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Style blog: Fashion Week wrap-up

By TVNZ stylists Michiko Hylands and Clifton Piper

As always, Style Blog had an absolute ball this year at New Zealand Fashion Week- although we began the week feeling ridiculously exhausted, having just finished the Qantas Media Awards. There is definitely no rest for the wicked!

In between our work commitments at TVNZ HQ, we attended as many shows as possible - and blogged our little hearts out about them! It wasn't all about swilling delicious champagne down in the Moet and Chandon room all day long, we were actually extremely well behaved and also didn't go along to a single after-party. We had blogs to file!  Okay, maybe we are getting old and boring?

Anyway, it's been quite an achievement for NZ Fashion Week as the event celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

We are really proud of New Zealand fashion and we tend to get all-patriotic and teary-eyed when we think about how incredibly talented our Kiwi designers are. Generally all the shows were of a high calibre and truly of an international standard.

While it's all still a bit of a blur and we do need time to digest all the shows, we know what stood out and what didn't...

What we loved

We loved Juliette Hogan, Cybèle and Alexandra Owen's collections. These gals never fail to produce well thought-out, conceptual collections in which all the clothes work together as a unified whole. Always beautifully executed, their collections were all amazing.

Trelise Cooper showed another strong collection of beautiful pieces with her Cooper and Trelise Cooper ranges. We loved the giant screen of Botticelli beauties in the background. There were loads of covetable pieces on show, we particularly liked a seriously cute little sequinned 'camo' dress.

Zambesi also produced another beautiful collection - one of our favourite shows of NZFW. The gang down at Zammers really excel in their winter collections, as the cold weather seems to suit their distinctly unique design aesthetic.

Ones to watch

One label that continues to go from strength to strength is Kirsha Whitcher's label, Salasai. We think her latest collection was her best to date.

Blaire Archibald's menswear collection that was part of Miromoda's Indigenous Maori group show. The cute neutral colour palette and 1940s references with a modern twist really caught our eye. This talented young lad is truly going to go far!

Best show

Without a doubt the WORLD show takes the cake! Firstly it was held in the Langham Hotel 'Great Room' and even better, it was at a high tea, yum! (We must be the only people in the fashion world who actually eat!)

We loved the drama of the show with the crazy colours and cape-like creations that were very reminiscent of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The sculptural hair was a work of art in itself and the Swarovski crystal-embellished make-up was amazing.

Hippest shows

The Stolen Girlfriends Club show produced another collection for all the cool, 'it' boys and girls. Influenced strongly by 90s grunge, the clothes have a truly rock 'n' roll decadence and are young at heart. With 'it girls' Peaches Geldof, Kate Bosworth and Ashlee Simpson nuts about the label, SGC has street-cred cool written all over it. We want to order the white one-shoulder cape-like mini-dress.

Huffer also produced a big show that was as always extremely hyped-up. These guys create street wear that is easy to wear and thus appealing to a wide market.

Most disturbing

Nom*D's fashion installation was really disturbing - it was like looking through the window of an asylum. The models' smeared lipstick and greasy locks, along with the crazed movements and mad cackling, was something we will never forget!

The music at the Jimmy D show was horrendous. It sounded like the soundtrack to the latest Saw movie.

Protruding backbones from too overtly skinny models were scary.

What we missed this year...

It all seemed a bit quieter this year, maybe due to the recession?

We missed having a bit of glamour and controversy - bring back Pammie! Having Pamela Anderson at Fashion Week last year gave the event a much-needed boost of outrageous fabulousness and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Thankfully Richie Rich's pal, US Stylist Derek Warburton, created a bit of a stir in his crazy get-up. His most bizarre look was a Queen's coronation robe and Frida Kahlo hair. We loved how over the top he was!

US fashion blogger, Rumi Neeley also created a bit of drama. Rumi wore lots of fur coats (faux we hope) and sunglasses inside: how very fashion! Her best accessory was her cute photographer boyfriend.

Kate Sylvester's show was sorely missed (this year she showed exclusively at Australian Fashion Week).

Autumn/winter 2011 trends

Androgenous looks where the lines between boy and girl become blurred, man-style tailoring
Soft, floaty draping on dresses
Cape-like ponchos with fringing and capes
A strong emphasis on the back, including laces, low backs - fashion is bringing sexy back!
Layering looks
Big, chunky, shrunken knits
Booties and wedges are going to be everywhere
Preppy looks on the lads: shirts buttoned right up, cardigans, school-looking blazers and rolled up pants.

We think we are all fashioned out for now, but we still can't wait for NZ Fashion Week 2011!

XOXO Style Blog


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