Four Fashion Seasons at Pitch Student Show
The concept was Pitch, and pitch the CPIT students did; to a packed house, a show of punk rock, Parisian, angelic, rebellious, androgynous eclecticism. And that was just the entrée.
At last Thursday’s CPIT fashion show at the Christchurch Convention Centre, the common denominator between each collection was beautiful difference. As lacy, lingerie clad figures juxtaposed backless, lace garments, tuxedo jackets, parachute shorts and empire silhouettes, it was impossible to avert eyes. The show was like four fashion seasons in one day.
The audience was taken on a fashion through the ages tour and met a century of fashion along the way. They were visually intoxicated by Sighle Illston’s sculptured, red ruffle and high neck bodice dress and fell in love with Roberta Davids’ award winning, one shoulder, fitted bodice and merino cocktail gown.
Ivy Shaw won hearts with her black, sequin embellished, backless, and ruffle chiffon dress and as the male minority, there was only major love for Campbell Turnbull on his “search for the new sound”. A transeasonal collection; distressed, deconstructed, denim skinny jeans were married with flirtatious bustiers and boyfriend blazers.
Maxi dresses, metallics, romantic lace, tiered layers, paisley prints and soft suiting showed these trends are still going strong. But in the midst of all the stories told, two designers had unforgettable tales on offer.
Hannah Harper said “follow me if you want to” and we did want to. We followed Hannah into a little Parisian playground where the girls were sweet and their outfits sweeter. Where knee highs met high waisted skirts and frilled shirts accessorised with oversized tartan bows. Boat hats in trend, added contemporary touch.
Sarah Mahoney’s manufactured Mods insisted they were the “wild ones” and they were. It was 1920’s French flapper femme fatale meets 1960’s chic sweetheart, and the wild mix up of sex kitten suspenders and sundresses framed by chocolate leather waistcoats, was meant to be.
With prizes being awarded to Natasha Punt, Sighle Illston, Campbell Turnbull and the overall supreme winner for 2009, Gracie Whiteman, no one envied the judges’ task of selecting the best from the best.
Review by: Kate Pierson
Images: Kindly supplied by CPIT