaranteed to turn a grey day into a sunny Mexican fiesta. Check out the lively décor, authentic music and food to die for. Great value too. Try Henry’s special Mate (grass tea) or, for something a little stronger, a margarita.

The Alley (next to Farmers Department Store)

The Alley (next to Farmers Department Store)

Thanks for your great service Henry!

Thanks for your great service Henry!

The intimate bar

The intimate bar

From left: vegetarian burrito, quesadillas, elote and chilli relleños

From left: vegetarian burrito, quesadillas, elote and chilli relleños

Colourful inside and outside

Colourful inside and outside

The Outfit

Embroidered dress from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place). Boots from Box of Birds, Port Chalmers. Sombrero courtesy of Alley Cantina.

Embroidered dress from The Modern Miss (21 Moray Place). Boots from Box of Birds, Port Chalmers. Sombrero courtesy of Alley Cantina.

Configure Express: The Gym For Women (15 Filleul Street)

Friendly, supportive, encouraging, nurturing, professional and kick ass. The best gym in town and they have a 2012 retailer of the year award to prove it. We love you Tania and the Configure Team.

Tania and Chloe. Chloe wears a vintage jacket, a gift from her aunt.

Tania and Chloe. Chloe wears a vintage jacket, a gift from her aunt.

Edinburgh Way

Several decades ago, Edinburgh Way was a mere backwater on the edge of the main retail district then centred around the Princes Street Stock Exchange. How times have changed. Now, most of our favourite shops are conveniently clustered on this historic stretch of George Street between Frederick Street and Hanover Street. We had so much fun taking the night time shots on a very balmy Dunedin evening.

Collection of shop windows. Clockwise from top left: Annah S, Plume, Carlson, Company of Strangers, Ruby, Belle Bird.

Collection of shop windows. Clockwise from top left: Annah S, Plume, Carlson, Company of Strangers, Ruby, Belle Bird.

Slick Willy's neon sign

Slick Willy’s neon sign

Looking towards Knox Church

Looking towards Knox Church

Fine examples of George Street architecture

Fine examples of George Street architecture

The Outfit

Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club from Slick Willy's (323 George Street). Necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird (327 George Street). Boots by Costume National from Plume (310 George Street). Shorts by NOM*d from Plume. Top by NOM*d  from Recycled Boutique (now Paper Bag Princess).

Dress by Stolen Girlfriends Club from Slick Willy’s (323 George Street). Necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird (327 George Street). Boots by Costume National from Plume (310 George Street). Shorts by NOM*d from Plume. Top by NOM*d from Recycled Boutique (now Paper Bag Princess).

Larnach Castle (145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula)

What a great way to spend a Dunedin ‘Indian Summer’ afternoon than at Larnach Castle having one of their special afternoon teas. Just the right quantity of sandwiches, scones and bite-sized cakes: cream-filled meringues, tiny star-shaped shortbread, gooey chocolate/coconut balls, and endless cups of tea served in delicate china. The quirky gardens make a fantastic backdrop for amateur photographers like us. Look out for Alice, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit.

High Tea

High Tea

Larnach Castle Ballroom

Larnach Castle Ballroom

The Outfit

Blazer and cat brooch by Twenty-Seven Names from Slick Willy's (323 George Street).

Blazer and cat brooch by Twenty-Seven Names from Slick Willy’s (323 George Street).

Lace dress by Charmaine Reveley from Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Lace dress by Charmaine Reveley from Charmaine Reveley Outlet Store (9 Dowling Street).

Brogues by Kathryn Wilson from Void (8 Albion Place). Socks from Barkers (285 George Street).

Brogues by Kathryn Wilson from Void (8 Albion Place). Socks from Barkers (285 George Street).

