Passion Passport | Explore New Zealand’s Majestic Landscape Through an iPhone 8

Alexander-Julian (AJ) Gibbson uses his talents as a fashion stylist and editor to travel the world. Recently, his work brought him to Wellington, New Zealand, where the World of WearableArt (WOW) Fashion/Art Exhibition is held each year. AJ was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and now resides in Brooklyn, New York, so the remote wildness and dramatic landscapes he found in New Zealand mesmerized him instantly. When some downtime finally presented itself, he jumped at the chance to explore — with his iPhone, no less.

Hoping to learn more about his awe-inspiring trip and the imprints it left behind, we caught up with AJ upon his return to the States.

read the full interview at passionpassport.com >>

Highsnobiety // 24 Hours in Auckland, New Zealand

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City Guide: 24 Hrs in Auckland

Get the Most Out of Your 24-Hour Layover in New Zealand’s Gateway

Thanks to Air New Zealand’s setup, Auckland is the international gateway to the green pasture paradise that is New Zealand. But before you head on to Queenstown to hit the slopes, bungee jump off cliffs, and dive into all the other insanity that happens in the country’s tourism capital, be sure to check out Auckland in full. Thanks to the city’s collection of boutique streetwear spots, standout restaurants, and lively nightlife, Auckland has established itself as a city on the up. So extend that layover and turn your mandatory pitstop into 24 hours in New Zealand’s coolest city.

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Coveteur // The World’s Most Over-the-top Runway Happens to Be in New Zealand

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The World’s Most Over-the-top Runway Happens to Be in New Zealand

Part Cirque du Soleil, part Broadway play, and part avant-garde couture show, New Zealand’s annual World of WearableArt Show (WOW) is, in a word, mesmerizing.

World of WearableArt for L'Officiel USA

photography by Marissa Findlay.

World of WearableArt for L’Officiel USA

Every year New Zealand hosts the World of WearableArt (WOW) Fashion/Art Exhibition, where designers from all over the world create intricately designed garments for the chance to win the Supreme WOW Award at the exhibition’s extravagant Awards Night ceremony.

This year WOW celebrated 30 years of “taking art off the wall and onto the human form” and in celebration of 30 years, I made it down to Wellington to catch the Awards Night ceremony and watch the eccentrically awesome display. I then worked with the WOW team to select and shoot some of my favorite pieces from the show.

The amount of time and work put into each garment, to me, was reminiscent of the attention and detail put in by the famous ateliers of Paris and Milan to couture garments. So, I wanted to shoot these pieces as such, bold, avant-garde, and bare––a true welding of the worlds of art and fashion.

check out the full story at lofficielusa.com >>

Echoplex - Goddess of Reverb   by Natalie Hutton  (Melbourne, Australia) //  Winner: Avant-garde Section

Echoplex - Goddess of Reverb by Natalie Hutton (Melbourne, Australia) // Winner: Avant-garde Section

Spirit Bone   by Guo Xiao Tong  (Beijing, China) //  Winner: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award

Spirit Bone by Guo Xiao Tong (Beijing, China) // Winner: Weta Workshop Emerging Designer Award

Ernst Haeckel’s Bride   by Nika Danielska  (Wroclaw, Poland) //  Runner Up: Supreme WOW Award // Winner: Under the Microscope Section

Ernst Haeckel’s Bride by Nika Danielska (Wroclaw, Poland) // Runner Up: Supreme WOW Award // Winner: Under the Microscope Section

Chinese Opera  by Chan Wai Tung  (Hong Kong, China)

Chinese Opera by Chan Wai Tung (Hong Kong, China)

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New Zealand on iPhone

New Zealand on iPhone8+

by Alexander-Julian Gibbson

All photos captured on the Apple iPhone 8+

and edited with VSCO Mobile App. 

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