It’s Monday night, 9:21pm and I’m eating a Caesar salad with a teaspoon because I forgot to ask the restaurant (next door to my hotel), for cutlery. I am exhausted. Migraine-induced tired.
My day started having had little sleep the night before, with a raft of work due to be emailed off in advance of the week ahead.
A delayed Jet Star flight meant shifting a couple of meetings forward an hour. That was fine, but it was a migraine that persisted all day—and for which my supposed fast-acting Panadol could not quell—that made me feel less alive than I could have. The only antidote: a decent sleep.
So long, farewell!
At midday, I caught up with the charming and down-to-earth, Isaac Hinden-Miller of Isaac Likes, who I’ve interviewed before, but had never met in person. We chatted about his evolving life as a blogger, Instagram, regrets and dishing out relationship advice—that interview coming to you sometime soon.
The only question that completely stumped Isaac: “Is there anything that you don’t like?”
He really is as lovely in person as his enthusiastic, openly optimistic blog persona suggests.
Isaac’s adorable girlfriend, Jenny Albright, will be walking a few shows this week and the pair will be DJing at various after-party events, including the closing night occasion. They’re spinning a mix of hip-hop, indie pop, rock, and more and Isaac informs me that they like to get people moving.
“I’m a control freak! I really like being able to control the audience with music,” he tells me.
He insists that Jenny is the most technically savvy on the decks. If I’m still alive on Friday night, I may find out.
Back to the opening of New Zealand Fashion Week, 2015. The launch kicked off with the avant-garde ‘Exhibit Hair Show,’ and you can find out more about that via my write-up on Radio New Zealand National around midday Tuesday.
Tuesday: 7:37 am.
Sleep is for the weak. After signing off here, I struggled to find the off-switch to my head and the one located in my hotel room. It was grim. In a stumbling haze of tired dizziness I hunted around my room at 1:06am for the aforementioned switches to the overhead bed lamps that were nowhere to be found. I’m serious. 20-minutes later, I discovered that they were located on the headboard, hidden beneath a mound of pillows. Ugh!
The pillows were great by the way!
I’ve had approximately 5.5 hours sleep after trying to write and edit photos from last night’s experience in the photography pit, where I hung out with our photographer, Diego Opatowski. All the ‘pit-hangers’ were very friendly: the photographers all have an understanding that they need to come in and get what they need from a show. Courtesy goes a long way.
Today will be an extremely full day. Twenty Seven Names at 11am, Choose Wool with Wynn Hamlyn, Sabatini, Liz Mitchell and more (at 12pm), after which, The Contemporary Salon Show—Dmonic Intent and Syre, followed by New Generation which features three new designers, Nom*D (which I’ll review from the photography pit at 5:30pm—or not. I don’t have an allocated seat for this one, and may have to forgo the show for dinner and a break…) and back for Kate Sylvester at 8pm.
This schedule may not sound like much, but given backstage photos, writing reviews, grabbing quotes for my review at the end of the day, I have my work cut out for me…