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NZFW17 | Company of Strangers AW18

There is such an attitude with this collection that every woman can relate to. With Sara Munro discussing the inspiration behind the collection saying “Our collection began with a story we dreamed up about a woman who haunts her husband from the other side, she messes with him constantly so he can never forget her. ”

You get the sense of this woman with how the collection was styled, shirts half fastened, jackets worn almost completely pulled off the body, cut outs in knits, shirt dresses held up by cording, this sort of juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. The fabrication with the different use of textures of lace, leather, silks, wool made the collection interesting.

The collection’s colour palette was dark and moody with a splatter print that was reminiscent somewhat of Pollock. The purposefully disheveled hair and the pop of red on the lip gave the girl that edge to confidently pull off the styled looks.

With red drapes as a backdrop and red stripes on the runway, red is a colour of passion, love and devotion, all of which comes through the collection beautifully in different ways.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Christine Mansford. More here.

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Sara Munro

Since its inception 9 years ago, Company of Strangers has acquired a cult following for its proudly 100% New Zealand made range of high-quality garments, leather and jewellery.  Their mission is to create, re-create and collaborate.   Founder, Sara Munro honed her skills at NOM*d; starting her fashion career hand stitching rosettes made from mens’ vintage ties before moving onto becoming a sample maker.  CoS garments have a reputation for being meticulous yet experimental, reflecting a modern simplicity while combining luxury fabrics with contemporary functionality.  This is one label we’re excited to see taking over the runway at NZ Fashion Week.

What inspired your collection?

Our collection began with a story we dreamed up about a woman who haunts her husband from the other side, she messes with him constantly so he can never forget her. It’s subtle, it’s as if she is leaving an impression on his clothing, attaching a piece of her scarf to his coat like a belt, she cuts up his business shirts and turns them into dresses.  Slices through his tailored jackets, ghostly ink prints appear on the garments of hers she left behind.  The palette is dark and moody yet there is a feminine vintage softness of apricots spiked with an acidic twist.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….

Lela Jacobs, Ovna Ovich, Jason Lingard

Describe your quintessential customer…

Driven, confident, individual, creative. She knows what she wants, but is humble in her approach, loves to try new things

What’s your social media of choice?

Oh it’s Instagram it’s perfect for the short attention span of a creative!

Who do you love to follow and where?

I follow my kids! They see things so differently, they love adventure and going anywhere!

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?

Star Fucker- Wildhood

C’mon Billy- PJ Harvey

Pink + White – Frank Ocean (to calm me down)

Word association

New Zealand – adventure

Fashion – fun

Music – forever

Art – life

Winter – layers

Holiday – when?

NZFW2012: Company of Strangers – AW13 Pop Shop…

Company of Strangers was quite an interesting collection of complex designs. The vibrant pops of scarlet red color-blocked with violet was quite a standout for me in this collection.

I actually would love to explore Company of Strangers designer, Sara Aspinall’s mind. The shapes of the garments and how they sort of weave in and out of each-other was quite impressive.

The pieces moved beautifully on the runway especially the floaty silk georgettes. Neon yellow bags which featured hand drawn graffiti by Dunedin artist Harley Jones stood out as well.

We also had the chance to take a sneak peak backstage and managed to get some wonderful imagery of the handmade jewellery range by Anne Mieke Ytsama of Underground Sundae.

We’ve got more pics over on our Facebook page thanks to Sin-mae and Tom! (:










New Zealand Fashion Week 2012

We were pretty excited to get the New Zealand Fashion Week 2012 media release. Having had an amazing time last year with the crew, we’re itching to get right back into it this year!

Spanning four days from Tuesday 4 September, over 40 talented New Zealand and international fashion designers will be showing their A/W 2013 collections. Returning to the wonderful Viaduct Events Centre in downtown Auckland, New Zealand Fashion Week 2012 is looking to be one of the busiest they’ve had!

Confirmed designers include Australian designer Charlie Brown, Andrea Moore, Annah Stretton, Brady, Company of Strangers, Cybele, Hailwood, Huffer, Ingrid Starnes, Juliette Hogan, Liam, Ruby, Sable and Minx, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Trelise Cooper, Twenty-Seven Names and Zambesi.

Deryn Schmidt who had an outstanding debut in the 2011 New Generation show will return for her first solo NZFW show and we’re pretty excited for her!

The Miromoda group show will feature Monique Lynch (Auckland), Poto Morgan (Ngaruawahia), Dmonic Intent (Auckland), Marsh Ranginui (Whanganui), Shona Tawhiao (Auckland), Christopher Woods-Huia (Auckland), Koia Gray (Wainuiomata), Hohepa Thompson (Victoria University Wellington), Edington (Wainuiomata High School), Surface Too Deep – Sarah Jane & Ester (Wellington) and Pia Boutique – Pia Naera (Auckland).

The New Generation Show which showcases emerging talent will feature Dmonic Intent, Daniel K, Silence Was…, and Arielle Mermin.

Featuring in this year’s New Zealand Weddings Magazine show is; A La Robe, Alma J, Anna Schimmel, Crane Brothers, John Zimmermann, Michelle Yvette, Sera Lilly and Vinka Design.

The New Zealand Fashion Week website has more information and tickets to the Fashion Weekend are now available.

Below is a full list of the confirmed designers.

·      A La Robe / Auckland

·      Alma J / Auckland

·      Andrea Moore / Wellington

·      Anna Schimmel / Auckland

·      Annah Stretton / Morrinsville

·      Arielle Mermin / Tauranga

·      Brady / Auckland

·      Charlie Brown / Australia

·      Christopher Woods-Huia / Auckland

·      Company of Strangers / Dunedin

·      Crane Brothers / Auckland

·      Cybele / Auckland

·      Daniel K / Auckland

·      Deryn Schmidt / Wellington

·      Dmonic Intent / Auckland

·      Hailwood / Auckland

·      Hohepa Thompson / Wellington

·      Huffer / Auckland

·      Ingrid Starnes / Auckland

·      John Zimmermann / Auckland

·      Juliette Hogan / Auckland

·      Koia Gray / Wellington

·      Liam / Auckland

·      Marsh Ranginui / Whanganui

·      Michelle Yvette / Auckland

·      Monique Lynch / Auckland

·      Olivia Edington / Wainuiomata

·      Pia Boutique / Auckland

·      Poto Morgan / Ngaruawahia

·      Ruby / Auckland

·      Sable and Minx / Auckland

·      Sera Lilly / Auckland

·      Shona Tawhiao / Auckland

·      Silence Was… / Auckland

·      Stolen Girlfriends Club / Auckland

·      Surface Too Deep / Wellington

·      Trelise Cooper / Auckland

·      Twenty-Seven Names / Wellington

·      Vinka Design / Auckland

·      Zambesi / Auckland