Who: Rosemary (Rose) Smith.
What did you eat for breakfast today? Nothing – well, I had a some nuts and a muesli bar, but not by choice.
What do you love and hate about fashion week? I love getting to see and hang out with all the girls, I hate having to wake up at 4:00am.
What trend/s do you hate? Hipsters – sorry Isaac [laughs]. Oh wait! I should’ve said chinos!
Pick two – Attractive, emotionally stable, intelligent: Attractive and emotionally stable.
What’s the best thing about Australia? The beach.
What’s the last thing you bought? Food from the grocery store.
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Tommy Ton outside the shows this morning (ignore the rubbish bin, I had a mental lapse).
Who: Tommy Ton, street-style photographer.
From: numerous publications, but mainly of Jak & Jil fame.
Spotted: outside the tent this morning, shooting.
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Gary Bigeni was my first show of the day – at 12:00pm. I strolled into the Theatre at lunchtime after a morning of chilling out, relaxed as ever and feeling pretty good. If only every fashion week day was like this.
My favourite piece from Spring/Summer 2012-2013? A raglan sleeve, (what looked like) silk shirt with small collar and 3/4 sleeve – reminiscent of your classic baseball tee, the shirt used had a cream front and beige sleeves (see below, paired with striped, panelled skirt).
Favourite model? It’s hard to say because there were so many good girls in the show. Girls of note? Rose Smith – you may remember her from such shows as Chanel, Jemma Baines, Nicole Pollard, Louise Van der Vorst (who recently split from Silverchair frontman, Daniel Johns) and Rachel Rutt.
Overall a pretty good first show for me – wearable, polished, pretty clothes on some pretty damn good girls. Special mention also has to go to the use of ‘Blogger Blue’ in the collection. (If you don’t know what that is, look it up.)
Here’s what I saw:
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Me, half dead at Auckland Airport.
This is me, in the Koru lounge, right now at Auckland Airport. I look tired, and that’s because I am. I think it’s safe to say I am not a morning person, unless you count mornings as 2:00am-4:00am when I haven’t gone to sleep yet.
You may or may not have heard that I’m off to Sydney this week for MBFWA (Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia). It’s going to be a crazy week. I have a lot of shows on my schedule and a few meetings sprinkled in between. I think it may be my busiest fashion week yet. Because of my hectic schedule, don’t expect to see the usual blog posts I do (‘Models I met and liked’ etc) this week – this week is all about MBFWA. For those who aren’t interested? I’ll see you next week. For those who are? Expect 5-10 posts a day on here (fingers crossed), numerous ‘instagrams’ (username: thedownlowe) and Facebook updates.
Wish me luck, guys!
PS: My suitcase was 24.1kg. Absolutely ridiculous. I have six pairs of pants (including the ones I’m wearing), five pairs of shoes, three skirts and at least five dresses. I’ve obviously completely lost it.
All Images/James K Lowe.
Before I start, less address the elephant in the room: The pinecones. Why the hell am I holding a pine cone? Why do I even have pinecones in a bucket? How are pinecones relevant in any way whatsoever?! I have to be honest with you – I have no idea why I am carrying one in every single photo. No idea at all. It seemed like such a good idea at the time. Or not even an idea, I just started doing it. And look how happy I am to have the pinecones in my life! They really are the focus of the image.
The other focus (and much more exciting thing) is the dress I’m wearing. It’s Sylvester by Kate Sylvester and it’s called the ‘Party’ dress. What do you think? Quite apt, I say. I’m very keen to wear it to a party of some sort. I’m a sucker for a prim, girly dress and this one really hits the mark. Sure, the blue of the dress is pretty bright for someone like me, but I’m getting used to it (it also comes in black for those less daring). The full skirt, the cap sleeve – you can’t get much cuter. The pictures don’t really show it (unless you click for larger) but the fabric is of a decent weight, and is textured, which I like. It’s a little bit different to your typical party dress. A little bit quirky and maybe even a little odd.
Just like the pinecones.
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