Thursday, November 20, 2014

Designer Watch: Campbell Luke

Bobby Campbell Luke a.k.a Campbell Luke  is a Auckland based designer that I first saw at the AUT Rookie show a few weeks ago.

The thing that really stood out about this young designer, was the incredibly unique yet totally wearable designs. I love the tailored jackets, high waist-lines, and lose fitting dresses. This collection is truly flattering to the female form. Take a gander below.

LOVE these culottes! 

SO wearable right?  Keep an eye on this young designer he's going places. xx

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AUT Rookie Show 2014

Designer Campbell Luke.

Last week saw the annual showcase of the AUT Rookie Show. It consisted of the second and third year students, displaying their year's worth of work walking down the runways. I love graduate shows because the students really go to town with the creativity of their collections. This year they experimented with sound, colour - and of course designs - which made for such great energy.

The show opened with the eerie sound of oriental chimes as a few models trickled out with long,slick samurai-like hair. The theme was industrial and for the second year students, and their collections are shown together in one group. The colours were generally earthy, demure tones and minimalistic designs, which is a great, fashion forward forecast of what will be hitting the streets.

It was hard for me to pick my favourite third year collection. And I mean that. The collections started with the demure, minimalistic colours and texture.  Culottes, layers and summer trousers were staple items.
Next, the collections became more and more bold, bright and energetic, with a 90s flavour. Everything from bright gumboots, overalls and clothing patches were popular.

Finally, the Collections took a gothic turn with sheer blacks, fringes and flowing dresses.

Jarred Godman. 

Designers to keep an eye on are Jarred Godman, Campbell Luke, Brit Day, Kristina Drake.

Make sure to look through our facebook Gallery for all of the pictures from the show!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

FEM Giveaway WINNER announcement.

We are SO so happy to announce the winner of the FEM and Sans Pareil giveaway!!

Drum roll please...
dun dun dunnnnnn

WINNIE STUBS. Winnie you have your very own pair of FEM shorts. You can chose the colour and size.

Congratulations Winnie! Enjoy them.

xxx Sans Pareil and FEM.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014


In celebration of the release of FEM's 14/15 Summer collection we are excited to announce a giveaway!

First, check out the awesomely vibrant lookbook below. 


FEM is the brain child of Melbourne based designer Eugenie Meeker and is set to pack a punch in both local and international markets. 

Usually when I review a collection I have quite a clear idea about my favourite pieces but I love everything! The bright colours, the slightly sporty flavour, the use of sequins, even the accessories (that choker!!) are perfection. 

NOW for the competition:

YOU have the chance to win  a pair of these amazing sequin shorts valued at $130.00 AUD!!

Like both the Sans Pareil facebook page and the FEM facebook page.
Comment (so we know who you are) and then share the competition poster and you're done! Yay!


Competition ends November 5th 2014 - so get entering!!

Good luck. xx

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh no! Oscar de la Renta died!

On October 20th in his home in Kent, Connecticut, United States, iconic American fashion designer; Oscar de la Renta has died at age 82. The designer had been battling cancer since 2006.
De la Renta died at his home surrounded by family and “more than a few dogs,”  according to a handwritten statement given to The Associated Press and signed by his stepdaughter Eliza Reed Bolen and her husband, Alex Bolen - also the CEO of Oscar de la Renta. De la Renta had appointed Peter Copping as Creative Director of his eponymous brand just last week. As of Tuesday (U.S.A time) morning, Oscar de la Renta’s homepage features a handwritten note from Eliza and Alex. It reads “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms.” The statement did not specify a cause of death, but as stated above, de la Renta had spoken in the past of having
With a career spanning more than 50 years, de la Renta has dressed everyone from Sarah Jessica Parker to Hillary Clinton. Most recently, Human rights lawyer and activist Amal Alamuddin donned a truly spectacular de la Renta gown when she married actor George Clooney last month.
De la Renta's specialty was evening-wear, though he also was known for chic daytime suits favored by the women who would gather at the Four Seasons or Le Cirque at lunchtime. His signature looks were voluminous skirts, exquisite embroideries and rich colours.
De la Renta gave up the title of chief executive of his company in 2004, handing over business duties to the Bolens, but he remained active on the design end, continuing to show his collections during New York Fashion Week.

The iconic and influential designer will truly be missed. 

To remember the designer, I've made a little photo gallery of my favourite Oscar de la Renta designs below. 

Emma Watson .

Hillary Clinton. 

Kirsten Dunst. 

Amal Alamuddin.

Jessica Biel. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shit I'm diggin': Laurelle Jones Photography

Laurelle has been travelling New Zealand and Asia for the past two years, and has accumulated some AMAZING pictures. Most of the following pictures were taken in the South Island and Thailand. 
Check out her awesome facebook pages with even more amazing pictures! 

This next series was taken for a boutique in Thailand. I LOVE every picture.

Laurelle is back in Auckland for the time being so if you'are in the AK and need a photographer contact her through her website!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Glassons criticised for anorexic - looking models

Glassons mannequin with ribs showing - is it a negative influence for girls? 

New Zealand chain-store giant Glassons, have recently been slammed for their use of mannequins that appear anorexic. 

Auckland psychotherapist Anna Drijver, who specialises in anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating and overeating.

"It's just ridiculous to show ribs. It's absurd to me," said Drijver. 

"Use of the model in a popular retail outlet like Glassons, aimed at teenagers and young women, was worrying", she said. "It absolutely will have a negative effect on young women - and young boys as well, actually. They see these images and assume that's what we should look like".

"Statistically that's not what society looks like so I think it's a terrible idea having such mannequins in the shops."

Most of her patients with eating disorders were in their teens, but she had treated some as young as 10.

Scarily skinny mannequins in the store have sparked a heated debate about body image, with shoppers demanding more realist displays. Law student Emily Robins, 25, shared the disturbing image of one mannequin on Twitter.

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!! 
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Petrichnor NYC Intentional release of new denim line

We are excited to announce the release of New York street-wear label Petrichor NYC  denim line. 
Lucky for Sans Pareil we get to be the first international announcement of the new line! 

check out the very cool fashion film set to a more than cool Justice track (and Just like Justice is is very psychedelic!) 

You won't be blamed if you weren't able to totally concentrate on the jeans themselves in the video because there is so much cool stuff happening. So here are some pics below. 

Each pair is individuality distressed and painted so are wonderfully unique. 


ALSO did I mention these bad boys are only $100??!

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