After a brilliant first day, the second day of fashion week began with another fantastic ghd Blue Sky presentation featuring Twenty-seven Names and Ingrid Starnes. Seven other labels followed showcasing their wonderful creativity and sending some pretty amazing garments down the runway.
Here’s what went on during day two:
Blue Sky - Twenty-seven Names: Starting the day off with a girly offering of adorable dresses and cute separates, Twenty-seven Names collection referenced unlikely companions; nineteenth century literature and Beyonce. The strawberry prints and metallic embellished pieces were standouts. One word summary: Sweet.
Blue Sky – Ingrid Starnes: Channeling the English countryside, Ingrid Starnes presented a beautiful range of feminine garments with a playful edge. Tailored dresses, tweed suiting and pleated skirts made for a lovely collection of really wearable pieces. One word summary: Ladylike.
New Generation: It’s always exciting to see what each crop of New Gens present and this year’s bunch defnitely didn’t disappoint. Dmonic Intent, Silence Was …, Daniel K and Arielle Mermin showcased their very different labels with Dmonic Intent the absolute standout with their bright, structured garments full of attitude and rebellion. One word summary: Talented.
Deryn Schmidt: Doing her first ever solo show at NZFW, Deryn Schmidt showed just how much her label has grown in the past year, with a confident collection of refined pieces which flirted with her care-free side. Gorgeous natural fibres in suiting were complemented by sparkly accents and beautiful dresses. One word summary: Feminine.
NZ Weddings Magazine: A gorgeous group show of the best NZ’s wedding designers have to offer, NZ Weddings Magazine show presented the talents of Michelle Yvette, John Zimmerman Couture, Sera Lilly, Alma Wong, Crane Brothers, Vinka Design, A La Robe and Anna Schimmel. With so much ivory lace, sparkle and silk on the runway, future brides in the audience were spoilt for choice with all the amazing gowns on display. One word summary: Romantic.
Andrea Moore: Taking her equestrian theme to the extreme, Andrea Moore showcased a stunning collection with the models made up with pony like head pieces and the thundering of hooves as part of the soundtrack. Lots of velvet blazers, geometric prints and faux fur shrugs made for a bright collection of stunning garments. One word summary: Bold.
Riddle Me This: Showing some of the most colourful slicked down hair of the week, Riddle Me This presented a well styled collection of super short sheer pieces and lots of black mesh. The exposed midriffs and loose stripey knits gave this collection a real nineties feel. One word summary: Rebellious.
Trelise Cooper: By far the most amazing show so far this week, Trelise Cooper presented a fantastic show which celebrated the grandeur of the Belle Epoque era. Twinkly lights were everywhere from the set to the goody bags and even the dresses! The collection itself was heavily embellished and rich with luscious fabrics and clever details. One word summary: Opulence.
Kagi: More theatre show than runway, Kagi presented a spectacular show featuring incredible dancers dressed in feathers and Kagi’s stunning jewellery performing for the crowd. Made-up as magnificent birds, the performers showcased the spectacular pearl and gem encrusted jewellery while providing some brilliant entertainment in barefeet and on stilts. One word summary: Theatrical
The third day of NZFW begins with Salasai and ends with Stolen Girlfriends Club, really excited to see what’s going to come down the runway tomorrow!
Images by: James Yang for Fashion Gallery NZ