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Sunday
Mar022014

9 Things Worth Mentioning: New York Fashion Week... by Natalie Cantell

1. Apparently, it's okay to wear fur again?

It's a fall collection staple, but the use of fur is generally more sensitive an issue than this show season would suggest. The AW14 runways were positively laden with both the real deal and faux fur alike, by way of subtle trims and accents through to hyper-coloured statement pieces. As floor length mink coats, usually confined to the Upper East Side, descended on even the front rows located south of the Lincoln Center, there wasn't so much as a murmur from PETA. Perhaps it was simply too freakishly cold to loiter outside the shows with buckets of paint? I'll reluctantly admit, when it was barely -9° and my arm brushed Andre Leon Talley's monstrous fur wrap as we sat at Milk Studios, the only thing I thought to myself was, Damn. I bet that thing's warm.

 

 

 


2. They're called mules for a reason...

As far as footwear goes, mules are one stubborn trend and they came trekking down runway after runway this MBFW. From sleek and chic styles at Tibi and Mara Hoffman, to the more polarising interpretations at Alexander Wang (complete with shinguards) and Rag & Bone (nothing divides a crowd like shearling-lined footwear), there's no shaking this trend just yet. The only way mules are going next season is south of your ankles.

 

 

 

 

 

 


3. Karen Walker is killing it.

Here's to you, KW. Your shows in New York are continually cool, unwaveringly cohesive and undeniably, recognisably yours. This northern hemisphere collection proved a home run with the crowd who gathered at Pier 59 for the show. Strong silhouettes merged feminine looks with the utilitarian, giving the collection a capable feel - appropriate, considering AW14 was inspired by the suffragettes. We saw statement digital floral prints, the expected killer eyewear and a confident introduction to Walker's first toe-dip into evening-wear. And good news for everyone who died over the current benah X Karen Walker bags: there's more to come from this match made in colab heaven.

 

 

 

 


4. Wide-brimmed, black hats still make a statement.

Hipsters and Saint Laurent SS13 fiends, rejoice: the wide-brimmed hat will be celebrated a while longer. Cushnie et Ochs' felt slightly cowgirl-turned-cityslicker, while Dion Lee's offerings had an Australiana vibe. The award for most wearable goes to Public School for bringing their resolute style of cool into the mix. Tibi's pilgrim hats, however, were show stealers and the most memorable by far.

 

 

 


5. Getting to off-site shows is worth every ounce of extra effort.

The first collection I ever attended at NYFW was John Varvatos in September of 2007. The show was held at night, an incredible 45 stories high above a construction zone that was once the World Trade Center; it was outstandingly memorable and as a result, I never question whether I can be bothered to trek out to an off-site show. You simply never know what awaits you. This year, those designers choosing to veer away from the Lincoln Center did themselves proud with some sensational locations: from Delpozo's west side skyscraper overlooking a snow-capped Manhattan to the Navy Yard location housing a rotating runway care of Alexander Wang. Who else would be capable of coaxing the Brooklyn-phobic fashion crowd across the East River on a Friday night?

 

 


6. Sub-zero temperatures eventually take their toll on street-style.

While at first there were plenty of strategically open coats and pedicured blue digits peeping out of open-toed shoes, the madness gradually subsided when the snow didn't. Turns out Nike Air Max sneakers are still the solution to every practical footwear dilemma.

 

 


7. The Row.

When it's sub-zero, one may hazard a guess that cocoons made of 900-gram double-face "fur cashmere "are going to be positively salivated over. Bold but calm - as always - this was a quiet palette across confident silhouettes that swamped with purpose. Draping, tailored looks were finished with handmade brogues, as simple and luxurious as everything else on offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 


8. There are some bright young things to watch out for.

While they're hardly fresh out of fashion school, the aforementioned Public School are the next big buzz. This was the first runway show for designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne who debuted a triumphant line of womenswear amongst the menswear they're notorious for, complete with their signature downtown aesthetic. The pair were recipients of a cool $300k care of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in November of last year, putting Public School in the company of Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler (Derek Lam, Thom Browne, Thakoon, Rodarte, Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung make up a formidable list of past runners-up). It's no secret the industry is standing very firmly behind them, some quite literally as the show concluded with standing applause from a decent percentage of the crowd. Anna Wintour and her daughter clapped more respectably from their seats in the front row - but make no mistake, Wintour was smiling as she did.

