WORLD’s former Christchurch store. Like so many other businesses in the city, WORLD’s Christchurch store (housed on the ground floor of the ANZ Bank Chambers on the corner of Lichfield and High Streets), was entirely demolished in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. Looking at photos of the devastated site where WORLD once sat, the possibility of any survivors seems implausible. But implausibility be damned – according to an email sent yeseterday from WORLD director Denise L’Estrange Corbet, the retail assistant working inside the store when the earthquake hit was miraculously unharmed. Denise L’Estrange Corbet: “The whole event unfolding thereClick to Continue!
Photos: supplied Nothing beats good summer pop-up stores – they liven the city and keep the retail sector on its toes. Plus they’re a great way for labels without their own retail presence to give customers a real-life brand experience. Online tee shirt retailers Parinto opened their first ever pop-up store last Thursday in Ponsonby. Situated next door to Agnes Curran in the little courtyard off Franklin Road, the Parinto store will stock all their usual tee shirt prints alongside limited edition pieces not available online – tea towels, cushions, framed posters and baby tees. The Parinto pop-up will beClick to Continue!
Emily Theyers backstage at WORLD. Photos: Katherine Lowe Held at the aptly titled Great Room inside the Langham hotel on Symonds Street, WORLD did what no other brand this week has done so far – they sat us down in comfort for a heavenly half hour, fed and watered us, then knocked our socks off with one hell of an explosive show. Attempting to explain the clothes would be a futile enterprise – the pictures speak far louder than words ever could. WORLD labels themselves a factory of ideas and experiments, and like all experiments, some work, while others blowClick to Continue!
Kate Sylvester backstage before her RAFW Spring 2010 show No big surprises at the New Zealand Fashion Week announcement this afternoon bar the inclusion of WORLD on-schedule and the notable absence of Kate Sylvester. Word from the Kate Sylvester camp was that they’re not ruling out a runway appearance, they just haven’t made up their minds yet. According to a source, Sylvester has been umming and aahing over whether to show for the past few weeks. Also announced, American red carpet specialist Nicole Miller will hold an onsite catwalk presentation. Miller is best known for dressing celebrities like Beyonce, EvaClick to Continue!
Photo: Pebbles Hooper It’s my opinion that we’re all shameless label bashers. We’re obsessed with logos and status symbols and things that assist to elevate us above our peers. Even the edgiest, most intellectual, complex fashion lovers will cry if one of their Margiela-identifying stitches comes loose. I thought I was above all that. I really did. That is until I found myself liking a sweater lots the other day because it had Comme des Garcons written on it. And, yes, I was liking it because of the Comme des Garcons that was written on it. Sad, I know. TheClick to Continue!