NZFW 2011: Ladylike Loveliness

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Penny Pickard on the runway for Liam
Femininity and beauty are two things I adore about fashion, especially these past few years when designers have been embracing it again with such enthusiasm.  Ladylike is very much my style and elegance is something I strive for, so you can imagine how happy I was to see some of the beautiful creations on the catwalk at this year's New Zealand Fashion Week.

There was so much I loved about this year's collections for Autumn/Winter 2012.  This post is to cover some of the lovely, girly ranges that appealed to me and believe me this isn't quite all, but I have a couple more posts planned. 

Firstly I wanted to mention debut label Liam, by Emily Miller Sharma, which has been created to take over from current label Madame Hawke, as an older sister for Ruby.  I absolutely adored this collection, it was graceful, gorgeous and grown up chic, exactly what I want to be wearing right now.  The silhouettes were refined but still relaxed, with strong colours and subtle prints.  The outfit above worn by the stunning Penny Pickard is one of the standout's for me for it's soft simplicity and timelessness.

One of my favourite designers, Juliette Hogan, excels in creating pretty, ladylike pieces that are so wearable in the most delightful way.  I love how she changes things up each season too, while still remaining true to her feminine aesthetic, her new collection 'Bittersweet Memories' is even more grown up than her last one with sophisticated styling and a couple of surprises (including leopard print!).  Chunkier knits, leather collars and some more masculine tailoring all add to the appeal of this collection, which still mantains the floaty dresses and pleated skirts that have become Juliette's signature.   

Drawing her inspiration from the 1940's, Ingrid Starnes made a strong solo debut at NZFW with a collection that is confident, graceful and absolutely gorgeous.  The skirt lengths are demure, the emphasis on subtle tailoring and the additional of vintage fur stoles carried by the models gave this collection an even more elegant feel.  I love how beautiful these pieces are, the lattice like lace and floral Arcadia print that the collection is named for just add further loveliness to the feminine silhouettes.

I would absolutely love to own these designers amazing ranges and would struggle to pick favourite pieces out of any of the collections.  I will be day dreaming about sweet skirts, girly dresses and lovely knits to keep me warm and looking ladylike next winter.  


Juliette Hogan

Juliette Hogan

Ingrid Starnes

Ingrid Starnes

Images from: Michael Ng @ NZFW

Just So Pretty x

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