The Ensemble Edit: Five cool things to have on your radar

Each week, the team behind fashion, beauty and culture website Ensemble (now owned by Stuff) share a few stylish and interesting recommendations, from fashion and art collabs to handmade mug subscriptions.

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Kowtow x Hilma af Klimt; The Ten Largest, No. 3, Youth, Group IV, 1907, HAK No. 104. By courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation. Photo by the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Kowtow x Hilma af Klimt; The Ten Largest, No. 3, Youth, Group IV, 1907, HAK No. 104. By courtesy of the Hilma af Klint Foundation. Photo by the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Let’s get mystic

Fashion loves an art reference, and the upcoming exhibition opening this weekend at Wellington’s City Gallery has all the requirements of a true fashion/art love story: a misunderstood female artist, spirituality woo-woo, bold use of colour, and a “rediscovery” years later. Hilma af Klint: The Secret Paintings is being described as a “monumental” exhibition, showcasing the incredible abstract paintings of the Swedish artist-mystic who worked in secret between 1906 and 1915, channelled messages from spirit powers into her art, and requested that her work be kept secret for at least 20 years after her death.

The “fashion partner” for the show is local brand Kowtow; collaborating with the gallery to create a small line of merchandise (two T-shirts, and two tote bags) inspired by Klint’s work. These will be available from December 4 from Kowtow stores, online and at the City Gallery.

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Lurex evening gown by Vinka Lucas photographed at the Poolburn Dam by Derek Henderson, 2019.

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Lurex evening gown by Vinka Lucas photographed at the Poolburn Dam by Derek Henderson, 2019.

Farmer, fashion

After taking in the work of Hilma af Klint, head on over to The Dowse and escape into the unexpectedly glamourous world of Eden Hore, a visionary Central Otago farmer who, throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, amassed an enviable collection of over 200 high fashion garments by leading local designers of the time.

Bringing together celebrated fashion photographer Derek Henderson and expat Kiwi stylist Megha Kapoor (recently appointed as content director of Vogue India), the photographic series takes some of the most glamorous gowns in Hore’s collection and positions them in stunning Central Otago landscapes, recreating the link between farmer and fashion. Eden Hore: High Fashion/High Country is on at The Dowse from December 4.

Cute Christmas wrapping paper by illustrator Evie Kemp for The Pet Refuge.

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Cute Christmas wrapping paper by illustrator Evie Kemp for The Pet Refuge.

Wrap star

We adore Auckland-based creative and illustrator Evie Kemp (she’s written for Ensemble a few times, including this incredible essay about learning to love your upper arms), so we were excited to see her lend her talent to some charity wrapping paper that’s raising funds for a cause that’s close to her heart. The Pet Refuge Christmas paper, available at Petstock with all proceeds going towards the animal charity, features Evie’s signature colourful illustrations with a cat and dog option.

Mug Mates subscription service - a monthly delivery of beautiful ceramics handmade by local potters.

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Mug Mates subscription service – a monthly delivery of beautiful ceramics handmade by local potters.

A mug a month

We’re fans of a helpful subscription service, from avocados to wine. Mug Mates takes the premise and uses it for the most practical of kitchen items, offering monthly delivery of beautiful ceramics handmade by local potters.

Their popular subscription rounds regularly sell out quickly (they do limited runs), with the next available from 7pm on Sunday December 5 featuring four tumblers made by Ruthie Frank, Devon Smith, Avara Moody and PegLeg Ceramics, delivered monthly from January through to April.

It’s a great gift idea! For a loved one, or yourself. Mug Mates has also collaborated with glass artist Matthew Hall on limited edition hand-blown tortoiseshell tumblers, and potter Holly Morgan on a ‘mystery mates’ concept – basically, you buy and it’s a delightful ceramic surprise when it arrives.

Fabulous '60s beauty and fashion in Edgar Wright's 'Last Night in Soho'.

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Fabulous ’60s beauty and fashion in Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’.

About last night…

Indulge in some stylish and phantasmagoric cinema this weekend with Edgar Wright’s latest film, psychological thriller Last Night in Soho. Starring formidable homegrown talent Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise, a wide-eyed fashion student who takes a little trip through time, finding herself in the intoxicating glitz of ‘60s London.

Here she encounters the dazzling aspiring singer Sandie, played by the effervescent Anya Taylor-Joy, who, on the surface, embodies the lost innocent glamour of the era that Eloise so fetishises. However, as expected, all is not as it seems. Stephen King apparently took in a second viewing of this film, something he rarely does. If that is not enough of an incentive to go see it, do it for the drop dead gorgeous costumes and killer soundtrack.

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