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NZFW 2018 | Rachel Mills

Rachel Mills opted to present her non-seasonal collection “Ongoing” in an installation similar to her presentation at last year’s New Zealand Fashion Week.

This year’s presentation though was a stripped down affair, with live music provided by the beautiful haunting voice of Lilly Carron. Held at The Studio section of the venue, chiffon drapes hung from the ceiling with a black and white film projection.

Walking around the installation, I encountered models languidly posing at each of the film projections. The collection felt really easy and effortless, the sort that you can slip in and out of without fuss. A muted color palette reinforced that ease within the collection.

What makes Mills’ work even more special is her use of dead-stock and organic fabrics. This does limit the types of silhouettes you can achieve with it but Mills’ pushes herself to create covetable pieces; some which feature a wrap and tie style giving you the option to wear it in more ways than one. Utilising fabric selvedges in her garments, Mills reinforces her sustainable approach by limiting her textile waste.

Embracing a non-seasonal approach Mills wants her pieces to stand the test of time. Ongoing is now available for pre-order.

Images by Phil Walter/Getty Images

NZFW17 | Rachel Mills AW18

Kicking off day 2 of NZFW was Rachel Mills who debuted her AW18 collection with an installation that had everyone queuing up to get in. Clever use of lighting and cardboard tubing set as the backdrop for each of the looks, with models lounging as everyone wove through the installation on a set path.

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Each look demanded our attention with beautiful knits, tailoring and luxury sleepwear all accessorised with bean jewellery made in Rarotonga. I always feel uneasy when designers draw references or inspiration from Pacific Island culture yet fail to cast a model from the Islands*.

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What I loved the most about the installation was that you could take your time to appreciate each look. It was a great reminder for us all at NZFW to slow down and appreciate the beautiful things in life. The collection felt easy, relaxed yet sophisticated and it was echoed beautifully throughout the installation with the styling, music and staging.

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It has been interesting to see the Rachel Mills brand grow from strength to strength after being a recipient of the AMP Regional Scholarship in 2016. It was a good start for Mills’ debut at NZFW and we can only imagine it getting better.

*Note: We were contacted by Rachel Mills’ team to inform us that models cast were of Maori, Asian, Argentinian, French and New Zealand European descent.

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