Friday, October 28, 2011

BLACKLOG EDITORIAL # 18: Charlotte Carey by Gianluca Santoro

We love the thinking behind this shoot by Gianluca Santoro at Work Agency NY; one girl, simple use of backgrounds, different looks, great portraiture. We also love the story-telling hair by globetrotting New Zealander Richard Kavanagh and the yes-I'm-here presence of model Charlotte Carey at IMG New York. Make-up by Virginia Linzee at Cloutier Remix NY, assistant: Tejan. Shot on location in Soho, New York which feels quite apt given the bottle of Soho Pinot Noir we are enjoying right now.

Chadwick Tyler to shoot Black #15 New York cover

Karolina Kurkova for Grey Magazine
To say we are excited about having Chadwick Tyler shoot our New York cover for issue #15 is an understatement. Chadwick approached us to shoot for an early issue of Black but we had already closed the issue off and were unable to accomodate him. In the years since he has delivered some of the most amazing fashion work around with his unique style and we have watched him grow, wishing we had said yes and created the extra pages. Fans of the great Italian magazine, Grey, will know his work in a flash. The shoot is taking place this week with an amazing girl - will confirm who this week. Fashion editor for her third cover in a row will be Michelle Cameron and hair and make-up, as always, by our treasured New York editor, Valery Gherman.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

It's a Man's World, or a Woman's, or a Girls...

The Friday before the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup photographer Stephen Tilley got amongst it in urban Auckland to shoot Lili Sumner at Red 11 (below) and Rosie at Nova (above) for Black #15. Fashion editor Rachael Churchward celebrated girls-who-were-boys-who-were-girls and the sun shone brightly on all concerned. Hair by Greg Murrell at Ryder using KMS California, make-up by Kimberly Hill at M.A.C, assistant fashion editor: Jessica Grubisa.

Kevin Murphy On His Way To Shoot For Black #15

Kevin Murphy, photographed by Yasmine Ganley.

We are extremely excited to share news that global hair genius, Kevin Murphy, will be joining our New Zealand team to shoot with LA based photographer and long time friend Robert Erdmann this November for Black #15. The pair have worked together numerous times on various global campaigns, so we are honoured to bring the pair back together again! Recently, when Kevin stopped into The Department Store in Takapuna, Auckland, we met with him to try out and hear about his latest Color Bug products.

Express Yourself!

This year's winner: Twenty-Seven Names
As New Zealand’s fashion industry develops, the very notion of exporting becomes increasingly important, especially for emerging or developing designers. DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company know this only too well, initiating the DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship in 2008 to help said designers with this critical part of their development. The prize: NZ $10,000 worth of international freight, plus coaching in the business of freight and logistics, mentorship and membership of FINZ is this year supplemented by an Australia-focused NZTE Path to Market programme. That the scholarship works is in no doubt whatsoever as the three winners to date; Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts and Twenty-Seven Names have made substantial strides in overseas markets since their respective wins. This year’s judges are NOM*D’s Margarita Robinson, Kim Crawford wines founder, Erica Crawford, Mapihi Opai from FINZ and DHL Express national strategic account manager Megan Wildermoth. 

So, emerging designers of New Zealand, get your skates on and enter this landmark comp. Entries close on Monday, November 14, 2011. Application forms are available from the FINZ website.

What's Undone in Dunedin?

It might be a little patronising to call Dunedin a fashion incubator but in recent years the city has continued to punch above its weight as a hub of forward-thinking and unique design. The influences, from Margi Robinson’s dark, deconstructed vision to the grumbling weather and the burgeoning growth of I.D fashion week position the city as a wee Antwerp of the south. All of this confluence is beginning to bear fruit and in recent years a number of new labels have emerged that carry a distinctive Dunedin flavour, yet are equally reflective of other places. Undone by Elise Barnes and Rachel Webb is one of these. The pair met in 2008 at Otago Polytechnic where both were studying fashion and then cemented their partnership at this year’s I.D show, in which both were asked to participate.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Black #15 On Set: Hope (Go The Kids) by Russ Flatt

Nina, wearing Karen Walker eyewear.
Photos: Yasmine Ganley

Over the past few weeks we've said "Go" a lot. "Go the Warriors!" "Go the All Blacks." Last Sunday, shooting for Black #15 with photographer Russ Flatt it was, "Go The Kids!" Truly, these children, the offspring of friends and whanau,  give us hope for a new generation. Fashion director Rachael Churchward teamed with assistant fashion editor Jessica Grubisa, hair editor Greg Murrell and assistant Lydia Mahon from Ryder Salon and make-up artist Shirley Simpson to style and shoot sisters Nina and Heidi, AniwaJennaArielBostonIsaac and twins Dylan and Nina for the next issue. Black online editor/photographer Yasmine Ganley captured some sweet behind-the-scenes moments from the day. We'll say it again, "Go The Kids!"

