NZFW 2011: Sultry Sabatini

Monday, August 29, 2011

Local success story Sabatini opened New Zealand Fashion Week today, with a show celebrating their 20 years in the business.  Although the first proper day of shows isn't until tomorrow, it was the perfect day to be down at Bellini bar at Auckland's Hilton for a glamourous morning of fashion.  Sabatini were showcasing their Sabatini White Autumn/Winter 2012 capsule collection 'Many Happy Returns' which was really gorgeous and totally luxurious.

Berry hues and rich shades of navy, brown, red, purple, burgundy and brown made up the suitably autumnal colour palette.  The knitwear Sabatini are so well known for was intricate and detailed with amazing textures complemented by tiny twinkly diamante embellishments.  The silhouettes were short, sexy and sheer with lots of lingerie also on display under the garments.  My favourite piece was this amazing red 'ballerina' dress worn by Ella Verberne (below) that is an absolute showstopper.  Sabatini presented a really beautiful, luscious collection which is a perfect celebration of an amazing label's stellar achievements. 

Images from: Michael Ng @ New Zealand Fashion Week

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Ruby's Cute NZFW Capsule Collection

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Earlier this month I blogged about the exciting show and in-store events Ruby have planned for their NZFW show this Wednesday 31st August.  Including the cute capsule collection that is inspired by the runway show for next season, which I can now show you pretty photos of.  The lovely mini collection features 9 different styles and will be launched the morning of the show with a limited amount of pieces available.  Every purchase from the collection goes in the draw for one of four amazing prize packs.  These are the details for the prize packs which are pretty awesome:

All six Ruby shows will be streaming the runway show live to the stores so customers can come in and see the collection come down the runway, as well as enjoying treats from Ruby's sponsors.  The in-store events promise to be a lot of fun and a rather stylish morning, if you're a Ruby fan and want to come along, the events start at 9.30am with the show on at 10am.  

In the meantime here are some more sneak peeks of the Capsule Collection. 

Images from: Ruby

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The Winsome Miss Kathryn Wilson

Saturday, August 27, 2011

It's going to be a super bright and beautiful summer if the new Spring/Summer ranges from Kathryn Wilson and her diffusion line Miss Wilson are anything to go by.  These new collections are in a rainbow of gorgeous colours and amazing textures and fabrics, printed silk, lace, cork, wood and leather are all used to bring these wonderful creations to life and onto the feet of fashionistas all over New Zealand.

This next week is going to be an incredibly exciting one for the Kathryn Wilson brand with the second ever Kathryn Wilson/Miss Wilson runway show at NZFW on Friday 2nd September.  The show is open to the public, unlike most shows at NZFW which are strictly for buyers and media and I'm sure will be amazing.  Details for the event are on Kathryn Wilson's event Facebook page

The very next morning on Saturday 3rd of September, the first Kathryn Wilson store opens in Auckland's Britomart square.  The shop is designed to look like a Kathryn Wilson shoe box and will stock the full range of Kathryn Wilson and Miss Wilson products which is fantastic and the first time it has all been available in one place before.  It's certainly exciting times and well deserved success for the lovely Kathryn Wilson, I can't wait to see her show and the new store. 

Miss Wilson photos below:

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Radiant Rebecca Hall

Saturday, August 27, 2011

These winsome shots of English actress Rebecca Hall caught my eye for their simple, understated elegance.  She looks wonderful, I love how the make-up and styling allows her gorgeous natural beauty to shine through.  Shot by Peter Ash Lee for Corduroy magazine, Rebecca is wearing subtle outfits from Meadham Kirchhoff, Yohji Yamamoto, Ann Demeulemeester and Comme des Garcons.  Sometimes there isn't really much to say, these shots are just perfect.  Enjoy x

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Flying Solo

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Celine Chapman is a young designer on the rise, having established her own label Celine Rita in 2008 and showing as part of the New Generation show at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2010.  This year Celine is showing solo for the first time on the second day of NZFW, I spoke to her about the inspiration for her pretty label's new collection and what it's like to put on her first solo show.

How did you initially get into the fashion industry?  I guess deciding to study Fashion Design at uni was when I initially ‘started’ in the Fashion Industry.  While at uni I did a couple of internships at different places and worked at NZFW as a volunteer each year.  These real industry situations really made me realize pretty quickly it was the industry for me!

Since starting your own label in 2008 how have you found being a designer in New Zealand? Have you had a lot of support from the fashion industry and public?  Everyone - both industry and public have been amazingly supportive.  I learnt pretty quickly not to be afraid to ask for help and more often than not, people are happy to help!

Your label has a really fresh, pretty feel, where do you get your inspiration from for your collections?  I pretty much find inspiration everywhere, and am always constantly looking for it!  I especially love looking at pop culture throughout time - I love looking at the 'zeitgeist' of different times, and the reasons for it. History, arts, books, films, architecture...

