As we in the northern hemisphere await the start of our fashion callendar (the countdown has STARTED, people), those lucky guys and girls in the south have already begun to enjoy the new season's shows. Yeep! New Zealand Fashion Week, which is currently in full flow, is the first of the new season's fashion weeks and Grazia Daily has employed the services of Natalie Smith and Zoe Walker of fab blog somuchtotellyou to keep us updated on what's happening on the other side of the world.
We know what we will be wearing next winter! Juliette Hogan sent sleek, ponytailed working girls down the catwalk – tortoiseshell barrettes, subtle leopard print blouses in prim cuts, immaculately cut tweed slacks and figure-hugging skirts. This collection walked that wonderful line of subtle and prim with a knowing seductive undertone.
images by Guy Coombes www.guycoombes.com
A jam-packed inner city Auckland gallery served as a super busy party space for our friends and favourites Twenty-Seven Names. Designers Anjali Stewart and Rachel Easting collaborated with photographer Guy Coombes to create large scale, bright and punchy prints featuring their A/W 2012 collection. Intense prints, brights and mustards across signature sweet dresses and even sporty 90s era caps met pastel cocktails and peanut butter chocolate macarons – our favourite party of the week so far.
Backed by a beautiful botanical installation by designer Xanthe White, Ingrid Starnes’ first ever show opened New Zealand Fashion Week for the year. Her signature nod to the 1940s meant demure cardigans and below-the-knee dresses in varying icecream pastels, mustard and bright pop colours – coral, red. We loved the cute socks and heel combos, and the confectionery like lingerie (all with that lovely, delicate old-style look, all high-waisted and long-lined).
Playing Black Sabbath in a church? Sacrilege, most likely. But this show was a highlight for us – an incredible, vaulted setting; a soft palette of nudes, soft blues and greens in traditional checks and edged with slick black leather.
We’re feeling old-school Country glamour here. A floor length, jet beaded black gown with long sleeves; an ombre fringe dress sweeping from black to palest blue; full length jumpsuits with fringed trim in black on black and black on white – oddly wearable and perfect for Dolly. Meanwhile, more basic pieces were cleverly cut and elevated to something special – a white, floor length silk skirt with a thigh-high side split moved like water; a simple navy silk cape was edged with weighted pom-poms.
by Natalie Smith and Zoe Walker of somuchtotellyou.co.nz, catwalk shots courtesy of Michael Ng