Group Show - Sabatini & Augustine at NZFW
The Artist and the Muse
Sabatini’s love for classic film and drama was realised through their autumn/winter 2011 collection, ‘The Artist and the Muse” as the models came down the runway, showcasing the designs.
The show opened with a mini-film, which follows the artist and his muse, bringing the clothes to life on the big screen at the end of the runway. The designers describe the collection as ‘clothes for starlets’, and this rings true many of the pieces.
Sabatini, of course, specialise in knitwear, and they showed they are indeed the experts in the innovative use of knits to create an elegant and unique collection. Many of the looks had a vintage, film-noir feel to them, such as dresses and long coats teamed with satin gloves.
The sense of old-world Hollywood glamour was reinforced through the finer details, such as fur cuffs and sequined tops, and my personal favourite, a crochet dress. And the black mini dress with cut outs down the front was a surprise – very sexy!
Another key feature from the show was fringing, fringing and more fringing - fringed flapper-style dresses, jackets and coats all came down the runway, and again highlighted the clever use of knits.
The finale piece was an elegant gold and black knit ball gown, complete with a bell-bottom type skirting at the bottom of the dress, and it was a fitting piece to finish the show – you can imagine Jean Harlow or Marilyn Monroe deeming a dress like this ‘to die for’.
Augustine by Kelly Coe
'The 4am Fairy'
For Augustine designer Kelly Coe, 4am used to be the time she came home on a Saturday night, dressed in heels, and probably a little tipsy. Now, 4am finds Kelly in a different place – feeding her baby girl. It was in the stillness of these moments that Kelly found the inspiration for her latest collection, ‘The 4am Fairy’.
The show opened with a little bit of fairy dust – models strolling down the runway leaving gold glitter in their wake to the strains of ‘Hallelujah’. Definitely the loveliest start to a show I’ve seen so far.
The key characteristic to this collection was its palette of rainbow brights – think electric blue, hot pink and neon orange. Coe proves herself as a master of special occasion dressing – I especially loved the 80s inspired cocktail dresses with the sharply defined shoulder pads.
Coe also experimented with a range of fabrics with this collection, from cerise wool silks, to a plush red velvet dress, to a bold multi-coloured satin print. Use of frills and interesting draping added to the glamorous nature of the collection.
I love how fun the collection is – Coe says herself that the Augustine woman is like a child in her mother’s wardrobe, playing with her clothes and heels and smearing lipstick on her lips. And you can’t help but smile at the 80s inspired party dresses, dashes of sequins and pretty frills. A collection any girl would find impossible to resist.
- Natalie Cosgrove
Photography c/o New Zealand Fashion Week