What Needs to Happen to New Zealand Fashion Week.
Watch clip of Joanna Hunkin‘s story where New Zealand’s best designers aren’t exhibiting at New Zealand fashion week 2012. They say that the internet has changed fashion to when the event started 12 years ago. Fashion buyers from the Northern Hemisphere and international media no longer jet to New Zealand for the event in the numbers that they used to when the event began, opting to buy more online instead.
Hunkins words can be read here.
Briefly, what I think: Karen Walker has one of the best fashion marketing strategies going on as a ‘fashion machine of NZ.’ Walker doesn’t even opt to exhibit in London anymore either, going straight to New York.
Really, the top labels no longer exhibiting at NZ fashion week should perhaps have one LA office, or New York office (or both) supported by Tourism New Zealand, NZ Wool, or MPI even, etc. All of their designs should be conglomerated to be one collection (in the early days).The history of French fashion reveals how the French government propped up the best fashion designers. They were all constructs of the French government initially.
One day though, their efforts became commercially sustainable and is why couture is now associated to Paris for example today as a major draw to France and Europe every year.
I haven’t purchased any new major fashion items in two years. Two pairs of jeans, some tee shirts and a jersey or two and a hoodie is what I seem to love living in these days. Yet, if you wanted to market NZ as a fashion capitol, Kiwis would probably have to buy more clothes, give clothes as gifts to friends overseas more and all of that type of stuff to get designers noticed more. The sustained approach of constant marketing abroad pays off in the end, if NZ fashion was to take the longer view. NZers need to be based overseas to grow NZ fashion abroad, this will translate to gains for Kiwi designers (small to medium sized business owners) with the view to growing the best ones into larger companies as global sales increase.
Featured designer, Nom D. Young Hollywood kids would love this. How do they know Nom D exists? Marketing. Selling into the US market. Of course. We need to create creative space, where leading fashion buyers and media want to return to NZ. That is a five year project, to turn that perception of NZ as a nanny state around. Creativity attracts creative types. We need to give NZ CPR in that regard to see the big rewards and major gains for the NZ economy. Right now, that’s been zapped off NZ. How to get it back is what Kiwi fashion tribes (meaning anyone who is an entrepreneur) would care to invest in seeing return to NZ. Women and men not in fashion, yet with a strong biz brain, hold real strength in unlocking that arena’s potential.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.9.12~
Aster, the local television star of Aotearoa New Zealand who can turn a hessian oyster sack into a jacket that would (with the right level of investment into her talents) rival any of the best designers in Paris, wowed yesterday on local TV making a plain fitted jacket into a Channel – ‘look- alike.’
As a pioneeer of ‘industry’ on the cuff, who should be the next Karen Walker fashionista mogul of NZ (or something similar), Aster has always been… amazeballs! Like a Pearl farm of creativity floating on the waters of the South Pacific, Aster is … again, totally amazeballs!
So industrious, everyday, on a budget creating magic with her innovation. A bit of a model Kiwi in these times with her creative streak and ability to deliver magic, with no buffer – you have to say as a talented giving person… Rock on!
Aster is the hot piece on the far right with her Good Morning show TV presenters line up. No TV Presenter works harder than Aster day-in-day out. Go kid. Imma fan. The color she brings to New Zealanders each week is the stuff that creative legends are made of. Her output? Huge! Wow!
–At the moment, Aster is even whipping up some oysters on TV. Like a clean smooth place to land, Aster is just too milli-vanilli millies funny!
[Motifs- Tipare art & Tapa Cloth Design of Fiji]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia, Asia-Pacific. 31.5.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
Bonus Post – American Fashion: Vintage Copper Chiffon 1960′s – Miss Elliette
Bonus Post – American Fashion: Charles James - Tree Evening Dress, 1955
Bonus Post – New Zealand – Sunset Over Auckland City – January 2012
Bonus Post – Washington – Washington Post’s Top Stories of 2011
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 31.1.12~
Alright – here’s what’s happening in celeb news with a touch of politics from Hollywood today.
Mashup Hotness – Brit Brit on Kat Graham on Adele. Getcha dance on here.
Chicago has mixed emotions about Hu’s visit. Apparently.
Do fisherman get too over-excited to be on land with women? This guys OTT.
Britney Spears debuts at #1 on billboard for the 18th time.
Sargeant Robert Shriver dies aged 95. Love to Maria Shriver and family.
Coachella‘s artists list looks hot this year.
Editorial: Poverty and Recovery – NY Times. Yeah, as if they know.
Want to catch real great white sharks? New Zealand’s got plenty. Apparently.
Cee Lo Green & Gwyneth Paltrow‘s duet is in the works.
Banking analyst Toby Carroll is doing way too much triangle stuff in Dubai.
