So, I may be a little late jumping on the NZFW blogger bandwagon but, this was a must do! The standard this year was exceptional and I have to say its been my fave fashion week so far! Everything was fresh and new, which was awesome to see from local New Zealand designers!
NZFW started off with a bang- the twenty seven names show was not to be missed,and totally set the tone for the rest of the week. Although the rain was coming down, and the show was outdoors (eeep!) it just added to the show, and if you asked anyone who was there they wouldn't of missed it if it was storming. Designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart describe it as a "dinner party of women who question, imagine, challenge, who shake up, who inspire. Woman who's songs get us so excited we break into spontaneous dance in the workroom,whose books we’ll loan out to that friend who dog ears the pages. Women who have made the TV shows and films that we rave about to anyone who will listen, who made the art that changes how we see the world, or feel about ourselves. Women who fight the good fight for the rest of us, who live the lives that inspire us.” I think thats enough said! The casting was brilliant, a group of diverse stunning models that any woman could relate and identify with. Linen suits, sharp white blouses, slogan t-shirts and button up pinafores were only some of my favourite pieces from the collection, I could go on and on....
Day two brung the stunning Harman Grubisa show. It was the first time designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa have shown at fashion week, and man did they make a great first impression!
Entitled Dakota, the collection references The Dakota, an iconic apartment block on the Upper Westside of Manhattan that has been the home to some legendary women such as Lauren Bacall and Roberta Flack. The message of women who hold their own ground was clear from the first look to the final exit. The collection featured sharp tailoring, sheepskin (and lots of it!) well cut pants, and all round high quality, elegant and classy pieces. I must say all the sheep skin looks were huge standouts.
Then came the Stolen Girlfriends Club show, my absolute number one show of the entire week. The collection "township rebellion" had my heart as soon as the first model walked out, The brand was celebrating 10 years in business with the show, and my oh my was it a birthday party to remember! The collection was based on looking to dusty small towns and the dreams to escape them. Designer Marc Moore grew up in Raglan and remembered driving through nearby Huntly on his way out, hence the Huntly printed black hoodie and other bogan touches.
The collection featured acid washed denim, sheepskin jackets, plaid mini skirts and a gorgeous hydrangea print based on Derek Henderson’s well-known hydrangea photo from this Mercy mercer series, photographed along the Waikato River. Some gorgeous edgy pieces which were totally my style, if my budget allowed id buy the entire collection!!
Day three-Zambesi. After 35 years in buisness Zambesi proved to all of us that they are still a brand to make New Zealand proud. The line was fresh and cool, and the hit of blue in most of the looks was an inspired colour choice as designer Liz Findlay explained backstage "Fabric has always been our starting point when it comes to designing. The blue was an instinctive flash of inspiration and we were inspired by several key fabrics in the collection from the wool boucle coats to the possum silk merino blankets capes." Great show, great people, great collection.
Next was Kate Sylvester, probably the most anticipated show of the week.This new collection, titled ‘a Muse’, looked to the beautiful, often eccentric and incredibly cool women who inspired genius in the likes of Picasso and Dali: think Lee Millar, Francoise Gilot, Camille Claudel, Gala Diakonova and Ada Del Moro. The show had a elegant yet boho feel, silk wrap dresses, losely fitted trousers and some kooky touches like faux fur trim and stripes.
And then came the gorgeous Juliette Hogan show. I fell in love after watching it, the gorgeous flowing silk jumpsuits,delicate prints and and lace inserts were a huge hit with me, and i loved the layering of pieces, it aded texture and just looked stunning. Each look was made effortlessly cool with a pair of white sneakers, in true Juliette fashion and I am definitely one for a good turtle neck (or 70), so this show was at the top of my books. I have nothing more to say but beautiful.
Thats it from me today guys!
thanks for reading, stay beautiful
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