Wellington Fashion Week has put on another stunning show in the spectacular Great Hall of the Old Museum Building featuring some of the capital’s favourite and up and coming designers.
Robyn Mathieson opened the show, making her presence felt with a vibrant collection featuring strong colour blocking and prints. The fun and frivolity of summer could be felt in the styling with models in bright wedge heels and hair in soft plaits.
Neverblack made their first appearance in Wellington and brought along some style for the boys. The male collection embraced the utility trend, still retaining the fine tailoring details that Neverblack is known for while the girls wore soft natural colours with dresses featuring detailed lace finishing in soft flowing fabrics.
Massey fashion graduates Philippa&alice returned to where it all began with two strong prints featuring across most of their collection. The first featured animal silhouettes and hieroglyphic-like graphics and a second floral print added subtle summery detailing to some garments while being the main feature of others.
Silence Was were the next to showcase with shirt collars being the main feature of the collection. Dark charcoals and black garments were teamed with marine shades of blue and turquoise.
We were lucky enough to meet Kelsey Genna at the opening party, and her personality was reflected in her collection. The music set the tone for the vibrant collection that invoked images of a 1950′s Italian summer party. The models struck playful poses for photographers at the end of the runway and carried posies of flowers which complimented the simple designs with intricate rosette detailing on a number of garments. The whole showcase from Kelsey was a breath of fresh air.
Storm presented a truly Wellington collection – dark and stormy with heavy layering and the occasional muted colour pattern. It was an Autumn/Winter collection that spoke volumes about the city the label calls home.
Starfish – in stark contrast to the preceding collection – closed the show on a colourful note. The earlier items featured a strong coral theme with a recurring print throughout the collection tying it all in and a bright swimwear showcase to remind us during the colder months that summer will be back.
Any teething problems from the lengthly Group Show A had been quickly ironed out, with the follow up show running on time at a good pace with a slick turnaround between designers. Check out more photos from the show on our Facebook page.