Friday, October 31, 2014

A Clean Fragrance.

A clean fragrance.

What IS that smell ? My wife asks.

What do you mean?

WHAT is that smell ?

Why ?

I LOVE IT, says Tabitha. My wife Tab is one with a well honed nose for any fragrance, and was intrigued about a new scent I’d just sprayed on. ‘Clean’ is the word I’d use, she said. I usually wear musky, woody heavy scents, so this one was a real change.

Artisan, by John Varvatos. Nope. I’d never heard of it either. According to the press it has Sicilian Clementines mixed with Juicy Tangelo, it has taut herbal accents of Wild Thyme, Majoram, solar floral notes of Indian Murraya…and on and on..I’m not going to read the rest.  

The packaging and the bottle is cool. And we know a lot of is ALL about the bottle. The cane detail, and the heavy metal cap is nice.

John Varvatos. Who is he you say? You might well ask. He is a US designer, who joined Polo Ralph Lauren in 1984, went over to be head of Calvin Klein menswear in 1990, and went back to be head of menswear at Ralph Lauren in 1995.

In 2000 he launched his Menswear collection and won the Perry Ellis Award for new Menswear designer. Last year he was honoured at the Style Awards during NY Fashion Week  - Menswear designer of the year. With his CK and Ralph Lauren background I can totally see where he is coming from with this fragrance. Cleeeeeeaaan. I like it. A good day scent. It is under the Elizabeth Arden umbrella, and stocked exclusively at certain Farmers stores.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cool Places...Slowing down in Te Aroha

I had a wonderful weekend away with Tabitha in Te Aroha. It is a little town of 3,500 people in the Waikato, and it’s slow pace, diminished energy, great light, and wonderful history is thoroughly energising. I think I have talked about this place before, but it’s imbued with a real sense of magic and charm. When spa treatments were all the rage in the late 1800’s and turn of the century, this used to be one of four geothermal centres, heaving with visitors fresh off the train: The others being Rotorua, Hamner Springs, and Waiwera. The wetlands area is just beautiful, and the Hauraki rail trail to Paeroa is a real gem. Slow down..and wind down in this little place. You might just never want to leave.

Champagne afternoon..

Lavendar, Lavendar everywhere! 

Evening light and lavender 

The Wetlands...

Tabitha in the Greenery 

Tabitha at the Green

Evening quiet


Red and Cream cottage 

Bridge to Te Aroha 

Bridge over the stream..

Hauraki Rail Trail under brooding skies

Te Aroha Lodge 

Evening walk...

Thinking about the day...

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Rock n Roll Hair

Well....I couldn't pull it off. But always love someone that bucks the trend of the slick sides, and groomed part. Lets 70's style it. Musician Johnny Lyon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The polaroids of Stevie Nicks

They languished in a shoe box for many years and out they come. And what a find! There is an exhibition of polaroids, lost and then found, by a true wunderkind of pop music, Stevie Nicks. There is a gorgeous quality about these photos, shimmering colours, not often in focus, vignettes in time. And they give an insight into Nicks, who, for whatever reason, has never lost her allure for people around the world wanting to know more about her. Wish I could go to the exhibition! " I never thought they'd see the light if day" Stevie said. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Storyteller

Mikaare was hesitant about having his photo taken, but he was a fan of Back Benches, the TV politics show I do, so he relented. Thank goodness, because what a look, and what a fantastic style. We ended up having a grew talk - he has travelled the world, being an artist, and being a 'teller of stories' - particularly amongst indigenous groups. Being amongst Sioux Indian peoples, Mikaarre tells me, was especially inspiring. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier

I recall with great glee cycling up the Champs Elysees with my wife Tabitha, and discovering a Jean Paul Gaultier boutique in Rue Vivienne. A block along was the five story fashion Disneyland of Louis Vuitton, packed with tourists. A large Kenzo store, in the street over. But here was a small quiet boutique. Gaultier across the front, in signature stencil script. But of all the places we had visited: Lanvin, LV, Givenchy, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel, JPG was arguably the highlight. He was the enfant terrible of French Haute Couture. In the 80’s especially, Gaultier cemented his name with outlandish style, decadence that few could match, and a complete irreverence. And this from a designer who wasn’t trained, but used to send sketches to couture houses in the hope of impressing. And one day Pierre Cardin was indeed impressed - enough to hire him as an assistant. The clothes in Peter Greenaway’s ‘The Cook, The Thief, His wife and her Lover’. The red leather jacket on the front cover of CAMEO the band. The Madonna Blonde Ambition tour. And of course the JPG fragrances.

After more than 38 years spent producing men's and women's ready-to-wear collections, Gaultier recently decided to exit Ready to Wear, citing time constraints and wanting to concentrate more on his fragrance line. Yet history has been kind to this fashion wunderkind. Melbourne has a touring exhibition that curates some of his finest work. I talk with the curator that has travelled with the exhibition for the last few years, Thierry Maxime Loriot - tomorrow on Sunday Morning, Radio New Zealand National.