Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh no! Oscar de la Renta died!

On October 20th in his home in Kent, Connecticut, United States, iconic American fashion designer; Oscar de la Renta has died at age 82. The designer had been battling cancer since 2006.
De la Renta died at his home surrounded by family and “more than a few dogs,”  according to a handwritten statement given to The Associated Press and signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen - also the CEO of Oscar de la Renta. De la Renta had appointed Peter Copping as Creative Director of his eponymous brand just last week. As of Tuesday (U.S.A time) morning, Oscar de la Renta’s homepage features a handwritten note from Eliza and Alex. It reads “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms.” The statement did not specify a cause of death, but as stated above, de la Renta had spoken in the past of having
With a career spanning more than 50 years, de la Renta has dressed everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Hillary Clinton. Most recently, Human rights lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin donned a truly spectacular de la Renta gown when she married actor George Clooney last month.
De la Renta's specialty was evening-wear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colours.
De la Renta gave up the title of chief executive of his company in 2004, handing over business duties to the Bolens, but he remained active on the design end, continuing to show his collections during New York Fashion Week.

The iconic and influential designer will truly be missed. 

To remember the designer, I've made a little photo gallery of my favourite Oscar de la Renta designs below. 

Emma Watson .

Hillary Clinton. 

Kirsten Dunst. 

Amal Alamuddin.

Jessica Biel. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shit I'm diggin': Laurelle Jones Photography

Laurelle has been travelling New Zealand and Asia for the past two years, and has accumulated some AMAZING pictures. Most of the following pictures were taken in the South Island and Thailand. 
Check out her awesome facebook pages with even more amazing pictures! 

This next series was taken for a boutique in Thailand. I LOVE every picture.

Laurelle is back in Auckland for the time being so if you'are in the AK and need a photographer contact her through her website!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Glassons criticised for anorexic - looking models

Glassons mannequin with ribs showing - is it a negative influence for girls? 

New Zealand chain-store giant Glassons, have recently been slammed for their use of mannequins that appear anorexic. 

Auckland psychotherapist Anna Drijver, who specialises in anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and overeating.

"It's just ridiculous to show ribs. It's absurd to me," said Drijver. 

"Use of the model in a popular retail outlet like Glassons, aimed at teenagers and young women, was worrying", she said. "It absolutely will have a negative effect on young women - and young boys as well, actually. They see these images and assume that's what we should look like".

"Statistically that's not what society looks like so I think it's a terrible idea having such mannequins in the shops."

Most of her patients with eating disorders were in their teens, but she had treated some as young as 10.

Scarily skinny mannequins in the store have sparked a heated debate about body image, with shoppers demanding more realist displays. Law student Emily Robins, 25, shared the disturbing image of one mannequin on Twitter.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Petrichnor NYC Intentional release of new denim line

We are excited to announce the release of New York street-wear label Petrichor NYC  denim line. 
Lucky for Sans Pareil we get to be the first international announcement of the new line! 

check out the very cool fashion film set to a more than cool Justice track (and Just like Justice is is very psychedelic!) 

You won't be blamed if you weren't able to totally concentrate on the jeans themselves in the video because there is so much cool stuff happening. So here are some pics below. 

Each pair is individuality distressed and painted so are wonderfully unique. 


ALSO did I mention these bad boys are only $100??!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Round Up of Fashion Month!

Spring is in the air, and to kickstart the season a round of of Fashion month is in order. 

Some key trends we can look forward to are:

Japanese inspired. Think Kimonos (this has already started to trickle down to the main streets), sinks, cherry blossom prints. 
Who's doing it?  J.W Anderson, Matthew Williamson, Marni. 

Athletic a.k.a Sports Luxe. Think Sportswear, running shoes (who could forget Karl Lagerfeld getting sued by New Balance), basketball singlets... anything sporty spice! 

Who's doing it? Stella McCartney, Top Shop, Alexander Wang, Chanel. 

