I've gotta say it. I'm putting my fist in my mouth.....it's so hard to pick...but Ruby's 'Tonight Tonight' was my favourite show of the week. There, I've said it. It's out now. A) It was in a car park b) they had a dusty pink background c) every piece was something I would personally wear d) they had dancers dancing to Beyonce's Girls Run the World. So can you blame me? Really? Oh and I almost forgot - you could buy the clothes right there and then. This is a concept more designers should use. You see it on the runway. You like it. You buy it. Simple.
Sooooo..... we're in love with baby doll dresses and sleepwear. We wanna get up in the morning, prance around in a baby doll dress from Itzme and then go to bed in a Willa and Mae comfortable, sexy, glamorous ensemble. Our lives would be perfect this way.
Mistake number 1: not eating lunch. Mistake number 2: not eating dinner. Mistake number 3: drinking A LOT. Instead of goodie bags, Stolen Girlfriends Club gave us cocktails which made us happy. The only problem being, we still drink like teenagers even though we are in our 30's. The show was at St James Theatre and it was Stolen Girlfriends Club good. Their shows are a party. We loved it. We would describe the clothes but everything is a bit blurry so we'll just post the pics. Also, sorry that Lisette tweeted that Stolen Girlfriends Club tried to kill us. They didn't. We take full responsibility for our lushness.
To the sounds of Tool and Marilyn Manson, Dmonic Intent's haunting collection sailed down the runway. Alien and androgynous in fabrics of foil, mesh, and lace. With contradicting themes of light and dark; angels and demons, we loved the drama! The austere, habit nun felted hats were spooky awesome.
Syre's collection of minimalist gothic streetwear in simple lines and clean monochrome shades had undertones of a futuristic utilitarian society. With dull flannel vests and and creative screen printing this collection stood out as a throw back to 90's grunge. The 90's are back baby. Also, teased hair is fucking cool.
We loved how both the labels walked down the runway at the end together - a good partnership.
The 90's are officially back. They bring with them memories of loose fitting clothing and Alanis Morissette. Twenty-seven names 'still life' show was inspired by the feminist artwork of Judy Chicago and the table was set for a dinner party of twenty five women who "question, imagine, challenge, who shake up, who inspire". We immediately fell in love with the concept created by primary school friends Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart. And despite the shitty weather (wtf Auckland?) and the brightly coloured umbrellas handed out that clashed with the muted tones of the clothes, it was a pretty cool show that pays homage to "Women who fight the good fight for the rest of us, who live lives that inspire us."
We already loved NOM*d but now we love them more. It was the poetry that did it. We were wondering how NOM*d could possibly beat last years show that had the drums but then........Sam Hunt's voice reciting his poetry while we got to look at the clothes.....Ka Pow. The thing about NOM*d is that it is so New Zealand and it makes you proud to call this place home. You relate to the dark colours, the earthy colours and the moodiness. Our fav picks were the aprons - the sexy, grungy aprons. The long woolen sleeves (how cool is wool?) and the green bomber jacket.
One thing that's really exciting at New Zealand Fashion Week is going to the off-site shows! You just never know what you're going to get! We caught up with Deanna Didovich from Ruby in the lead up to NZFW.
What can we expect from this year's NZFW runway show?
This year we have come up with a very exciting concept for our Fashion Week show! We have become known for having great off-site shows, and this year will be no exception. We have cast a stellar line up of local models, and can't wait to reveal the collection.
Things that inspire me are.....
Travel, Instagram & historic textile books.
Favourite New Zealand designers - apart from Ruby of course!
At the moment I am loving the knitwear label Marle, by Juliet Bates. I have my eye on a number of pieces in their new summer range.
New Zealand fashion needs more.....
I think New Zealand is doing a great job in the fashion area, but of course support from customers is always important for any business, so the more New Zealanders support our own brands the more they will flourish and continue doing a great job!
What does 2016 have in store for us fashion wise?
For RUBY, 2016 will begin with our Pre-Fall collection which I am currently working on. To give you a hint there will be lots of beautiful cotton embroideries and fresh floral prints, inspired by my recent travels.
Top tips for Fashion Week?
If you are coming to our show- make sure you rug up! And enjoy the week as it is an exciting time for New Zealand fashion.
I remember the day he died. We were sitting on the mat in class. 24 of us. Pre-teens in jade and navy uniforms, cross-legged and gangly.
“Does anyone have any other news to share this morning?” Mr Elderidge asked.
Marty stood up. A tall lanky boy with a mop of blond hair. “Kurt Cobain, from Nirvana, blew his brains out this morning!”
There was a gasp amongst the class. “Thank you for that Marty, now please sit down.”
