RAFW Runway Report: Zambesi Spring/Summer 2010

One tends to get at least a wee bit homesick when in a foreign land. I have been in Sydney (Seeeeeed-neeeeeee) for seven days and I already miss my friends, family and good old fush and chups. Attending Zambesi today brought all of that back in one emotionally charged rampage of thoroughly un-Aussie, super-Kiwi androgynous, cerebral garments. After a string of shows filled with either floaty, draped creations or extremely body-conscious looks, it was too delicious to view well-structured pieces put together in a most measured but not artificial manner.

The boys looked terribly cool in broad rimmed, almost country-esque hats in both black and sandy hues, while the ladies looked incredibly tough in their hairnets.

Unsurprisingly, there was a great deal of black and white, but true Zambesi loyalists know that it is all in the structure. Several immaculately tailored suits were sent down the runway for both men and women. I was particularly taken by one women’s suit, where the jacket featured a rather oriental-looking collar.

Speaking of collars, one ensemble included a curious structure, which was held behind the model’s neck with both hands. Perhaps, it was not the most practical of looks (practicality is sooo overrated), but it was certainly an interesting sight, sort of like a high fashion neck rest.

Personally, the most inspirational aspects of the show were the meticulous slits and the mesh. I found both the black, cut out shirt and the black mesh shirt with opaque pocket absolutely incredible. In fact, Zambesi was one of those few shows where I may safely say I adored everything and they totally deserve a true fashion ka pai.

Visit our Flickr site for images of the full runway collection. We update our galleries every few hours! : http://www.flickr.com/photos/designerdirection/

Review by: Kelly Jin
Photography: Edward Hor

Header Image: Vogue.com.au


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