How did you get involved in this year's NZFW and what has it been like so far?  I got involved through talking with some of the NZFW Team I met last year.  They helped me with how to go about getting sponsorship among other things. It has been a seriously intense 6 weeks or so.  The actual designing of the clothes is the easy part, it’s all those extra admin and organising things that have been the biggest struggle for me.

The process of putting on a fashion week show is an intense one, how do you cope with the pressure and still manage to run your store?  I have an amazingly supportive wee network of friends and family.  I seriously couldn’t thank any of them enough for the individual roles each one plays.

How do you go about making the creative and practical decisions for your show?  Is it a mostly a one woman effort or do you have friends or advisors you consult?  As Above!  A great group of friends & family who know exactly what Celine Rita is all about.  Getting a couple of extra ‘eyes’ and opinions on different aspects and a fresh perspective from these people I trust is invaluable.

What did you learn from your experience showing in the New Generation show last year that helped shape your decisions for your own solo show this year?  Mainly just to make the most of the opportunities I will get through being involved with NZFW.  Soaking up all that it has to offer.  Being at the new venue this year it just going to make it that much more exciting, with a real international feel!

NZFW is less than a couple of weeks away now, how are you feeling about your first solo show and what are you most looking forward to about it?  Extremely excited!  All the hard work and late nights will pay off.  I love having the freedom to create a whole show this year, compared to being part of a group show where we had to compromise on lots of things, and you couldn’t get the whole story across like you can with a solo show.  Showcasing this range at NZFW in a solo show allows more opportunities for me to push the styling and themes of the collection.  This creative element really is exciting - putting on a show, not just showing my range.  All the extra elements that can be bought to a catwalk- the ideas are endless!  I’m really excited to see it all pull together in the end.

What can we expect from your show and where have you drawn your inspiration for it?  Still the same quirky prettiness that is Celine Rita, but there will be a bit more of an edge to some parts.  Each season I like to push my designs that little bit further.

What other shows are you looking forward to at NZFW?  Kathryn Wilson's!

Just So Pretty wishes Celine lots of luck with her first solo show and can't wait to see it at NZFW 2011.

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Anne's Interview Drama

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dark, dramatic and deliciously disturbing, this gothic inspired shoot of the divine Anne Hathaway, is from Interview magazine's September issue.  Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, it draws on Anne's superb skills as an emotive actress.  Captured in expressive black and white, these incredible shots really draw you in and are the perfect combination of theatrical lighting, styling and poses.

Anne is styled by Karl Templer in beautiful lacey, sheer garments from Nina Ricci, Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana and Tom Ford.  I love everything about this shoot, aside from the fact Anne is one of my favourite actresses, I'm really enjoying that she has so much expression and there is real 'tension' in these photos.  Amazing work.

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Sweet And Subtle Salasai

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ruffles, feathers and bows are some of my favourite things, but sometimes what a girl wants is simplicity and pieces that are cleverly tailored while being effortlessly chic, yet relaxed.  Salasai is a brilliant New Zealand label, designed by Kirsha Whitcher, which specialises in cool clothing for both sexes with androgynous appeal.  While the mixing of genders in fashion isn't really my thing, given my own curvy shape, I am drawn to the more girlish pieces in this lovely collection.  Both blue dresses on this page really appeal to me and are on my want list for their sweet silhouettes and subtle tailoring.

This collection for Spring/Summer 11/12 is entitled 'A Strange Love Project' has 40's and 50's influences, in particular the films 'Revolutionary Road' and 'Delicatessen'.  I love the way those influences have been given a modern twist, even though the vintage inspiration is clear to see.  It's a really wearable, practical collection that's so stylish and perfect for sweet summer days.  You can check out the rest of the collection and more of the guys pieces on the Salasai website here.

What do you think of new season Salasai?

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Bountiful Braids And Fashion Quarterly

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Suitably bright and breezy, the spring issue of Fashion Quarterly hit shelves on Monday and it's another beautiful issue from it's talented team.  Full of chic inspiration for the coming season, there is page after page of gorgeous fashion to suit every taste.  I've been using the new issue to plan my NZ Fashion Week wardrobe and have a bunch of fresh ideas to make my outfits super pretty and practical for a busy week of shows.

I have to admit what really caught my eye on that cover was those incredible braids, which are also featured in an editorial in the issue titled 'Call to print'.  Braids seem to be everywhere again at the moment and I adore them, especially these textured full ones.  Oh how I wish I could wear those in my own hair everyday, they are a perfect match for the girly looks I covet.  

You can pick up a copy of Fashion Quarterly at any good magazine retailer in NZ, it's always a great read that has a positive influence on my wardrobe, just not so much on my credit card!  

Image from: Fashion Quarterly

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