summer

Edgy streetwear thrusts Kiwi designer on to stage

Paul Stothers went back to study aged 38 despite already having a successful career. Photo / Natalie Slade
Paul Stothers went back to study aged 38 despite already having a successful career. Photo / Natalie Slade

He quit his job to retrain as a fashion designer at 38, launched his label months before graduating and has already been mentioned in Vogue and picked up by an international stockist.

Paul Stothers created his label Edward Stothers from his parents’ Beach Haven garage during a six-week break from his NZ Fashion Tech studies this year and in just a few months has been enjoying growing success.

Mr Stothers will be among 255 students graduating next month across three courses from the Wellington and Auckland campuses.

Called after his middle and surnames, his collection of edgy streetwear caught the eye of Italian Vogue writer Stefan Siegel while he was in New Zealand to judge the World of Wearable Arts.

He has also had coverage in New York magazine Lady Gunn, local magazine Collective and received orders from London-based online contemporary fashion store Not Just a Label.

Mr Stothers spent an intense six-weeks developing the range of women’s summer clothing, which was launched in May, during a break from his Diploma in Fashion Technology studies.

He gave up his career as a graphic designer to begin the two-year course in 2012, and with just half of it behind him he used the summer break to create his first line.

“I started the label and shot the look book during last summer. I developed my collection in about three weeks. I was just really committed about making it happen.”

Being older than the other students in his classes was not a barrier to changing his career path, he said. “I think I had an advantage by going back because I was determined to learn and absorb as much as I could. I think I was there for the right reasons.”

Mr Stothers was born in Hawkes Bay but spent his teens in Australia before settling in Auckland. He previously studied digital media, worked in corporate event planning and also DJs with a group called Team Navajo at a range of trendy Auckland bars.

He plans to release his second summer collection this month.

Visit edwardstothers.com or see his collection at 203H in Karangahape Rd, Auckland.

Melissa McCarthy: Elle cover controversy is 'bizarre'

Funny lady Melissa McCarthy, says she picked the massive grey jacket she wears on the cover of Elle magazine, and denies the women’s glossy of any fat-shaming.

As soon as the cover for Elle‘s 2013 Women of Hollywood issue was released, critics were quick to lash out at the mag for hiding the actress’ body under the dramatic woolen Marina Rinaldi piece.

McCarthy shares the November cover with other screen beauties including Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley who are styled in figure flaunting outfits – the kind of images we’re used to seeing.

Website Slate slammed Elle, saying the coat was so big “she could hide her Mike and Molly co-star Billy Gardel underneath.”

They went on: “McCarthy’s hair covers a quarter of her gorgeous face, and with her hands stuffed deep into her coat pockets, the only visible flesh is a tiny triangle between the coat’s lapels and the briefest glimpse of calf.

Perhaps photographer Thomas Whiteside only knows how to photograph the usual stick insect models, because he clearly has no clue how to highlight McCarthy’s curves.”

Elle responded saying the piece was chosen because it was what McCarthy felt good in.

At a red carpet event in Hollywood last night, McCarthy said she didn’t know what all the fuss was about.

“What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, it comes out in November. I was so sick of summer. I live in Southern California. I was like, ‘Give me a big coat to wear. Give the girl some cashmere!” she told E! News.

McCarthy explained the situation on set: “They were like, ‘The dress is really great,’ but I was like, ‘Yeah, but look at this.’ I was just shocked I didn’t steal it. Now I think I really should have the coat. I’m petitioning for that coat. Give me that coat. I earned it, damn it!”

Elle faced similar accusations for a cover back in 2010 that featured a bevvy of beauties. Curvacious Precious star Gabourey Sidibe was cropped at the chest, while slimmer covergirls, Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad and Amanda Seyfried were snapped from the knees up.

Gabourey Sidibe was on the cover of Elle.Photo / AP
Gabourey Sidibe was on the cover of Elle.Photo / AP

Elle denied any ill intent at the time, saying their choices for photography and styling were purely artistic.

– www.nzherald.co.nz

Consumer Watch: For hire – fashion on the cheap

Rent-a-dress an alternative to paying big bucks to look good

Women who want to wear new-season designer dresses to parties and events this summer but don’t want to pay the big prices this can involve are turning to hire companies instead.

Dress hire companies around the country offer high-end fashion for special occasions. Dresses can be hired for about $50 to $150.

It’s an idea that is popular overseas – Beyonce has lent her name to a RentTheRunway.com collection of clothes, encouraging fans to hire rather than buy.

