Justin Bobby in his many manifestations. Image source: heaps
1. There seems to be a proliferation of these young, pseudo-hipster Auckland guys walking around town in Doc Marten/combat boots, rolled up jeans, unbuttoned flannel shirts and beanies hanging halfway off their heads. Boys – Justin Bobby called, he wants his look back.
2.It's cool to Kōrero! Welcome to Māori Language Week. Here are a few phrases you might find handy: Kei te ataahua koe. Translation: You are beautiful. Kei te nge nge ahau. Translation: I am tired. Kei te momona koe. Translation: You are fat.
3. Bill Cunningham New York made me and just about everybody else in the Skycity Theatre cry. Watch it if you need a little inspiration.
4. Over at my post about models doing topless test shoots, a helpful commenter has just pointed out that Kate Moss got her start with a topless test shoot. Did it ruin her career? No, no it did not. I used to work in a modelling agency. We'd get called up daily by girls under the 5'9" height cut off who never failed to mention Kate Moss' name. Our response was always the same: do you look like Kate Moss? But that's not the point. The point is, there is no evidence whatsoever that a model exposing her breasts in a test shoot will get her more work. There is, however, plenty of evidence of photographers taking advantage of models on shoots. Yes, even Terry Richardson, whose work I have confessed to liking. Judge each case on its own merits. But know this: that randy guy who seems to be shooting a lot of similar-looking tests and not a whole lot else may well have ulterior motives. LIKE HE WANTS TO SEE/HAVE A VISUAL RECORDING OF YOUR BOOBS.
5. Just so you know, it's Isaac Hindin Miller. Not Issac or Izak, not Hinden or Hindon, not Millar.
6. Friends, do not – I repeat – do not sign an employment contract that states 'No redundancy compensation shall be payable by the employee'. If there's an added confidentiality clause in the mix, run for the damn hills.
7. Hallensteins beige socks ($12 for two pairs) are unsurpassed. I've tried Pantherella ($30 per pair), Uniqlo ($6 for two pairs) and various other chainstore and supermarket offerings and none can compete.
8. Is it just me, or does the guy in this Wrangler campaign (the website's home page image) look like he's had his abs flipped upside down? I'm sure abs don't go up that high. Thanks to Sheida for pointing that one out.
9. I'm fascinated to see what would happen if a group of capable people came together and pretended to start up a fashion magazine here in Auckland. How far would they get? How many models would they book? How many top photographers could they fool? There may just be a reality TV show in that idea...
10. The New Zealand government should have implemented a no drink driving, no exceptions policy. Instead, they decided not to change the law at all. What's next? Free beers given out for passed driving tests? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!
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