Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ryder Salon 2012 Campaign by Damien Van der Vlist

With their new doors being opened in just over a month inside Auckland's Britomart precinct, it is a time of change and momentum for the very respected Ryder Salon! To coincide with the celebratory launch of the new store, Ryder have just released to us their stunning new images for the Ryder Salon 2012 Campaign shot by Damien Van der Vlist featuring: Rhiannon at KHM, Seth, Felix and Ella at 62 Models, Rosie at Nova and Lily at Clyne, all styled simply and beautifully by Rachael Churchward, assisted by Jessica Grubisa, and with make-up by Virginia Carde. Greg Murrell and the crew from Ryder including Nicholas and Kerry created a series of signature hair looks. Be sure to check out Ryder Salon's new space when it opens in early May!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Kevin Murphy campaign shoot in New Zealand

Coming off the end of a huge week here at Black, we can now have a look at our time spent on the campaign shoot for Kevin Murphy shot here in beautiful New Zealand by Robert Erdmann. Three days jammed packed with fabulous hair by Kevin Murphy and outstanding styling by Rachael Churchward. The wonderful team we worked with set up at a different location each day; starting with Auckland's Highwic House, then into Kingsize Studios with superb and glamorous lighting by Michael Knapp and the last day saw us all venturing to the glorious west coast of Karekare beach. A hugely successful campaign with the sneak peaks of images we did see - looking amazing! We will be itching to share them with you all as soon as we can! Photos by Yasmine Ganley and Grant Fell

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Anna Langdon's Kitschfolk und Kendheit collection by Thom Kerr

'Kitsch' is such a great word. It is onomatopaeic in the sense in that it looks like it sounds and sounds like it looks. Young Sydney-based designer Anna Langdon, the latest in a quality line of new designers to emerge from Sydney's The Fashion Design Studio, not only encapsulates kitsch in her graduate collection 'Kitschfolk und Kindheit' but moves beyond mere meaning into fabulous new territory with a carefully constructed selection of wool-based, embroidered and impeccably cut pieces. There is an inherent sense of Australia and her rural NSW upbringing with the ubiquitous Rosella reflected in the range (and featured in the video below) and an underlying nod to all things sustainable and environmentally aware. Langdon, like her school alumni before her; Dion Lee, Karla Spetic, Gary Bigini, Akira Igosawa and Alex Perry looks set to step onto a bigger stage, sooner rather than later. Stills photos by Thom Kerr, stylist: Chris Leger, make-up: Jovita Lee, hair: Lauren McCowan, model: Rose at London Models. Video below by Ryan Barry-Cotter, edited by Samuel Raftl and soundtrack by Rainbow Ride.

A Moment Makes Now from Samuel Raftl on Vimeo.

Fashion Film: Garth Badger 'She Says' with Kingsize Studios

She Says from Garth Badger on Vimeo.

We worked with the talented and prolific Garth Badger last week on the Kevin.Murphy campaign. Garth was the D.O.P shooting footage for an upcoming KM 'app' - more on that in the next few days - and was able to use his amazing Canon EOS C300 with Zeiss CP2 Prime lenses. To say he is in love with this brilliant new tool by the digital photography behemoth is an understatement, and with good reason, the days of the 1D or 5D as premier digital moving image cameras are already numbered. Here is Garth's first project with the camera, a partnership with the venerable Kingsize Studios featuring models Widika and Ariel at Red 11, styling by Barry Betham and make-up by Verity Griffiths. Music by Boycrush.

BLK # 16 - MIchael Schwartz shoots Hanne Gaby Odiele

Last Friday, our Black New York crew of photographer Michael Schwartz, stylist Aeri Yun and make-up artist Valery Gherman shot Hanne Gaby Odiele for one of our four covers and a ten page editorial for BLK#16. Hanne needs little introduction to fashion folk, she has been one of the most in-demand models in the world for a couple of years now and the cover image is without a doubt one of the strongest we have ever had. Here is an on-set image from the shoot showing Black NY editor/make-up artist Valery Gherman giving Hanne the Michael Schwartz.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

BLK#16. On set. Robert Erdmann, Rachael Churchward and Kevin Murphy shoot fresh new faces - day 2

Jordan Barrett at the half-way stage of his 'do'
Yesterday, the second day of our BLK #16 fresh faces shoot went without a hitch, although, like today, it was a good thing we were inside. This weather sucks. Photographer Robert Erdmann teamed once again with Black fashion director Rachael Churchward and Australian hair legend Kevin Murphy with make-up by Stacy Lee Ghin. Models were: Jordan Barrett, Tom and Laura N at Red 11, James and Johanna at 62, Moira at Nova and Rose at KHM. Crew as per previous post.

