The Style Lounge.

The spring/summer Style Lounge was humming today with eager fashionistas keen to get up close and personal with the latest looks.

Luke Bettesworth and I made the most of our day together today snapping the obligatory selfie as we left the lounge.

The lounge is open until Sunday and spaces are filling up fast. I’m off on holiday tomorrow for my #VirtualVacay but Luke will be there so get online to Westfield Queensgate and book yourself a space with him or Linaire who joins him tomorrow.

I feel the need to confess that Luke and I both bought ourselves a few ‘must-haves’ today… As well as styling our most difficult clients ever… Ourselves.

   
   
    
 

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A RNZB Mid Summer Night’s Dream. 

Who knew dark dreams could be so spectacularly beautiful?

  
 Choreographer wunderkind Liam Scarlett must have known. Young in choreographer years at  29, Skarlett already has an illustrious career. He has been nominated for an Olivier Award for his work and already has many other accolades to his name. He’s the hot new star on the rise in the ballet world. Scarlett started dancing at age 4. I recall at that age I was thoroughly committed to making mud pies, sadly though I was not able to turn a childhood pastime into a career. Scarlett did and danced ballet successfully for many years -until age 26 where instead of being the paint on the brush, he became the artist. Now what we see on the stage at one of his ballets are the pure bold and fresh art strokes of Skarlett. 

I saw the Sunday night (B cast) of Mid Summer Night’s Dream and immersed myself starry-eyed in the dreamscape that sees mischievous fairies cause trouble & heartache in the lives of some unfortunate humans with hilarious results. 

Lucy Green was spectacular in her role as Titania Queen of the Fairies. Her dress sparkled and shone like the stars, standing out so well against the dark background she was luminous! In some dramatic balletic leaps and turns she seemed like a comet leaping fleetingly across an endless night sky. I couldn’t take my eyes off her, but why would you want to? She dances in a deeply emotive and passionate way you wouldn’t want to miss a minute of it. 

  
Designed by Tracy Grant Lord the set was dark and otherworldly – lit by thousands of led lights & fibre optics.  The audience don’t need to suspend disbelief because this world is totally believable. It’s in front of our eyes. The creatures within crept in and out of the shadows and the magical garden with its flowers and pods created a sense of intimacy while still allowing the dancers the space thru need to make magic. 

The fairies were delightful and reminiscent of Theirry Mugler haute couture of the early 1990’s all wasp waists and exaggerated bodices. They were fantastical! 

  
   
 
Apart from a couple of moments where as a choreographer I felt that  Skarlett chose to go for the easy, cheap (and crude) laugh, his modern choreography soars and sweeps with beautiful traditional lines interspersed with fluid floating partnering that left me wanting to see more. 

Bravo to all involved in creating this stunning vision of beauty, art, dance and entertainment. 

The show tours next to Christchurch, then Auckland, Rotorua, Palmerston North and closes the season in Napier on 20 Sept.

#Dontmissit! 

#Wouldseeagain

#Morethan10stars

  

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Life’s a beach. 

I had a personal styling client first thing this morning, so Saturday afternoon was the start of my weekend!

After two weeks of full-on fashion festival events it was time to look after myself with a relaxing stroll on the beach to recharge and relax.

The oystercatchers were both entertaining with their antics and treś chic in monochrome black and white feathers. (So en pointe for spring/summer 2015.)

  

My Mimco kicks proved that animal print really is the perfect camouflage. 

 
So nice to just be.  Have a happy weekend. 

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VIP style session.

Friday night saw  Westfield VIPs in the audience enjoying a make up demo from Bobbi Brown make up artist Terri, and a run through plus Q&A of the spring/summer trends with Moi.  

What a great way to stay en pointe. Bubbles, a goody bag, and the latest trends come to life in front of your eyes. 

Such fun! 

 

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Big hair don’t care

There was a lot of back combing in my hair last night….but I loved it!

In fact it is still there… I’ll brush it out soon. Thank god for my tangle teaser!

Last weeks big French roll had 24 bobby pins. Last nights half up/half down had only 17. 

Who knows what tonight’s big hair will bring…

  

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The Style Workshop. 

The Thursday night catwalk show with Tessa, Aleisha, Jo and Dean, our professional models from Kirsty Bunny Management, was brilliant fun!  

I hope you all had a fab time seeing the spring/summer trends up close and fabulous! 

  
I love working with this team. We’ve worked together on a few shows now and it really is a joy backstage. Everyone works hard, knows their job inside and out, is professional on and off stage and most importantly they are all lovely authentic people. (Who just happen to be ridiculously good looking!) 

We have a lot of laughs backstage and this helps us create a smooth and seamless show onstage for you all. 

  

Mr Richard Kavanagh (the king of all things hair) opened the show with his top hair trends and tips.   

 
Then the models and I workshopped the latest looks and gave away some amazing prizes!

I have already heard this morning that the striped monochrome dress on Tessa in the shot above is selling like hot cakes in Jacqui E so don’t miss out – get in soon! 

Hope you all had fun. I know we did! 

(Thanks to Clinique for my make-up and Salute for my hair because we all know I did not wake up like this!) 

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Behind the scenes…

…of #westfieldstylenz

My working notes as I plan who wears what and when they walk.

   

Hartley’s summer dress 
  

Rodd and Gunn pastel check shirt

  

Men’s pony print shirt from Meccano 
  

Our stage is ready and waiting…

 

(Remember to post a fashion tip, outfit or style tip photo on social media using this hashtag and you can go in the draw to win a Huawei phone!) 

  

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