Friday, August 29, 2014

NZFW Day 3 // Shows

Kate Sylvester

Yesterday was the last proper day of fashion week. I'm both very and relieved and sad it's coming to an end. I saw some things I loved and others that were laughably bad. I ate pretty much nothing but fried chicken from Miss Claudy's and a tart from one of my goodie bags and I slept probably 10 hours in total over the last three days. Fashion week is great. It's awesome seeing so many familiar faces and getting to just appreciate sweet-as clothes for a whole week.

Fashion weekend kicks off tomorrow, this is when the public can come and enjoy the shows and see some in-season collections. You can go buy tickets if you want to go along.

The highlight of the week had to be the jumper James Lowe made especially for fashion week that said “Elite, private, members-only club” poking fun at those new 'exclusive' clubs popping up at the moment. He even made it into the paper! As for the shows the highlights for me were definitely Juliette Hogan and Kate Sylvester.

Lowlights were probably the lack of decent food on site at the Viaduct Events Centre and today when the Red Bull girls weren’t there giving out free Red Bull I had to buy one for $5. Oh and sassy people with attitude problems.

I had very little sleep the night before so day 3 was a bit of a struggle. Luckily the first show had cute male models handing out free flat whites and croissants as we were being seated. I was the only one actually eating in the front row but I was too tired to care. Celine Rita kicked the day off with a bright, fun show. The Parisian inspired collection featured plenty of prints patterns and bold colours.

The New Generation show is always interesting. This time we had Wilson Trollope, Inhale Apparel, Nomsa Mabuto and ITZME. All had an exciting fresh take on things.

Coop was a great show. I loved the muti-coloured sneakers with the rainbow marble sole. My friend Katherine hated them but I loved that they were a bit over the top. They used a great dusty colour palette throughout the collection and I could see myself wearing a lot of it!

Hailwood had designs ranging from streetwear right through to a blue velvet dress. I loved some of the simple looks with the grey knits paired with skirts and jeans. The big blanket poncho looked like something I’d love wearing too.

Finally the highlight of the day Kate Sylvester. I loved it all, the striped pajamas, the heels with socks, the skinny scarves, the long skirts, the low ponytails and even the tiny splashes of yellow and red. Kate hasn’t had a show at NZFW for a while and but boy am I happy she came back! Such a great show.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NZFW Day 2 // Shows


As I'm writing this it’s 1:30am and I just arrived home from the Zambesi after party at James in Parnell. They had a drink there apparently named the Zam-boozie. Classic.

Day 2 was a little more relaxed. There was a bit more time between shows which meant I could actually find time to eat some proper food and collect my thoughts a bit. I filled in for life coach Tammy Davis this week on George Drive. I’m not sure how qualified I am to be giving out life advice but Thane thought I did a pretty good job.

First up was Aim by Huffer. Huffer basically decided to throw a bit of a party at their HQ on Queen Street to celebrate the launch of their new line Aim. No models just an exhibition of their campaign imagery and a performance by the very lovely singer Watercolours (or Chelsea Jade Metcalf). She was a perfect fit for the new line which is made for a slightly more mature, feminine Huffer girl. They’ve gone a bit more dressy and used more luxurious fabrics with this stuff and its only for the ladies sorry boys. It will be available in November.

Next was Contemporary Salon which featured Lucy Mcintosh and Pardon My French. Both great, fresh, young designers with some really strong looks. Lucy Kemp from Pardon My French was showing her new range ‘The Beat Girl’. I loved the high necks, the beautiful coats and of course the berets. Lucy Macintoshwas showing her range ‘Archy’ and she has done some amazing coats too and managed to work in a lot of pink in a way I can actually get on board with.

After some lunch I saw one of the highlights of the day PIA. Pia Naera put together an amazing collection this season and I’m a huge fan of a lot of it. The striped blue and white linen got me so excited for the beach this summer and she has started making some amazing bags too. Things were a little more masculine than previous collections which I’m very much in to. My favourite little detail was the Adidas slip on sandals with socks.

Andrea Moore started and finished with a song sung live from the cat walk by Ginny Blackmore. Things like that really make a difference at a show. Damn that girl can sing. Her collection was full of bright colours a lot of bold red pieces and even a bit of fur.

The evening was when things got really good. Juliette Hogan was by far my favorite even though the show did start about an hour late. Poor Juliette must have been stressing out backstage I’m sure of it. But it was worth the wait. Again half of the seating section was blocked off like at Nom*d earlier in the week. But this time they had a band there playing throughout the show. The clothes were all amazing. Beautiful long silk numbers that reach the floor paired with New Balances and a perfect knit. Effortless, polished, perfect but still so wearable.

Finally Zambesi, always one of the most highly anticipated shows. Last year they revealed the entire backstage so spectators could see all of the models backstage getting hair and make up touched up before walking down the catwalk. This year they didn’t do anything too dramatic. Just a bit of smoke and some giant lettering on the catwalk. The models were wearing these awesome big blue boots and the boys had cute emo fringes. The girls hair was awesome, just a messy ponytail.

All in all another successful day. Looking forward to day 2, David Farrier promised me he would show up with his pet bird Keith.

