Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kate Sylvester turns 21

Apologies for the lack of action on sans pareil over the last two weeks. The site has been down for maintenance- but now we are back up and better than ever! 

Lets get down to business; just before sans pareil went down, I attended the Kate Sylvester 21st party- which was super rad and I got a kawaii necklace goodie - celebrating the 21st year of the iconic NZ label. 

If you're from the other side of the world, then you're probably not familiar with the New Zealand culture of the '21st'. Basically, it's a cross between a birthday party and a prom.

This was the theme of course, of the night. Set up like a classic Kiwi 21st - in a hall, set with cake and decorations - the night was a great way to reign in 21 years of the label.

I managed to snap some pics of the night and also some industry peeps!
New Zealand's Next Top Model judge and all-round man about town, Colin Mathura-Jeffree

Paul Blomfield and the man behind the woman and label, Wayne Conway.

The very lovely Carolyn Enting, editor of Mindfood magazine. 

 Myself and Colin

Colin illustrates how to eat a pork roast.
Sparekles before most of the guests arrive (believe me, it got busy as HELL). 
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Colin checks out the latest in men's rings

William Llewellyn Griffiths. 

Everyone's favourite Melbourne man, Colin, has a look at the AMAZING rings of William Llewellyn Griffiths. 

Ring-a-ding-ding. Men's rings. One of the hardest things for a man to pull off but also one of the most rewarding, if done well.

Johnny Depp recently caused quite a stir when he was gadding around town with his new diamond engagement ring. There was a lot of internet heat about his feminine style ring however we all know Johnny Depp can do no wrong. In the picture below we see the interesting juxtaposition, that is actually quite fetching.

Johnny Depp flashing some major hand bling.

Interestingly enough The first well-documented use of a diamond ring to signify engagement was also by a man. The Archduke Maximilian of Austri awore it in imperial court of Vienna in 1477, upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy. This then influenced those of higher social class and of significant wealth to give diamond rings to their loved ones.
However not all of us are royalty or Johnny Depp so a word of warning to men out there. If in doubt play it safe but not too safe, gawd dam it! The hard part is to find something that isn't too butch and doesn't look too cheap and nasty. My personal favourite jeweller is based in Melbourne, Metal Couture. Just look at this bad ass ship ring which I proudly wear for my day to day ain't no thang kind of life.
It's like inception, but with boats. 

William Llewellyn Griffiths (prodigious name, prodigious jeweller) owner and designer in chief is truly exceptional and highly unique in his designs and I wholeheartedly commend his store to you. Which is situated on Gertrude street, in good old Fitzroy (if you pop buy look out for his in store cat!). Just look at this hourglass ring I have my eye on.

Like sand through an hourglass, so are the days of our lives. 

And the great thing is that many of his rings are stackable so you can mix and match...

Fully stacked.

He also has a great online catalogue for all the international playboys out there and an extensive range of jewellery for discerning female as well as male. 

Coming back to male engagement rings. What would I like best? Something vintage of course! Being a man of pretensions to grandeur and a recherche old world charm. And I think the Gimmal ring is perhaps the best of these. This style of ring was most popular during the enlightenment. This style of ring is more of a series of rings that overlap. They evolved to being two hands covering a heart, being very similar to a the Irish Claddagh ring.  

For the fashion-mister in your life. 

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GOSS Lingerie

I really love these pictures taken by Damian Nikora for BlkonBlk  magazine. How beautiful does the lingerie look?? 
Oh man, I need to do some savings and get me some of these! Have a look below for my pics form the online shop.  

The garments are so beautiful, here are my favourite picks form the website.

1. Ava Skirt. Available here.

2. Grace Bustier. Available here

4. Sacha Halter Top. Available here.
How Special would you feel in some of these?  I am such a huge fan of bustiers, that I would def be wearing some of these as outer wear!!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

WTF is Normcore?!

Normcore is a thing now. It's exactly what it sounds like, people taking on the normal 'drab' look of early 90s American culture and tuning it into high fashion. Think Elaine Benes (If you don't know who that is then stop reading my blog, we have no future together).

By now you've probably guessed that normcore is just dressing like your mum or your dad (presuming they are middle classed and middle aged).

Personally I am only partly a fan, Lord knows I love me some comfort clothes, and oversized ANYTHING, but when I look back to the way I dressed when I was 13 (normcore level 1000) I can't help but cringe. and it's so very, very easy, with this look, to cross the line into daggy-ville. ALSO, it is very similar to Sports Luxe.  I'm confused internet; have they morphed into the same thing now...? Do I really have to give up ALL my heels in exchange for Nikes' and Birkenstocks'? Dunno how that makes me feel.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Interview with Frank Caffey of PETRICHOR NY

I was lucky enough to have a weee chat with Frank Caffey from PETRICHOR NY (check out the website it's rad).  I asked him a few questions and in exchange he gave me some fantastic pictures of his latest collection Pecou. 

What is the inspiration behind the collection? 

FC: The name of this collection is the "Pecou Collection". "Pecou" is the last name of my best friend  Kwasi who passed away from leukaemia back in 2011. I dedicate my entire brand to him because before he passed we were supposed to start a brand together. He keeps me motivated when business get frustrating.

Your 3D prints are awesome. Do you do them yourself? 

FC: All of my designs are 100% original. 
More Info from the website -  
" have committed to always have my designs consist of high-end material with street-wear style and unique art. There may be other brands in NYC similar  tPetrichor NYC, but I guarantee my brand will be like no other. I provide the people with “wearable art”…you the people, are my canvas."

Who are your style icons?
FC: Kanye West, Nigo, Pharell, & Rei Kawakubo.

Besides the website, where can eager shoppers purchase your stuff? 

FC: you may soon purchase PetrichorNYC at Ejderforlife boutique in the UK & and few in NYC that will be named by the end of summer.

Check out Frank's collection below. And while you're at it, you can follow him on twitter and Instagram  to keep up to date!! 

Model wears: Limited edition 90s TV/Movies Jet Magazine tee. 

Models wear: Child's Play Tee's in black, white and grey. 

Model wears: Limited edition 90s TV/Movies Jet Magazine tee. 

Caged Dialect Interpretation Tee
Model wears: Rubber Neck'n Van Gogh Interpretation Tee

Model wears: Invert Tee and Shorts.

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