The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit

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A Conversation With Margi Robertson

An attentive audience gathered at Toitu last Thursday (28 March) to listen to a captivating question and answer session with Margi Robertson of NOM*d. We learnt about Margi’s mother’s cultural background (Russian but of Greek descent) and how her mother came to be living in Germany making uniforms for soldiers. Lucky for us, the family chose Margi’s birthplace, Central Otago, as a destination. The family moved to Dunedin when she was a baby. Margi was taught to sew ‘properly’ from an early age.

Margi during questions and answers.

Margi during questions and answers.

Margi and her husband Chris are a tight team and have both been there from the beginning of the business. He was sitting behind us at the Toitu talk and enthusiastically added the odd extra comment. We couldn’t resist repeating this photo from a previous post.

iD Designer Sale NOM*d fabric stall.

iD Designer Sale NOM*d fabric stall.

We learnt about the early days of the business, made possible by selling an MG car to raise the necessary capital. The first boutique, Hang-Ups, opened in Moray Place (now Mazagram) back in 1975 when rent was only $13 a week. Lack of space saw Hang-Ups move to The Exchange in 1976 and finally to the newly built Golden Centre (Dunedin’s first shopping mall) in 1978. However, foot traffic, mall-style, wasn’t their bag. In the meantime, the beautiful former Ernest Adams cake shop at 310 George Street came up for lease – a “fringy” part of town at that time. This became the first Plume. For many years the emphasis was on knitwear. However, when NOM*d were invited to London Fashion Week in 1998, they needed more than just knitwear. Being a keen op-shopper, buying up and reworking vintage pieces became the next stage.

Exhibit from the 2008 collection celebrating 21 years of NOM*d. It uses two reworked vintage cocktail dresses (one inside out) with a ‘Rollercoaster’ polo neck jumper and skinny pants underneath.

Exhibit from the 2008 collection celebrating 21 years of NOM*d. It uses two reworked vintage cocktail dresses (one inside out) with a ‘Rollercoaster’ polo neck jumper and skinny pants underneath.

Dress made from deconstructed vintage knitwear ('Stiff Upper Lip' AW07).

Dress made from deconstructed vintage knitwear (‘Stiff Upper Lip’ AW07).

Eventually, the pool of 1950s/60s cocktail dresses and other vintage pieces dried up. The emphasis then had to be on new pieces.

Margi has a fascination with gym slips and uniforms. Not exactly sure about the season – most likely to be from 'C'MON' (AW06).

Margi has a fascination with gym slips and uniforms. Not exactly sure about the season – most likely to be from ‘C’MON’ (AW06).

Margi loves the aesthetics of Japanese style (unashamedly black) and the grey tones of Antwerp in Belgium. Plume’s interior is also influenced by Japanese presentation (minimalistic and well organised).

Plume (March 2013).

Plume (March 2013).

Margi is drawn to tartans (nothing to do with Scotland), checks and ginghams. 'Panel Back Tunic' from 'Danse Macabre' (AW11).

Margi is drawn to tartans (not because of Dunedin’s Scottish heritage), checks and ginghams. ‘Panel Back Tunic’ from ‘Danse Macabre’ (AW11).

Margi talked about her design team whose premises are on Castle Street. The process starts with an idea or a picture and the collection name is generally decided at the end. Due to popular demand, there are far more dresses and far less trousers than in the past. Margi believes designers should stick to what they’re good at, in her case, womenswear rather than menswear or handbags. She doesn’t have a favourite past collection (each new one becomes her favourite).

Many of NOM*d’s fabrics are unique to them. 'Guide Skirt' from 'A Raven's Tale' (SS12/13). Fabric shows NZ icons and the words 'NOM DEALAND'.

Many of NOM*d’s fabrics are unique to them. ‘Guide Skirt’ from ‘A Raven’s Tale’ (SS12/13). Fabric shows NZ icons and the words ‘NOM DEALAND’.

Margi prefers screen printing to digital printing because she likes the imperfections and colour richness. She intends to continue having everything made in New Zealand. Different factories around the country specialize in producing different products, e.g. tees in Palmerston North, knitwear in Christchurch.