 

 

9. Enough with the tall poppy syndrome.

It's easy to feel like the much-younger siblings from down under when New York Fashion Week boasts the likes of Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren. We may not have Wang, but antipodean designers - whether seasoned veterans like Karen Walker or relative new-comers to MBFW such as Sass & Bide and Zimmermann - have proved once again they can stand proudly alongside the big kids. Oh, and as far as on-site locations go? Both the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland and Carriageworks in Sydney beat the pants off the Lincoln Center. NZFW and MBFWA should be proud.

Words by Natalie Cantell.

Wednesday
Feb262014

BRITOMART FASHION SESSIONS: OUR RUNDOWN

Words by Chelsea Armitage

Britomart is anything but square. In fact, Britomart is getting cooler by the season. It seems like every week there’s an amazing new designer or restaurant popping up in Auckland’s most popular precinct.

This weekend is Britomart Fashion Sessions, the annual presentation of leading New Zealand designer Autumn/Winter collections in Britomart’s Atrium on Takutai

Britomart Fashion Sessions on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March will see Britomart’s favourite labels, including Trelise Cooper, Kathryn Wilson, Juliette Hogan, Taylor, Ted Baker and WORLD showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections as part of Heart of the City’s '10 Days of Fashion in the City' festival.

Tomorrow Britomart’s Atrium on Takutai will play host to Trelise Cooper, Kathryn Wilson and Juliette Hogan’s Autumn/Winter 2014 collections, whereas Saturday night will see Timberland, Onitsuka Tiger, Coucou, Storeroom and Federation come together for a streetwear group show, followed by presentations from Made, Taylor and Ted Baker in a group show.

Our friends at WORLD will close the event with their ‘Penny Wise Pound Foolish’ collection showing at 8:30pm Saturday.

You can buy tickets to the Kathryn Wilson, Juliette Hogan, Trelise Cooper and WORLD shows, which guarantee you a seat, include goodie bags and entry to the BMW pre-show drinks and nibble at Nathan Club. Click here to buy tickets.

If you don’t get a ticket but still want to be a part of the action, then head down to the Britomart Atrium on Takutai and check out the shows. Freebie standing-only entry is free to all shows.

And last but not least, Remix is a sponsor of this epic event and so we’re  throwing the Britomart Fashion Sessions Party tomorrow night at Tyler Street Garage as part of the Remix Fashion Weekend. Click here for more information. Our very own Tim Phin, as well as super stylish DJ’s Connor Nestor, Tim Lambourne and Mike Ross will be on the decks, so head along to kick your heels up and let your hair down. Everyone welcome!

See you down there! Visit Britomart online here for more information and visit our Instagram here to win this awesome prize pack from the Britomart crew. 

Friday 28th February

1pm: Trelise Cooper

7pm: Kathryn Wilson

8:30pm: Juliette Hogan

7:30pm: Opening Party at Tyler Street Garage

Saturday 1st March

12pm: Timberland, Onitsuka Tiger, Coucou, Storeroom and Federation

1:30pm: Made, Taylor and Ted Baker

8:30pm: WORLD

Wednesday
Feb262014

SOME NEW BEAUTY BITS FOR THE BOYS FROM LINDEN LEAVES

Words by Chelsea Armitage.

Guys are getting more and more into skincare regimes, taking greater care and developing routines for looking after their skin. Simply shaving just doesn’t cut it anymore…  the boys are now going above and beyond to keep their skin looking fresh, healthy and youthful.

To help you dudes out, we thought we'd share our latest discovery. Linden Leaves' ‘Rugby’ skincare range, made right here in New Zealand specially for male skin, will have men looking, smelling and feeling great.

From deodorant to shampoo, moisturiser and soap on a rope to thermal muscle soaks, men now have everything they need to give their skin and body the love it’s been yearning for.

The understated black packaging is also pretty classy, and nondescript and perfect to toss in the gym bag (the sport set mini’s especially) or satchel…

The Linden Leaves Rugby Men’s Range includes:

Rugby Anti-perspirant $24.99

Rugby Facial Scrub $29.99

Rugby Moisturiser $12.50

Rugby Shampoo $24.99

Rugby Shower Gel $24.99

Rugby Soap on a Rope $19.99

Rugby Sport Set 3 x 40ml Shampoo, Shower Gel and Moisturiser $34.99   

Check out the new range here and pick some up for yourself online or at stockists nationwide.

Tuesday
Feb182014

Seriously Sochi? Our top 5 fashion crimes at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics 

Words by Chelsea Armitage.

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has certainly had its fair share of controversy, some of which has distracted from the sports themselves. However, we reckon we’ve found the biggest distraction from the games and definitely the biggest crime at the Sochi Olypmics… the crimes of fashion!

