Monday, October 20, 2014

#2631 Bloggers Take Central Park

Filippo Fiori, me, Marcel Floruss and Filippo Cirulli in Central Park.
You know, a lot has changed since I started this here bloggy wog. Days are shorter, nights are colder, the ability to do this as an actual viable job has (thankfully) grown, and it's enabled a core crew of talented, entrepreneurial and innovative young people to traverse the globe. From the confines of your bedroom to the world, one blog post at a time. Who the GD hell would have thought it possible? Last weekend two of my favourite Italians (Filippo and Filippo of The Three F fame), one of my favourite Americans (Moti Ankari from The Metro Man) and everybody's favourite German (Marcel Floruss of One Dapper Street fame) got together to shoot a joint blog post in Central Park, because what better way to celebrate your mates than to collaborate with them all? Think of it as the United Colors Of Bloggoton... Or something. See below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

#2630 Yes, Coach!

You know one of the things that people often find strange about me is that I don't like domestic animals that much. If I had a dollar for every person who has ever told me, "Everyone who doesn't like dogs always loves my dog," I'd have about a billion dollars, and funnily enough, I've never loved any of their dogs. But like every good, patriotic New Zealander, I do love sheep. I love sheep running around on a farm, I love sheep's wool knitted into a sweater, I love sheep on my dinner plate, and I absolutely love a good shearling jacket. Despite the fact that shearling is — in my humble opinion — perennially cool, it's having a particular moment right now, meaning that just about every brand is showing it in some manifestation or other. This coat is by Coach, and it's one of my favourites of the Fall/Winter season. Yeah, it's $$$, but it's made from the hide of a formerly living animal, so y'know. If you want the look for cheaper, don't get faux shearling, that's wack. Scour eBay and see what you can find. I picked up something fairly similar for under $100.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#2629 The Dog Days Of Summer

Another week, another disposable camera. I shot this one around Alphabet City and Williamsburg (which, if you're not familiar, are two neighbourhoods that sit directly opposite each other on either side of the East River) over the course of a couple of weeks while the weather was still hot at the tail end of summer. Click below to see the street where I live, my new mate Baixiang Chen, my old mate Corinna Studier, a possible discarded bomb left over from WW2, a case of mistaken identity and a lovely view of Manhattan as seen from the banks of the East River.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#2628 Apple Pickin' With Tom Bull

My mate Tom Bull flew back into New York on Thursday after a couple of months in Sydney, and so to celebrate, on Friday we drove Upstate to an apple farm with the fine folks from Hudson Jeans and frolicked among the trees and hills and other miscellaneous countryside. As you can see, the months apart had been painful for us both, so to deal with the reunion-induced excitement we both felt but didn't want to admit to, we behaved like a couple of teenage boys and wrestled and made fun of each other and poured bags of apples over each other's heads. The moral of that story is that males never grow up. But would you have it any other way??

Monday, October 13, 2014

#2627 The Sean Kelly Q&A

Sean Kelly at New York Fashion Week, S/S 2015.
It's safe to say that Sean Kelly started from the bottom now he's here — by bottom, I mean Taranaki, New Zealand, and by here, I mean international recognition thanks to his starring role on this season of Project Runway. I first met Sean when he was volunteering as an usher at New Zealand Fashion Week back in 2010, but the 24 year old Kiwi has made some serious moves since then; halfway through his fashion design degree at Massey University in Wellington, he took off to Copenhagen to intern with Henrik Vibskov where he worked on the Paris and Copenhagen shows, before decamping to London, where he worked for Alexander McQueen, drafting patterns and assisting in the lead up to the label's London Fashion Week show. "I just saw everyone leaving design school with the exact same piece of paper, and I wanted a different point of view," he says. "It ended up being the most educational year of my career so far — if you want to see the business and how fast the industry moves, you need to go to work." I sat down with Sean on Friday to talk Project Runway, Heidi Klum, Zac Posen, Nina Garcia and Tim Gunn, and how he feels about currently being the second most famous New Zealander in America, after Lorde.