Wellington Fashion Week kicked off in the capital this year with an exclusive and elegant bang. Floodlights lit the sky, fashionistas donned the red carpet and the creative mayhem was accommodated in a premium location in the heart of Wellington’s waterfront.
Only its second time round, the infant fashion week has developed in leaps and bounds. Obviously backed by so much of the city’s creative minds and talent, there is no guessing where the potential for the success of the event will stop. Even the Mayor was present to express her support for such a great, and fledgling, initiative which will continue to grow and flourish.
NEW DESIGNERS UP THE ANTE
Undoubtedly, the standouts were all fresh new talent coming up. Blame the clutches of commercialism or label expectations, but the new blood infused the week with an exciting new take on some beloved trends.
Philippa & Alice
These clothes make you want to go out for a picnic, take your horse and sit sideways eating a raspberry cupcake. The hues of purple and magenta, with a unique tartan fabric thrown in the mix, just scream ‘adorbs!’
All the little details of the collection were definitely noticed, for example skilled workmanship on asymmetrical zippers and equestrian tailoring. The fine-tuning of these garments make them extra-special.
Sexy but relaxed and stylishly at ease, Mardle ruled the runway as the queen of casual chic! Whether the models were posing and blowing kisses or strutting their stuff with ferocity, the peak that these clothes afford you is not only a luxury of the runway. Anyone can wear these clothes; to a party or a night on the town? Yes. To the office? Yes. Down to the dairy? Of course – only fabulous everywhere you go.
The black X motif print on the shirts and dresses gives Mardle’s garments a youthful edge. The black patterned prints, like the cranes and the geometric prints, are definitely en trende. Keeping with the labels black, demure and metallic hues, with a touch of glitter, means versatility in your wardrobe that keeps on giving.
Highnoontea says true workmanship. One of the things that has been timeless in fashion over the decades, is a garment’s ability to make you feel like a real woman. We don’t want to be wearing potato sacks in this day and age, or things that accentuate the wrong places.
Therefore, what a delight to see dresses that show that you have a waist! Lovely fabrics, flattering silhouettes and tailored perfection.
And bustiers! We haven’t been treated to these triangular-cupped beauts since Marilyn. A somewhat flimsy and whimsical item that would be unused for a working woman except maybe in the bedroom, has been transformed – clean, crisp and elegant.
OLDIE BUT A GOODIE
Trelise Cooper opened the first group show, and by far stood out in memory. Classic Trelise returned on the runway with bold prints, pleats, polka dots and floral chiffon. Not to mention cute socks! The main wow-factor was the actual styling of the clothes – all the ‘looks’ had the risk of looking so wrong, but in fact all looked fresh and inspiring.
Razzle and dazzle was Mondegreen’s affair; shimmer, sparkle and all things pretty. What better way to frame their collection but with a gymnast and her glittered hoola hoop, rousing the crowd’s attention with flips and tricks. A pleasure to view this collection, complete with bowties and a Ringmaster.
And the others…
Overall, despite the exciting collections I have already detailed, the theme for this winter will be more safer and demure. Blacks, browns, beige, metallics…
- Black – in leather, fur, textiles and sheer fabric. Fifty shades of black will be written all over the masses come winter, as demonstrated by Moochi, Sabatini and Storm.
- Leather was a prominent fabric of most collections, even if just on trims and to accent the “edginess” of an outfit.
- Fur and funky vests.
- Teaming those drab colours with clean crisp whites and pops of red and metallic.
- Texturise; it’s all about dimension which turns boring into brilliance.
All photos courtesy of Rrie Tagpuno
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