Selfies: The Jazz Club Tee

Selfies: The Jazz Club Tee

Last winter I embarked on making my own tailored suit, inspired by a suit worn by the young Liz Taylor in the 1960’s film Butterfield 8. Dubbed The Butterfield Suit, I was so happy with how the suit came out, and was super excited to rock it in the outside world. But unfortunately its had to wait a whole year before I got my butt into gear to make a top that would be its perfect match. I wanted something that was chic but not stuffy, something easy, vibrant (to lift the grey of the suit) and mod, and something that would make me feel like a total boss b*tch (like Liz) when wearing it. That call has been answered.

TILT: That Western-Style Charm

TILT: That Western-Style Charm

Upon completion of the Kendall Dress (my most recent Devel Vs Project collaboration with alt-country starlet Kendall Elise), I started noticing how many of my previous projects and designs have incorporated western details and styling. From my first original skirt design called the Impala ’59 Skirt, featuring white satin western-style yokes on the back, trimmed with silver piping (just like the chromed back-end of aforementioned Impala ’59), to my first collection post-university called Built For Speed, which was heavily influenced by the rockabilly and hot-rod cultures…

FTA: Fashion Victims – The Dangers of Dress Past and Present

FTA: Fashion Victims – The Dangers of Dress Past and Present

Fashion Victims: The Dangers of Dress Past and Present by Dr Alison Matthews-David, mixes in-depth historical research and anecdotes with current-day fashion commentary. Some of it flows with the thoughtful conversation of the author, while often delving into graphic and highly-medical examples of all the illnesses and deformities that makers and wearers suffered throughout known textile history. Sometimes my stomach turned a bit, but I pushed through, because no matter how off-putting, knowledge of the terrible is as important (if not more-so) as knowledge of the pleasant.

The Kendall Dress

The Kendall Dress

Introducing The Kendall Dress. Now, it has been awhile since the last Devel Vs Project, I know, but when you see what Kendall and I created together, I think you’ll agree that the wait was worth it! Kendall was in search for the perfect vintage’y dress to wear for her performance at the APRA Golden Guitar Awards in Gore this week, and I jumped at the chance to create something perfectly ‘Kendall Elise’ branded, and gorgeously vintage-inspired, for her. Cos that’s my bag, baby!!

6 Questions With: Kendall Elise

6 Questions With: Kendall Elise

Kendall Elise is a gorgeous red-headed alt-country songstress from Auckland, who wears her heart on her sleeve and possesses more soul than you can handle. She has cut her musical teeth performing with local rock and soul bands The Situations and Thee Rum Coves, and now is going it solo.

WCW: NZ Metal and Country Queens

WCW: NZ Metal and Country Queens

It’s been an age since we last caught up with these two local talents, and with it being NZ Music Month, I thought it high time to round up all the goss and achievements these two female powerhouses have collected since 2014! There’s awards and albums and tours and even a new baby girl in the mix! Get ready to be blown away and then fall HARD for these ladies all over again (and again, and again)…