Children are always more important than ‘men’ who should not be Priests.
The UK sinks its fangs into Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady – a Margaret Thatcher biopic.
Starbucks marries Big Brother – credit card/paypal aps – global currency moves to mobile telephony payments.
Johnny Depp wants to readress Native American Indian exploitation starring as The Lone Ranger.
Tom Hardy news – playing Bane of The Dark Knight Rises
Natalie Portman will produce rom-com, kick ass action-comedy films for women through her HandsomeCharlieFilms co.
Harvard Hasty Pudding Award winner 2001 is Julianne Moore.
Anne Hathaway has signed to play Selina Kyle/ Catwoman for Chris Nolan.
Global Green Property Services employs a Gosselin.
Harawira complaint hui postponed – why does one bro – play a clown at a circus in a game not even his? E oho.
Jane Lynch plays Simon Cowell‘s publicist. How sweet.
Rent meets Glee says Amber Riley.
Golden Globes winner Paul Giamatti sees himself as a model?
‘Bankrolling’ Facebook news - Goldman Sachs’ Quarterly Profit Declines 53%
How beneficial is college? Don’t read this if an educator.
Bravo can’t part with Camille Grammer in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reality TV show.
Robert Ford Wilson is Owen Wilson‘s sons name.
Sarah Palin’s popularity gets leeched. She doesn’t need it all anyway.
Jennifer Aniston talks not sitting down for long – fitness.
Have you ever dated anyone you met on Twitter? No.
Reality TV boy, Alex Lambert still is getting press.
Broadways How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying signs Anderson Cooper.
Gay reality show The A-List – will flaunt bodies that are just too fit – for another season.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Mila Kunis buddy up for flirting with media this week
Teen mom bashing? Should Kim Kardashian just breed about now?
U.K. Bars U.S. Pastor Who Threatened To Burn Koran – Has the U.K even read it? No.
Fashion sheep news: An Identity Dyed in the Wool
Miami Herald – Obama & Hu spar of Human Rights
Ryan Gossling shares a secret with Olivia Wilde, Golden Globes 2011 (below) and a French film director with a Coco-Chanel tattoo, multi-tasks with her newborn at Starbucks on Melrose tonight, while dancing to Coltrane Jazz and debriefing her US-Euro mixed crew in French. I LOVE LA! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 1.19.11. With thanks to Ms. Lavandeira~
“Our cup overfloweth with joie de vivre to share with others”–motto for 2011 onwards.
This Christmas Eve is the month where a Maori Hollywood entertainment celebrity blog made history and hit the 2.8 million threshold thanks to you all worldwide. That’s never happened before in Hollywood’s entertainment history. Hawaii takes the top spot as both the 44thPresident of America and New Zealand’s Prime Minister vacation at the tropical jewel isles location of the USA.
Here in California this artwork at the Wiedeman gallery photographed in Hollywood this eve, reminds me of the umbrella I’ve been living under while living here in Hollywood California to date. Very French with a Hollywood twist. And Jakey Davis shines with two of his biggest fans, sister Taylor Jane and his mom, teen mom’s champion life coach - The Maori Rose of Sharon across the world in New Zealand. It’s all about children and their world we help and support them create. As you can see, I’m on Jakey’s program as he’s already busting out his Peace sign moves for photos, so fine like already, on a Kiwi beach. Too cute.
Hollywood entertainment and celebrity news on Christmas here in the Hollywood hood as voted by you the people worlwide. Here’s how we’re looking in our top ten today. Merry New Zealand Christmas and Happy Hollywood Christmas Eve. Thanks people.
Almost made it – The Bonus Posts:
Happy Kiwi Christmas and Merry American Christmas Eve.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
I just spoke to my Maori mom on the phone wishing her and dad a very Merry California Christmas.
She was sooooooo excited to hear my voice in a way only a Maori mom is.
Hot topics of conversation were: Mom warning me about the perils of “Facebook oversharing.” Heavens forbid!
Mom is in her 70′s and she goes to see Bono live at U2 concerts and holidays in Paihia that is rark-it-up seaside resort township for New Year’s eve of New Zealand each year… so mom did make me laugh about Facebook. Apparently many of my beautiful, talented, breeding and entertaining family are having family Christmas in a New Zealand top secret Christmas party location, right at this minute. So… I just might have to ring into that party real soon, like So Undercover via the telephone via the top secret telephone number given to me by mom, and spice it up the party a little. ;)
To all my family/ whanau all friends in Christchurch, in Melbourne, in Papakura, in Beverly Hills, in Arizona, in China, at PPL HQ, in New Zealand, in Malibu, in Auckland The Supercity, on Catalina Island, in Westwood, in California, in Wellington and in Helensville –Mere Kirihimete, I love you and God bless.
