Hey, gidday mates! This morning, playing directly into Murphy’s hand, I spent a good 90 seconds telling Jenny how great it is that we haven’t experienced a shred of Parisian ‘tude this whole trip. Big mistake. 30 minutes later we were at Telescope; the hipster, minimalist, hand-poured, pretentious yet beautifully designed coffee shop near our apartment. Jenny bumped into something while holding her cup, dropped it, and watched in dismay as €4,50 went down the drain. We apologized profusely and went running for the nearest napkins, while the two guys working the counter said nothing and stared, speech bubbles practically appearing above their heads reading, “Stupid clumsy Americans.”Click to Continue!
Photos: Katherine Lowe It was an ambitious move to show off-site a good 15 minute drive from the downtown RAFW venue, and one that could have resulted in a sea of empty seats. But Kate Sylvester’s show site was well-populated when I arrived; filled with Australians and Kiwi compatriots, including designers Marc Moore and Luke Harwood of Stolen Girlfriends Club, Juliette Hogan and Sherie Mujis. Held at a horse stable in Randwick, we sat on tiered seats in the circular auction ring. Spotlights suspended from above flashed at random intervals, illuminating your seatmate for a split second before dancing inClick to Continue!
Myf Shepherd. Photos: Katherine Lowe Kate Sylvester measured every girl by hand at her RAFW show casting this morning, held on the fourth floor of the Adina hotel, formerly the Medina. As she took each of three measurements – bust, waist and hips – she called out a number for show stylist Karen Inderbitzen Waller to jot down. “81.5cm, 66cm, 88cm. 83, 66, 92. Size 10 feet.” Most were different from those listed on the models’ comp cards. At the busiest point, about 10 girls stood in the corridor waiting to try on one of three sheer Kate Sylvester slipClick to Continue!
Dr Kate Sylvester DFA. Photo: Katherine Lowe A small group of fashion media were invited to Country Club at Britomart this afternoon to toast Kate Sylvester’s newest addition: not a store, not a collaboration, but letters at the end of her name. As of tomorrow, Kate Sylvester, designer, will be known as Dr Kate Sylvester DFA (Honoris Causa). Massey University, Sylvester’s alma mater, is bestowing an honourary doctorate on the designer for her services to the New Zealand fashion industry both here and abroad. According to Massey Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey, “Kate Sylvester is creating a visual depiction of what theClick to Continue!
Photo: Katherine Lowe Kate Sylvester will not show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2010, making this the second time in three years that she’ll be missing from the event. Absent from the official lineup released earlier this month, the Sylvester camp initially said that they had not yet made up their minds regarding NZFW. But today Kate Sylvester herself confirmed the decision not to show – explaining that all of the company’s energies are currently focussed on growth in the Australian market. Sylvester opened her first Australian store on Sydney’s Oxford Street in December 2009, and is currently on theClick to Continue!