Friday, 24 April 2015

New Zealand: Hokitika

Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It is a town on the north side of the Hokitika River, near its mouth.Located centrally on the West Coast and is surrounded by the Southern Alps, multiple lakes and rivers, and the Tasman Sea.  Although only 39 km south of Greymouth, Hokitika has a distinct identity as a major tourist destination, as well as the centre for dairy processing on the West Coast with the population of 3,078 in 2006  (plus 459 in for Kaniere, a growing suburban area. Lake Kaniere, 18 kilometres east of Hokitika, is a glacial lake, used for boating, kayaking and fishing.). 

This small but still attractive place with gray sand beach and unusually white and green high waves has some serious stuff to offer. From many challenging activities (biking, hiking, hunting),art workshops featuring pounamu jade (local jewelery material), gold, wood, glass blowing, copper, the rare ruby rock to calm trips to Glaciers, walks on the beach and historical town filled with beauty and riches too hard to ignore (and over 100 pubs!) with no traffic lights, no fast food outlets, no mega stores...just a picturesque town on the beach.


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Most Influencial Designers???


The fashion industry right now is a very broad and the term ‘fashion’ and trends is quite loose. Many people follow their own sense of style or the luck of it, trying to mix pieces from vintage to sportswear together forming new tastes and break the rules of what should be put and worn together. 

I started with this thought as I cannot strongly answer who is the most influential designer within the fashion industry right now. As a fashion student I'm asked this question too often . People expect me to have a strong, solid answer on that topic and literally throw names and examples of most influential designers. How?  Inspiration can be taken from the well known, luxury designers such as  the SS15 Chanel collection full of Carl Lagerfeld’s feminist revolutions with the ,’Feminist but Feminine’ philosophy. He kept the classical Chanel style with the new wave of colorful prints and the exquisite embellishments in many floral forms. He joined many cultural element  that were shown through his collection and always keeps it young and fresh despite the fact that some of the silhouettes and for example; ruffled , white shirt with pleated bottom and stand collar are rather taken straight from the past with additional ,golden  belt that makes it all come back to the present . 



However someone can take a totally opposite approach and be inspired by the Moshiono collection from Jeremy Scott. He plays with fashion being inspired by Barbie, McDonald’s or plastic toys as he says, ‘ We just want to bring joy to people’. I personally do not praise the idea of having a playground on the runway but I can appreciate how fashion can be interpreted in so many ways. It's good to have a little fun with it and let the seriousness on the loose. I could list each designer, artist, writer and so on ,that could give me the inspiration for the way I  dress. 

Each designer is special in their own ways, each one has something different to offer and has various approaches to the pieces they create and show. I think I would have to be a massive ignorant to say who is the 'one' trend and style setter of a season or any particular time, there are too many good people out there to give credits to only one of them.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

New Zealand. Arrowtown.

FKJ-Learn To Fly

Driving to our next destination from well known Queenstown in New Zealannd we had a small break and decided to explore that little, yet so packed with breathtaking views, smell of nature and freshly grounded coffee on the streets,  place called Arrowtown. I had a sip of hazelnut coffee and my favorite quinoa salad while enjoying the fresh, brisk air and the sun as much as I could before going back to London (no need for explanation here ;))

Arrowtown is built on the banks of the Arrow River, and is the home of unique scenery and almost Western like architecture. It seems like time has stopped for a while and time passed a tiny bit slower. I didn't have as much time to inhale all of that beauty as I would wanted but hopefully I will have another chance to do so in the future! 

I love living in the city like London but at that moment I felt ridiculously jealous for the people that gets to wake up to some of the views in Southern Lakes District. Just a minute walk from the passage of small coffee bars and restaurants we could see the flashing color of aquamarine water. What was most spectacular, was the fact that at the same time we could see the icy white ,covered with snow mountains from the beach! That mix of sights is unforgettable.

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