Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #43: Chris Fatseas shoots Claes at Priscillas

Strateas Carlucci top
Louis Vuitton pants
Jack London shoes
Photographer Chris Fatseas has teamed up with Black contributor Sarah Birchley to shoot the mysterious looking Claes from Priscillas model management in Sydney. Chris is quite the master of creating a uniquely cinematic and darkly lit world - "The shoot is about moments of contemplation and reflection that bring about a troubled awakening/realisation. A dark journey of sorts."  With grooming by Carla McKeever the pictures feature some of our favourite brands including Zambesi Man, Strateas Carlucci and Louis Vuitton amongst others.  It's going to be a long night ahead...

Stolen Girlfriends Club x Mini Paceman: Nasty Goreng show backstage by Grant Fell

McKenzie at Clyne and Helena T at Red 11 prior to final hair

Last night Stolen Girlfriends Club launched the new Mini Paceman with a quality show in a very cool Newmarket location by showing their Spring 2013 collection "Nasty Goreng". Black Fashion Director Rachael Churchward cast and styled the show with a solid Black crew led by Thistle Brown adding magic. Greg Murrell directed a 60's/punk hair style with his talented Ryder team and Kie Kie Stanners and a big M.A.C crew created luminous beautiful make-up to match. Casting represented an eclectic raft of male and female models, the established mixed with plenty of new faces.  Production by Sarah Hough. The classic SGC finale featured Marc Moore and Dan Gosling driving a brand new Mini Pacman onto the runway; the SGC fabric detail artwork on the Mini, the best yet. A brilliant night, fun was had by all. Grant Fell was backstage to capture the action just prior to the show.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dior Cruise 2014 show in Monaco feat. Ashleigh Good and Anmari Botha

New Zealand models Ashleigh Good at RPD and Anmari Botha at Red 11 both feature in this latest Dior Cruise collection by Raf Simons shown this week in Monaco. It is a beautiful collection that should have considerable appeal for fans of Dior worldwide, with a casting that carefully nets many of the rising stars of the modelling world - those in's Hot List and those bubbling just beneath.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #42: Damien Nikora shoots Kendell Tobin at Clyne

Damien Nikora travelled to Clyne model Kendell Tobin's home - which just happens to be in one of our favourite places on the planet, Tawharanui - to shoot this beautiful editorial. Kendell has just signed to DNA New York and in less than two months will be off to enjoy the ubiquitous #modellife. We shot Kendell yesterday for our Lee x Black films and she exceeded all expectations, watch this space...

New face: Juliet Carpenter at Red 11 by Lula Cucchiara

Clothing and jewellery, stylist's own
Juliet Carpenter may be a new face at Red 11 but she has a fashion background having collaborated with designer Georgia Alice on her recent collection, some of which is worn in this shoot. Photographer Lula Cucchiara teamed with Ash Mosen to also style the shoot which Lula says, "captures a tough girl transitioning between seasons, from warm weather to cooler temperatures. She wears white, she's a bit of a loner and is very tomboy-ish." Lula also treated the images with a cooler temperature to match.

David K Shields shoots Shanna Jackaway at Red 11 in Jimmy D

David K Shields just loves to shoot and shoot as often as he can mostly using nature's lighting rig, the Sun, to supplement his vision. Sometimes, though, shoots can whipped up in a day and then fall by the wayside, like this one featuring Shanna Jackaway at Red 11 in Jimmy D - so we thought we'd give it an airing here on Blacklog. Hair by Matt Benns at Stephen Marr. Make-up by Derek Aaron Young using M.A.C Cosmetics.

Friday, May 17, 2013

BLK Crew x Karen Walker Eyewear

Photographer Damien Nikora
Here at Black Magazine we have always prided ourselves on having fun on shoots. It's a staple requirement alongside good music, creative energy and plenty of good kai (food), a happy crew is a great crew. At the end of our shoot with crew; Damien Nikora, Rachael Churchward, Jessica Grubisa, Thistle Brown, Greg Murrell, Fraser Folagi and Sharlene Cassidy for BLK #19, Damien took the opportunity to shoot some of the crew in Karen Walker Eyewear, just for fun. Here in ascending order, are Damien, Rachael, Greg, Fraser and Sharlene wearing New Zealand's most successful eyewear brand. All photos by Damien Nikora

Lorde 'Royals' video by Joel Kefali

We absolutely LOVE this video of Lorde's musical masterpiece 'Royals' by director Joel Kefali of Special Problems. Given the explosion that has occurred around the young New Zealand singer/songwriter this year, the video could have been anything. That it is a quality piece of short film making that interprets, we think, the lyrical content and message of the song perfectly, speaks volumes for the strength of Ella Yellich-O'Connor's unique vision, and that of her savvy and considered management. 407,417 views in just a few days would confirm that thinking all round. Special Problems = Special Videos.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #41: Thom Kerr shoots Rui Dalton from Hunter Model Management