Usually here at Remix we roll with the motto that if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all. But seriously Sochi? What is it about the Winter Olympics in Russia that have brought the weird, the whacky and the wonderful outfits out of the woodwork? Here are our top five fashion crimes at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics…

1. MEXICO                                                                     

55-year old Mexican alpine skier Hubertus von Hohenlohe can’t contend with his competitors in the age department, but he is certainly kicking up a fight to be the worst dressed, or ‘best dressed’ as he says. With a history of flamboyant outfits, this skier and pop star (yes, seriously) satisfied his need for attention this year with a Mariachi-themed race suit. Complete with the trimmings of a black bolero jacket, ruffled tuxedo shirt and red tie, the ancient royal sacrificed no detail, as much as we wish he did. All he’s missing is a sombrero.

2. NORWAY

The Norwegian curling team must have a plan to hypnotize the judges with their outfits. If you stare at the zigzags long enough they start moving, which isn’t a good thing.

3. JAPAN

The Japanese team look like they’re hiding an array of shiny silver scalpels up their sleeves. Where did they get these coats? Are they doctors or Olympians? 

4. GERMANY

With black pants this jacket might look cool, and with a black jacket these pants might look okay… but put them together with a bright orange beanie and you’ve got something that looks like a traffic light ice block. Germany outdid their ‘interesting’ pink and blue outfits from the London Olympics, which we never thought was possible.

5. UNITED STATES

These cardigans have the potential to be awesome, especially being designed by Ralph Lauren, but they’re just too much! One wrong move and they’ll start shooting streamers and singing the national anthem. A little less patriotism and a little more classiness and these would be a winner. Weird for America to go all out with the patriotism, huh?

Tuesday
Feb182014

THE OSCARS OF HAIR ARE HERE: WIN TICKETS TO THE L'OREAL COLOUR TROPHY AWARDS

Words by Steven Fernandez.

The Academy Awards are around the corner, but the Oscars of hair are already here. This Friday 22nd February is the grand final of the 2014 L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards, where twenty of New Zealand’s best hair stylists will battle it out for the coveted L’Oreal Colour Trophy.

It’s one of the most anticipated events on the New Zealand hairdressing and fashion calendars. The twenty chosen finalists below are the last remaining from an initial intake of 300 entries. Check out who “made the cut” and some pictures below of their submissions that put them in the running to take the top prize.

In 2014 the L’Oréal Colour Trophy will have a new format, taking inspiration from catwalks around the globe. 

The event represents a collaboration of hair and fashion, combining top hairstylists and New Zealand’s leading fashion talent working together to deliver high-impact fashion shows – topped off with the awards recognising the country’s top hairdressing talent.

L’Oréal Colour Trophy is made up of four major titles which include the prestigious supreme award - NZ Hairdresser of the Year.  To decide the winner of the individual awards, each finalist competes in a live recreation session of his or her chosen style to reveal the section winners.

Judges look for an overall concept that brings together colour, cut, style, make-up, fashion and photography with a focus on the hair and hair colour.

Want to see this recreation live? We’re giving away a double pass for you to attend the L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 this Friday 22nd February at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Simply enter your name and email address here and you could be going along with a friend.

For more information, head over to the official Facebook page here.


L’Oréal Colour Trophy Awards 2014 Finalists

The Supreme Award – NZ Hairdresser of the Year

  •        Brad Lepper – French Revolver Studio, Auckland
  •        Helen Afu – Rodney Wayne Sylvia Park, Auckland
  •        Jan Waite – Jan Waite Hairdressing, Auckland
  •        Jock Robson – Dharma, Auckland
  •        Michael Beel – Buoy Hairdressing, Wellington
  •        Natasha Dawson – Rodney Wayne Botany, Auckland
  •        Rebecca Brent – Willis York, Wellington
  •        Stefan Van Der Merwe – Rodney Wayne Queensgate, Wellington

The Young Colourist Award

  •        Dawn Thomson – Rodney Wayne, Whangarei
  •        Emily Bryson – Rodney Wayne Cuba Mall, Wellington
  •        Samantha Bell – Jomp Hair Design, Wellington
  •        Valeria Lenskaia – Bettjemans, Auckland

The Men’s Image Award

  •        Guy Roberts – Vada, Auckland
  •        Penelope Davies – Adoux Hair, Tauranga
  •        Sara Carswell – Blaze, Auckland
  •        Tony Elwin – Durham Hair, Auckland

The Salon of the Year Award

  •        Bettjemans, Auckland
  •        Blaze, Auckland
  •        Rodney Wayne Pakuranga, Auckland
  •        Venom, Invercargill