Thursday, December 27, 2012

#2275 Dress-ups at Gucci Auckland

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Nothing does it for me more than walking into a boutique and trying on everything in store. The experience is heightened if the venue is Gucci, you've called in advance, and they've got a rack of menswear sitting on the shop floor waiting for you. Did I mention the complimentary bottles of sparkling water? The bedroom-sized fitting rooms? The Gucci monogrammed chocolates? So many good times! What follows is three hours in Gucci's Resort 2012/13 collection around the Auckland CBD. (NB: The maroon leather jacket, indigo cashmere cardigan and those multicoloured patterned pants.) Special thanks to my dutiful cousin Nikau Gabrielle Hindin for the photos!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

#2274 Good Question – how to pursue a career in blogging/fashion/life

N.E. asks: To be honest, your blog makes me really anxious. I want to pursue what you are doing as a profession but I'm scared that I will mess everything up. Don't take this in a bad way. Your work is very inspiring and this is why I am anxious because I want to do your kind of work but don't have the full ambition or motivation to actually get what I want. I guess what I am asking you is, how did it all start (your career) and how can I shape my future to develop successfully like yours?

First off, thanks for your kind words. [Insert appropriate sentence about being humbled here.] The good news is you’re already halfway there. The most important thing is knowing what you want – once you’ve established that, you just have to spend every moment of your time figuring out how to achieve it.

Friday, December 14, 2012

#2273 The facts of life

Photo: Haw-lin

1. Before I left the States, I was surprised by the amount of people who went out of their way to tell me how much they'd hated India the first time they went. I dismissed their gripes as first world problems and thought nothing more of it until I flew in and spent some time there myself. I'm not entirely sure how you're supposed to prepare yourself for what is probably the most extreme culture shock this planet has to offer, but I was immediately overwhelmed by the sights, the sounds, the colour, the smell, the lack of waste management! There were days when I didn't want to leave the hotel. But like Buck, I played on.

Monday, December 10, 2012

#2272 Good Looks from Little Brother – Olive Burnside Blazer

Most guys wear a combination of black, navy and grey in their everyday uniforms. There's nothing wrong with that – as far as menswear's concerned, tried and tested is a far safer option than trial and error. When we were putting together our Little Brother Spring/Summer collection, getting colour in there was a non-negotiable. If you've browsed the range, you'll see there's no black; some navy; a dusting of grey. There is, however, plenty of colour: Mustard yellow, blood red, sky blue, and olive green – a rainbow of hues, all of which can be safely paired with garments of subtler shades. Our old mate Simon here is wearing the olive Burnside blazer with the blue Worker shirt and bone Burnside pants. Try it at home; you'll be pleasantly surprised at the results. And just in case you were worrying that shirt was a little plain, take a closer look – it's covered in tiny speckles of colour, including blue, red, green and yellow. As with all good looks, the devil's in the details.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

#2271 One pair of Thom Browne pyjamas worn five different ways

Last time I was in Singapore I shot my first ever international What's in store at Raffles Hotel boutique Surrender. It was such a good time – and my best good friend (and star of Singapore Shufflin') Sheida Hancock was such a willing photographer – that today I went and visited the shop for round two. Surrender has changed a lot since June of 2011; there's at least twice as much product on offer, and a bunch of new labels including UNIS, Maison Kitsune and Nike Gyakusou, not to mention the largest selection of Thom Browne this side of New York. My initial plan was to shoot a typical What's in store, but then I laid eyes on a pair of red, white and blue striped Thom Browne pyjamas. I couldn't say no. What follows is that same pair of pyjamas worn a bunch of different ways. I can't lie, I'm very tempted to pick up a pair for myself. What do you reckon, la?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

#2270 Get your THUGGED OUT SINCE CUB SCOUTS tee now!

Hi everybody! The THUGGED OUT SINCE CUB SCOUTS tee shirts are back! For a limited time only. As per our last run of merch, we're offering them in an order-only capacity, so we will not be carrying any excess stock – it's first in, best dressed. Here's the deal: The ISAAC LIKES KATHERINE store is open right now, and will close at midnight on Saturday, December 9th. That gives you exactly five more days to get your goods. And, all going to plan, you'll have it in your hands before the 25th, meaning you can wrap it up and put it under your tree for the best self-purchased present you'll receive all season. This time round we're running it in two colours: OG blue/white on grey marl, and Newbie violet/white on grey marl. As you'll observe from the photos above and below, your THUGGED OUT SINCE CUB SCOUTS tee shirt will make you the toast of the town, whether you're in Goa, India; New York City; Auckland, New Zealand; or any other exotic locale. NB: We use 100% cotton boys’ tees, so ladies, get them oversized, and guys, order true-to-size. Also, we ship worldwide!