so good it's scary

happy halloween!!! if you're in auckland we will be doing a little dj stint (and i use 'dj' in the loosest sense of the word...) at our favourite auckland bar d.o.c - they are having an el día de los muertos - day of the dead party, it's gunna be amazing! i was going to dress up as a kind of man eating taco with nasty teeth, but i kinda ran out of time... instead i'm pretty inspired by the fever-ray-esque make up above... 

following is a teaser of our playlist tonight. come along!!

head's will roll - yeah yeah yeah's
i want candy - bow wow wow
black magic - jarvis cocker
bleeding love - leona lewis
bat dance - prince
zombie - cranberries
psycho killer - talking heads
she wolf - shakira

352 karangahape road, auckland
from 9pm...


vaile of (not so) secrecy

above images courtesy of rene vaile

i cant recall the first time i met rene vaile, it may have been a halloween party - or maybe i'm just remembering the giant cod piece he was wearing... either way it was while ago. he's a super sweet guy, and takes the most beautiful photo's around - with stylist chris lorimer his photo's defined one of our favourite (sadly no longer around) mags 'staple'. he's worked with numerous new zealand designers, and since moving to sydney, a number of australian designers too, creating beautifully off kilter fashion images that have graced the pages of everything from australian vogue to dazed and confused.

as the lovely leah from plaything puts it:

"rene vaile shows a considered yet spontaneous energy within his portraits of friends and travel picture. the infectious imagery leads the viewer into a quiet and romantic place."

SO, we are kinda a whole lot excited about his first solo show at plaything gallery next week, make sure you get down there for the preview on the 29th october from 6pm - 8pm i'll bet ya' 20 bucks it'll be pretty darn amazing. (please note this offer is purely for literary effect only)

rene vaile/untitled
21 dacre street

preview 29th october from 6pm - 8pm
show running till 14th november, gallery open tuesday - saturday, 11am - 4pm.


press up's

it's 1am time again! yay!!! two of our favourite new zealand designers areez katki and liam from deadly ponies are pictured in the 'young guns' feature showing off their wares, and super duper cuties matt and andrey transform a postweiler hauber sweat into pants in their 'boys don't cry' editorial. 


jersey girl

 as mentioned the first drop of gary bigeni for spring/summer has made it's way through the door - yay!! and arghhhh it's amazing! tricky pattern cutting manifests itself in liquid silk jersey dresses in magenta that cowl languidly on one side, super fine knits and open jackets feature sleeves that travel continuously around the body, silk singlet dresses feature heavy metal zips on one side, and double dresses can be worn in an endless number of ways.


instore now, and online soon!

we are beside ourselves!

Beside Ourselves from Nick Waterman on Vimeo.

we love a good fashion video - they're the new catwalk dontcha' know?? for spring/summer gary bigeni collaborated with filmaker nick waterman to create this darkly abstract video 'beside ourselves' - also the title of gary bigeni's new collection, which incidentally has just arrived in the country. it should be making it's way through the door any second, so until then, watch this video and check out the drapey, billowing forms that gary does so well - we'll post pics of the new delivery as soon as! enjoy.


dressed to impress

whilst flicking through the pages of the latest tokion magazine (latest by the time it gets to new zealand anyway...) we couldn't help but snap one of our fashion faves chloe sevigny wearing a bernhard willhelm 'georg dress' and looking pretty darn cool if you ask us... and as chance may have it we still have one left... just in case you're wondering... check it out here


special delivery!

gosh! ok, so new zealand fashion week and good old pamela anderson (yes, pamela anderson and designer richie rich were in town!) have been and gone, and in the midst of all that we got bombarded with lots of exciting new things!! yay!! so, uh, yeah, we have just emerged from the haze, updated the web-shop and here we are again...

here's a quick update of what's new - more detail sooooooon!!

the first drop from tv's 'army dreamer's' collection is instore now! a little bit 70's & a little bit militaristic - tv have gone perforation crazy! huge kaftans, crop tee's, slinky floor length dresses and more fitted tee's have been laser cut with tiny square perforations - amazing!

we've long been fan's of carri mundane's (carri mundane aka cassette playa) work - from her work with M.I.A to her giant sonic the hedgehog head wearing models. so we are super happy to be the exclusive stockists of cassette playa in new zealand! for her autumn/winter collection carri has got all nordic death metal on us - with spikey upside down smiley faces, and rune like prints. ace!

one of our favourite little discoveries is hong kong based accessory line hoiming. designed by husband and wife team hoiming fung and baldwin pui, they describe their label as a 'witty luxury brand' - all their pieces are hand stitched, and beautifully off-beat. the bags are killer, and the super cute bat necklaces are a must have.

finnish designer daniel palillo obviously has a great sense of humour, his new collection "i want to believe" is full of melting hearts, giant ying & yangs, and pentacles - think death-metal-raver-alien-abductions. tops are super sized, pants are super skinny and the prints are from the pen of mr. palillo himself. we are fans, it's dark but not up-your-own-arse dark. which we like.

new to children of vision for spring/summer is melbourne based label material by product. designed by susan dimasi and chantal kirby, material by product has a strong reputation in europe, championed by fashion figureheads such as diane pernet of influential fashion blog 'a shaded view of fashion'. their signature look comprises of elegant draped jersey tunics and dresses with an impeccable attention to finish, with hand stitched bindings, hand printed pointillist like patterns and flattering little tucks and pleats. exquisite!

our favourite parisian fashion activist is back with her new collection “sister’s of mercy’. vintage tee shirts are ripped apart and re-constructed into sweeping tunics, gorgeous felted wool bolero’s feature cascades of thick fringing, and oversized tops are slashed to skeletal proportions. Its fun, dark, and surprisingly wearable.