Laura in 'fro form

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BLK #16. On set: Robert Erdmann, Rachael Churchward and Kevin Murphy shoot fresh new faces - day 1

Chrissy Hart at Red 11
Isaac at N.Model Management

Day one of our Kevin.Murphy week is complete. Yesterday Black fashion director Rachael Churchward teamed with photographer Robert Erdmann and hair supremo Kevin Murphy to shoot some of Aotearoa's freshest faces at Kingsize Studios. Models were Tess H at Clyne, Asena @ 62, Kirsten at KHM, Dasha at Vanity Walk, Danika, Isaac, Grace at N. Model Management and Chrissy & Maddy Hart at Red 11 with make-up by Stacy Lee-Ghin. Of course big shoots need plenty of people so able assistance was provided by Greg Novak, Shontal Healy at Stephen Marr, Jessica Grubisa, Matt Templeton and Fadavi. Day two of the Black shoot today!

Tess at Clyne

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lela Jacobs Winter 2012 Manifesto of Uncertainty

Developed during a time of obvious economic and social unrest and ultimately a time during which everyone is re-evaluating their personal ideals and their outlook on life, Lela Jacobs Winter 2012 collection entitled Manifesto of Uncertainty is therefore suggestive of the current state of flux our societies find themselves in; re-writing ones manifesto, so-to-speak.

BLACKlog Editorial #24 Leys Institute Gymnastics Club since 1906

Leys Institute Gymnastics Club, a community asset since 1906, situated in St Marys Bay in Auckland and run by husband and wife team Lynn and Warren Burroughs is being forced with no other option than to close down. After years of giving grace and poise to the surrounding community of children, adults and some of New Zealand's top athletes, Leys Institute Gymnastics Club's government funding has come to a halt.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Political Mother by Hofesh Shechter

Last night I saw something that may have possibly changed my life. The dance and music performance Political Mother put together by Berlin choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Having just won numerous awards for this work overseas, The International Arts Festival currently taking place in Wellington was on the money with bringing this one over.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Eden Mulholland Debut Solo EP 'Jesus Dont You Get My Jokes' Video

We love the Mulholland brothers, a fine bunch of musicians all doing some amazing work as of late. Here is a look at the first single's music video 'Shanty Town', from Eden Mulholland's debut solo EP entitled, 'Jesus Dont You Get My Jokes'. Coming out in Australia in May/June 2012. Beautiful imagery paired with one very cool track! Nice one Eden!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Workshop Denim AW 2012 Campaign by Tim White and Jamie Huckbody

Photographer Tim White and stylist Jamie Huckbody combine brilliantly on the new Workshop Denim AW 2012 campaign. In a shoot that screams "rock'n'roll' a selection of great local models; Jasper and Christopher at Clyne, Rhianon at KHM, Sam, Amelia and Lili at Red 11 and Zac and Sakura at 62 Models show us their moves in no uncertain terms. Make-up by Virginia Carde, hair by Lauren Gunn at Stephen Marr. Both shoots feature in a beautiful new look book which very much leans toward the description 'book' - great to see some time and effort spent on that, it is very much a 'keepable' effort from both Workshop Denim and Helen Cherry and harks back to some of their great printed look books of years gone by. The release of the book is also perfectly timed with an expansive new website and blog which you can see here.

Helen Cherry AW 2012 Campaign Images

Here is an exclusive look at the Helen Cherry AW 2102 campaign images, shot by photographer Tim White and styled by London-based creative director and stylist, Jamie Huckbody. Huckbody collaborated very successfully with both Helen Cherry and Workshop Denim at last year's NZ Fashion Week show and these images were shot not long after with one of our favourite models, Taren Cunningham at 62 Models. Make-up by Virginia Carde, hair by Lauren Gunn at Stephen Marr.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Spring 2012 Video

Style and function. Meditation and effort. Yin and yang. Nike and designer Jun Takahashi of Undercover present the best of both worlds with the Nike x Undercover Gyakusou Spring 2012 Men’s collection and the first ever Women’s collection! This high-performance running gear harmonizes Nike’s technical innovation with cutting-edge style and traditional craftsmanship of the fashion industries finest.