Sar­sha Si­mone

'WE MAKE IT RAIN'

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ISAAC SILVA LOOKER AND ROSE THOMAS ARE THE CRE­ATORS OF FASH­ION LA­BEL NYM­PHETS. GRANT FELL LEARNS OF I NSPO FROM NABOKOV TO LYNCH, CLOTH­ING AVALANCHES AND MAK­ING IT RAIN. PHOTO: FRANCES CARTER

Grant Fell: Who are the Nym­phets, and why are you called Nym­phets? Rose Thomas and Isaac Silva Looker are the cre­ators of Nym­phets, but we have many in­spir­ing friends that are in­volved with our projects and wear our clothes Rose: The name Nym­phets comes from the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I’ve been ob­sessed with this novel ever since I first read it as a teenager. I feel like it’s best to read the book your­self and take what you will, than for me to try and ex­plain a def­i­ni­tion. But what I’ve taken from it is the idea of eter­nal youth that is bratty and ex­trav­a­gant, in­fat­u­at­ing and above all free. Rose, you had a pre­vi­ous la­bel which you cre­ated when you were six­teen, tell us about it… Rose: I don’t like to talk too much about my past projects, but I’ve been mak­ing clothes since I was a pre­teen and I have boxes and boxes of clothes I’ve made, some un­wear­able, some half-fin­ished. I have a fear that one day an avalanche of my cloth­ing will come and suf­fo­cate me in glitter and neon and fake fur. Am I right in think­ing that you are big time clas­sic sci­ence fic­tion fans? Rose: I’m ob­sessed with film and love David Lynch and David Cro­nen­berg’s movies. I like beauty that ap­pears con­fus­ing and non­sen­si­cal to an out­side ob­server. And Sex­u­al­ity and in­no­cence play a big roll in my aes­thetic, I want my clothes to give the im­pres­sion that the wearer is from a mys­te­ri­ous, surreal place. Isaac: I’ve been in­spired by Sci­ence fic­tion and Sci­ence in gen­eral since I was very young, ap­par­ently as young as 5-years-old my life goal was to be a sci­en­tist by day, rock­star by night, so I am in­fat­u­ated with the magic and mys­tery that sur­rounds our very ex­is­tence as well as the in­fi­nite beauty of the hu­man imag­i­na­tion. The movie we to­tally agree on as be­ing in­spi­ra­tional for us both is Lost High­way by David Lynch. Tell us about Cult Hero… Cult Hero, like most of the other col­lec­tions, is in­flu­enced by pop cul­ture and the en­vi­ron­ment in which we choose to sur­round our­selves. The idea of an or­gan­i­sa­tion that reaches beyond the phys­i­cal lim­its in which it is con­fined, to change the per­cep­tion and ul­ti­mately the re­al­ity of the wearer was a big in­flu­ence. We’ve used a lot of visual ref­er­ences to the most de­sir­able com­modi­ties we could think of. And taken in­spi­ra­tion from some of the most richly ex­trav­a­gant per­son­al­i­ties to cre­ate new cult lead­ers. Your prints, tex­tiles and some­times ma­te­ri­als are def­i­nitely a fea­ture – how do you cre­ate, say that print with the faces or dol­lar notes? Rose: We dig­i­tally de­signed all of our prints and got them printed at a spe­cial­ist fa­cil­ity in Amer­ica, which al­lowed us to have even more cre­ative con­trol over ev­ery step of the process. I’m also par­tic­u­lary in­ter­ested in fab­ric with stim­u­lat­ing and tac­tile tex­tures, I love touch­ing clothes and be­ing sur­prised by how they feel. What's up with your tag line Nym­phets Gets You Wet?? We make it rain. Nym­phets is a sweet mix of fash­ion, art, film, events and com­mu­nity – did you start out with a multi-dis­ci­plinary ap­proach in mind or has that kinda hap­pened or­gan­i­cally? Isaac: We are in­ter­ested in lots of dif­fer­ent artis­tic prac­tices, and never feel the need to be limited by one par­tic­u­lar medium. And be­cause we are sur­rounded by such in­cred­i­ble cre­ative peo­ple we are con­stantly be­ing in­spired and sup­ported which gives us the free­dom to try new things. Rose: I’ve al­ways thought mak­ing things in­volves be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to a range of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, by mak­ing mu­sic videos or do­ing in­stal­la­tions Nym­phets can reach peo­ple who would not nor­mally care about fash­ion. Who is the ul­ti­mate Nym­phets model? Rose: Isaac Silva Looker, Babe! Isaac: Mykki Blanco is su­per amaz­ing and talks about gen­der and beauty stan­dards and sex­u­al­ity and we both find it very in­spir­ing. You guys have quite a cre­ative posse around you – who else be­side you two are Nym­phets? Isaac: Any and every­body who has helped us with our projects or wears our clothes or fol­lows our work. There are a few peo­ple we can al­ways rely on giv­ing up their time to help us out, like Tawahinga Butt, a mu­si­cian and film maker, Frances Carter, the amaz­ing pho­tog­ra­pher who took this pic­ture has been help­ing us from the start, Bev­erly Lim who hy­pes us and makes sure our shows run smoothly, Lisan­dru Grig­orut who has helped with many projects and at the mo­ment we have an amaz­ing in­tern from AUT, Bella Irv­ing, help­ing us out. That’s just nam­ing a few, we have amaz­ing sup­port­ers. You have events like Bye Buy Nym­phets and pop-up stores to make Nym­phets avail­able for your fol­low­ers, where else can you buy it? We have pop-up stores ev­ery so of­ten at Nym­phets HQ on Cross Street, you can find out about them by fol­low­ing our Face­book page, also we have an on­line store you can check out at www.nym­phets.co.nz and you can or­gan­ise a pri­vate view­ing by email­ing us at rose@nym­phets.co.nz. What does the next 6 months hold for Nym­phets?? We are do­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day the 13th June 2014 at the new art gallery on K Road Fuzzy Vibes. The show is called Nym­phets Gets You Wet, and it will have cloth­ing on sale, an in­stal­la­tion and a per­for­mance through­out the night. We are su­per ex­cited for it, and will be work­ing with some su­per tal­ented peo­ple, it’s our last show be­fore we leave the coun­try and is a pub­lic event. After that we are go­ing to Amer­ica and London, to get some in­spi­ra­tion for our next move and meet more amaz­ing peo­ple. www.face­book.com/nym­phets www.nym­phets.co.nz

Styling: Se­bas­tian Mcgirr-hunt & Dy­lan James Richards H&M: Shar­lene Cas­sidy us­ing M.A.C Cos­met­ics Isaac wears: Jacket & shorts by Nym­phets, turtle­neck by Zambesi, slides, stylis's own. Rosie wears: Top by Nym­phets, pants by Zambesi, shoes stylist's own

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