I’ve spent the past few days eating whilst standing, and I’m constantly on the move with very little time to catch my breath. I’ve ducked and dived between seated shows and the photography pit, writing up reviews back at the hotel and racing back again to see shows with only minutes to spare.
Wednesday was kind of crazy. I missed the morning show whilst trying to meet a 9am deadline. My hotel curtains were still drawn. I was frantically writing, the internet connection was sluggish, and I was still in my pyjamas.
Close to 11am I rushed out the door thinking I was about to see ‘Lucilla Gray’. I was gutted. The show had been and gone at 9:30. Scrolling through other Instagram feeds it looked as beautiful as I had imagined…
Almost turning back to my hotel room, I checked my itinerary. Now I have 8 minutes to get to Itzme and Julian Danger. Two contrasting designers presenting together, both having emerged around the same time.
Luscious cream classics were the highlight of JD and if you like sophisticated sheer blouses and minimal silhouettes with fine details, this will totally be your bag.
Kawaii cutesy from Itzme had me virtually throwing myself onto the runway. There were unexpected fabric choices and combinations with a subtle Karen Walker aesthetic shining through. Shuai Zhang (Syza) is the designer behind the label and worked for Karen before launching her own line. She illustrated her creativity and willingness to take risks; producing baby doll dresses alongside beautiful structured garments, all with a playful twist. She really explores a range of possibilities and I want to see more.
Next up, the New Zealand Wedding Magazine collection featured seven designers with strong storytelling threaded throughout.
Brides and grooms were catered for, along with their handsome guests. The show started strong and ended on an equally glamorous note. Natalie Chan had us gushing over architectural fascinators and feminine gowns. I recall commenting to the guest beside me: “This could make you want to get married all over again,” I laughed. I was deadly serious.
The menswear collections in-between illustrated a pick n’ mix of mismatched suiting where anything goes. Why not try pairing black pants with a navy jacket and mixing up all of your fabrics? If you’ve never been on a fancy yacht and you want to try sneaking on to one, all you need is a navy blue sports blazer thrown casually over a chambray or white shirt with shorts, or cuffed pants.
If you want to show some personality, try a blue and red tartan suit jacket, because my dear boys, all heads will be turning in your direction—just be sure to carry your head high, and stand tall. Be bold, be brave and don’t be afraid of the jacquard suit. It’s shiny, slinky and you’ll be the Crazy Cat of lounge-lizard cool. The occasional smirk and steely eyes will have have guys and gals mesmerized as they gravitate towards you. You’re Pied-Piper of the underground late night parties; slippery, slightly slimy and a hell of a lot of fun!
John Zimmermann proved that a bride can and should, exude sophistication with a side of charming seduction. His lavish, silk suiting for the bride-to-be, stopped me in my tracks.
Evening shows began with Harman Grubiša whose collection was heavy in winter wool and had luxury written all over it. And I know that Winter 15 is already out that door, but hold me back because I want 2016 to get here, stat!
Anna Stretton’s show fell flat, probably due to the one hour wait as gigantic mirror balls were being attached to the tech rig. Let’s leave it at that.
Next was a scramble to get to Stolen Girlfriends Club for their SS15 show, which now available for purchase. When I arrived the party had already started. Behind a cordoned off area with no visibility of the collection I scrambled through and merged with an onslaught of late arrivals. For once in my life, being short was a blessing for which I have my mother to thank. I got some snaps with my camera, pointed between the only spare space—other people’s shoulders.
Stay tuned in the next wee while for my review of Day Four, and a wrap up of the week.
Photography by Sonia Sly