Horror Tees from 'Do Not Disturb' (AW12).

Horror Tees from ‘Do Not Disturb’ (AW12).

Thanks so much, Margi, for a fascinating insight into your world.

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What Are You Wearing March IV?

Great to see so many of you flying the flag for NZ fashion!

Nicola wears NOM*d 'Standoff Tee' from 'A Raven's Tale'.

Nicola wears NOM*d ‘Standoff Tee’ from ‘A Raven’s Tale’.

Zach and Amy. Zach wears top from Yaks n Yetis. Amy wears top from Glassons.

Zach and Amy. Zach wears top from Yaks n Yetis. Amy wears top from Glassons.

Katie wears op-shop dress.

Katie wears op-shop dress.

Lisa and Michelle. Lisa wears Trelise Cooper dress. Michelle wears Lonely Hearts skirt from Belle Bird and shoes from Ruby.

Lisa and Michelle. Lisa wears Trelise Cooper dress. Michelle wears Lonely Hearts skirt from Belle Bird and shoes from Ruby.

Heather wears dress from the uni market.

Heather wears dress from the uni market.

Scarlett and Sam. Scarlett wears op-shop items. Sam wears top by Dunedin-based Clothes I've Made.

Scarlett and Sam. Scarlett wears op-shop items. Sam wears top by Dunedin-based Clothes I’ve Made.

Mackenzie wears cardigan from Plume and custom-made boots by McKinlays.

Mackenzie wears vest from Plume and custom-made boots by McKinlays.

Sam and Kate wear second-hand and op-shop clothing.

Sam and Kate wear second-hand and op-shop clothing.

NB: Sorry if we’ve spelt anyone’s name wrong. Please let us know and we will correct it.

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Di Lusso iD Designer Sale, The Best Dunedin Fashion Week Sale Yet!

In 2011, it was at the Glenroy Auditorium. In 2012, it was at the Edgar Sports Centre. But the Dunedin Public Art Gallery was the perfect place for art and fashion to merge. The vibe was family friendly and there was plenty of space. Although we all wanted to bag a bargain, the atmosphere was uplifting as people encouraged each other to make the right purchase.

As you can see, the queue got very long very quickly!

As you can see, the queue got very long very quickly!

The lucky first people in the queue.

The lucky first people in the queue.

Charmaine Reveley, fashion designer. You really pulled out all the stops to make this event such a success.

Charmaine Reveley, fashion designer. You really pulled out all the stops to make this event such a success.

Charmaine Reveley's stall.

Charmaine Reveley’s stall.

Plume stall after the rush.

Plume stall after the rush.

The lovely ladies from Plume.

The lovely ladies from Plume.

Judith from Plume wears customised NOM*d tee.

Judith from Plume wears customised
NOM*d tee.

Margi and Chris Robertson at the fabric stall.

Margi and Chris Robertson at the fabric stall.

Stall of Dunedin designer, Wendy Phizacklea.

Stall of Dunedin designer, Wendy Phizacklea.

Gorgeous Marilyn Monroe print from Phizacklea.

Gorgeous Marilyn Monroe print from Phizacklea.

The Pamper Room – genius!

The Pamper Room – genius!

Aliana McDaniel knows how to do nails!

Aliana McDaniel knows how to do nails!

Di Lusso cocktail makers – thanks for sponsoring the event!

Di Lusso cocktail makers – thanks for sponsoring the event!

'Spaced Out' cocktail designed by NOM*d which tasted as good as it looked.

‘Spaced Out’ cocktail designed by NOM*d which tasted as good as it looked.

Rose Mojito cocktail designed by Charmaine Reveley. After filling multiple bags with designer gems, this was the perfect chilling-out drink.

Rose Mojito cocktail designed by Charmaine Reveley. After filling multiple bags with designer gems, this was the perfect chilling-out drink.

 

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