You BLANKIN’ ME?
With a name like Blue Blank and a propensity to work in leather and chain you could be forgiven for thinking that Clara Chon’s Auckland-based label is made largely for the dungeon, or at least the dungeon set. Yet, the accessory label has quickly become a favourite with forward thinking young fashionistas around town and perhaps it is the brand’s underlying sense of humour which appeals as well as the well-constructed pieces. Blue Blank grew out of a series of wearable artworks made during Clara’s time earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at Elam School of Fine Arts. That they were then photographed and appeared shortly thereafter on The Fashionisto, one of the world’s premier online fashion sites suggests that the pieces were more fashion than wearable art, although that first series of intricate leather body harnesses were the seed for the direction of the brand. Blue Blank has grown quickly into a respected accessories brand with representation at Auckland’s Ciel PR, numerous editorial appearances and a showing at this week’s Underground installation at New Zealand Fashion Week. Blue Blank is available at Children of Vision in St Kevin’s Arcade, Auckland, the Service Depot in Wellington and Company of Strangers in Dunedin. Photo: Frances Carter Styling: Rachael Churchward Hair: Jason Chong-li and Tommy Stayton at Stephen Marr using O&M Make-up: Sharlene Cassidy using M.A.C Assist: Lochlain Stonehouse at M.A.C. Model: Hannah at Red 11