Vintage Versace top, Ruby & Prankstar leather and gold plated neckpiece, Luke

Maninov rings (as hairties), Shieltiel Calamba chainmail headpiece, custom DC cap.
 17-year-old Sunshine Coast based Rui Dalton has been causing quite the stir... The half Maori half Serbian beauty was literally scouted two weeks ago. With one picture placed up on Black's facebook page last Friday, Rui has recieved numerous agency and editorial enquiries from around the world. His mother agent, Hunter Models, is pacing him out having only placed him so far with Dallys Models in his home state of Queensland, Australia. Rui will be keeping a low profile as he finishes his final year of high school but we can confirm that you will be spotting him in the next issue of Black - a very special issue indeed! In the meantime, freshly inspired from his Val Garland M.A.C masterclass Thom Kerr teamed up with regular Black contributor Sarah Birchley to create Rui's first editorial! With hair by Iggy Rosales and beauty by Vivianne Tran - it's Game of Thrones chic meets Hip Hop street - shot at Red Eclipse Studios in Brisbane.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #40: Infamous Duo shoot Katerina Chang at Chadwick

Those secret squirrels known as Infamous Duo create a gorgeous wee floral story for Blacklog entitled 'Garden of Eden'. Steph Lai shows just how good she is with both hair and make-up on beautiful Katerina Chang from Chadwick Models, who wears jewellery by Stolen Girlfriends Club and flowers supplied by Wild Poppies in Grey Lynn. Prop design by Georgie Maylon.

Glassons "Escape" Campaign BTS film by Luke Byrne

With a treatment reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, Luke Byrne's BTS film of the Glassons 'Escape' campaign explores a little of the territory made famous by Jane Campion's Top Of The Lake sans fear and loathing, and crooked cops. The film is a cut-up cutie featuring models Anja Konstantinova and Teresa Omen who were in the Queenstown/Wanaka region to shoot the campaign with photographer Tim Barber and stylist Zara Mirkin.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chanel film by Karl Lagerfeld stars NZ model Ashleigh Good

It is no secret that in recent times Karl Lagerfeld has recognised the special qualities of Ashleigh Good at RPD. Not only has she closed the last Chanel show in Paris but she has also just opened and closed the Chanel Cruise 2014 show in Singapore. If that is not enough Lagerfeld has given her a star turn in this not-so-small film about the early days of Gabrielle Chanel's first store. Good, playing Jacqueline Forzane, mixes it with Keira Knightley's Coco and Clotilde Hesme's Adrienne Chanel and a raft of star models who aren't necessarily the greatest actors but sure look good in the sumptuous costuming and set that recaptures the French resort town of Deauville 100 years ago. That Ashleigh's role is a bigger one than that of Lindsey Wixon, Tallulah Harlech, Amanda Harlech, Caroline De Maigret, Stella Tennant, Saskia De Brauw, Jamie Bochert, Jake Davies or Baptiste Giabiconi says a lot about Lagerfeld's belief in the New Zealand girl who has gone from a Mairangi Bay bus stop to a muse of one of the world's great designers, in record time. Bravo Ashleigh!

Friday, May 10, 2013

BLK #19: Here's The Thing (Thing)

Dan Buckley is not scared of death, in fact he believes in R.I.P - ing it, “Do everything you need to do so you can rest in peace.” With partner Drew Gregory he’s taking the brick-by-the-horns with new label Thing Thing. Grant Fell learns about stitching Things together on the sewing machine - so the threads can hang out. All clothing by Thing Thing. Photos: Above and throughout: Drew Gregory. Hair & make-up: Mary Dawson Models: James at 62 Models and Dasha at Vanity Fair. Photo below: Damien Nikora

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"Smoke and Mirrors" at Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery from May 16

Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and Delphine Avril Planqueel have been working on their book Smoke and Mirrors for several years. On May 16 the book will be launched, coupled with an exhibition of prints and sculptural work, at the Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery in Parnell, Auckland. The works were created all over the world, but in particular Las Vegas, Paris and New Zealand. Fashion-leaning works that feature models such as Julia Nobis, Vinnie Woolston and Zippora and Jasper Seven are coupled with interior and exterior images that reflect their own artistic sensitivities and aesthetic. The pair succinctly describe the book: "Smoke & Mirrors traces a journey of closely examined nostalgia and a fascination with difficult beauty. Cutting a path between the real and the imagined, interior and exterior, the light and the dark, the new and the faded, the work expresses a delicate, but potent girlishness spared from sentimentality by an ever-present grit." At the opening an extremely limited number of special edition books will be available with a custom cover and a limited-edition print. Books will be available for retail sale later in the year at selected stockists. The exhibition runs through to early July. Unmissable.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Blacklog Editorial #39: David K Shields shoots Jordan Barron at Red 11

He may be from windswept Central Otago but equally-windswept Muriwai is a second home for David K Shields. What better place then to shoot handsome, yes-I-can-surf Jordan Barron at Red 11 in Zambesi, Zambesi Man, Vanishing Elephant, Deborah Sweeney, Julian Danger and Cybele.