Kate Sylvester will be a great and Trelise Coopers show for her younger range ‘Coop’ hopefully won’t involve anymore headdress fiascoes.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NZFW Day 2 // Street Style // WIWT

Hanging with my girl Natalie Cantell.

Today I wore the 'Lights Out' shoes by Mr W and Me. Love them so much they were the perfect compliment to my masculine outfit. Oh and by the way if you use the code MRW+MADDY before the 31st of September you will get 15% off your purchase including sale items! So go get some people!!
My pants are new season Twenty-Seven Names, my Tee is Huffer and my blazer was $20 from Forever 21 about 3 years ago.
Oh and I got a pic of Lennon from the webseries Capital Culture!! Luh dat bish.

More Street style below...

NZFW Day 1 // Evening Shows

Holy shit it's Rachel Rutt backstage at Stolen Girlfriends!

The second half of day 1 was awesome. The 'Underground' presentation is always one of my favourite events of the week. This year it was particularly spooky. The models sat in groups in different areas of the Silo and stared into your eyes and into your soul. Maya Cotton had a waterfall on her chest and another girl had one of those creepy white contacts in. The Meadowlark Jewellery looked great and they had Rachel Rutt as one of their girls. I'm a bit obsessed with her as you can probably tell.

The Underground presentation was held in one of the silos down in Wynyard Quarter. It featured Blue Blank, Jason Lingard, Jimmy D, Jojo Ross, Meadowlark and Thprks. It was a dark and a little spooky with models sitting and standing in different areas in the venue dressed wearing a variety of different grungy ensembles.

Trelise always puts on a great show. Giant lanterns hung above the runway and the models had hair almost as big. Highlights were the American Indian headdresses (that caused a bit of controversy), the bold prints and the bohemian style designs.

Finally the off-site Stolen Girlfriends Club show held outdoors at the Western Springs Speedway. I was disappointed there weren’t any drifting minis but those boys sure know how to put on a show. What better way to finish the day than with an espresso martini and a bit of a party. This collection was slightly more pulled back compared to their previous few collections. I’m a big fan! I loved the pop of yellow they used in some of their plain knits, I saw the perfect pair of light wash jeans and it looks like they might’ve mastered the leather jacket too.

Low-lights: A certain well-known NZ model who isn't too young to not know better being a total B backstage. Tyla saw the whole thing too and so now we're real scared of her.

Day 2: Looking forward to Zambesi, Juliette Hogan and 'aim' by Huffer

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Tyla's Top 5 // NZFW Day 1

Ty is wearing Penny Sage Jumpsuit, Huffer coat, Karen Walker Benah Bag, AS Tee, Top Shop Sandals.

1.     The Salasai show music - Obviously the clothes were amazing and there were so many pieces I decided I ‘needed’ including everything maroon and the stripe ‘bones’ long sleeve tee. But the music was amazing, they had me when Bey came on, but finishing with 50cent ‘Candy Shop’ just had me in my element.

2.      James’ jumper – James wore a jumper that said “Private exclusive members only club” poking fun at the new clubs popping up around Auckland. So great. Everyone was obsessed with it and no doubt you’ll see photos floating round the Internet.

3.     Stolen Girlfriends leather jacket – The entire show was amazing, being out in the open after a day full of hot inside shows was nice and we were prepared for the cold night, adding a few extra layers before hand (thanks Emma for the heads up). The leather jacket is all kinds of perfect and I am determined to get my hands on it.

4.     Rosie’s  Oakley – Super oversized and navy, looking something like what windsurfers would have worn in the 80’s - not many people could pull these off but Rosie managed to look super chic and cool in them!

5.     Friend chicken from Miss Claudy’s – Maddy and I had a bit of down time and managed to sneak off and have some lunch at Miss Claudy’s (who happen to have the greatest fried chicken ever.) We ate tacos’s and looked through our photos from the day so far, it was nice to catch my breath a little before heading into a hectic afternoon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NZFW Day 1 // Street Style // WIWT

 All Georgia Alice except shoes Adidas

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NZFW Day 1 // Morning Shows

Contemporary Salon // Shen

Day 1, so far so good. Stressing a lot less than previous years. I think I've got this shit down, after all it is my third year now! First up was Nom*d. Whoa what an awesome way to start the week. They did things a little differently this year. One whole side of the seating area was cleared and they had 10 drummers all lined up down the side of the room. So instead of playing music they just had the drummers playing dope as beats for the models to walk to! And as for the clothes a lot of black and some other darker tones, some purples and browns with a splash of white here and there. Lots of layers and masculine styles on women.

Next up was Shen. I loved the beautiful greens and simple cuts.

New Gen featured Amber Whitecliffe and Wendy Jared. Amber's collection had lovely bright pops of red and Wendy jumped off the Skytower to celebrate the launch of her label. 

Just finished up at Lela Jacobs. The runway had awesome lightbulbs hanging down super low from the ceiling on the runway. Super drapey and layered and the make up and hair was next level. Half of their faces were painted brown with had braids and hats.

Woohoo Underground up next and later Salasai, Trelise Cooper and Stolen Girlfriends Club!