NZFW 2015: FashioNZ Reviews

Friday, August 28, 2015

Ruby's Celesta Playsuit from their 'Tonight, Tonight' collection on the runway at NZFW.

New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 is over for another year and I've spent the week busily reviewing most of the shows for FashioNZ again this year. I'll have more coverage of my own going up here soon but in the meantime you can check out my reviews here.

Romeo 4 Juliet: A Kate Sylvester Love Story

Monday, August 17, 2015

Kate Sylvester's Floria Jumper and Valora Skirt from her R4J collection.

There are few things that signal summer more than a summer romance and this season Kate Sylvester has drawn inspiration from the most well-known love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. In particular it's the two popular film versions by Franco Zeffirelli (1968) and Baz Luhrmann (1996) that she has reinterpreted with her signature subversive style, making for a beautiful collection that epitomises modern femininity.

Twenty-seven Names Celebrate The Rite of Spring

Monday, August 10, 2015

Alexandra crop top and Gabriel skirt from Twenty-seven Names 'The Rite of Spring' collection.

I didn't think it was possible to love Twenty-seven Names' collections more than I already do, but their latest range 'The Rite of Spring' inspired by Igor Stravinsky's orchestral work and ballet of the same name blew me away with its elegant beauty. The past few seasons have seen a definite maturation of style from the Wellington-based label designed by Anjali Stewart and Rachel Easting, which is natural as people age and their style shifts to reflect it. Still present is the quirky sweetness that has become their signature but more obvious are the pared-back silhouettes, longer hemlines and subtle signs that this label has definitely grown up.

Liam's Stars Are Out

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Liam's Black Tie dress from their new SS15/16 collection.

New collections are now arriving daily in stores in anticipation of spring and it's wonderful to see fresh styles, prints and colour palettes that will define the fashion of the warmer months. One of the ranges I have been most excited to shop is local label Liam's 'All Your Stars Are Out', as I really admire designer Emily Miller-Sharma's elegant and intellectual approach to design. This new collection is inspired by J.D. Salinger's quote "Keep me up till five only because all your stars are out, and for no other reason" and the euphoria and confidence that come from the nights that turn into adventures, and moments that turn into hours that you wish would never end. The idea being wherever life takes the Liam woman, fun follows her, which is an interesting premise for the collection and certainly lends itself to some beguiling fashion.
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