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NZFW17 | Ovna Ovich AW18

For Ovna Ovich’s presentation, Chapter nine ‘Tread Softly’, lush dream-pop duo Purple Pilgrims provided the live music for what appeared to be a stripped back show with seating arranged on only one side of the runway. The runway itself was white with wet paint splatter that matched the colours within the collection as we later discovered.

Models came out treading softly onto the runway with smudges of paint on their bare feet; there was a rather meditative feel to the show which reinforced the whole concept of the collection.

The clothes itself were beautiful, relaxed with the sort of Japanese minimalism that’s been evident in other collections. There was a play on tension and ease with gathers and ruffles but it was balanced with the collection’s fabrication of denim, linen and knitwear. Such fabrication has a sturdiness to it that makes the collection feel grounded.

Colour palette was muted and again we saw mustard making an appearance, making it a popular colour for next year’s colder months. Beauty look appeared natural with a light green eye shadow and hair pulled back that complemented each look of the collection.

The show’s liner notes asked “How often do we stop to think about the origins of what we wear?”. Transparency is such an important issue within the fashion industry especially after the horrible Rana Plaza incident of 2013 and the fact that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. It’s admirable that labels such as Ovna Ovich call on consumers to be conscious of their clothing consumption but what is even better is that labels are dedicated to creating socially and environmentally aware work, something which Ovna Ovich prides itself on.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Lyle Adams. More here.

NZFW17 | Salasai AW18

Salasai celebrated their 10th year at NZFW by showing a collection that drew from their past offerings. Showcasing at the Hilton it was the final show for day 2 and a great way to end a long day of shows.

When pulling looks from your archives for a new collection, there’s always the risk of having the collection not look cohesive at all, but that was not the case for Salasai.

The collection felt fresh, youthful and luxe with striking prints, thick knits on a relaxed silhouette. The looks were styled perfectly with a combination of kitten heels, white socks, birkenstocks and woven wide brim hats.

The colour palette was neutral with an offering of camo pieces and a pop of fluro yellow that kept it interesting and gave the collection a global feel. The Buddhist prayer beads, Indian garland and the flag prints on the dresses reinforced this global notion.

In a time when every developed country is, or is discussing restricting immigration, this collection served as a reminder that borders may separate us but should not restrict us.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Lyle Adams. More here.

NZFW17 | Lela Jacobs AW18

The concrete silos down at Silo Park are quite special for shows that incorporate live percussive music as we witnessed with Lela Jacobs’ offering on the evening of day 2. All silos were completely packed out with space made for the runway that wove through each silo.

As the drums started beating, the sound of recorders joined in and models walked out in monochromatic looks with a punch of colour provided in a royal blue. The looks were grounded by black high-top shiny rubber boots that offset the ethereal look and styling.

Ensembles were layered and draped with the fabrication exploring luxe textures in silk, cotton and merino. Loose knits fell from the shoulders with peeks of flesh coming through.

The collection felt comfortable, luxurious and easy to wear. It was a loose silhouette with two outwear pieces that had architectural sleeves which encompassed the body like a duvet.  Overall the show was ethereal with beautiful acoustics and a unique collection to match, a highlight of fashion week.

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Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Lyle Adams. More here.

NZFW17 | Hailwood AW18

Mister state trooper, please don’t stop me,
Please don’t stop me, please don’t stop me

When Bruce Springsteen’s State Trooper opens up the Hailwood show, you know you’re in for a sultry collection.

It’s funny because earlier in the day I was reading about Kim Kardashian channeling Jackie O for her recent photoshoot in Interview magazine with her daughter North. Jackie O of course sported a voluminous bob which is what we saw on the runway at Hailwood.

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Giving us a 70’s vibe, the collection was hedonistic with velvet pants, sequined wrap dresses, faux fur coats and floor length gowns. Opening up the show was Ashleigh Good who previously served as Karl Lagerfield’s muse at Chanel; so it was perfect to see Good embodying the Hailwood woman.

It was a sophisticated callback to the 70’s without it being dated or over the top. The beautiful thing about the collection was Hailwood’s love for women. It was evident in the way the garments flattered and respected a woman’s body. The 70’s were a time when there was the women’s liberation movement; women felt free from sexual identities and this collection carries beautifully that same energy.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Lyle Adams. More here.

NZFW17 | Mitchell Vincent AW18

Mitchell Vincent showcased an understated, cool and laid back collection that focused on prints and comfort. The prints varied with a couple of abstract and monstera deliciosa leaf prints.

Monstera deliciosa is of course the ‘it” plant of Insta at the moment making an appearance in everyone’s styled shots.

Layered pieces provided some interest and contrast which gave the collection an added value of being able to mix and match. The casting for the show was perfect, as you really got a sense of who the Mitchell Vincent client was.

Overall an easy to wear collection with some stand-out outerwear pieces that you could wear to take you from the city to the beach.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Lyle Adams. More here.

NZFW17 | Katherine Victoria AW18

TEXTURE!!! I had to write that in caps because that is what Katherine Victoria’s debut collection at NZFW on day 2 screamed at me. That should not be taken the wrong way either, the ensembles that paraded down the runway longed to be touched.

We had velvet, paillette sequins, faux fur, shearling and frayed applique.

It was feminine, fun, tactile, colorful and completely wearable with the silhouette focusing more on a cinched waist. The pieces that I loved were perhaps the more understated ones with the embossed knit dress and the emerald green pussy bow dress that looked absolutely stunning on Mary Maguet.

I should mention that this was perhaps one of the few diverse shows at NZFW so far.

The beauty look for the show was a favorite with a bold liquid line bordering the eyes that gave it an edge. I felt perhaps the tassel earrings were an after-thought and weren’t really needed.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Lyle Adams. More here.

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.