“ A man reading at a bus stop; a couple out shopping; two teenagers skulking around a strip of bars... whatever the situation, the fashion is eye-catching and the comments are sharp and thoughtful. “ - Grazia online - 2012.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Ari Seth Cohen...In Conversation, Auckland.

New York based Ari Seth Cohen is behind what must by now, be one of the worlds biggest photography fashion blogs, along with the likes of The Selby. But on his blog Advanced Style, Ari has done something very different. He has trained his lens on the fantastic styles and looks on the women and men in their 60, 70’s 80’s and even 90’s. The result is a remarkable insight into a sector of society we don’t often see – hidden from the youth fixated images that cocoon us from billboards to magazine spreads. Ari teamed up, you might recall, to deliver those amazing shoots for Karen Walker sunglasses. He has just completed a documentary, and next week Ari will be coming here for one evening, where I’ll be in conversation with him. We’ll be talking about why he does what he does, his views on ageism in fashion, style and so on, with a chance for you to put your questions to him also.

So! It is an invite only event, but I have ONE double pass AND a copy of his book Advanced Style. So if you are free next Tuesday evening August 5, and would like to come to Ari Seth Cohen in conversation at the Department Store, Takapuna, email me at wallacejnr@ihug.co.nz  - First in first serve.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blue Steel

Or should I say...Aqua Blue Steel. What a colour! Love it. Anna, from Toni & Guy. High Street.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Woah! Camera bags !

I’m a sucker for a great bag. As we know. I’m especially a sucker for a great camera bag. It’s hard to know how to transport your camera around. One wants it to be available at all times or those shots, but also separated from the gym gear, and all the paraphernalia that can clog up your daily bag. I don’t know much about them, but The Brothers are doing some really nice stuff!

Born from an obsession with old luggage pieces, ‘The Brothers’ pay homage to vintage leather ware, once staples in every gentleman’s wardrobe. Sherna and Ashley are dedicated to creating timeless leather bags and accessories that respect the past whilst embracing the future.

The Brothers latest offering of camera bags, is driven by the desire to create beautiful and functional bags that a customer is proud to wear.  A camera is a treasured piece of equipment and should be protected without compromising style.

The 'Avedon' camera bag, honors the late photographer Richard Avedon.  His iconic fashion and portrait photographs defined American style and culture. Avedon’s images whilst minimal, where rich with character and revealed the true essence of his subject.

The 'Ray' camera bag, respects the modernist artist and photographer Man Ray.  A legend of his time, Ray was one of the leading spirits of the Dada and Surrealism movements. He was inventive and versatile working in a variety of media.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shout Outs & Love Outs

It’s been an intense period of busy-ness for me. So busy that I have had no time to take photos at all. And a lot of people are asking about that. So I’ll be taking a hiatus for a while, but it’s a shame to see what has become quite a little community on streetandcityphotos go to waste. The site still, amazingly, has about 20-30,000 hits a month. 

AND SO! IF a label or product would like something of a shout out, email me, and I’ll see what I think, and post those. it might be a chance to diversify out a little too. So don't just think fashion or style. 

On that note, as it happens, I am quite liking Empire of Genius, which launched their first collection - Slasher - in Wellington recently. New Zealand’s “latest luxury handbag and accessory label.” Tymone Winter was showcasing The Empire of Genius pieces ranging from hand tooled leather bags and accessories to tailored pencil skirts and draped white silk pantsuits.

 Courtenay Hill-Scott in hand tooled 'Knifed' black leather jacket, Olivia Poppe in, hand tooled 'Knifed' black leather poncho, kimono cape dress and Tarikura Kapea in white hand tooled 'Leather lace' box top, and white hand tooled 'Leather lace' scarf and 'Lucky' handbag. Michael Farr photography.

