NZFW 2011: Rock Princesses

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Celine Rita
Spirited, romantic and charmingly seductive, there were three collections from Celine Rita, Blak and Jimmy D, who embraced similar magical themes for Winter 2012 with great effect.  Although different in their delivery, each of these collections would have been right at home on a number of 90's rock princesses, I'm of course thinking of Liz Phair, Fiona Apple, Shirley Manson and PJ Harvey etc.     

Celine Rita's 'Addicted to love' collection was the more girly of the three, with cute hair bows and flowers, soft curls and sweet styling.  Her pretty dresses and separates had an insouciant air and were fun and flirty in a mix of lovely colours and florals.  Lace, silk chiffon and crushed velvet were her fabrics of choice, with cut out details, sheer skirts and supermodel straps adding to the divine beauty of her winsome garments.

Further embracing the fairytale magic, Blak Luxe and Blak Basics combined forces to create a Blak collection entitled 'Marchen' with real princess charm enhanced by amazing twig crowns.  Sexy, sheer garments in a striking colour palette of crimson, ivory, navy, black and grey with gemstone colours occuring on sunset like prints made for a stunning collection.  Delicate lace, sheer silks and crushed velvet were used for their gorgeous garments, my favourite being a crimson velvet maxi dress, whimsically styled. 

The most dramatic of the three, James Dobson of Jimmy D, presented a bold collection also inspired by mystical forces with punk elements (leather spiked harnesses anyone?).  His models were more warrior than goddess, with incredible side braids and tattoo like make-up.  Velvets, sheer silks and mesh with bindings and those clever harnesses, made for outfits that were totally striking and still very modern.

I loved all three of these fantastic collections, the magical influences definitely casting a spell on me and the majority of those present.  The 90's inspiration seems to have been creeping back into fashion in the best way recently and these designers have embraced it with passion and creativity, to produce looks that are gorgeous, fresh and absolutely covetable.

Celine Rita
Celine Rita
Blak
Blak
Blak
Jimmy D
Jimmy D
Jimmy D
Images: Michael Ng @ NZFW

Just So Pretty x

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