Miss June - Bad Luck Party

Sweaty, pink in the face, bruised all over and grinning from ear to ear! I only wish I could do it all again, like right now would be good! Last night was the Album release of Miss June's long-awaited full-length album. Long-awaited but bloody well worth the wait!

After performing Wellington on Friday night, the band came back to their home town to thrash it out at Galatos. A great line up preceded the band and got the crowd riled up and dancing their hearts out. It was my first time hearing the artists 'Na Noise' and 'Mikaela', and despite the light being so bad that I got like no photos they were both hella mean. I look forward to hearing more from them! Returning home with Miss June was' ‘Daffodils’ who opened for the band down in Welly. As per usual, Daffodils had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs and dancing/leaping around, such a good buzz.

By the time three acts had gone, Galatos was packed almost to bursting point. I swear as the band came on the mosh started right then and there. Yet once the first song started, it managed to find another gear. Amps were pushed around, stage dives were commencing, the crowd was screaming. There were moments where I could see my mates heads popping up in the middle of the mosh, but they were few and far apart.

Let's do it again soon Miss June. Everyone needs to let go, scream their emotions out more often.

Oh and check out Miss June’s new album ‘Bad Luck Party’ its bloody good!

Na Nosie

Na Nosie



I've closely followed Girlpool's journey over these past years, specifically, since I heard the song Bla Bla Bla for the first time. Friday was the first time the band had been to NZ, but they still pulled a good-sized crowd at Galatos.

Joining the duo was lovely Jasmin who is 'Being.' performing and reciting her beautiful poetry, exciting things are happening with her, as the release of her first music video approaches!

Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have both evolved both as people and as musicians since the release of their Ep ‘Girlpool’ back in 2014. The best friends released their third album 'What Chaos Is Imaginary' earlier this year, and although voices have altered, and looks have differed the two have produced a very Girlpool album. Their sound is still fun, just now with more layers of sounds and richer instrumentation on top of the original vocals, bass and guitar.

But vocals, bass and guitar were what Girlpool brought with them to the show on Friday. It made for such an intimate time, and far more powerful experience. I look forward to the day they come back to NZ and to see where their lives take the two of them.


Zambesi 40 years

One of my earliest fashion memories is being given a Zambesi paper bag, cut down the sides and opened up. I would hide under the clothing racks and draw on the inside of the bags while my Mother looked thru the store.I must have been around 3 or 4...

I'm not going to lie it made me emotional seeing to see all these looks coming down the runway some of which I've seen Mum wear as I've grown up. My childhood in clothing form so to speak.

Then the shock as faces I knew started walking down the runway, Jo Mickelborough, Sammy Salsa, Stan Walker, to name a few. So many people and models who have worked with Zambesi over these past 40 years walked down the runway and made it all feel so familiar.

Zambesi has, without a doubt, shaped my little life but mostly the life of the New Zealand fashion industry. I felt so lucky to be there to see it.

Of the 100 or so looks these are my favourites...

Words and Images Madeleine Brighouse-Mayo


Zambesi AW20

Bustle of the city on hold. As library-goers existed the Auckland city library to make way for the audience of Zambesi’s 2019 runway. Zambesi’s 80th collection exhibited in their runway “ Nineteen Seventy-Nine ‘ a homage to their founding year. Participating and representing New Zealand fashion for 4 decades and without a doubt continuing to produce strong collections.

Greeted with a limited edition Zambesi library card as you walked to your seats. A great deal of connection between the legacy and history the brand has in our New Zealand fashion industry.

The library wrapped with a crowd in between their books astonished by the multi-layered runway as the models stepped onto the escalators commencing to bottom to top. Sporting teased birds nest hair sharp geometric eye makeup along with looks in which embraced what we know as Zambesi. Models gracing the escalators as they would if visiting for themselves, casually slumped or leant against the rails, to then powerfully walking through bookshelves.

Knits, vest, tailed garments and a touch of colour, text detailing, iridescent chiffon/silk fabrics and black of course. An intriguing iridescent violet translucent fabric-lined a series tailed suit garments that were inside out. A grunge punk attitude contrasted with preciseness. Their eye for detail couldn't be missed throughout the runway, especially with the use of library books sat in models hands accessorising their looks.

Engrossing the viewer with classic elevator music mixed in with perfume genius, rock and ambience. Cutting off one to play the other, leaving the atmosphere inter between and awkward yet fascinating. The placement of the audience and realness and casual attitude of the models felt as if you were watching everyday life occur in front of your eyes as if you were visiting the Auckland city library on a busy weekday.

Walking through the library a display of magazines celebrating Zambesi on the front cover, an array of archival magazine covers that only speak about their successes for so many years and their prevalence on our New Zealand fashion industry.

Unbeatably a milestone for Zambesi and one of two shows this week. A Zambesi Since 1979: 40 Years of Fashion Runway'' showing an archive of the last 40 years that will take place tonight.

Words Gabrielle Stoddard

Images Madeleine Brighouse-Mayo