Emily Baker is everywhere these days. Models.com loves her, Terry Richardson loves her, Fashionista loves her, and so does The Cut. (Not to mention a whole host of other sites that I can’t be bothered list.) This time it’s style.com‘s turn to spread the love. Baker’s recently been named one of their Top Ten Models from F/W Ready to Wear 2011, along with Codie Young (whom they’re calling ‘Gemma Ward 2.0′). Here’s what they had to say about the girl:
“Winning the title of top newcomer by a landslide, this 17-year-old from rural New Zealand had a season most catwalk vets can only hope for. Opening five shows including Emilio Pucci, Baker racked up a total of 60 grade-A runways, including Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga. With a mature poise and striking features prime for editorial work, all we can say is: Watch out, Arizona!”
Well done Emily!
Lili Sumner (Red 11) backstage at the first NZFF collections show last night.
I have not done this in a while. Sometimes it’s hard to write these things without getting too personal and then getting yourself (or others) into trouble. Sometimes you really just want to tell those great stories, like how you left a restaurant the other day without paying (by accident!!! We’re SORRY!!!) but too many details (like the name of the restaurant and when it happened) just get you into trouble. My problem is my lows keep outweighing my highs lately, and that’s just depressing for people to read. And it turns out people don’t like reading depressing things. Go figure, huh?
So, here is a general sort of vague, sort of roundup of the highs and lows of the past few weeks. (Without too many details, of course):
- I was kindly invited to attend a delicious taster lunch at Ebisu last Friday. Ebisu is this new Japanese joint down in Britomart, next to Tyler St Garage. I have only five things to say about the whole thing: 1. Two hours, nine different dishes. 2. Soft shell crab with orange ponzu and wasabi tartare. 3. Boneless whole grilled snapper with soy butter sauce. 4. Beautiful indoor-outdoor area. 5. Go there. If you love Japanese food, you must, must try it. (Picture below.)
- I got an iphone! If you’re sick of my (low) level of tweeting at the moment, you’d better unfollow me now because I can foresee a much higher level from now on…
- Yesterday marked the first day of the New Zealand Fashion Festival. I popped on my photographer’s pass and went along to the first collection show. This week I’m attempting a fairly time-consuming and a slightly daunting (but exciting!) creative project which involves me going to the collection shows and hours and hours on the computer. More on that later, but until then, wish me luck!
- Got a sweet deal at the Stolen Girlfriends Club sale last week. A men’s short-sleeved polka dot shirt. $30. High fives!
- Got gifted two pairs of hand-me-down pants recently. Hoorah! I love pants.
- Too hasty when paying for parking. Put in my credit card, and was too furious in pushing the ‘time select’ button that I went straight past the one hour parking that I wanted, and back to the minimum (half hour) parking and pushed go. So I had to do it again. Which means I paid an extra $2.50 for no reason. This wouldn’t really be a big deal apart from the fact that this is the third time I have done this. Will I ever learn?
- Hey, so it turns out that if you spend your life savings on a 7 week trip around the world, and you come back to no “real” job, and people don’t pay their invoices on time, you really don’t have much money left at all and you have to stay indoors a lot of the time. Or all of the time. Who would’ve thought?
- I came back from my trip to discover that the Sunday pullout of the Sunday Star Times has been redesigned. What is that about? I don’t like it so much. Don’t get me wrong, I actually love the Sunday as a magazine. It’s just my opinion, but the new design makes me feel like the whole thing is advertorial which makes me skip pages when I read it, even if I don’t mean to. I don’t know the logic behind it all, but I say bring back the old design!
- Still haven’t fully unpacked. Still have US dollars in my wallet. (And no NZ dollars). Damn.
Continue reading ‘Highs and Low(e)s.’
I intended to. I mean, it wasn’t like I didn’t have enough time to blog or anything, but something came over me and every time I started to write a post, I would never get past the first two sentences. I don’t know why this is. I have five drafts saved in my unblogged-posts. Each containing original content and each only about 25 words long. I don’t know why. I think they call it ‘bloggers-block’.
So, considering I have the dreaded bloggers-block, I have decided to share something with you that is not exactly original, but something that I came across a little while back that I find interesting. Hopefully some of you won’t have seen it before. It’s a blog called Yowayowa Camera Woman Diary. Intriguing, huh? I don’t know too much about the blog, apart from it’s by a Japanese girl named Natsumi who “lives in Tokyo with two cats” and “photographs mainly levitating self-portraits (and cats not levitating).” And what exactly is ‘yowayowa’?:
“Yowayowa is a Japanese term meaning “weak” or “feeble.” Since I’m yowayowa, it’s really heavy to carry SLR cameras around.”
I don’t know why, but I find the whole thing very funny. I don’t even know if it’s supposed to be funny but I find it really, really amusing and clever. Anyway, Natsumi takes ‘levitating’ self portraits which are incredible. It’s such a great idea. See some below, and check out her blog here.
Continue reading ‘I am yowayowa, I did not blog over the weekend.’
Derya Parlak (62 Models) walking the supermarket catwalk for Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring '11 this morning.
If there’s anything to be expected from taking a stroll down the produce aisle of your local supermarket, it’s not a crowd of fashion-folk, men pushing camera-mounted supermarket trolleys, and a bunch of leggy models. No siree. You would not be expecting this unless you happened to be invited to a show at one supermarket in particular this morning – New World Victoria Park. And even then, it wasn’t exactly expected.
The invite was elusive. It stated we should be meeting at 11:10am, downstairs in the carpark of New World Victoria Park. The Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring 2011 collection was going to be shown at 11:30am on the dot, and we were not to be late. So we got there early. And we waited. And waited, speculating on where exactly the show was supposed to be held in this complex. Would it be in the actual supermarket? In the carpark? The outdoor carpark? Down the ramp to the carpark? The foyer of the building? No one knew for sure. Then, at precisely 11:21am, Red Bull’s Anna Fitzpatrick called us to attention:
“The show is going to be held in the supermarket. The models will be walking up and down all the aisles except 2 and 3. New World’s customers will not be aware this is going on. There’ll be plenty of room for you all to see, please try not to get in the way, the best place to gather is in the bread section.”
So off we all trotted, into the depths of the frozen food and poultry and feminine hygiene aisles, everybody claiming their spots. (I was at the end of aisle 4.) Unwitting New World shoppers looked around bewildered. At 11:32am loud-ish music started playing over the speakers. Models escalated the outdoor ramp and stalked their way into the building, and one by one, through the turnstiles and into the salad aisle, they started to stride down what would have to be one of the most interesting catwalks their feet would ever grace.
This is what I saw:
Continue reading ‘The Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring Supermarket Show (SGCSSS).’
Finale at the Patrik Ervell F/W 2011-2012 show in New York.
It’s 9:36am. I’ve been up for a couple of hours now, doing some work, blah blah blah. In an hour and a half I’ll be heading off to the Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring/Summer 11-12 (I know! S/S for next year?! Crazy!) which is held in a pretty crazy location. More on that this afternoon.
Until then, I haven’t actually gotten up or dressed so no time to blog. While you’re waiting for what I
hope expect to be an epic post this afternoon, here’s a moody picture I took at New York Fashion Week. For more pictures I’ve taken, check out my photo blog. I’ve been updating it pretty regularly of late so maybe you’ll see something new.