1. A Dark Bouquet from Juliette Hogan and Floral Stylist Co.
Long time collaborators Juliette Hogan and Sue Cameron from Floral Stylist Co. have once again joined forces for the brand’s first 2021 collection – creating a bespoke print, inspired by the abundance of organic florals presented at the Grey Lynn Floral Collective Aotearoa markets.
The print itself, seen above on Jess Clarke, was a serendipitous creation – a distortion of a still life photograph of Sue’s work – originally meant for a different Juliette Hogan project. The photograph’s rich, dark palette of aubergine, winter white and forest green was simply too hard for the design team to resist, and was brought to life in seven key styles, which you can shop here.
The original Dark Bouquet photographic print is on display and available for purchase at all Juliette Hogan stores, with one available to win with any purchase from the new collection.
2. Hej Hej bring back their bestsellers
Loyal linen lovers will be pleased to see Hej Hej rolling out their most-loved pieces once again, for their new season collection, Goodie Two Hues, which dropped in stores this week. After the year that was, designers Kiki and Alice wanted to inject joy and optimism in to their designs, circling back to the core of Hej Hej – easy, breezy and bright linen.
With the return of the “relics from the good old days when you could lick door knobs and pash on a whim”, we couldn’t be more excited to shop (and update) our old favourite styles in all-new gingham and marshmallow pink linen. Shop the full Hej Hej collection online now.
3. Auckland Pride festival is here!
Auckland Pride Festival has begun, celebrating the festival’s ninth consecutive year as Aotearoa’s largest open-access arts, cultural and community Pride Festival.
With a dizzying array of events to partake in (there are over 200, both free and ticketed) from February 3-28, our top picks are:
Samesame But Different
The only LGBTIQ+ literary festival of its kind in Aotearoa, Samesame but Different is a space to celebrate and uplift queer literary talents. With eleven different events including slam performances, open mic nights, panel discussions and interactive workshops, this year the programme tackles the theme of home, and what this means to our rainbow community. And it’s free! From February 10-14.
Ending HIV Big Gay Out
The Big Gay Out is back! Presented by Ending HIV, the Big Gay Out brings music, food, dance and colour to Point Chevalier’s Coyle Park this February 14 – lover’s day! With performer line-ups, activities and competitions yet to be announced, pre-register here for a free ticket and for further updates.
This year’s 2021 Pride Party sends off the month with a stellar line-up of performers, with queer icons DH HalfQueen and rapper Randa headlining the evening, alongside supporting acts BrownBoy Magik, DJ Jordan Eskra, Lady Shaka, Kate Barnes and the best drag acts in town. Round up your friends and dance the night away in Aotea Square at this free, all-ages and accessible event. February 27.
Celebrate our rainbow communities this month and check out the full Pride Festival programme here.
4. A fresh take on the Dior-ID sneakers
Sneakerheads and fashion lovers rejoice, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri has reinvented the iconic Dior-ID sneakers with a fresh new, two-tone take. Finished with subtle details, such as contrast stitching and a gold embossed logo, the new sneakers are available in nude, dark blue, green and red and in all Dior boutiques now.
5. NZ designers take the stage at the Global Lexus Design Awards
Local designers and AUT Design and Creative Technologies students Jessica Vea and Gayle Lee have been selected as one of six finalists in the Global Lexus Design Awards competition. As finalists, the design duo will receive USD $25,000 to complete their prototype for their entry Heartfelt, a response to the emotional disconnect felt in self-isolation – a virtual hug via two devices kept by people who are separated. All finalists will compete for the Grand Prix trophy in April 2021.
The Lexus Design Award is an international design competition for up-and-coming creators around the globe. Since 2013, the awards have sought to foster the growth of ideas that help shape a better future.