NZFW S/S '11 Report: Salasai

04 October 2010

One of our highlights from the recent New Zealand Fashion Week was Salasai's presentation of their collection called 'Sacrificial Grace', which featured haunting prints of empty landscapes, a restrained and muted palette, intricately knotted knits, fresh takes on buttoned up shirting and a plethora of androgynous pieces to share with your boyfriend.

Designer Kirsha Whitcher was inspired by the ideas of cults and fanatic religious followers, the pull of the angelic and dark. "I think I was more compelled at the peaceful sects such as the Amish, the Quakers, the Puritans - how modest they dressed, how peaceful and untouched by the world they are; an act of beauty."

We can't stop thinking about the sharply pleated pieces in the collection, with knee and floor-length kilts and the preppy and pleated dresses with contrast corset detailing - plus the model's beautiful hair, as created by the Stephen Marr creative team. Think dead straight with a centre part, and intricate gold leaf at the front and back. "My stylist Dan Ahwa introduced the idea of gold foiling the hair to create the 'mark of a believer'," explains Whitcher. "The parted, slick hair symbolised purity and innocence, and the gold foiling up the nape of the head represented the cult-like angelic following they belonged to."

You can channel your inner angelic follower by recreating your own version of the beautiful runway look at home: simply straighten your hair, create a razor sharp centre part, smudge some hair gel into it and add some gold leaf or coloured powder to the front of the part - you can also use crushed up eyeshadow.

- Zoe Walker and Natalie Smith, of So Much To Tell You, in New Zealand.


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