Hayley Meiklejohn, of New Zealand online hire service Dolled Up, has been operating for only about six months but said demand was strong.

Getting started had not been easy – it took investment to get a good range of clothes and some New Zealand designers were not keen on the idea of their clothes being hired. Australian designers were more amenable, she said.

Meiklejohn said each piece had to be hired about 12 or 15 times to pay off its cost.

Prices range from $75 a week for a Sass & Bide last-season dress to $300 for a new Rachel Gilbert number.

“It’s still cheaper than forking out $1,100 for a dress, which I am doing. We’re new but it’s all guns blazing. People get sick of having to fork out for a new dress every time a friend has a wedding or christening.”

Stacey Le Cren, who owns The Room, has started offering hire services as a full-package party offering for hair and beauty clients.

“If you’re getting you hair and makeup done, why not hire a dress too?”

Fashion blogger Leonie Barlow, of the Style Insider, said people were increasingly keen on keeping up with the latest trends, even if their wallets could not handle it.

“If it’s a special occasion, you know you’re not going to get much wear out of it. You don’t want to wear the same dress to numerous events.”

Even top designer Annah Stretton has been hiring her own creations for the past couple of years through her venture Hire Me.

“It started when things got difficult during the recession,” she said.

Hire Me offers bridal, cocktail and special-occasion dresses.

The hire range was kept small and specific, she said, so that women who bought a dress knew they would not turn up to an event where someone else had hired the same thing.

But Carol Abernethy, who used to run The Secret Wardrobe, has closed her hire business. “It’s hard to keep stock current – it takes a lot of capital investment and there’s always an upper limit on the price people will pay for a rental.”

Herald on Sunday

By Susan Edmunds Email Susan

Marc Jacobs says farewell to Louis Vuitton

What was likely designer Marc Jacobs’ last ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton looked like a show in mourning – black, black and more black.

A dark fountain and a nightmarish carousel with inky horses were the backdrop for a universe of clothes all in black. Maids cleaned away dust from the steps of the disturbing set, which traced Jacobs’ influential 16-year reign at Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection.Photo / AFP
Louis Vuitton 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection.Photo / AFP

Shortly after the show at the Louvre Museum in Paris, the visual metaphor was explained: French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that Jacobs was stepping down as creative director of its flagship brand.

Jacobs, who is also the director of an eponymous brand, is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Under his tenure, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, in part thanks to his creation of a ready-to-wear line.

LVMH, which owns the Louis Vuitton brand and an array of other luxury names purveying everything from jewelry to champagne, would not say who would replace Jacobs or what his next move would be.

From her front-row seat, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour gave Jacobs an ovation at Wednesday’s show.

Anna Wintour and Michael Burke attend the Louis Vuitton show.Photo / AFP
Anna Wintour and Michael Burke attend the Louis Vuitton show.Photo / AFP

“Fashion needs rock stars, and they don’t come any starrier than Marc at Louis Vuitton,” she told The Associated Press in an email.

“He has always understood that it is a house about travel, and every season he has taken us on incredible journeys with his spectacular shows shows that made Vuitton a global phenomenon but always brought you back to the heart of Paris.”

Such visible acclaim from the powerful editor – to whom he partly dedicated the show – is extremely rare.

On the Vuitton catwalk, models filed by in jet-black warrior-feathered headdresses as they displayed Jacobs’ 41 designs. The pieces used embroidered black tulle stockings, Eisenhower jackets embellished with large feathered shoulders, dark embroideries, smoking jackets and some 1940s baggy blue jeans.

Photo / AFP
Photo / AFP

The glimmering landscape was towered over by a huge clock whose arm went back in time. It was as if the designer was trying to look to the past or even get some precious time back.

Even the clothes went back in time. Floor-length, thick Edwardian dresses with large sleeves fused with black decorative corset details, evoking fashions of the 1900s and contrasting with the more revealing “showgirl” looks.

“We went back and used all the different bits of the sets of the past and made them black,” Jacobs explained backstage. He didn’t elaborate on his plans or comment on reports that he’s focusing on a possible public offering for the Marc Jacobs brand.

Jacobs expanded the Vuitton brand from its iconic bags into clothes, launching ready-to-wear and shoe collections in 1998. At the time, it was seen as a marketing strategy to help raise the profile of the luxury house, which began as a leather bag and case maker in 19th-century Paris, when aristocratic women needed fashionable travel bags.

