'Have you been to Russia?' Victoria asks. 'Well you will know that people here are very very friendly' she says. Victoria has only been in New Zealand for a few months, and really loves it. 'But it does take a lot of getting used to. It is so different to home.'
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins has been described by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the most influential design writers in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2008 Douglas was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for his contribution to architecture and design. More importantly, no male in Auckland can wear boots quite like Douglas. His tie/crevat is 'Japanese silk' with a vintage blazer.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Never seen such a cool yellow shawl! Turns out it is Comme de Garcon. Kim's dress is Costume National. She was in Auckland for the Cuisine Awards. "The food in Wellington is pretty great - it is a good standard - we don't have the investment for the large fit outs, but you know.. " Kim works at Ortega in Wellington.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Ariel had just come from the studio, working on some designs. Her ambition is to become a fashion designer in the future. " I'm working hard for it to happen. Hopefully that hard work will pay off! " Wearing cashmere from Workshop, jewellery by Zora Bell-Boyd.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Alicia is from Alabama, staying in Wellington for a while. So what do you think of NZ ? "It's beautiful..it really is. I'm from Alabama, and then again, my home is beautiful too. The North of Alabama is incredible", Alicia says. Alicia is also a musician and is from Muscle Shoals - the largest City in Colbert County Alabama..about 13,500 people. "Oh so you know Muscle Shoals ?? I get a lot of that...it has an incredible musical legacy that just seeps through everywhere." And she's right. From Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett..to Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, The Stones and The Allman brothers -so many artists have recorded there. It goes on...an early version of Careless Whispers by George Michael was recorded in Muscle Schoals. It has a huge music heart.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Timnz just arrived in Auckland 3 days ago, from his native Sweden. He has a family member who is working on a farm here, so he thought he would come to visit. So 3 days in, what does he make of Auckland I ask ? There was a bit of silence, and a little umming and ahhing followed by a.. "quite nice." Upon further query, he said it was a little bit slower than what he was used to. I tried to be an upbeat ambassador by suggesting a few places, upon resigning myself to the fact that whilst we might be a 'liveable city' (for some), Auckland's attractions to international city dwellers can take a little time to reveal themselves.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Grace and Dean...striking couple. Fascinating taste in clothes. Had a great chat about the cultural scene in Wellington, and the number of music venues closing down. They both love the city, but just sometimes, feel a little bit constrained there too.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Well you never know who you meet taking photos on the street. Jacqueline Fahey is one of New Zealand's premiere artists. Painting since the 1950's, she is credited as being one of the first painters in New Zealand to paint from a female perspective, in examining the domestic subjects of contemporary women's existence. And in 1964 organised an exhibition with the great Rita Angus! We talked about none of that. Instead, about her earrings given to her by her daughter (who was working in Afghanistan. Jacqueline said she felt sorry for the Afghan locals beset by war, and who dont have enough to eat, thereby resorting to growing poppies.