Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Little Shopping Après-ski?

The sun has finally come out in Auckland but if you are a Chanel fan and also like to ski you might consider making your way to Courchevel in the French alps. The great house has established a 'temporary boutique' in the mountain resort replete with four ceramic Madmoiselle Chanel figures, each over two metres tall, outside. Inside it is a stripped down, neutral affair with plenty of concrete, light boxes and splashes of colour. The boutique will house Karl Lagerfeld's 2011/12 Cruise collection alongside the Chanel Spring/Summer 2012 collection. So if you are in the area, you could do worse than visit the Chanel's winter wonderland in Courchevel.

Friday, December 16, 2011

BLK #15: Cover 2: Gertrud Hegelund by Chadwick Tyler

Friday afternoon, the perfect time to post our second cover. Louis Vuitton campaign star Gertrud Hegelund is captured by Chadwick Tyler in a shoot that references the great escape artist Houdini. Fashion editor Michelle Cameron places her in a Chanel jumpsuit for this cover, hair by Shin Arima and make-up by the great make-up artist, Valery Gherman. Have a great weekend - copies on sale around New Zealand next week.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Seeing The World Through Patsy Eyes

On the fourteenth day of December, my true love said to me, forget about the rest, just put a pair of Karen Walker Patsys under my tree. We understand, so do a number of It Girls and actresses around the globe if the Patsy frame's popularity is anything to go by. Bright, shiny, pop and unflinchingly fuschia the Patsy is a stand out in anyone's eyes and we have a pair to give away - just in time for Christmas and the summer-we-are-expecting-anytime-soon. Simply go to our Facebook page to enter!

Monday, December 12, 2011

BLK #15: Cover 1: Anna de Rijk by Paul Empson

Today, the good ship Black officially sets sail again after spending a couple of years grounded on the rocks of recession. To celebrate here is the first of our two covers for the issue which is at the printers; Anna de Rijk in Louis Vuitton, shot by Paul Empson, styled by Sam Ranger, hair by Halley Brisker, make-up by AshleyWard. We'll post the second cover by Chadwick Tyler, later this week...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

BLACKLOG EDITORIAL # 19: Backstage Karen Walker SS12 NY show by Adam Custins

Black photographer and contributor Adam Custins is a master of instant film, of that we are quite sure. He recently spent a couple of months in the Big Apple, New York City, and captured these amazing backstage images from the Karen Walker S/S 12 show for Black. We adore both KW and Adam, enjoy...

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Helmut Newton: Polaroids

When three of our favourite things; Helmut Newton, instant film and Taschen coalesce in the catalogue of photographic and fashion genius that is Helmut Newton; Polaroids we tend to find 'our happy place' as those ads for Sky TV say. Taschen have released the catalogue of hitherto unseen Newton images to accompany what is surely a wonderful exhibition at the Museum fur Fotografie in Berlin, Germany but if you can't make it to that then don't worry, the catalogue is on sale now, just in time for Christmas. Perhaps the most intriguing thing when leafing through the beautifully reproduced pages is the feeling that you are somehow privy to a little behind-the-scenes peek into Newton's shoots themselves. A must have for all Newton fans. Now, the good news is that we have ONE copy of this amazing catalogue to give away to Black readers and fans. We'll be giving it away over on our Facebook page and Taschen will mail it to the winner, no matter where they live in the world.

Helmut Newton Polaroids Exhibition
June 10, 2011 - May 20, 2012
Die Helmut Newton Stiftung im Museum für Fotografie, Jebensstrasse 2, 10623 Berlin, Germany

Left: Thierry Mugler, Monte Carlo 1998
Right: Cigar Industry, Milan, 1997

Left: Paris Match, Monte Carlo, 1985
Right: Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, 1991

The World Is YOURS Andy Henry!

THE WORLD IS YOURS - PART THREE from yours on Vimeo.

Here at Black we're big fans of Andrew Henry's YOURS label. His first collection of cutting edge footwear was released a while back to much-desired drooling or a quick throwing down of the credit card by a broad selection of sneaker freakers. The good news is that his second collection was launched recently at ONE Limited and Henry has made strides (or should that be stripes?) in every part of the design and construction process. Check out this snazzy clip made on an utterly suitable two-wheeled form of transport somewhere near the aforementioned store. Nice work Andy!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Black #15: Preview

We are printing early next week so let's publish a few images from Black #15. No rhyme or reason as to these choices. Random is the word. To our deeply valued contributors - we love and adore...

Photo: Christopher Morris Fashion editor: David Bonney
Hair Gavin Anesbury Make-up: Nicole Thompson
Model: Jemma Baines. Jemma wears: shirt by Sara Phillips,
bra by Ellery,  gloves by Prada, bag by Rachel Ruddick..
Photo: Chadwick Tyler  Fashion: Michelle Cameron
Hair: Shin Arima Make-up: Valery Gherman
Model: Gertrud Hegelund
Gertrud wears: Alexander Wang

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Workshop Reopens in Christchurch

How good it is to see the City of Christchurch renewing, reemerging and regenerating after the Year From Hell. Great to also see the fashion community bouncing back by reopening stores, albeit often in different locations. Nom*D recently reopened in Merrivale and tomorrow Workshop, who have been trading in the city for more than 25 years, reopen in Cashel Mall. The new store is touted as "the complete Workshop experience" showcasing Helen Cherry, Workshop Denim Summer 11 collection (above), exclusive international designer brands and a mix of art, furniture and decorative objects - something Workshop's Chris Cherry has long been passionate about. Proud to be a part of Christchurch's Re:Start project, the company is celebrating the reopening with a limited edition t-shirt from long time artistic partner Martin Popplewell. The message will undoubtedly ring strong and true with locals and many others around the country: "Good To Be Back." Good to see you back Workshop!