MY GRADUATE COLLECTION ON THE COVER OF COCO MAGAZINE!

Photographed in New York City by the amazing Natalie Kucken and styled by Jaclyn Bethany. Here are some of the images…. More to come!

Enjoy!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Currently my collection is on it’s way back to Sydney from New York City! Watch this space for an editorial coming up in an AWESOME magazine with an AWESOME stylist ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 ♥ ♥ ♥ Currently my collection is on it’s way back to Sydney from New York City! Watch this space for an editorial coming up in an AWESOME magazine with an AWESOME stylist ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Graduate Collection/ Handbags/ Simple styles to compliment my bold garments
Designed and manufactured by me!
Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags/ Simple styles to compliment my bold garments

Designed and manufactured by me!

Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags
Designed and manufactured by me!
Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags

Designed and manufactured by me!

Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags
Designed and manufactured by me!
Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags

Designed and manufactured by me!

Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags
Designed and manufactured by me!
Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Graduate Collection/ Handbags

Designed and manufactured by me!

Deerskin leather sponsored by NZ Light Leathers (You guys seriously rule!)

Collection is on it’s way to New York City! Time for treats!!

Collection is on it’s way to New York City! Time for treats!!

YAHOO! My write up on STYLE BUBBLE!

Candy Lace


» I don’t want to be loading the blog with heavy analysis or weighty commentary when most people are itching for Christmas to come and ready to go offline in anticipation of eating their own weight in roast potatoes, Ferrero Rocher chocolates and brussel sprouts (in that order of course).  Thankfully young Ella Barton Buchanan emailed me in the nick of time to provide me with pure eye candy - quite literally, this is lace that is so edible that each look book image should come wrapped in a pretty Charbonnel et Walker box with a bow tied around it.  Buchanan is from Wellington in New Zealand and has just graduated from Massey University with this delicious collection.  Turns out those Hubba Bubba, saturated macaroon tones were inspired by the legendary French filmmaker Georges Méliès and the innovative way that he hand painted every frame, amongst other groundbreaking techniques.  

From the complicated, surreal and bonkers world of Méliès’ early 20th century filmmaking, Buchanan deduced something quite simple but hugely effective.  Her entire collection is made out of curtain lace which she stiffened by painting the fabric about five to eight times to perfect the colour and weight.  The point was to complete change the properties of the lace as well as build up colour in a controlled way.  This fussy fabric that normally lies limp over chintzy fabrics, becomes something quite structural and is intensely vibrant with the layers of textile and acrylic paint.  I may have to plagiarise that idea to see if painted lace curtains would work in my new abode (signing the dotted line soon… that’s a cue for you to congratulate me seeing as I’m already congratulating myself).  Then I can break out into song and enthusiastically tear down my “drapes” Sound of Music style and make myself some play clothes.  Well, that’s the plan anyway.

Complete post at http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2012/12/candy-lace.html

PRINT Magazine Interview
Ella Barton Buchanan (is as kawaii as they come)
December 4, 2012






I first met Ella Barton Buchanan last year, sitting in Red11. Ella had flown up from Wellington and was awaiting her interview with Fashion Quarterly when we both got talking about her quirky sense of style. Ella doesn’t do ‘normal’ and her wardrobe is made up of nothing less than what you’d expect to see lining the stores of Harajuki, Japan. Ella is the epitome of Kawaii and for her latest graduate collection, (one that doesn’t have a name as of yet and doesn’t exactly need one) she found inspiration in the very streets of Tokyo itself.  
Hello Ella, How are you? Hello Nicole! I am really good thanking you!
Where did you find inspiration from for your recent collection shot by the talented Mr. David James? And what did you name it? So Kawaii!I love Kawaii! I have marketed my collection to an audience that would read magazines such as Nylon Japan and Elle Girl. Initially my collection was inspired by the work of French filmmaker Georges Melies. Melies’ films have a very synthetic beauty about them which enchants me. Each frame is hand coloured in bubblegum tones. Through my collection I have explored the process of applying paint to fabric, each garment hand painted using Melies’ edible colour palette. The paint allows the fabric to become quite stiff, creating static silhouettes. I still don’t have a name, is that bad? I am awful with names. Ella’s Graduate Collection?
Shooting with David was awesome; I have worked with him a few times so it was really cool; we understand each other’s aesthetics.
How long did it take to complete? It was the painting of the fabric that took the longest; the right amount of coats, perfecting the colour.
You are moving to Sydney next year! FUN! What are your plans? Yes I am moving to Sydney! I hope to get into styling, perhaps starting off assisting and doing some of my own work on the side. I also want to have a holiday! It has been a long four years at University!
What is your favourite piece from the collection? I love the blue tunic and the blue pants, especially when worn together! I thought I would want to put my collection away in a closet and never see it again. But surprisingly enough I have worn almost all of my garments already!!
What’s THE best book you’ve ever read? My dirty little secret is that I love the L.A. Candy novels, it’s terrible but I am addicted!
And THE best band you’ve ever listened to?Band? Does 50 cent count? I saw him when I was 15 and it was AWESOME.
Where’s the coolest place to eat at? Oh and THE best meal while we’re at it?I love both Japanese and Thai food! Sushi Bi in Wellington has the best Takoyaki you will ever have! I also love a little bit of the dirty A-Roy on Cuba Street for a good Thai meal; the Roti is pretty good.
And a place for me to visit? I wish I could say somewhere really glamorous like Paris, but I have never been (yet). I recently travelled to Akaroa, I hadn’t been there in years. It is so cute and so French.
Do you have a muse? If so, who? I have a few people I really admire. I really like Iris Apfel; she is so cool at 91 years old. My current obsession is Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu; she is so cute.
Last but not least, do you collect anything? I am terrible at collecting things; I am trying to be less of a hoarder. I seem to collect a lot of clothes. I don’t do a lot of shopping but somehow my wardrobe keeps expanding: which will be interesting while travelling.