The gasp turned to a rumble and soon the whole class was chattering.
“He was so hot.”
“Did he leave a note?”
“I love that song about the bridge.”
Mr Elderidge regained order of the class and started the daily maths lesson. But as he prattled on about algebra, my mind was elsewhere. I was thinking of the song that had been playing on the radio non-stop for the past year or more and on RTR countdown every Saturday morning.
Here we are now
I feel stupid
Here we are now
Here we are now
It wasn’t long before the tapes came to school. The rainy April lunchtimes became classroom sing-alongs. Crowded around a small tape player, the true devotees would sit and drone along to the lyrics of, what we referred to then as the ‘Penis Baby Album’.
Soon we realised the tape deck had two tape players, and a record function! Bootlegs were made. Many. I remember the moment when my very own dubbed copy of Nevermind was dropped into my 11 year old hand: Pure excitement.
With my first taste of pirated music still fresh on my tongue, I ran home as fast as I could to test my wares. I jammed that puppy into my tape deck and then lay on the bed listening intently to every line, every base note, every wail and scream. I was hooked.
There was something about the sound that I’d never heard before - and I’d had a wide range of musical exposure as a child. Unlike all the other music of the early 90s it was raw. Messy. It was dirty and screechy and imperfect. The lyrics were hidden beneath Kurt’s low drawl and layered below simple yet catchy guitar riffs and Krist Novoselic’s thick base lines. All of this was finessed by Dave Grohl on drums, who managed to marry all of these elements together with flawless percussion. There was feedback. There was shit being thrown around. The sound was thick and heavy but still somehow beautiful and melodic. This was no Mareia Carey. Thank god.
The album began with its most well known song – Smells like Teen Spirit – which with a name like that was always going to be a theme song for the teen slacker generation. The name was supposedly inspired when a friend wrote on a bedroom wall: “Kurt smells like Teen Spirit” referring to a deodorant of the time. Typically though, this song, which was the most pop friendly and earned the most air time, was far from the best song on the album and my least favourite.
Breed was my personal theme song for my own slacker generation. With its feedback rich intro, vicious drumroll and heavy base, giving way to lyrics Like: “I don’t care, I don’t care” and “I don’t mind, If I don’t have a mind” it’s not hard to see why.
Lithium was another favourite of mine. A tender intro and sweetly delivered verse that gives way to a very simple, yet powerful chorus and bridge. A subtle amount of layering in the chorus vocals gives the entire song more weight. Supposedly this was something producer Butch Vig had to trick Cobain into by layering multiple takes. Kurt, a grunge purist, was hugely opposed to giving the vocals any kind of polished or processed sound, only relenting when Vig reminded him: “John Lennon used layering”.
Territorial Pissings had me thrashing around my bedroom, hooked on the thrill of heavy, fast music. After Novoselic’s farcical delivery of the vocal intro – a cover of the young blood’s ‘Get Together’ – the song evolves into a banging post punk track, more true to the bands original bleach sound than any other the other tracks on the album. The lyrics in the verse - "Never met a wise man/If so, it's a woman" was my first taste of male pro-feminist views. Something I hadn’t experienced growing up with a right-wing misogynistic father. There’s nothing more irresistible to an 11 year old girl than a male feminist musician.w
I’m not sure about other tweenage girls but personally I spent a lot of time in my room listening to music and writing my favourite song lyrics out in silver pen onto black paper. Drain You was one of those songs. Lyrically it is truly beautiful. What does it mean? Does it really matter? There’s just something about these lyrics:
One baby to another says, "I'm lucky to have met you"
I don't care what you think unless it is about me
It is now my duty to completely drain you
I travel through a tube and end up in your infection
Chew my meat for you
Pass it back and forth in a passionate kiss
From my mouth to yours
Coz, I like you.
Nirvana Nevermind has shaped the girl I am today. Sure, it may have caused me to rip my jeans, don a petticoat, shirk my homework and smoke at the train station as a way to highlight my grunge persuasions, but it also influenced my creative intentions. As an artist, as a writer I am still drawn the imperfect, the artistic intention over flawless skill. So what if you can sing like Celine Dion if you end up singing like Celine Dion? I’d rather listen to Fiona Apple, who squawks the high notes occasionally, because I believe her. I believe her integrity as an artist. Not just a singer. I believe that she is feeling what she is singing. Where Celine Dion sings songs, Fiona Apple makes art. I’d rather mess than sterile perfection that lacks the evidence of passionate creativity. For instance, I’ve heard professional vocalists say that Kurt Cobain could not sing, that he was flat in most of his songs and had terrible diction. I think what Nevermind proves is: it doesn’t matter. There is something to be said about passion and intensity. It trumps perfection any day. As producer Butch Vig said: "Even though you couldn't quite tell what he was singing about, you knew it was intense as hell."
