Fit for purpose. That’s how I describe this unisex padded Côte & Ciel bag.
After searching for a the better part of the last few weeks for something that would fit my ‘fashion week’ essentials—that being; a laptop, recording device, camera gear and phone(s)—I quickly realised that a leather handbag was not going to cut it. Popping into Good as Gold I found what I was looking for.
This bag is diamond-shaped with two internal zip pockets and a longer strap (but I prefer the carry handles). The minute I laid eyes on it, I fell for the origami vibe—apparently the inspiration behind the design—and I can see our relationship working out long-term—one of my prerequisites.
I’ll be working this bag hard over the next week…
I have to add here, that the day after purchase I was advised that I needn’t carry my laptop all day long, and a last-minute change of plan— as in, Friday 3pm—a determining factor lessened my tech-load, even more. Up until that moment, I pictured myself running around drenched in my own sweat, carrying half my body weight from show to show. People would turn their heads and feel sorry for me as I lagged behind; without the strength to carry on I would park myself up on the sidewalk, whereupon passersby would throw $1 coins into my hat, maybe even their left over sandwiches.
The updated plan added additional tasks to my already hectic Friday workload, and has since, spilled over into my weekend, but regardless, it’s been a cause for celebration and I am safe in the knowledge that my bag will keep my camera (with two lenses and a flash) pretty snug next to my recording gear and a notebook and pen.
So, I spent Saturday morning sorting out my outfits for the week. I like to think of it as a careful—and considered—curation of some of my favourite pieces. I’ve pulled a few from the archive that I don’t necessarily wear day-to-day and haven’t had time to shoot, including, a much-loved Nicholas Blanchet fine pleated skirt that I bought years ago. I’ve been meaning to revive it from the recesses of my wardrobe for some time—it’s the perfect piece for layering—but so often I’m in a rush to get out of the house in the morning that I often grab the most obvious pieces.
I’ll endeavour if I can, to share some of my outfits throughout the week—if not the following—because you’ll want my thoughts on what’s going on behind-the-scenes, right? Well, maybe…
One more sleep until fashion week begins with registration tomorrow (Monday) from 1pm and the official opening ceremony at 6pm.
In between, I’ve booked in a pre-recorded interview with Isaac Hinden-Miller of Isaac Likes. I’ll look forward to picking his brain on all things blog and style-related for a story to broadcast, post-fashion week.
Hit up the Radio New Zealand National website on Monday for my thoughts on what I’m looking forward to seeing during the week-long event.
Oh yeah, I hear Auckland is providing plenty of rain this week too. Thanks, Auckland!!!
New Zealand Fashion Week runs from 24-30 August, 2015