RAFW Runway Report: Annah Stretton Spring/Summer 2010
Entitled ‘Stop the Slaughter’ and inspired by Brigitte Bardot, Annah Stretton’s latest collection was a cornucopia of sweet, adorable gingham pieces, bouffant hair and bloomers. Personally, the clothing screamed barnyard chic – perhaps a nod to her country heritage?
Christopher Kane worked it last season and this time around, Kiwi designer Annah Stretton tried her hand at it too – gingham for non-children, could it, nay, should it be done? Red gingham evoking lazy Sunday picnics was incorporated into cute romper suits, play shorts and hoop skirts. I am a sucker for innocent, youthful looks and Stretton really hit the nail on the head in terms of wearability.
Speaking of wearability, meet ‘the Chameleon’, a dress which can be worn in TEN different ways. Yes, you read that right. One dress, ten possibilities – kind of like those super fug reversible polar fleece jackets people often buy, save for the fact that the Chameleon was stunning. Now, that is wearability for you. Stretton deserves a pat on the back for this magnificent number as the dress looked completely disparate on each of the ten models.
I was also supremely impressed by Stretton’s take on florals. Circumventing the usual use of bright, cheery colours, Stretton managed to work in a rich dark shade of mauve with persimmon orange and violet. The colours looked particularly appealing in the super luxe satin, which was worked into cute romper suits.
Like any Kiwi designer worth her salt, the show had a fair bit of our national colour of choice, black. Whether it featured cowl necks, gathered accents, or jungle-esque prints, the black outfits looked hot and added a nice spicy, evening contingent to the barnyard ensembles.
Whimsical, Bardot-esque, pro-animal rights and that Chameleon wonder – Annah Stretton packed a punch and had a bit of something for everyone.
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Review by: Kelly Jin
Photography: Edward Hor