 Rhiannon Purves in hand cut 'Slashed and looped' leather scarf, Georgia van den Eykel in hand tooled white 'Leather lace' scarf, and Sequoia Etti in hand cut and smocked 'Slashed and Stitched' black leather jacket. Michael Farr photography.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Love Candles? Be in.

Love candles too? Same! Nothing better than coming home on a winters evening, making a dinner and wine and lighting the candle.

Introducing Pidgeon & Weasel Soy Wax Candles.

Post a comment at the bottom and be in to WIN a candle. A ‘Deliciously indulgent Caramelised fig candle, enriched with spice, and drizzled with manuka honey,’

Or the ‘irresistible summery Citrus Sunset candle – a cocktail of refreshing tropical and citrus fruits, that will carry you to an enchanting tropical island.’

The other candles sound pretty enticing too. Black Lavender. Buddha’s tears. Coconut Lime. Fresh Linen. Perhaps the best thing is that they’re not priced beyond the range of the Ponsonby Villa owner. Check the site for the range.

The team is Prue and Clayton, who both ‘ love living a low impact urban lifestyle’. They make these delightful soy wax candles in used beer bottles, which are donated from a local bar in Glebe called Little Guys. The result is Triple Scented 100% Soy Wax Candles, hand poured into said glass beer bottles, using paraffin lead free wicks, with unique scents and a distinctive style.

So here they are. Pidgeon & Weasel have a number of cool stockists in Australia, but have yet to hit New Zealand.

It’s a competitive market the ol’ candle market, but I think Pidgeon & Weasel are onto something. Their fragrances are imaginative and bright, and their re-use ethos is on the mark - done in a really cool way.

Again be in to win, with a comment below.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lady in Red

Tabitha relaxing on a Winter's night. I LOVE the quilt blanket that her Granny made.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dior & I

I was fairly bored with the histrionics of John Galliano, but I have always had an admiration for the work of Raf Simons. An enigmatic designer that tries to keep out of the gaze (of course, like all the Belgian designers – I mean who has ever seen a picture of Margiela) his directness, and his singularity of vision at Jil Sander  ( all that minimalism! ) made him one to watch. His style I think owes a lot to Helmut Lang, who I also love. His record is really rather mixed, as is some of his collaborations ( like his Adidas collab) but I think the pairing of Raf and Dior bought the two a whole new level of interest.

Well…Raf is the now the Creative Director of what might be seen as the most fashion of fashion houses in the world. Dior. The Director Frédéric Tcheng, who previously worked on Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and Valentino: The Last Emperor, now turns his gaze on the eponymous label, and with it, a fascinating glimpse of how Raf Simons works. Put it this way. He is intense.

From the movie blurb: “ Designer Raf Simons arrived at the House of Dior in 2012 with a reputation for minimalism, and accompanied by a dedicated and personable right-hand man. They had just eight weeks to create a collection that had to not only please house loyalists, but also announce a vision for the future. This entertaining documentary follows that collection from concept through to the most florid catwalk you are ever likely to see. Key to the task are Florence and Monique who head the ateliers where the designs are realised. “

The film is Dior and I, coming to the NZ International Film Festival, and I’ll be speaking with the Director on Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National. This is one for the fashion buffs – and if you’re one of them, it is all rather riveting.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A rather amazing Nick Cave film

If you're a Nick Cave fan, you might be interested in hearing my interview on Radio New Zealand National tomorrow ( Sunday Morning) with the Directors of a film about him. It is called 20,000 Days on Earth, and in a way it kinds of re-invents, or at the least, tries to re-imagine what a usual rock biopic is all about. Part storytelling, part rehearsed sequences, it provides a rather frank insight into this cult figure. It is a very clever film. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Gorgeous bag alert!

Hey what about these bags! They’re pretty cool. The label is Empire of Genius, and these hand constructed bags from their 'Slasher' Collection, display some rather meticulous workmanship. I love the bag handles too. If you’re in for a bag, maybe think Empire of Genius. Obviously a lot of work gone into them.