WHAT I ’ M SEEING
Actor and director Kip Chapman shares his picks for the Auckland Arts Festival
I’m intrigued by... The Encounter. I’m starting to see quite a bit of audio-led work and this, I have heard, is the best in the world. ——— How to choose... Some shows jump straight out at you. My husband and I immediately knew we wanted to see Rufus Wainwright. But then others appear the more times you read the programme. The Bone Feeder only caught my eye recently, but the story and artists involved in the production have made it a must-see for me. ——— Best local pick... I’m most interested in what moves me. I’ve been to million-dollar productions that have left me cold and shows in dingy basements that have made my heart soar. That’s why I’m seeing Poropiti: Prophet as part of the RAW programme. It feels super-exciting to be part of a crowd seeing something develop before your eyes. ——— Top tip... Choose at least two things. Something you know you’ll like and something that seems a bit weird. And take along a friend who is more intelligent than you because they’ll have interesting things to say about it.
An exploration of women’s voices and bodies
Artist Luisa Tora says all-women exhibition When Can I See You Again? is a first for Auckland Pride. Her work, along with six others, explores female sexuality and safe spaces through weaving, collage, photography and soundscapes. Fresh Gallery Oˉtara, 5/46 Fair Mall, until Sat 25 Mar
What do you like about ebikes? They’re just fun. Sometimes you just want to enjoy cruising on a bike without having to break a sweat. They’re a great solution for commuting. Battery technology is now at a stage where daily range really isn’t an issue. ——— How bike-friendly is Auckland? It’s becoming really bike-friendly. The new cycleways, which are constantly being added to, are world-class and have greatly improved the ease and safety of getting around. I genuinely believe that Auckland can become a great cycling city. ——— What’s your favourite cycleway? The Grafton Gully cycleway is my current favourite. ——— Are ebikes expensive? As a rule of thumb, you should be able to get something decent and reliable for around $2,500. Anything less and you’re likely to be compromising on quality and durability. Obviously that’s still a reasonable amount of money to spend but you make ongoing savings on parking and petrol. ———
Do you think ebikes will become popular?
I think they already are! I’m getting plenty of customers at Power to the Pedal, I’m seeing more and more out on the road and on ferries.
Where do you work?
I’m the store manager at Good as Gold (86 Ponsonby Road). ———
Do you have a typical customer in store?
That’s what I love about Good as Gold – there doesn’t seem to be a typical customer. We see anyone from a young teen lad coming through learning about new brands and products, to an older established lady searching out that next beautiful dress, or accessory for the house. ———
What’s your favourite piece in store?
Anything by Stan Ray at the moment. ———
Do you have to stop yourself buying up large at work?
It gets a bit ridiculous when new drops come through, my restraint levels have to be so high! ———
What fashion trends are you embracing at the moment?
I’ve been a sneaker lover and collector for longer than I can remember, so as the sneaker world continues to grow and encompass more and more people into it, the more I love it. In the store, there’s nothing more that I like than helping customers with as many shoes as possible! ———
Is there anything you would never wear?
There’s an occasion for everything, right? ———
What’s an accessory that everyone needs?
A seriously badass pair of sneakers to ex. ———
What’s your most memorable sale?
A repeat customer of our Ponsonby store is always in a crazy rush, so they come to me and explain very quickly who they need a present for, and they have three minutes before they have to go. So I ask for a picture of the person, a vague budget and then get to pick whatever seems perfect for the individual. The customer always loves what I choose and manages to leave in the crazy short timeframe every time. It’s denitely good fun having the added pressure! ———
How would you dene good style?
Gumboots, stubbies and a beer-related singlet.
Shoes to prove that the nineties still rule
We’re crushing on this Adidas campaign, shot in Berlin to celebrate a new chapter of the Adidas Equipment series, which originally launched in the 1990s. The Europe spring/summer 2017 ‘EQT’ range has a new signature colour – Turbo Red, as well as designs that will carry you from the gym to the street, no sweat.
What Auckland fashion-lovers are currently coveting
This week: Courtney Joe, head of fashion at Lily & Louis
“I’m forever in search of the perfect pair of black boots. I think that’s why I’ve ended up with a good half-dozen pairs… and to anyone else but myself, they all look identical! These suede LOQ boots ($375 USD) are next on my list. They’ve got this architectural-block-heel-thing so very right.” Runaway fragrance, 60ml, $159, from Karen Walker. Olympia Lashes bikini bottoms, $64.95, from Heidi Klum. Limited edition Red Roses soap, $64.95, from Jo Malone. Summit shorts in Splice, $175, from Gubb & Mackie. No.3 sunglasses, $399, from Juliette Hogan.