Aniwa flying Ariel's flag

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Photo Essay: All is not OK, in the Bay by Greg Novak

All photos by Greg Novak

As the Rena environmental disaster unfolded in the Bay of Plenty toward the end of last week, Black photographer Greg Novak, a keen environmentalist, decided he would take a trip to the sandy foreshore of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui to see if he could help the clean up and take a few pictures of the process while he was there.

We asked Greg for a few words about his soujourn:

"On day four of this disaster Papamoa looked like a war zone. While the media in general focus on who is to blame, and who will foot the bill I was more interested in the human face of this environmental disaster.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Julianna Sseruwagi-Nisbett Interview

With a nostalgic look at her years growing up in the 90s, artist Julianna Sseruwagi-Nisbett re-creates beautiful images of her teen years through an obsession with the brand Moschino. Fitting carefully collected, vintage Moschino pieces onto iconic people that she feels portray the essence of her own youth, Julianna Sseruwagi-Nisbett applies a concept strong enough to take her out of a ‘styling’ gig and be put in amongst the worlds leading artists. I talked exclusively with Julianna about her journey back to her past, her upcoming projects and her love and loyalty towards the brand, Moschino.

Lady Gaga, Nicola Formichetti and Ruth Hogben film for Viva Glam

Lady Gaga has helped raise over $55 million in two years for M.A.C's amazing Viva Glam campaign that raises awareness of HIV/AIDS worldwide. The total now stands at $224 million and this Ruth Hogben film, a massive collaborative effort with Nicola Formichetti and fans around the world will surely help raise more. Fabulous M.A.C!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Black #15: Arthur Belebeau and Vittoria Cerciello shoot Michelle Buswell's 25 money girl ranking is the list of the biggest earning models currently working and we're proud to say that we've had two Black cover girls - Valentina Zelyaeva and Rosie Huntington-Whitely - who are currently ensconced on that list. With the publication of Black #15 a third "money girl" will grace our pages. Michelle Buswell has walked for LouisVuitton, Chanel, Gucci, YSL, Valentino, Fendi and Stella McCartney to name but a few. She's shot with almost every major magazine and a who's who of photographers. Her numerous campaigns include Chanel, Dior, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, Versace and many more. She's been a Victoria's Secret angel, appeared in the 2005 Pirelli calendar and is the famous face of the Classique fragrance campaign by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Photo: Randall Slavin for Lovecat Magazine

Friday, October 7, 2011

Kate Sylvester "The Secretary" AW 2012

Kate Sylvester has always been sexy but “The Secretary”, her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection unveiled at Auckland’s new Art Gallery on Tuesday took things to a new level. Unashamedly drawing inspiration from Steven Shainberg’s 2002 feature The Secretary, Sylvester delivered a range that explored the playground between sexual dominance and submission, replete with bound and tied models, pretty-brainy styling by Karen Inderbitzen-Waller and a broad colour palette from muted to vibrant red. The Secretary was classic Sylvester in every sense, pretty yet powerful women looking, acting and feeling bottom-smackingly sexy. Adore...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Uncommon Eyes

Aidan Bartlett, drummer for Midnight Youth may (or may not) get his hair done by Stephen Marr's Donielle Booth but together they are Eyes Of Common, a jewellery label taken from a line in a Joanna Newsom song. Poor Number 10, a salute to love lost and love found...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Face: Tyller McCullough at KHM Models by David K Shields

The development board at KHM Models is getting stronger by the day and fresh face Tyller McCullough is clear cut testament to the potential within the fledgling agency. Photographer David K Shields captures her Celtic beauty with styling by Rachael Churchward. Hair and make-up by Derek Aaron Young.

Wunderkammer for Workshop AW 2012 collection

Wunderkammer Jewellery's Zora Boyd is naturally prolific but lately even more so. She has collaborated with Beau Coops' Carrie Cooper on a special limited edition shoe and with Workshop's Chris Cherry to create this killer collection of rings featuring the work of artists Martin Popplewell, Te Rangitu Netana and Stephen Green as well as continuing to produce a vast array of rings, pendants, lockets and the like for her own range. Workshop has long been into artistic collaborations too so this three-way if you like is quite special. The rings are available in store now at all Workshop outlets but be quick, they are limited edition and may not last for long. Photos by Daniel Max.

New faces: Girls at Portfolio Models in Christchurch by David K Shields

In the second post featuring models at Christchurch agency, Portfolio Models, David K Shields captures the southern beauty of Michaela Steenkamp, Sarah Eastmond and Laura Pitcher. Michaela's pictures were taken prior to Black Magazine cutting her hair for an editorial in Black #15, but she looks stunning as usual. Sarah is a classic Canterbury beauty that has everything Kylie Bax had, and more, and Laura is a fabulous redhead from a city that boasts more redheads than most. Styling, hair and make-up by Dean Rushworth.