For full article and Images: http://www.printmagazine.co.nz/people/2012/12/3/ella-barton-is-as-kawaii-as-they-come

PRINT Magazine Interview

Ella Barton Buchanan (is as kawaii as they come)

December 4, 2012

I first met Ella Barton Buchanan last year, sitting in Red11. Ella had flown up from Wellington and was awaiting her interview with Fashion Quarterly when we both got talking about her quirky sense of style. Ella doesn’t do ‘normal’ and her wardrobe is made up of nothing less than what you’d expect to see lining the stores of Harajuki, Japan. Ella is the epitome of Kawaii and for her latest graduate collection, (one that doesn’t have a name as of yet and doesn’t exactly need one) she found inspiration in the very streets of Tokyo itself.  

Hello Ella, How are you? 
Hello Nicole! I am really good thanking you!

Where did you find inspiration from for your recent collection shot by the talented Mr. David James? And what did you name it? So Kawaii!
I love Kawaii! I have marketed my collection to an audience that would read magazines such as Nylon Japan and Elle Girl. Initially my collection was inspired by the work of French filmmaker Georges Melies. Melies’ films have a very synthetic beauty about them which enchants me. Each frame is hand coloured in bubblegum tones. Through my collection I have explored the process of applying paint to fabric, each garment hand painted using Melies’ edible colour palette. The paint allows the fabric to become quite stiff, creating static silhouettes. I still don’t have a name, is that bad? I am awful with names. Ella’s Graduate Collection?

Shooting with David was awesome; I have worked with him a few times so it was really cool; we understand each other’s aesthetics.

How long did it take to complete? 
It was the painting of the fabric that took the longest; the right amount of coats, perfecting the colour.

You are moving to Sydney next year! FUN! What are your plans? 
Yes I am moving to Sydney! I hope to get into styling, perhaps starting off assisting and doing some of my own work on the side. I also want to have a holiday! It has been a long four years at University!

What is your favourite piece from the collection? 
I love the blue tunic and the blue pants, especially when worn together! I thought I would want to put my collection away in a closet and never see it again. But surprisingly enough I have worn almost all of my garments already!!

What’s THE best book you’ve ever read? 
My dirty little secret is that I love the L.A. Candy novels, it’s terrible but I am addicted!

And THE best band you’ve ever listened to?
Band? Does 50 cent count? I saw him when I was 15 and it was AWESOME.

Where’s the coolest place to eat at? Oh and THE best meal while we’re at it?
I love both Japanese and Thai food! Sushi Bi in Wellington has the best Takoyaki you will ever have! I also love a little bit of the dirty A-Roy on Cuba Street for a good Thai meal; the Roti is pretty good.

And a place for me to visit? 
I wish I could say somewhere really glamorous like Paris, but I have never been (yet). I recently travelled to Akaroa, I hadn’t been there in years. It is so cute and so French.

Do you have a muse? If so, who? 
I have a few people I really admire. I really like Iris Apfel; she is so cool at 91 years old. My current obsession is Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu; she is so cute.

Last but not least, do you collect anything? 
I am terrible at collecting things; I am trying to be less of a hoarder. I seem to collect a lot of clothes. I don’t do a lot of shopping but somehow my wardrobe keeps expanding: which will be interesting while travelling.

For full article and Images: http://www.printmagazine.co.nz/people/2012/12/3/ella-barton-is-as-kawaii-as-they-come


Graduate Collection / Inspired by the work of french film maker Georges Melies, his films have a synthetic beauty about them which enchants me. Every frame hand coloured in bubble gum tones. My collection explores the process of applying paint to fabric, each garment hand painted using Melies’ edible colour palette. 
Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan
Photographer / David James
Model / Sophie Demant

Graduate Collection / Inspired by the work of french film maker Georges Melies, his films have a synthetic beauty about them which enchants me. Every frame hand coloured in bubble gum tones. My collection explores the process of applying paint to fabric, each garment hand painted using Melies’ edible colour palette. 

Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan

Photographer / David James

Model / Sophie Demant


Graduate Collection
Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan
Photographer / David James
Model / Sophie Demant

Graduate Collection

Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan

Photographer / David James

Model / Sophie Demant


Graduate Collection
Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan
Photographer / David James
Model / Sophie Demant

Graduate Collection

Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan

Photographer / David James

Model / Sophie Demant


Graduate Collection
Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan
Photographer / David James
Model / Sophie Demant

Graduate Collection

Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan

Photographer / David James

Model / Sophie Demant


Graduate Collection
Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan
Photographer / David James
Model / Sophie Demant

Graduate Collection

Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan

Photographer / David James

Model / Sophie Demant


Graduate Collection
Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan
Photographer / David James
Model / Sophie Demant

Graduate Collection

Designer / Stylist / Hair & Makeup / Ella Barton Buchanan

Photographer / David James

Model / Sophie Demant