“ 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.

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.

Saturday, June 7, 2014


From Christchurch, Blackeyepeach is a new online fashion store, who specialise in women's hand crafted tailored clothing, along with some selected men's pieces. have a look, see what ya think ! There are some nice pieces.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Happy birthday to Chloe, whose birthday it is today. Awesome Givenchy Bag.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From Wgtn to Akl...Vicky

Long time Wellingtonian, just moved to Auckland. "Not sure what I make of Auckland yet. This City has it's good moments and areas, but there is so much creativity I miss about Wellington." Jewellery by Zora Bell-Boyd.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Stripes for Monday

Sunny day in Wellington..! A word...I have been incredibly busy with a new job, so it's not that I'll be taking a break from streetandcityphotos, but it just might not be daily for the next month. DO keep checking.. I aint going anywhere, but just concentrating on a fabulous new role.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Get some Inspiration...! Giveaway

Semi Permanent is a design/fashion/media/culture showcase with both a diverse and rather inspired range of guests (see below!). We have a couple of double passes to give away (it is in Auckland), so if you are keen, just post your email in the comments.

“ An aesthetic that arises from the conception of two contrasting personalities: German-born Annelie Augustin with subtle, minimal shapes and her sophisticated mind and French-born Odély Teboul, the rather chaotic, nostalgic craftsman.

Both graduated with honors at Esmod Paris in 2006. Subsequently Annelie worked for Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas and Odély for Jean Paul Gaultier.

In 2009 they combine their visions in the collection "cadavre exquis" that was honored with three awards in both France and Germany. Thus encouraged they decided to transform the project into a label, positioned on the edge between ready-to-wear and haute couture: AUGUSTIN TEBOUL.

In 2012 the label won the Dorchester Collection fashion prize in Paris.

Inspired by Surrealism the designers leave enough space for chance in the process of creation, while they insist on flawless workmanship and finest materiality. Deeply routed in the craft of tailoring the duo combines poetry and gravity in their cutting-edge designs. AUGUSTIN TEBOUL stands for an exclusive, avant-garde and yet mind-blowingly feminine look. “ 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Bachelor

CLEO Bachelor of the Year 2014...Brock. He's in a band called Moorhouse. Nice suit from Vanishing Elephant.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Everything from STORM, where Catherine works...(she was reading Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson - great book)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Newness at New Balance

Went and checked out the new New Balance range just for kicks the other day. Just a word..there are some cool new colours and combinations coming up. Explore the Classics.

Courtesy Needs supply