The adventurous spirit of author Rosetta Allan extends to her words, her travels and her style

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To save money and the planet Allan has long sought out designer pieces from used dealers.  This left her with a wardrobe full of eye-catching and memorable clothes.

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To save money and the planet Allan has long sought out designer pieces from used dealers. This left her with a wardrobe full of eye-catching and memorable clothes.

Rosetta Allan writes poetry and prose, which has earned her numerous accolades – and invitations to new experiences. Notably, in 2016, she was the first New Zealander to occupy the St. Petersburg art residency, within the Museum of Nonconformist Art, an achievement she commemorated by purchasing a leather biker jacket.

Allan has long sought out designer pieces from used dealers. Whether it was to save money or for the planet, it left her with a wardrobe full of eye-catching and memorable clothes, and accessories that kill.

Reviews of his recently released book, Crazy Love, could also apply to his personal style. “Crunchy with energy,” commented David Hill, while Nicky Pellegrino described him as “brave and powerful”. Allan is clearly a woman with a singular style, both on the page and in person.

she will talk about Crazy Love as part of the famous Going West Writers Festival next month, at the Fabricated Reality event on October 9. See gowestfest.co.nz for details.

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Three objects I would like to own

I have my eye on that Valentino Lipstick Waves print dress, wondering if it will ever go on sale or show up in a recycling store here.

I love the feminine silhouette of the cinched waist combined with the playful design of the lipstick waves. It is elegant and powerful. I saw myself wearing this.

The author of three articles Rosetta Allan has an eye on.

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The author of three articles Rosetta Allan has an eye on.

I still want that Shoe Lace Moschino jacket that’s in my friend’s wardrobe!

My husband wants to eat a burger on the moon. By comparison, my desire for a robot to do all the mundane and repetitive tasks seems reasonable. I would definitely love this!

Five things I own and love

I’m cheating here because I want to tell you about the divine green velvet Victorian loveseat my husband bought me from Wistle + Co, Kingsland’s up-cycle store, and also how much I love the wild-wild-horses blouse that my friend Meredith Lalande convinced me not to leave behind in the Nu to U designer recycling store in Parnell (both in the photo on the left). There I squeezed two in one.

I have tiny feet and find it difficult to buy shoes in New Zealand. Therefore, some of my dearest friends are always looking for my-size-magic in recycling shops. This pair of Valentino Rockstud heels was discovered at Paper Bag Princess on Karangahape Rd by Sara Jane Limbrick. How lucky am I to have friends and family with such great taste

In the early 90s, Saks on Broadway in Newmarket used to store Moschino, designed by the man himself before his death. I still have a few items from that time, including a red jacket with daisies around the collar, a black belt with Moschino in gold caps, and this red belt with a love heart. A friend had the Shoe Lace jacket that I begged her when it got too small for her.

Allan bought this Moschino belt in the early 90s from Saks on Broadway in Newmarket.

Moschino

Allan bought this Moschino belt in the early 90s from Saks on Broadway in Newmarket.

I was the first New Zealander to take up artist residency in St. Petersburg, Russia. My husband said if I could go out there and do that, without even knowing a tip of the tongue, then I could do anything. So I brought us each a black leather jacket. Mission accomplished.

With my last book, Unreliable people, I traveled to Canada to attend a series of writers’ festivals with Ruby Porter, another Auckland novelist.

Between her and my Canadian friend Mandy Alves, we browsed the best designer recycling shops and ate at some of the most amazing vegan restaurants. It only remained for me to follow. I like organized friends.

Mandy chose this Alexander McQueen feather dress with an inverted cape for me to wear to the penguin party. I felt like a superhero when that cape puffed up.


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