Did you attend any NZ Fashion Week shows over the past week? I was fortunate enough to attend the (first) S/S 2014 ‘COLD WASH’ menswear range for ‘The Lucid Collective’ at the Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland Central. The handsome crowd packed-out the swanky gallery; sipping complimentary Hopt soda, Liberty Brewing Company Beer or Thomson Whiskey NZ while mingling and admiring the majestic art through out the space. Heads turned as six dapper men took their positions on small benches, to model the garments. The colour palate was off-white, grey marl and contemporary black in utility shorts & pants, wrestler tops, long sleeve symmetric tees and beanie headwear. Impressive clothing brand for Gen Y entrepreneurs: Chloe Swarbrick & Alex Bartley-Catt. This duo are (disruptive) innovators in the fashion landscape. Catch them if you can.
After reading the NZ Herald, about the upcoming art exhibition at ‘Gow Langsford Gallery’ featuring 8 Mongrel Mob members (taken by NZ photographer Jono Rotman over a period of 7 years) – I was naturally intrigued.
All the photographs were taken with available light, and each subject displays elements of melancholy and undeniable respect between both parties.
I was mesmerised by the eight portraits: Bill Irwin Rogue, Shano Rogue, Bung Notorious, Willy Clark, Breeze Notorious, Zap Notorious, Denimz Rogue and Greeko Notorious which filled the room with their depth of character, and provoked controversy in the same breath.
Personally, I appreciate the art – that tells individual stories about their chapters and life. Their tattoos, clothing and face speak volumes about who they are.
This exhibition is authentic ‘portraiture’ of the Mongrel Mob community.
You should go and experience the exhibition for yourself; if in Auckland.