[Christmas Artwork: Weideman Gallary snapped 10 mins ago, West Hollywood-Chanel No 5 Series of 4 and James Dean in Hollywood Headlights. Catalina Island photographic artwork of Avalon Bay hangs outside my apartmento door in Hollywood. Who would have thought?]
UPDATE: Hollywood = 1.59 am – NZ Boxing Day, USA Christmas: I so made the call. Christmas message on answerphone, okiez? Love ya all black! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.24.10~
Humor: Dressed in clothes made by her sister, Adrienne Chanel takes the family dog, for a walk along the boulevard by the Deauville Ocean.
[This post going up in honor of my dad, whose middle name is Adrian, named by his late mother Elizabeth Maude Bailey, a stylish God fearing woman, who named her son in honor of the masculine French version of Adrienne, Coco Chanel's sister. My grandmother loved Coco Chanel's artistry too as a designer, who women worldwide found a voice in, even as far afield as the countryside of beautiful New Zealand green pastures. In honor of her mother-in-law, a talented milliner, perhaps she named dad, after Adrienne in acknowledgment of great grandma's unique skills to create magical moments of world worthy fashion, in remote parts of the world too. To this day, my father chooses to see women's strengths equal to those of men. He's always been that way. He does not discriminate between sexes. If you lead, you lead].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.28.10~
Embroidered sleeve detail, Day Esemble 1927 by Coco Chanel. Etsy. All right, I’m late for The House of Blues tonight. Oops.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.25.10
These images and words depict how the arrival of Josephine Baker in France, greatly influenced Parisian life – and also freed up artists, like Coco Chanel to be understood better. Put simply, in Josephine, a women of spectacle who was expected to perform and amuse, Chanel saw herself and loved Baker instantly, understanding her better than her fashion designer contemporaries. She included many elements of Baker’s star aesthetic into her design aesthetic.
Well worth a share. Words in pics by Charles Roux. Josephine Baker prided herself on creating a rainbow family made up of children from all nations. In this regard, she was a little like Angelina Jolie or Mia Farrow are today. Baker stands as a witness, that France loved African-Americans to a level that even America hadn’t yet reached in their times. Coco Chanel’s life, shows that she loved African-American people as whole people long before many American leaders did. Josephine was extremely beautiful though. And after all, Chanel was in the beauty game of fashion.
The fact that Coco Chanel ‘got’ Jospehine Baker so well, is also what makes a designer like Coco Chanel even more entriguing. She was out there with her contemporary modern expressions in fashion. She saw people for who they were – and in her own way, loved their uniqueness.
~Posted by Horiwood.com, Hollywood California USA. 9.24.10~
Starting any business requires family support, if you have that luxury. In his book Chanel and Her World, author Charles Roux was not all that kind in describing how Coco Chanel discovered the value of mannequins.
He posits that because Chanel’s sister Adrienne first began to borrow clothes from her store racks and wear them up town, that people saw the dresses, pants suits, what have you, on Chanel’s sisters, would then go to her store to buy the same said clothes. Roux posits that ‘this was the way Chanel discovered the value of mannequins.’
Gosh! That wasn’t very kind to Coco’s sisters, Mr Roux. Anyway, pictures of this story are in this post. And as this book is so outrageous, I’m going to keep sharing tid bits from it, as I’m able, so that budding designers from California to New Zealand, can learn how Mr Roux, think she rolled as a designer.
He’s very subjective though, (‘sisters as mannequins!!!’) but the photographs are real and unphotoshopped-so well worth a share.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.23.10~
… to make Coco Chanel smile. She was a tough audience.
But of her they said “there was nobody else like her.”
Cute pic from the archives of history, life, art.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.22.10~
As we live in such wooley times, I thought I’d celebrate two things that pertain to wool.
If you love sports check them out live at this event. There’s nothing like it.
The second thing worth celebrating today in Wooley times, is Gabrielle Chanel (Coco Chanel’s) invention of the ‘Little Black Dress.’ Back then, it was simply titled Day Ensemble 1926. And the rest is history.
Although chanel made her famous dress in black wool, everytime you see a little black dress, this is her invention of fashion.
Okay, check out Rugby World Cup – and think wool – to always be inspired and motivated.
[These images of Chanel's work via Haute Couture embroidery, the Art of Lesage by Palmer White. Richie McCaw, Dan Carter & Rodney Soi'alo for Iveco.]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.22.10~
Who: Coco Chanel
What: Charcole sketches
Photograph: Coco during Hitler’s war years, photographed by a then young Richard Avedon visiting France.
Interesting fact about Coco: She died the year I was born, which makes me getting on.
Reference Source: Charles Roux, Chanel and Her World.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.20.10~