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Electronic Poet

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Saturday 22 November 2008

For an industry that spends so much time fratenising with musicians, few designers ever admit to being primarily influenced by the music industry itself. Electronic Poet are an exception.

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Nova Dando

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Wednesday 28 May 2008

Highly unwearable but aesthetically riveting, Nova Dando is making killer waves in the notoriously hard to crack London fashion scene. Perhaps the reason she is so visible is that her collections are consistently outrageous, exceptional and innovative showstoppers.

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David Saunders’ neon fantasy

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Tuesday 20 May 2008

While I feel I am not alone in breathing a sigh of relief over this season’s purging of fluoro, in retrospect there was a lot to be learned from the experience: don’t wear all fluoro, or don’t wear fluoro at all. And we slowly trudged back to black, which, despite what other colors may think, will always be the new black.

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Vice magazine’s Fashion issue

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Thursday 8 May 2008

It’s Christmas time for the fashionist youth circuit as Vice releases it’s annual Fashion issue. I’d say the best thing about this magazine is that it’s free, but that would be a lie because the lack of monetary exchange is only one part of the tapestry of awesome you’ll find, in full, online.

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MTWTFSS Weekday

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Friday 2 May 2008

Cheap Monday are arguably one of the biggest revolutions in denim since Levi’s. They’re pretty much the uniform second skin for the music totin’, cons scuffin’ youth of today.

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Ivana Helsinki

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Wednesday 30 April 2008

Ninety percent of the time, you can pick a Scandinavian brand from a metric mile away, which is not necessarily a bad thing considering that the Scands have such a refined, clean approach to thinking about clothes.

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The Stitch Ministry

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Tuesday 1 April 2008

Cool name, even cooler clothes. Apparently Karen Walker isn’t the only good thing about New Zealand’s fashion scene. There’s also Jason Gitmans (of Gitmans Knitwear) and Kylee Davis of The Stitch Ministry.

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Mjolk

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Sunday 30 March 2008

Can you ever really get sick of red plaid pants? Geography defying brand, Mjolk certainly doesn’t think so and looking at their Autumn/Winter ’08 collection, it’s hard not to agree.

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New Dandyism

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Wednesday 26 March 2008

Anytime you find Houndstooth and Hoody in the same sentence you know it will be a good day. Well, today has been a great day and New Dandyism, the lovechild of a conglomate of lusty designers — Sons by Obedient Sons, wood wood and Call of the Wild — is the reason. It’s a surprisingly coherent and articulate project for one cooked up in a kitchen filled with chefs.

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Band of Outsiders

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Friday 21 March 2008

Ben Lee upped the label a while back, but Band of Outsiders is still probably the best label you’ve never heard of.

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Opening Ceremony footwear

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Tuesday 11 March 2008

Perhaps the reason men are not known for their shoe fetishes is because when it comes to mens shoes in general, there are really only two must have varieties: vintage street wear and sartorialist leather.

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Stolen Girlfriends Club

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Saturday 8 March 2008

What a wonderfully grown up ethos of punk is to be found in the latest effort by New Zealand’s Stolen Girlfriends Club. I saw sequin, lace, leather, denim, tulle, rhinestone and what appeared to be heshen, breaking all the rules of taste but nevertheless making me very, very happy.

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Boxfresh vs Pete Fowler

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Friday 7 March 2008

Boxfresh is a British streetwear company notable for its emphasis on DIY fashion. Their Boxfresh vs Series, a collection of collaborations ranging from straight fashion into the bicycle arena, has just launched their latest battle — between Boxfresh and Pete Fowler, of Super Furry Animals artwork fame.

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Our Legacy’s Swing of the Pendulum

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Tuesday 4 March 2008

Much like layers, when it comes to menswear, Old World Gatsby never really goes out of fashion. All tapered straight leg pants, boat shoes and fitted cardigans, ‘The Swing of the Pendulum’ collection by Our Legacy is one of the best uses of old money style I’ve seen.

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Harlan Bel

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By Carolyn Dempsey in New Fashion on Monday 3 March 2008

She may have designed for Ralph Lauren, but it’s hard to believe that Brandy Lunsford’s first two collections have been of this calibre.

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