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


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 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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Waiting for ....WESTWORLD

Every so often a series comes along that sucks in the air around it, depriving other shows of oxygen. I can still recall all those simple black and white massive posters saying ‘Who killed Laura Palmer’ to showcase a new series. Damn weird the series was too - didn't get great early reviews – but boy did I, and many others adore it. It was called ‘Twin Peaks’.

Westworld (and let's admit ..what a cool title) is a much-anticipated HBO series, coming to SoHo on SKY, and also streaming on NEON. It is set at the advent of artificial consciousness. A theme park where you play out whatever fantasies you like. Think of an ecosystem where every, and any human appetite may be indulged. That fantasy might be noble, it might be depraved.

Westworld is based on the original 1973 movie of the same name, written and directed by Michael Crichton (the man who brought us the sci-fi classic ‘The Andromeda Strain’) but it is sure going to be exciting to see where Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Westworld takes us (Nolan co-wrote Interstellar and helped his brother out on Memento and the Batman films), and Joy is working on the big screen Battlestar Galactica). And did I mention that it is exec produced by J.J. Abrams?

Throw a fab cast into to the 10 EP series like Anthony Hopkins (he plays Dr Robert Ford, the park mastermind with an eye on everything) Ed Harris (The Gunslinger and long-term resident of the theme park, Thandie Newton (The brothel’s Madame Maeve Millay). and Evan Rachel Wood (playing a "host" called Dolores Abernathy working in Westworld,) and you have something serious going on here. The question is whether it has the script and plot power to be another Game of Thrones.

When futurism and science fiction meet on the visual screen the results can be terrifyingly stunning (Lost, Humans, Blade Runner). Of course they can also be terrifyingly shit (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century). But from the rumours, it seems there is little doubt that Westworld is set to impress. And it is set to ask questions that to be sure are pertinent to the future; to what capacity will robots interact in our lives, and to what degree will they be imbued with intelligence. Already deep concerns for the public - in the military arena developing robot systems for warfare are already underway (If a robot kills a human, is anyone at fault, is one thorny area)  

I’ll be seeing the first episode mighty soon, so I will let you know. See the trailer on the SoHo site.

Oh yes, and the first episode of Westworld premieres on SoHo on SKY at 2pm Monday October 3rd and again at 8.30 pm. It will be available to stream on NEON once it has aired on SoHo. 

 Thandie Newton

 Ed Harris 

 Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright 

 Original poster from the 1973 Westworld

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 glasses

"Both my necklaces mean a lot to me...both from my Dad - one given to me on my 13th birthday, the other on my 21st."
Really dig her glasses. Those early 90's frames very cool - a little bit Librarian look.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ben...High st

Ben, with an Industrie coat and jeans. I asked him what his awesome bag was. Alexander Wang? Zambesi? " No, it came free when I bought a whole lot of Jack Daniels duty-free." 

Monday, September 19, 2016


"If I need something like the odd T-shirt, or belt, I'll just go and raid my boyfriends closet." Love Jade's styles. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Half Pakistani, from Florida...Poshana, reading Harry Potter waiting for the bus.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Korean horror film fan

Anna is just finishing up her thesis on Korean Horror films. Of which I don't think I've seen any.

Saturday, September 10, 2016