In the lead up to NZFW, we are chatting to the designers we are most looking forward to seeing and we can't wait to see what Rebecca Rasool and Bethany Payne from Her Apparel have in store for us.
How are the preparations going for your upcoming show at NZFW?
Rebecca: Fantastic, we had model castings today, so that was very exciting to attend for the first time! So many beautiful girls!
Bethany: CRAZY! so busy, I love it! Things are going exactly to plan.
Which collection will you be showing?
We are showing our AW16 collection titled 'Girl Talk.'
How did Her Apparel Intimates come to be? How did it all begin?
Rebecca: Her Apparel started from when I received my first over locker. I always had a soft spot for lingerie. One night I made my first Bralette. I fell in love & so did my friends. I started to sell online and realised there was something more in this. Bethany and I found each other through social media & from then on it snowballed into a brand that is now helping woman globally!
Bethany: I had my own popular fashion blog on Instagram which I always aspired to start something new. Being bored with my 9-5 job, I looked for something more challenging & reached out to Rebecca. With both of us having a love for lingerie and a passion for helping women, we came together and now her apparel is exactly where we want it to be.
What is special about underwear?
What do we wear every single day? LINGERIE! Nothing is better then wearing a matching pair of underwear, such a cliche line..(we know) but it's true! Women seek confidence & sexiness through a perfect pair of bra & briefs! Lingerie is a secret love letter to yourself.
Is nice lingerie for the wearer or whomever gets to see it?
Our lingerie is for HER. Our Her girls dress for themselves. They are in control.
Complete this sentence: New Zealand fashion needs more...... Publicity! Our amazing fashion designers need to be acknowledged more than they already do! The international market is out their waiting for us! Fashion in New Zealand is growing fast.
Which designers do you admire?
For Love and Lemons. They started out selling in a small market stall individually and now they have their own lace designs made and created.
If you get time, which shows will you see at NZFW?
We would love to go to stolen girlfriends & Sean kelly
Thanks Rebecca and Bethany!
I have long suspected homeopathy to be a load of horse shit but I only really started thinking of it more in depth lately. What exactly is homeopathy? Is it trickery? Is it a religion? My in depth thoughts came about from a nifty little bottle of Rescue Remedy. I bought some Rescue Remedy to help me sleep. It did nothing. Which is fine, because I went to the doctor and got something that actually worked so all is well. But the bottle of Rescue Remedy cost me about twenty bucks.
I've been to homeopaths before and they've given me tiny little round pills that seemed to do sweet fuck all. I even took my daughter to a homeopath because I hadn't learnt my own lesson. The end result was the same: NOTHING. But, going to a homeopath cost me money. So... had I been fooled? Luckily, I have the internet so I could find out more about homeopathy almost instantly.
It turns out, homeopaths are doctors for dumb people. They operate on the unscientific basis that materials diluted work good on what ails you. Which would be funny - if it wasn't so scary. How much money are these people making and from whom?
Religion is defined in the Oxford dictionary (a very worthy source) as "A particular system of faith and worship" and "A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion." Some people actually have so much faith in this homeopathy 'interest 'which they follow with devotion that they die from what ails them because they have not sought treatment from conventional medicine. Picard (2015) explains that the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has published a report that concludes: “There are no conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective.” None. The effect homeopathic remedies have, if any, is that of a placebo.
My favourite article of all time about homeopathy is this one by The Back Burner:
"Homeopathy, an alternative medicine practice dating back to the 18th century, operates under the principle that water holds “memory” and that a substance will increase in efficacy as it is diluted in solution. Cordial, a sweet syrup used to make flavoured drinks with added water, operates under the principle that as you add more water to it, it gets less good."
“It just doesn’t add up,” says AHA spokesperson James Douglas, “the more water you put in, the more it tastes like water, at 1 part cordial to 10,000 parts water, it tastes indistinguishable from water and nothing like the ‘super cordial’ we anticipated.”
According to Peter Morrell (2015), many homeopaths have high interests in religious and philiosophical thought. Dr Ralph Twentyman (1978) stated "The history of homoeopathy... resembles much too much the history of religion with its conflicts between orthodoxy and heresy. So often the heresy of one age becomes the orthodoxy of the next."
Therefore, in conclusion, to sum up........... yes, homeopathy is officially kind of like a religion. If it helps anything, it helps your mind. So don't bother going to get fixed by any homeopaths because it won't work. Go to a real doctor.
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