Monday, November 14, 2016

Big Comme fan

Jaye is a Comme Des Garcons aficionado. Her Comme skirt is gorgeous..what a red! Also her Comme blazer. Jaye is a supporter of New Zealand contemporary jewellery, especially Warwick Freeman's work ( the ring in blue). Octavia Cook ring also pictured. 





Saturday, November 12, 2016

Adriana Ugarte...Pedro Almodovar

Anyone a fan of Pedro Almodovar films ( All about My Mother and Talk to Her, as two examples) , tune in to RNZ Sunday Morning 101.4 FM or on itunes, to hear one of the leads, Adriana Ugarte talk about working with the directing Great, on the new film Julieta. The trademarks are all there - the rich saturated colours, the symbolism, the beautiful music with longtime collaborator, the chic interiors, the sensuality. Check the trailer. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Leilani

Leilani Momoisea works at RNZ, is a writer for METRO, and is behind the blog Lani Says. 



Sunday, November 6, 2016

Daniel Valentine...Krd

Daniel Valentine. What a great name. Kinda like Richard Hell, or Iggy Pop. Or Steve Parr.



Monday, October 31, 2016

Hollie

Hollie was behind the collaboration between Clarks shoes and the British fashion label Eley Kishimoto...which she is wearing here. Cool chic style. 




Friday, October 28, 2016

Sad local fashion vandalism...Auckland

Very sad to see this iconic piece of Auckland fashion history ruined here. Hopefully it can be restored. To read more about how Christian Dior first came to NZ, read here.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Woody Allen tickets for date night....


If you’re a Woody Allen fan, live in NZ and want to see his latest film, pop your email address in comments section below, and I’ll choose one for a double pass to send out. Woody Allen can be pretty hit or miss frankly, but some of his best I have totally loved. I think I’ve seen Husbands and Wives, Annie Hall and Manhattan about 5 times each.

His latest looks very Bullets over Broadway. It's called Café Society, and is a romantic comedy set in 1930s New York and Los Angeles. It follows Bronx-born Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) as he travels to Hollywood and lands a job working for his uncle Phil (Steve Carell), a high-powered agent in the movie business. There he falls hopelessly in love with his uncle’s secretary, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart). Vonnie has a boyfriend, so Bobby settles for friendship, until her breakup offers him the chance to kindle a romance between them.

“Café Society recalls the whimsical worlds of Midnight in Paris and Magic in the Moonlight as it delves back in time to the heyday of glamourous movie stars and a swinging New York jazz scene.” Kristen Stewart is in it, as is Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Jeannie Berlin.

The Listener gives it 4 stars. 

See the trailer. 








Friday, October 21, 2016

Puppies and Cable Knits

I have always had a 'thing' for great knitwear ( scottish name, who knows)  and I just really love this loose, but chic cable knit sweater. And then there is 'Puppy.' 



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rebecca...wearing, Escada!

Photographer Rebecca in an Escada horses shirt. "I love Escada - I have heaps of Escada items. It's kind like the poor mans Chanel!" she laughs.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

Turning the tables...Wallace Chapman

Well! Quite a bizarre feeling to have the tables turned on you. Not entirely comfortable with being photographed, but photographer Rebecca Thomas made it easy. Awesome images by her...and her post by the way is on the Crane Brothers Dispatch edition. Ps: the purple cashmere top is from Rodd and Gunn. Glasses Karen Walker, scarf is from my wife Tabitha, watch is Tissot, and pants Barkers.



Monday, October 10, 2016

Tabitha...Heritage Chic

My wife Tabitha very rarely lets me photograph her, so it's great when the chance. More-so because, of the many people I have photographed over 6 years, there is no better style I love more than Tabitha's. Hers is totally timeless, understated and beyond trend...yet always so now. I love her style, from the unabashed strong frames to the chic heritage look that she's able to pull off. Amazing Holland Cooper blazer, and Ralph Lauren shirt. 




Saturday, October 8, 2016

Lily...timeless

This is such a gorgeous dress. And here on a hot day in Auckland, where everyone seems to be wearing cut off denim shorts an T's, here is Lily is this totally elegant vintage dress. I really love it. And the matching earrings! wow.



Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Afi

Afi is studying for medical lab technician work. We had a great chat about the differences in fashion between Wellington and Auckland. "Even thought I'm a born a bred Aucklander, I really love the creative fashion aspect of Wellington", says Afi. 



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Westworld...What Just Happened?


You may have heard of Westworld by now. It’s a new series that is receiving a lot of buzz. Westworld centres on a Wild West theme park made for the rich to come and visit – an entirely fabricated one. Guests come and fulfill their wildest fantasies. The “hosts” are these incredibly human like androids that are studiously programmed to fulfill their clients every whims in the Westworld theme park. And those whims can be incredibly dark.

In a nod to The Truman Show – Westworld is built and maintained by a lab headed up by Dr Robert Ford  (Anthony Hopkins).There is also a head of Quality assurance, a behavioural engineer, and a story programmer. The "hosts| have been programmed to be as realistic as possible. They respond to guests coming to the park, they can bleed if they’re stabbed; they can even hold conversations with one another.

However, cracks start to show - however subtle. Pained expressions appear, stutters occur. Are the flaws due to upgrades? What if the robots start remembering the violent trauma done to them? Is there a deeper game at play in the park? And what is the real agenda of Management? Additionally, it turns the usual robot/monster with sentient abilities (which has been around since, well Mary Shelley and The Modern Prometheus in the 1800’s) on its head. To quote a cool piece from The Independent, the show asks “How does it feel to be a sophisticated, emotional machine built solely for the purpose of being used for others enjoyment and to indulge their bloodlust.”

The fascinating thing for me is that it's all too plausible; for a park like Westworld, frighteningly, there is no reason - outside Government legislation -that this couldn’t exist as artificial intelligence develops. As I mentioned in the first post, there are already large concerns about autonomous robotic systems entering warfare, and the myriad moral problems that go with that.

Another point to make  - The cast is totally top shelf – my personal fave being the Man in Black, played by Ed Harris (expertly played by Yul Brynner in the 1973 version). He plays a seasoned returning park guest who has appeared to have figured out the inner workings of Westworld determined on finishing the game—shooting and stabbing every robot he can in his pursuit. He is "the distillation of pure villainy into one man," according to one HBO release.

Westworld is about our relationship with The Machine, and as technology and science progresses, what it means to be human. Quite frankly I find all this rather more frightening than your usual horror. On the other, it’s weirdly exhilarating. I’m gonna have nightmares watching this. But it’ll be my new watch.

Westworld airs on Mondays at 2pm and 8.30 pm, SoHo on SKY, and is available to stream on NEON. Watch the trailer here. 

 Teddy Flood (James Marsden) a newly arrived gunslinger in pursuit of a local beauty, and Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) - a Western girl who discovers her entire life is an elaborately constructed lie. 
 Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton), the beautiful, sharp Madam of Westworld, and Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro) a wanted man bent on survival.  

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

From the archives...Stina, Sweden

It has been raining, raining, raining in the last week, so I haven't been able to get out as much as I'd like, so here is Stina, Swedish, travelling through NZ, from early 2015. By the way, she loves colour.