New Zealand Fashion Festival Debuts to a Packed Crowd

Stepping through the expansive garage style door at shed 12, Tux Hika and I entered at 6.30pm for the New Zealand Fashion Festival organised by Managing Director of New Zealand Fashion Week, Pieter Stewart and her daughter Myken Stewart.

Glamorous women and smartly-dressed men entered the gates, air kissing and chatting. The music building up to the show was made up of club beats – a combination of 90s dance, and electro-clash.

Behind the scenes models are rushing around, in between posing for us, and then hit the runway at 8pm.

Models Backstage

The show was energy packed, exciting and a brilliant showcase for talented New Zealand fashion designers. There were some recurring trends on the runway from designers, which I noted including power shoulders, ethereal beauty, bright colour, sparkly glam, grunge and soft tailoring.

The Looks for Winter 2010…

Power Shoulders:
Trends that were spotted on the runway for the New Zealand Fashion Festival include built up shoulder pads reminiscent of Balmain – as seen on the catwalk from NZ designers such as Stolen Girlfriend’s Club, Paula Ryan for Smith and Caughey’s and Trelise Cooper.

Ethereal Beauties:
The ethereal look, usage of sheer fabrics, vintage lace, tassels and corsages are hugely popular at the moment. The look is about creating a delicate, whimsical character who enchants everyone with her beauty. Designers who have used this theme on the runway include Cybèle, Kate Sylvester, Chameleon by Annah S., and Juliette Hogan.

Bright Bold Colours:
Bright colour is a big trend right now, whether it is colour blocking, or one bold coloured piece within an outfit, it is a great way to use colour innovatively – Designers at the NZ fashion festival that used this trend included Hailwood, Andrea Moore, Yvonne Bennetti and The Carpenter’s Daughter.

Sparkle, Glitter and Glam detail:
Embellished necklines, sequins, and glamorous glittery detailing are on trend right now – sequins look stunning in subdued colours for daywear, and can sparkle their way through the evening. Designers on the runway who used this look were Ed Hardy, Trelise Cooper and Moochi.

Refined Grunge for 2010:
This is a unisex theme for Winter 2010 – it is about reviving the essence of grunge, from the 1990s and updating it – think of Rick Owens, and Ann Demeulemeester for their distressed leather pieces, dark refined colours and clean cuts. Zambesi used this theme beautifully in their collection for Winter 2010 at the NZ Fashion Festival. Huffer and Workshop Denim have incorporated elements of grunge into their street wear labels, in a cool, urban, interesting way.

Soft Tailoring:
For the menswear trends right now – the casual suit is back, and three pieces – including waistcoats and bowties which are going to be fashionable for winter 2010. Combining different traditional prints and textures like hounds tooth, herringbone and tweeds look fantastic as well. Designers who have used tailoring pieces in their collections at the NZ Fashion Festival were Barkers, and Zambesi.

Review: Victoria Green
Photography: Corinne Tan with thanks to Tux Hika

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