One To Watch: Bianca at N Model Management by Infamous Duo

There's plenty of attitude going on here with Bianca at N Model Management, and attitude makes for great models. These images shot by Infamous Duo. Hair & make-up by Steph Lai using M.A.C Cosmetics. Bianca wears: Jacket by Stolen Girlfriends Club, singlet by Marcs, high-waisted knickers by Ksubi.

Monday, May 6, 2013

'Our Land' exhibition by Dan Max

"Vast' is a beautiful word and something that photographer Dan Max clearly understands. His exhibition of 22 limited edition images, entitled "Our Land" is running now at 14 Maidstone Street in Ponsonby, Auckland. The photographic exhibition documents the relationship New Zealanders have with the land we inhabit and there is something very peaceful within it all. Says Dan; “They're landscapes that seem to whisper gently, yet the subjects scream with character. Though the vast horizons can give an overwhelming sense of isolation, it is not long before they engulf you in the warmth of belonging. They have a timeless aesthetic that celebrates the unspoiled values of living off the land, a softness that captures the quiet of escape, and offers vistas that you long to step into,” Well said Maxy, and put simply, this is photography as painting. The exhibition runs until May 15.

New Face: David K Shields shoots Tom Spence at Ali McD

A couple of new faces for you here on Blacklog over the next day or so. First up the debonair Tom Spence at Ali McD in Dunedin. Male modelling is a fickle business but we sense Tom has the sort of face, look and build that will garner interest - both here and overseas. Photos by David K Shields. Grooming: Katy Parsons using M.A.C Cosmetics Hair: David Hollick at Aart on St Andrews

Zambesi S/S 13 MBAFW Show video

For those of you who weren't in Sydney for MBAFW recently, here is a video of the Zambesi S/S 13 show which featured powerful, and symbiotic collections, from both Zambesi and Zambesi Man. Make-up by Amber D and the M.A.C Cosmetics team. Hair by Richard Kavanagh and the Redken team. Show director/Producer: Marissa Findlay Music director: Sophie Findlay

Sunday, May 5, 2013

R.I.P Joseph Churchward Q.S.M, Great Samoan New Zealand Typographer

This week marked the passing of Joseph Churchward Q.S.M, the great Samoan New Zealand typographer who is famous in typography circles worldwide for having created over 660 beautiful fonts, all hand-drawn and many with ethnic origins; Churchward Maori, Churchward Samoa, Churchward Asia, Chinatype, Ta Tiki among them. Many more can be found on My Fonts including the iconic Churchward Maricia and Churchward Marianna named after his daughters. He is also Black Creative Director Rachael Churchward's relative on her Samoan side. New Zealand typography has never seen the likes of him, and is unlikely to again. Rest in peace Uncle Joe. In remembrance here is the interview with Joseph Churchward by his daughter Maricia which was published in BLK #15; Photos by Louis Hatton and Grant Fell

Blacklog Editorial #38: Gothic Matador: Thom Kerr shoots Sinead from The Agency Models Australia

Vintage Moschino jacket and Jean Paul Gaultier leather tassel top @ Cara Mia Vintage
Sarah Phillips Shorts
Amira bustier
Forever New gloves & hat

When Sinead from The Agency Models Australia was sent to Australian Black Editor Thom Kerr for a go-see, he decided to team up with regular contributor Sarah Birchley to shoot her first major editorial exclusively for Blacklog. Channelling latin matador meets new romantic goth, her beauty is complimented by the make-up talents of Jovita Lee and the hair stylings of Lauren McCowan from Cloud Nine. Let the autumn festivities begin!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

BLK #19: Lorde, of Takapuna

There is a good chance you have heard Lorde's single Royals over the past couple of months, no matter where you live in the world. That single and her e.p The Love Club were certified gold in just a few weeks in New Zealand and heavyweights in the music and media industries, worldwide, are singing her praises. Only 16, this talented musician from Takapuna, with a childhood steeped in poetry and literature is taking newfound fame in her stride, as are her mates, but really, she's just keen to get back into the studio. Interview: Grant Fell Photo: Charles Howells. Styling: Rachael Churchward Hair: Lauren Gunn at Stephen Marr. Make-up: Carolyn Haslett using M.A.C. Ella wears: Ksubi and Rue De Seine