Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Dear Stolen Girlfriends club you are the epitome of cool. I wish I could dress my boyfriend in everything that graced your runway (well mostly the men’s clothes, but hell I would get a giggle out of seeing him squeeze into those sheer full length dresses too).
It was a really fun performance and I loved almost everything that came out. I think the men’s clothes were miles better than the woman’s, but in saying that I still wanted a few pieces for my own wardrobe. But mostly I wanted to be a man, so I could wear that incredible purple hydrangea suit.
I was incredibly lucky to attend the very first weddings fashion show ever at NZFW. It started off in typical fashion week style – late. Very late. But once everyone was in (and had gotten over the insane wind that threatened the lives of all in the Westpac tent on that gale force day), I could feel a buzz and huge excitement building for this NZ fashion first.
The show comprised of 8 designers showing a handful of pieces. Most were (obviously) wedding dress designers, but there was representation from Crane Brothers (men’s suits) and Modes showed a cute selection for kids.
My favourite designer was Louise Anderson. She was the only person to give me that real ‘moment’ when I literally couldn’t take my eyes off a dress and religiously watched it walk from one end of the runway to the other and back and forgot that I was in a room full of people.
Other than this dress I found the experience odd. I thought the gowns were impeccable, the music was a beautiful and well chosen accompaniment, yet the idea of watching the typically sullen model, do her hip-thrusting model walk down a runway has little resemblance to the faces/movements of those who will wear the dresses in reality. It seemed oddly misplaced, like seeing Carrie Bradshaw wearing a bra.
Apart from this underlying discomfort, the show was well organised and was a very interesting and beautiful collection of bridal wear.
I must say, I was really excited to see what Ruby was going to show. They have long been a fashion favourite of mine, and are often my go-to store for some retail therapy. Ruby maybe feels so close to my heart because I have watched it grow and evolve alongside me. (I faintly remember when they were the house of gem clad hoodies). So, with it being my first time at New Zealand Fashion week, I found it oddly fitting and endearing that it was Ruby’s too.
And I must say, I really loved the collection. It seemed hugely true to brand, being both cute and incredibly wearable. My favourite pieces were the bright red cigarette pants and the raccoon print jumper. The collection also featured some common looks that were shown throughout fashion week… full-length skirts, sheer fabrics and shearing jackets.
Congrats Ruby on both a lovely collection an your first NZFW show!
Wowsa what a busy week it has been. Fashion week is now over and I have barely scratched the surface of reviews and show recaps for you all!
To start, Hailwood. This was an early show, on the first day of fashion week, and it struck me as something interesting. I really like the way colour was played with, especially in the colour blocking tights (they look really fun). Most of the pieces are really nicely structured and the fabric choice is great. Although I enjoyed looking at the pieces that went down the runway, I wasn’t struck with the overwhelming need to grab my wallet and run to the nearest stockist (as I have for a few other shows). I was an interesting and cohesive collection, but it lacked something. It lacked excitement.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I take my (non-existent) hat off to you and will most likely be giving a lot of my paycheque to come!