1.What are my thoughts so far?
Designers with decades of experience have a sense of certainty in both in their show presentations and in their collections, pulling together a multitude of looks and ideas into a streamlined concept.
2.What do you need to review a show?
Definitely a camera to refer to images and garments from each collection because it all gets pretty fuzzy after seeing so many shows. A pen and notebook are handy for taking down additional details, like the kind of music that might have set the scene. For me, a recording device has been essential to grab quotes from people—I can’t write shorthand! And make sure phones and cameras have fully charged batteries. I’m also finding myself standing whilst eating—mainly on the go.
3. What is the atmosphere like?
Plenty of people around. Some dressed functionally, because they’re working on the show all day. There are also stylish people of all ages who work across many different facets of the industry milling around, sitting at laptops, carrying cameras, reviewing images, taking selfies—quite a bit of that. Bloggers are shooting their ‘look of the day’ outside by the harbour…because it really is a great view!
Lots of coffee is going down, pre-show drinks arrive at the start of each show for guests, and photographers hang out jovially in the photography pit at the end of the runway watching on as final touches are placed on lighting rigs and doing last minute sound checks—sometimes with models taking a pre-show walk.
4. Are all shows packed to the brim?
The answer is for the most part, yes. Day Two saw a half-full audience for the larger runway venue for the New Generation show. Unfortunately it made for a bit of a flat atmosphere, which people didn’t want to talk about afterwards.
5. Do you get to see the designers after the show?
Nope, not even as media. All doors are off limits as designers and their team pack out of the venue in preparation for the next show. I’m sure they have a lot on their minds too with buyers appointments, plus a drink or two to celebrate.
5.a. What are you enjoying the most so far?
It’s great to see what’s in store for next year and also seeing a similar line of thought across different collections. If you’re into skirts and dresses, they’re definitely that little bit longer in the coming seasons. And a lot of great stuff coming out for the guys. On a whole the menswear collections are all pretty strong. Oh, and male model, Cedric Pasco walked Kate Sylvester last night. I’ll be doing a Q &A with him on the blog sometime after fashion week.
Head to the Radio New Zealand National website to check out my review of NZFW Day Two collections.