Saturday, June 23, 2012

Zambesi Spring Summer 2012-13 Collection Preview

A good summer wardrobe in it's purest form should be comprised of only what we need and more importantly what feels good. This week we were invited along to view the new summer collection from Zambesi for Spring Summer 2012-2013, which has focused on exactly that. Softly-fitted, with a mood of sensibility, the ease and grace of summer oozed through these garments. Given the the opportunity to create our own summer looks on site, here is what we came up with; slouchy silks and worn, soft cottons, some structure from leather and the most perfected loafers - which we immediately put our names down for...... Bring on Summer, we say!

Monday, June 18, 2012

BLK Archives: Issue #5: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley by Derek Kettela

Back in 2007, before we even started this blog, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was our cover girl for issue #5 of Black Magazine. Shot exclusively for Black by photographer Derek Kettela, fashion editors Anda & Masha and H&M maestro Valery Gherman, Rosie looked as gorgeous as ever in Max Azria, Gap, Ten Thousand Things and Lacoste. Beauty products: M.A.C, Chanel, Lancome, Aveda and Redken.

Friday, June 15, 2012

BLK #16: Andrej Pejic shoot BTS video by Nathan Paul Swimwear

Our recent editorial featuring Andrej Pejic in BLK #16 was a partnership with the fab folks at Nathan Paul Swimwear - it was extremely forward-thinking of the company to choose the wonderful Andrej as the face and body of their new campaign and work together with us on this shoot. Here is an exclusive look at the behind-the-scenes video shot on the day with crew; photographer Mariah Jelena, stylist Kate Carnegie and H&M maestro Justin Henry among others. The clip is nicely directed, shot and edited by David Clark. Special thanks to Nathan Lodge at Nathan Paul Swimwear.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Strateas.Carlucci's new campaign by Ribal and Gill featuring Dan Zyzis

Fans of forward-thinking Melbourne label Trimapee could well be beside themselves excited about founding duo Mario-Luca Carlucci and Peter Strateas' new label, the eponymously titled Strateas.Carlucci. Like Trimapee the new label is inherently from 'Melboing', as our friend Eden Mulholland calls his current home, but in reality sits somewhere between Antwerp and the aesthetic espoused for decades now by Rei Kawakubo's inimitable Comme Des Garcons. A sense of androgyny is at the forefront of the pair's design direction with a label that steps up a level or two in terms of design, delivery and positioning. That the very first Strateas.Carlucci collection, shown here, has been picked up by Parisian sales gallery Stealth Project strongly reflects that the future for the label is as international as it is exciting. Particularly pertinent from our point of view is that the duo have used one of the all time great Black magazine models, Dan Zyzis at FRM. Dan, you are looking better than ever!
Photography: Ribal & Gill at Superteam Studios. model: Dan Zyzis at FRM, hair: Jamie & Dani at Xiang Hiar, make-up:Shella Ruby

Moodie Tuesday Spring/Summer 2013 'Painting the Picture' Collection

Isaac at N.Model Management in Moodie Tuesday
Introducing Moodie Tuesday. Driven by the desire to empower youthful and rebellious souls and inspired by tales of rock n' roll, life's mortality, empty bottles, sleeping in all day and staying up all night, the label's goal is to create clothing that reflects a lifestyle of carefree idealism and to build a community of people who choose to live in this way....... That's you? Hey! You're in luck- we're giving some tees away!! Like this 'STDs and Diversion' Otago tee and the 'Moodie Fucking Tuesday' tee!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Blacklog Editorial #27: David K Shields shoots Tess H at Clyne

Happy Friday, we're beginning a series of blog shoots featuring RTW fashion and accessories from some of our partner brands, NZ designers that we love. Everything that we feature in these editorials will be available in store or online now, so if you like what you see, go and buy it! First up Black photographer David K Shields teams with Black fashion director Rachael Churchward to shoot one of our favourite NZ models, gorgeous Tess H at Clyne in Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Helen Cherry among others. Hair by Fraser Foulagi at Ryder Salon, make-up by Michelle Hurliman using M.A.C Cosmetics.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kate Sylvester comp winner - Oana-Celina Mihailescu

Thanks to everyone who entered our competition with our friends Kate Sylvester to win a $1,000 Kate Sylvester wardrobe. There were some great entries and it was very hard to choose but Black Magazine fashion director Rachael Churchward picked Oana-Celina "Noree" Mihailescu as the winner. Oana-Celina looks super cute in her Kate Sylvester Winter 2012 stripey skirt in Marl and we have to say, that is quite a balancing act. The lovely people at Kate Sylvester will be in touch to set up the prize shortly...

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

adidas by Stella McCartney first Flagship Store, London

Last weekend saw the opening of the world's first stand alone adidas by Stella McCartney store on Fullham Road in London. Great timing for the 2012 Olympics which are a couple of month away from starting, plus Stella McCartney also designed the Team Great Britian's kit for these Olympic games.

"I am really excited about our use of concrete and tiling on the floor in the basement, it’s really interesting and we’ve never really worked with it before – it brings the harlequin tiles through from the other store," McCartney tells Dazed Digital. "I really love the use of colour and texture on the walls, looking at raw plaster work and marrying it against that really high gloss and quite brilliant colours against quite natural faded colours, and really trying to create new hanging system for clothes, because that is something I have been working on for many years. I wanted to bring that in a most sporty language."