NZFW Insider Blog: Day One
10.01pm. Home from the first day of NZFW.
Time it took to get ready this morning: 1 hour of lazy slow decision making distracted by emails and facebook.
Time to get into pajamas after almost 10 hours on site: Faster than lightening!
Whilst I had a completely awesome day at the shows catching up with friends, people watching and of course the clothes, I am happy the day is over and I’m in the comfort of home. It’s very easy to get lost in the anticipation of Fashion Week and forget the less glamorous details: the wind and rain, lack of good food on site, and waiting between shows (normally in heels).
Dressed in my blush pink See by Chloe dress and new Country Road wooden heels (note: exceeded comfort expectations! New FW best friends!) I hit the shows.
Juliette Hogan seduced me with dreamy 60’s style dresses, leather, and geeky knits that belong on Carrie Mulliagn in“The Education”. The girls rocked the cat walk with hair piled high in a bee hive and a slick of liquid liner, reminiscent of Bridget Bardot. Leather pieces were softened with feminine skirts and Juliette’s classic dresses were of their usual high standard; a polka dot bustier dress making its way onto my wish list.
Entering the tent for Sera Lily, I noticed a big white curtain mid catwalk. As I shimmied past to my seat I felt an arm and heard a giggle and knew something special was going to happen. When the music started the curtain began to glow and fell to reveal perfectly poised models in elegant full length gowns. The great thing about these girls is they weren’t regular models. Sera had “street cast” an array of gorgeous girls in different shapes and sizes and these girls walked the runway like any professional model. Chunky knit skirts teamed with delicate floral chiffons and shirling jackets were among my favorites. And of course the bridal collection offered a beautiful range of options for any fashionable young bride.
Cybele felt otherworldly, with a Pagen cult influence (watch out for the large stake!). The collection was loaded with texture; crimped hair slicked off the face, fringed capes in soft wool and patent leather corset belts and bras. A ripple print gold and green dress and a purple velvet jumpsuit were the standout pieces from an otherwise neutral colour palette.
The wait for Kathryn Wilsons debut fashion week show was long – it seemed to have drawn the biggest crowd yet. And the question was on everyone’s lips - how is Kathryn Wilson going to draw focus to her shoes in a catwalk show? The answer was with a behind the scenes video (directed by the amazing Garth Badger), that opened into a catwalk show streaming live video, tracking the models feet at they strutted the catwalk. Very well thought out and executed, not to mention the great new shoe and boot styles. Yes please!
Zambesi, the final show of the day, all round I heard whispers of high expectations. The highlight of the day for many. School benches in a large covered carpark building set the scene. Letterman jackets, war paint and caps gave the feeling of a school sports match. The line up of models was strong and the collection held many wearable pieces. Well done Zambesi, you’ve done it again
Biggest trend noted today; Fur and shirling- gilets, coats, boots and skirts, just get some!
Greta van der Star