Wellington Fashion Week’s first group show has hit the runway in spectacular style, showcasing some of the capital’s – and New Zealand’s – best fashion talent.
With the runway stretching the full length of the Great Hall at Massey University’s Old Museum Building, the models clocked up a few miles showing off the wares of the first group of designers.
Hermione Flynn kicked things off, with the relatively new designer producing a collection to rival the seasoned pro’s – full of cool palates with crisp clean lines and layering to finish the look.
Ashely Fogel followed with a colourful collection of polka dots, and colour prints with a bit of leather to give an edge to the look. One particular black leather jacket was almost a chic take on a varsity jacket, tailored to a feminine touch style.
Lucy McIntosh’s models took their time on the runway, showing off her reinvention of the shirt. Architectural inspiration was evident in the collection which was a twist on the classic button up shirt with a play on length, matched with pants that gave a bit of volume and shape to the slim model figures.
A re-occuring print across t-shirts, singlets and tailored tops was the feature of Nouveau’s contribution to the show. Minimal additional styling and simple pairings ensured that the collection defining print remained the star of the show.
Moochi presented a collection to be launched exclusively for Wellington the following day during the store’s retail slot for Wellington Fashion Week. The classic elegant Moochi cuts were dark in colour, but brightened up with neon detailing and sleeves on a number of garments.
Mardle was definitely looking ahead to summer with different floral and tie-dye like prints matched with each other in one outfit. The almost 70′s inspired collection invoked images of a long retro styled summer – something to keep in the back of your mind over the cold winter months.
As the group show started to wind down Taylor threw a bit of life and drama in the mix with an avant-garde collection featuring strong layering and long trains. The solid black and white colour theme which opened the spectacle was later mixed with soft grey garments, tailored to give a feminine contrast to the stronger items in the collection.
Veteran designer Trelise Cooper finished things up with some interesting music choices, showing her AW12 collection which is currently in stores.
It was a long show – with a lot to take in – but ultimately, Wellington Fashion Week opened the first of the shows in spectacular style!
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