Wednesday, May 11, 2011

#1838 The facts of life

Photo: Katherine Lowe

Photo: Katherine Lowe

1. Sherie Muijs makes an extremely strong case for mustard yellow pants in her new collection, presented yesterday at Hotel DeBrett. It may well have something to do with the pants being an excellently boyish fit, and the way in which they perfectly exemplify the cropped and hemmed leg I'm enjoying so much right now. Either which way, wear them with roman sandals, as evidenced above, and you'll be sitting pretty come summer.

2. Katherine Lowe and I finished work on the second Isaac Likes sweater print today, which will go on sale at Area 51 and on the Isaac Likes Store in about two weeks' time. Without giving too much away, it's a little collegiate, a little American, a little preppy and a little gangsta. Accompanying it in store will be a re-run of SHAWTY WANNA THUG? sweaters. Get in there. (In about two weeks' time.)

3. David Dallas is a killer rapper, all-round good dude and handsome bastard. His new album The Rose Tint dropped last night, and you can download it here. FOR FREE. Legally! Do it before he changes his mind.

4. I got a sneak preview of the Zambesi Man collection last night, and guess what: it includes pink and orange colour-blocking, white on white on white and a floral shirt. I never thought I'd see the day.

5. Just because a garment is made in China, doesn't mean that the construction will be poor, the fabrics cheap, or that you're not getting your money's worth. I got plenty of comments suggesting as much in my post two days ago about New Zealand designers charging too much for their goods, and it's factually incorrect. Now that we don't have much of a ragtrade here in New Zealand, the skills that might have been here previously are increasingly harder to find, whereas the Chinese garment industry is growing exponentially by the day, and upskilling in the process. Questionable labour practices aside, don't believe the hype.

6. It's been six days and Robert still hasn't called. I mean I know the guy's busy and everything, but there's no need to be rude.

7. Speaking of which, I went and saw Water for Elephants last night (special thanks to More FM for letting me sneak into their preview instead of subjecting myself to Hoodwinked Too in 3D). Brilliant acting from Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and Christopher Waltz; amazing cinematography of a travelling circus on the railroad; and genius elephant acrobatics, but the story left me a little cold. Undulation might be lovely where countrysides are concerned, but films need snappy dialogue or at least characters you care about. I say wait for the DVD release.

8. Help me out: do I jump the gun and fly out to New York in three weeks and pay a crazy high flight price, or wait until June 22 and pay a way lower rate? I'm leaning towards the latter, but experiencing major FOMO.

9. I'm shooting my first two THREE MEN IN A... pages for Metro this morning. One of my garments is a $1500 piece of knitwear. How we do.

10. RIP Emily Longley, the 17 year old Kiwi girl who died in her sleep in England this week. I worked with her father, Mark, at Urbis Magazine for a year and have nothing but good things to say about him. There is no greater tragedy than a parent having to bury his own child, but imagine having to do it with the tabloid media asking questions at every corner. It's unthinkable. My deepest condolences go out to him and the family.



Tina said...

Re #8 - wait and pay less. It's good to have something to look forward to, and it's only an extra 3 weeks we're talking about. Enjoy the anticipation and then spend the money you saved when you get there.

Tina said...

Re #8 - wait and pay less. It's good to have something to look forward to, and it's only an extra 3 weeks we're talking about. Enjoy the anticipation and then spend the money you saved when you get there.

George D said...

Tina has the right idea. NYC is way expensive, better to be more comfortable. Also, we have selfish reasons for wanting you here a few more weeks!

China means anything at the moment. When my parents were teens made in Japan was something you'd avoid. A few years before that Italy didn't mean all that much either. Drop the preconceptions, look at the item itself.

D Dallas is sweet (and his gf Leilani is a pretty sweet cat herself). You should try catch them if you're in the same country...

And yeah, anyone's kid dying is pretty tragic. Feeling for him.

Elmarko12 said...

#5 "Dont Believe The Hype, Don't Don't Don't"

Love the Colour Zambesi is Rocking and the patterned shirts, love love love!

Andrew said...

Not related to this post at all but have you seen this -

Big time.

Jimmy said...

1. it continue to surprise me what womenswear can get away with. If a menswear label had a pair of pants that has a straight shapeless waistband with a top block that look like an baby elephant it would get pulled apart by critics.  [how the zipper is set and gaping pockets = baby elephant]. 2. more gangsta than "Shawty Wanna Thug?" man you tripping.5. Buy base on quality not place of origin!! be realistic if your spending $299 bucks on a pure wool suit its going to be rubbish. $299 tee shirts your getting ripped off.8.there a real risk of missing out or you're just been paranoid? if yes then better safe than sorry is how i do things.9. i hope that garment is knitted in pure Musk wool