Image/Tommy Ton, jakandjil.com
This is a bit of a blatant repost, but it’s something I really want to share with people who may not have already seen it. It’s Q & A on style.com with Tommy Ton (of streetstyle-blog, JakandJil, fame) and Anna Dello Russo (of Editor-at-large-of-Vogue-Nippon fame) about their photographer-subject relationship, turned friendship.
Tommy Ton first started shooting Anna about four years ago, in 2007. He remembers exactly when it was and what she was wearing:
“She was wearing a gold D&G chain mesh top. She was very hesitant about being photographed. And then the next morning at Nina Ricci, which was Olivier Theyskens’ first show for Nina Ricci, she was wearing a silver sequined dress and a fox-fur collar and I was like, what is this woman on? I couldn’t believe she was wearing this at 10 in the morning.”)
I’m not surprised. I’ve seen her in real life, she is outgoing and bright and larger than life. She has a presence. He, on the other hand, is friendly, but quiet, and very hard-working. When you’re talking to him outside the shows you get that sense of distraction – like he’s got one eye on you, and one on the crowd, searching for the next great photo.
Anyway, I’m rambling. The point of the post is to tell you the interview is good and interesting and it will make you smile. Brighten up your Thursday – read it here.
Jordan Rondel is a pretty, young Aucklander with some great baking skills. In case you didn’t know already, Jordan bakes cakes and other treats under the moniker, ‘The Caker‘. Every week she comes up with a new flavour of cake that you can order (if you’re from Auckland) and have delivered. It’s a clever system – it means you always get to try something different. The current cake of the moment is a nutella and banana cake. Previous flavours have included chai latté and carrot with clementine icing. Enough said. A couple of weeks ago she asked me to take a few promotional shots for her. I jumped at the chance. Not only was it going to be fun, it was going to involve a 6 layer, cream and raspberry covered cake. And I will go to great lengths for cake.
Here are some of the shots, including a few good out-takes:
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Karen Walker and Mikhail Gherman in their Auckland home. Image/theselby.com
- Ever wondered what Karen Walker‘s house looked like? Ever wondered how she lives? Whether she has a pool? (She does.) What colour her kitchen stools are? (Red.) What her daughter looks like? (Adorable!) Look no further! The Selby has gone into her (and husband, Mikhail Gherman’s) place and done his thing. Check out the pictures, here.
- If you love ballet, and you love Chloé, you need to watch this video (below) that combines both clothes from the French label’s dance-inspired spring/summer 2011 collection and movement from New York City Ballet principal, Janie Taylor and corps de ballet member Justin Peck. So pretty.
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If there’s anything that Twenty-seven Names
does particularly well, it’s pretty. I’m not the girliest of girls, but I do love the idea of girly things. While most of my wardrobe is made up of pants and t-shirts and sweaters and ‘practical’ clothes, I do have a couple of pretty things, one being this beautiful dress
from Twenty-seven Names’ Winter’s collection. I have been wearing it a lot lately, much more than I thought I ever would (the best purchases are always like that).
Anyhow, I digress. To the point folks, to the point!. Three days ago I came across the Twenty-seven Names Spring/Summer 2011-2012 lookbook. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re barely into winter so why am I thinking about summer, blah, blah, blah. Who cares? I’ve looked at it probably about 13 times now. The collection is super cute. And cute supersedes all seasons. These are some of my favourite things (you can see the rest of the lookbook here):
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Images/Isaac Hindin Miller
This is only a picture of one. The other I have is a grey marle. I bought this first navy one in Paris, after spending ages walking around the store. It was stifling in there. Freezing cold outside, all heaters blasting in Uniqlo. It was too hot in there! Way too hot for me to feel like trying things, but when Isaac alerted me to the men’s 100% lambswool, crew neck sweaters on sale (€19.90) I couldn’t resist. I picked up the navy XS (and a white XS men’s button down oxford shirt – more on that another time) and ran with it. A week of much, much, much wear and I decided it was time for another, so I went back. (I must’ve gone to Uniqlo about 5 times over that whole trip now that I think about it.) I wanted the burnt orange/rust colourway, but they didn’t have my size so grey marle it was. Grey goes with everything, so it was a good choice. I wear both of these all the time now. They’re super warm, and super easy to throw on. Sure, the sleeves are a little long, but it’s nothing that can’t be solved with a couple of rolls. And for approximately NZ$35.00 each? What a steal!
Continue reading ‘Something I bought overseas: one of two Uniqlo sweaters.’