While Vuitton’s clothes are not a red-carpet staple, Jacobs’ shows always attract A-list celebrities. Kate Moss has been a muse for him, and director Sofia Coppola has just made a series of handbags for Louis Vuitton.

Coppola, Princess Charlene of Monaco and the Hollywood’s Fanning sisters were among those at Wednesday’s show.

In the program notes, Jacobs enclosed an emotional message to LVMH’s CEO: “For… Bernard Arnault. All my love, always.”

Glenda Bailey, the influential U.S. editor of Harper’s Bazaar, said the show signaled “an end of an era.”

“Watching the show was like seeing your life flash before your eyes, because there were so many memorable moments referenced,” she told the AP, referring to touches like “Louis Vuitton” prints, corsetry shapes, high-collared sweeping silhouettes or large, embroidered paillettes.

“Marc brought such incredible energy to Louis Vuitton and should really be celebrated for bringing that house to life, and creating the vision that someone else will now take forward,” Bailey added.

Bailey would not speculate on rumors that Jacobs will be replaced by designer Nicolas Ghesquiere, who left Balenciaga last November. But she said the new designer will have unique opportunities thanks to LVMH’s solid financial footing.

– AP

Chalayan RTW Spring 2014: Proving There Isn’t Always Function In Fashion

Chalayan RTW Spring 2014 at paris fashion week

Photos Courtesy of Chalayan

Are you heading to the beach next spring? Yes? Then about half of the

Chalayan

Spring 2014 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week today will pertain to you. But if you dont live in a place where the sun remotely hits (or you dont plan to take a vacation) then this line may be of little interest. Towel sun dresses, oversized separates and extremely pointless (but kind of cool-looking) clear umbrella-hats make this collection perfect for lovers of summer. Oh, and there are a few suited separates thrown in for good measure.

Own It: TechnoMarine Cruise White Vision Watch Is a Party For Your Wrist

Photo Courtesy of TechnoMarine

You can never go wrong with white in summer. Its the color of the season and no matter what your etiquette guide may tell you, you can wear it after Labor Day. To celebrate your summer nights of freedom and frivolity,

TechnoMarine

has a new unisex watch in their collection; the Cruise White Vision that comes in four pastel colors all on a background of white.

Silicone straps hold a 40mm stainless steel watch face with a white ceramic insert, while sub-dials mark the second and hours with quartz movements. Complete with chronograph, interchangeable straps and covers (colorful extras come with the watch), and water resistant up to 200 meters, its a sporty, youthful timepiece that will take you from surf to party. At night the face comes to life with a light showluminous numbers around the dial lit with Superluminova in pink, blue, green or white. So while youre partying till the sun comes up at least youll know what time it is, and even if you dont care, youll still look good.

TechnoMarine Cruise White Vision is available online.

Priced at $650.

TechnoMarine Cruise White Vision Watch Is a Party For Your Wrist

Photo Courtesy of TechnoMarine

You can never go wrong with white in summer. Its the color of the season and no matter what your etiquette guide may tell you, you can wear it after Labor Day. To celebrate your summer nights of freedom and frivolity,

TechnoMarine

has a new unisex watch in their collection; the Cruise White Vision that comes in four pastel colors all on a background of white.

Silicone straps hold a 40mm stainless steel watch face with a white ceramic insert, while sub-dials mark the second and hours with quartz movements. Complete with chronograph, interchangeable straps and covers (colorful extras come with the watch), and water resistant up to 200 meters, its a sporty, youthful timepiece that will take you from surf to party. At night the face comes to life with a light showluminous numbers around the dial lit with Superluminova in pink, blue, green or white. So while youre partying till the sun comes up at least youll know what time it is, and even if you dont care, youll still look good.

TechnoMarine Cruise White Vision is available online.

Runway Inspired Hairstyles to Beat the Heat

Photos Courtesy of Shutterstock

With summer here and the months progressively getting hotter and hotter, youre probably looking for a better way to wear your hair to stay cool. Rather than throwing on a hat to block the sun or even worse, staying inside, take a look at these low-key and trendy ways to style your locks. There are a multitude of summer hair fashions on the runway, so you have some very feminine looks to choose fromunless youd rather chop it all off, that is.

Get The Look: Summer Beach Beauty Essentials

Summer is here and no doubt your bathroom is filled with bronzer, sunscreen, and spray tanner. Everyone is looking for the common ground between bronzed-goddess and natural beauty, but if youre heading to beach parties or lying out on a lazy afternoon this season, less is more when it comes to makeup. All you need to get that dewy sun-soaked skin is a little lip-gloss, a touch of bronzer, and maybe a sundress.