 Utilitarian. TBH, I'm never totally a fan of this trend. And it comes around every 3 years in some form so I guess if you like it, an investment piece might actually work well for ya.

I am SO effing stoked about culottes. SO. MUCH. COMFORT. I just made some black ones and will be making so prints for summer!

70s Luxe inspired. Think flowing blouses, high-waisted, suede, and of course, some wide legs. 

Who's doing it?  Karen Walker, Gucci, Acne, Chloe, Emilio Pucci, Tommy Hilfiger. 

A HUGE thanks to where I got my pictures and lots of my information from You guys/gasl rock. x
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Shit I'm diggin : Beautiful words by Jenn Yang

This week I'm diggin' on some of this awesome writing by Jenn Yang. You Should totally check out her website for more.

Do you think you know about love
He says no, but I think I felt it once alittle bit.
Like, fresh rose petals under your feet,
like marble pieces spread under your pillow -

So tell me how you know its for real
I asked.
Its always for real if it kind of hurts,
and its so soft and small and vulnerable -
like you want to walk but you know that'll crush em,
like you want to sleep but you cant cos it's all you feel. 
That its so likely in the end you'll cripple yourself 
in trying not to expose it, to keep it, to protect it,
and the thing itself.

Do you think you know about love he asks -
and I think to myself, I feel it for real right now.
Like I'm walking on rose petals I don't want to tear,
like I want to sleep but there are pebbles laid beneath my sheets.
and it feels all so delicate, so faint and breakable
that it's hurting me to try and hold it, to keep it, to protect it,
and the thing itself.

But I won't tell you I'm hurting and I feel how you felt,
and won't let it show that I'm soft, and I'm small and I'm vulnerable.
That it's crippling me to be hiding it, not to expose it, 
to keep it, to protect it, and the thing itself...

I say no, I don't know not one thing about love.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Warped Reality

Art Design/Styling    Robecca Leyden 
Model                        Billie Holland 
Photographer           Darcy Peacock 
MUA/Hair design     Sidd Bahree

I have been playing around quite a lot with photoshop and design. These are a few pics I took from the last Sans Pareil photo-shoot, and I made these.

let me know what ya'll think in the comments below! 

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Online Fashion Success

Online Fashion Success is a yearly conference held in Auckland New Zealand. This year it was held at Shed 10 in the Viaduct (not to be mistaken as around the Shilo Park end - which I totally did). I was sent with the PR agency I work for, which was cool because I with Sans Pareil, my intentions are very much based online. 

Kathryn Wilson opening at Online Fashion Success. 

The speakers included, Kathryn Wilson,  Paul Kennedy, James Johnson (from Michael Hill) Mark Grey, The founders of Superette, Pocket Square and a panel including founder of PR agency Showroom 22, Murray Bevan.

Showroon 22 founder Murray Bevan. 

 I found the most interesting speakers being Murray Bevan, Kathryn Wilson and the guys from Pocket Square and Superette. 

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

This week in my favourite beauty hacks

Kia ora!
I'm diggin' on the braids hair trend. For someone that get sick of my hair RELLY easily. Braiding (rather than dying/chopping) is a great alternative to a major change.

After scanning the internet for wayyyyy too long, here are my favourite Tutorials. Enjoy. x

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Karen Walker at New York fashion Week

New York Fashion Week has come to a close and yet again New Zealand's own Karen Walker was a hit. The latest collection, Garden People; was shown to a packed audience at Chelsea pier, New York. 

As with last year's collection, the theme was based on a historically iconic group of women. While using the women of the suffragette to draw inspiration from in 2014; this year, the focus was on The gardening society in Britain as photographed byValerie Finnis. 

In an interview backstage, after the successful show; Walker explained:
"What I really liked about (Finnis') work was she just photographed her friends in their gardens, so it was really the idea of dressing up to go gardening which gives you that mix of glamour and utility with a slight eccentricity". 

The collection itself is colour, comfort mixed with Walker's trademark effortlessly chic look. 

To view the full collection go here

Here are my favourites:

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