i really love independent lingeries labels because most of the time they showcase their wares on a variety of “normal” women. and by normal i mean any shape and size – not specifically thin, or specifically curvy, or specifically this or that. just any kind of woman, because there are a billion of us and we all look different. i appreciate this from any fashion line actually, not just lingerie. but when you see a model in her scivvies there is sometimes a certain feeling of, well, i don’t look like that in lingerie. you know? i know it’s an old discussion and i wish it wasn’t still such a THING. but i feel like things are progressing and it’s kind of cool!
it’s always nice seeing new fashion from our neighbours across the ocean, mostly because we share the same season – so the clothing at least makes sense. as much as i love seeing beautiful fall coats and boots coming out of the northern hemisphere it’s just kinda depressing for those of us who are slathering on sunscreen. Penny Sage is a New Zealand based label by fashion designer Kate Megaw. her summer 2014 collection – The Painted Desert – is full of light breezy dresses and beautiful floral printed kimono style coats. the editorial below was styled & shot by Greta van der Star.
in the past week i’ve received two emails telling me about 16 year old New Zealand singer Lorde (thanks Holly and Sarah). this girl is good. and the more i listened to her music the more i thought, damn what was i doing at 16? i was making mixtapes, not music. i wasn’t causing a mini-music revolution in New Zealand. i’m really looking forward to seeing what Lorde will be doing when she’s 21. she also has big lovely hair which i am quite envious of.
i’ve featured the photography of Hannah Davis before here and here, so i was excited to see an amazing blog she set up that documents her 6+ months of travels through a number of south american countries and the wonderful landscapes of New Zealand. i asked Hannah for some more information, and she told me that she took about 45 rolls of 35mm film and 40 rolls of medium format throughout the entire trip. wowzers.
We went travelling for 6 and a half months – starting in New Zealand, then we travelled through Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico. That was the first half of our trip. Then we flew to San Francisco (where I have just got to on the blog!) and we travelled around the west side of the states, started running out of money so decided to go to Jamaica before our last week in New York! I haven’t been particularly selective about the photos shown – for myself they are a collection of memories as much as anything. Obviously to someone who doesn’t know us, I wanted the photos to depict a journey which captures that wonderful feeling of drifting from one place to the next – taking in beautiful landscapes and also catching a more intimate glimpse of our lives on the road.
all images by Hannah Davis
hi-res tourism posters, as seen in murray’s office in flight of the conchords from denèe on flickr