The point of summer is to bare it all. The hot sun, cool water, and warmer climate coerce us to slide into daisy dukes and tank tops before we even know what hit us, but with the changes in weather can come changes in your skin. You cant be a fresh faced beach-bunny with blemishes and under eye circles. So dab a little concealer where you need it, leave your skin bare where you dont, and youre on your way to a glowing summer face. Cle de Peau Beaute has won multiple

awards

for its concealer formula and ensures flawless skin in any light. So feel free to chat up that new lifeguard under the heavy midsummer sun. Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer is available at

Neiman Marcus

and priced at $70.

Bronzers are magical. With just a swipe of the brush you can accent your features and give yourself a sun baked glow. Finding bronzers with glints of gold or highlighting powder are going to do double duty: giving your face definition and depth, while also highlighting your features. Itll look like youve been lying out worshipping the sun all week long. Guerlains new bronzer Terracotta Ora Powder is comprised of a pearly white gold and matte beige and is said to be suited for all skin tones. Guerlain Terracotta Ora Powder is available at

Saks Fifth Avenue

and is priced at $72.

Lips can be very hard to take care of in the summer. The heat can aid in the drying, cracking, and peeling of what should otherwise be a juicy pout. Short of running to the store for some Bonnie Bell Skittles flavored Lip Smackers and a little nostalgia, a lip gloss with the added benefits of moisturizer and maximizer is going to be your best friend. Keeping all of your makeup soft and light and using seasonal colors like peaches and corals should be easy enough to wear during the season. Diors Addict Apricot Lip Maximizer plumps, smooths, and moisturizes lips with just a hint of color, giving a laid back and undone appearance to that flawless face of yours. Dior Addict Apricot Lip Maximizer is available at

Nordstrom

and is priced at $31.

In the spirit of nudes, golds, and sandy beach tones, your eye makeup should be minimal. Designers are always creating new summer palettes with ready to blend colors that complement each other well. Earth tones keep you looking au natural and make your eyes pop in a subtle way. Bobbi Browns Navy & Nude Eye Palette has 8 eye shadows that range from the palest beige to an inky navy. Plus the shots of darker colors can be mixed to create perfect day to evening looks. And what woman has ever said no to a sunset walk along the beach? Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Palette is available at

Bloomingdales

and is priced at $60.

With your soft fresh look dont forget to pack in a little punch of color. Instead of running black mascara through your lashes try an electric blue. The color wont be as bold on you as it looks in the tube but it will make the whites of your eyes whiter. Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof comes in 4 different shades: black, brown, blue and violet. Plus, with all your free time spent lounging poolside how could you not want to try a pop of blue? Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof in Majorelle Blue is available at

Yves Saint Laurent

and is priced at $30.

I love a fresh summer face as much as the next girl, but what I need even more desperately is bold nail color. With nail art and lacquers being so on trend it stands to reason that your summer look isnt complete without it. Pick your favorite summer colors; mix and match if you wish, its all about experimentation. Cover your digits in lime greens, burnt oranges, fiery reds, or sea green hues. Tom Fords nail lacquers are bright and come in shimmer and matte colors. Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Coral Blame is available at

Saks Fifth Avenue

and is priced at $30.

Summer is all about fragrances: the smell of the sea, the flowers, the summer wind blowing through the treesand maybe a signature scent? Something light and fun is all thats needed for the season. Your wood and patchouli fragrances can go in the closet until the fall, but for now choose something with a little youth. Marc by Marc Jacobs Honey is a new fragrance with notes of jasmine, strawberry, orange blossom, peach nectar, and pear with an underlying base of honey and vanilla. Marc by Marc Jacobs Honey is available exclusively at

Sephora

and is priced at $92.

NOE Undergarments Makes Waves With Beach Inspired Luxury Lingerie

Photos Courtesy of NOE Undergarments

Until now the wind, sand, and surf had no place in your lingerie drawers, but

NOE Undergarments

is about to change all that. The brand new line that launched in Spring of this year doesn’t leave much to be desired, or to the imagination. The flowing chemises and retro bustiers make running around in your underwear just seem like a good idea. Many of their pieces teeter on the edge of lingerie and ready-to-wear; which may prompt you to pair their orange bandeau bra with a long ankle grazing skirt for the summer.

SIGN UP FOR OUR PROMOTIONS & MORE
CALL US
EMAIL US
Scroll to Top