STATE OF THE UNION : : The Week That Was



It’s always nice to see talented New Zealanders beating out others to be recognized in the fashion industry. Massey University graduate Hall was the only designer from NZ to take out a top prize in any category, with his ‘Abandon Man’ collection, inspired by samurai and minimalism. The collection consisted of draped tunics and flowing shirts and skirts, finished with identical headwear for each of the models. The collection has a very androgynous feel to it, with the relaxed fits being appropriate for men and women – whoever dares to wear them.

'Abandon Man'



Although I'm not a fan of the fact that we only got to see Bruce smoking a dart in a dress because of some creepy pap probably lurking in some bushes (Bruce is allegedly threatening to sue), I'm excited to see Bruce's transition when he's ready to truly take it public. He has said that he has Kim K on hand ready to perform stylist duties – I can't wait for how much Balmain Bruce's future probably holds. If you're wondering why I think this is so exciting, I think it's awesome that such an intensely public figure has the courage to emerge as transgender. Hopefully, with such a well-known figure attempting to educate the public, people will gain a better understanding of the experiences of trans individuals, and a greater respect for the difficulties they face. I'm all about educating the people. If someone can get a hold of Bruce, tell him to come over for a dart anytime.


I can't include a pic of his striped maxi dress here, so have this one of him thumbs-upping us all, post-Diane Sawyer.




I love Donatella. I can be quite partial to Riccardo Tisci's work. Although it's interesting seeing a designer using another designer as a muse of sorts, and star of an ad campaign, I love it. Fashion is becoming more and more meta. Calling Donatella his "ultimate icon" in a teaser Instagram post, we'll get to see the full campaign soon. I would make a reference to Lady Gaga's 'Donatella' but I think everything post-Fame Monster kind of flies over everyone's heads.

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Taken from Riccardo Tisci's Instagram.




Glassons was among 219 fashion brands surveyed for The Truth Behind the Barcode: Australian Fashion Report 2015. This survey examined the brands’ policies, monitoring and training, traceability and transparency, and workers' rights. Glassons managed to scrape a D+ for policies, but gained solid F’s in all the other categories. This raises concerns about how they manufacture the clothing many New Zealanders wear, and how they treat their workers overseas. A copy of the full report is available here.




I feel a strange obligation to write about the change in seasons. Summer has clearly gone away, Auckland has begun to rain every couple of hours and my poor, fragile self has already resorted to using a heater at night. My advice for everyone heading further and further into winter is to find at least one decent coat that you can pair with most of the items already present in your wardrobe. This should be a relatively big-ticket item, but it should last you more than one season. Good jackets are expensive, people. It's a sad fact, but one we have to live with. If you don't have the cash to splash but still want some decent coverage from the cold, I'd advise that you look for stores that are attempting to liquidate last year's F/W apparel. If you tend to keep things basic, chances are last year's stock is pretty much the same as this year's. I picked up two jackets at one of these sales for $30 each, a cheeky saving of $270. Y'all might not get as lucky as me, but sometimes you've gotta be thrifty. Godspeed.


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