Alice's Elegant Wonderland

Sunday, September 23, 2012



I was super excited to hear that Temperley London's new collection for London Fashion Week's Spring/Summer showing was entitled 'Return to Elegance' and was eagerly anticipating the new show.  Ladylike fashion has made a huge comeback over the past few years with it's flattering silhouettes and has meant that women are able to embrace looking like women with dresses, skirts and suiting that celebrate the female form.

NZFW 2012: Phoenix Cosmetics

Sunday, September 16, 2012


As a child of the 80's I was particularly excited to learn that Phoenix Cosmetics NZFW show was going to feature one of my favourite cartoons ever 'Jem and the Holograms' and the show certainly didn't disappoint.  Referencing every little girl's favourite moments from the 80's from Flashdance to My Little Pony there were so many moments that were an absolute delight to see on the runway.

NZFW 2012: Annah Stretton

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Twenty years in the fickle business of fashion is definitely something to be celebrated and Annah Stretton did just that with her NZFW show.  Starting with her Winter 2013 collection which was very feminine and vintage-inspired, she then presented a 'best-of' collection of looks from her 20 years in the business including the infamous boar's head outfit from 2004.

NZFW 2012: Salasai

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Like a fresh country day, Salasai breathed life into the Day 3 NZFW schedule, opening the day with a laid-back presentation so warm you could practically feel the sunshine radiating from it.  Designer Kirsha Whitcher nails understated chic with her unisex garments and the reception to her latest collection is proof that she is still a fashion crowd favourite. 

NZFW 2012: Charlie Brown

Thursday, September 13, 2012


The only Australian to show on the NZFW runway this year, Charlie Brown presented her Naughty and Nice collection full of chic daywear and dazzling eveningwear to a packed house.  Known for her beautiful use of colour and prints, she showed a big collection of feminine garments with a modern feel.

NZFW 2012: Blak

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Blak was one of my favourite shows from NZFW 2011, the collection felt really cohesive and romantic with just a bit of edge.  Those twig crowns, the scarlet lace and subtle ombre prints captured my imagination and meant I had to buy several pieces and have been wearing them constantly over the past few months.

NZFW 2012: Trelise Cooper

Thursday, September 13, 2012


There was magic in the air when Trelise Cooper took to the NZFW runway for an illuminating presentation, which was the showstopper of the week.  Known for her beautiful shows with theatrical flair, the anticipation was palpable pre-show and Trelise definitely delivered. 

NZFW 2012: ghd Blue Sky - Ingrid Starnes

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Rapidly becoming the go-to label for elegant and beautifully tailored clothing, Ingrid Starnes showed a winsome collection as the second show in the two part ghd Blue Sky event last Wednesday.  A radiant collection of beauties with mostly natural looking makeup and a pretty pink lip graced the runway in a range inspired by weekends in the English countryside.

NZFW 2012: ghd Blue Sky - Twenty-Seven Names

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Starting off the second day of NZFW in a fresh and breezy way, Twenty-seven Names were the first show in the two part ghd Blue Sky presentation on Wednesday morning.  Barely there makeup looks, cute jelly sandals and long natural hair set the tone for a collection that was understated but completely charming.

NZFW 2012: Hailwood

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Oh Mr Hailwood, you certainly know how to make the ladies swoon with your stunning creations!  Showing on the first day of NZFW, I was suitable impressed with his new collection and as it referenced one of my favourite decades, the seventies, I was hooked from the very first look. 

NZFW 2012: Ruby & Liam

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Ruby and Liam kicked off the first day of NZFW this year with a midday show and a gorgeous start to a big week of local fashion.  In their third fashion week outing (second for Liam) Ruby and Liam pulled off a slick show with perfect styling.

NZFW 2012: Juliette Hogan

Monday, September 10, 2012


Juliette Hogan has been one of my favourite local designers since I first came across her Ponsonby Road store not long after it opened in 2007.  Ever since I've looked forward to each new collection of hers with much anticipation and excitement, and she never, ever disappoints.

NZFW 2012: COOP

Monday, September 10, 2012


Making their return to the NZFW runway after a confident debut last year, COOP showed a different direction and a beautiful new collection, which turned the fashion crowd's heads for all the right reasons.  With everything from fresh floral blazers and sexy sequined party dresses to printed velvet bomber jackets taking a turn on the runway, the look was youthful, edgy and lots of fun.

Nzgirl Hearts NZFW 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012


It's hard to believe New Zealand Fashion Week is all over and done with for another year.  This past week I've been blogging for nzgirl, doing daily reports on all the shows gracing the NZFW runway.  I had a fantastic week working with photographers James and Olivia to put all the nzgirl content together.  You can read my nzgirl daily reports at these links:

http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/buy/nzfw-2012-daily-report-day-1/
http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/buy/nzfw-2012-daily-report-day-2/
http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/buy/nzfw-2012-daily-report-day-3/
http://www.nzgirl.co.nz/buy/nzfw-2012-daily-report-day-4/

This week I'll be blogging more reports and images from shows I loved here too.

Image by James Yang for Fashion Gallery NZ

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