Kathryn Wilson Debuts at New Zealand Fashion Week
New Zealand is a nation of black. Everybody knows it. Well, almost everybody. Apparently, Kathryn Wilson did not get the message. Her debut catwalk show was a tour de force of bold, exciting colours that ensured she wasn’t just a first-time wallflower.
And of course, if there is any decade associated with bright funky colours, it’s the eighties, an era which clearly influenced Wilson’s collection. Her black leotards and sky-high ponytails supplied the show with ample eighties flair. That and of course, some Michael Jackson pumping in the background.
One of the most remarkable aspects of Wilson’s show was its comprehensive nature. She managed to expertly fit in a myriad of styles into one collection without ever compromising the collection’s cohesiveness.
For those who like their shoes painfully high, Wilson featured a cornucopia of wicked stilettos in both pump and bootie form. She also showcased a variety of lovely wedges with cute cut-outs and peep-toes.
In fact, her shoes were, in general, extremely embellished with jewellery from Boh Runga’s Weapons of Mass Devotion placed around various curvatures of the shoes. They certainly added a fun ‘bling’ element to the collection although I wonder if anybody else could not help feeling the necklaces looked like model tumbles just waiting to happen.
Overall, I learnt from Wilson’s show that a splash of colour and some height maketh the perfect winter shoe, and also that while clothing your models in simple leotards helps draw the female viewer’s attention to the footwear and off the apparel, it does the exact reverse for your average heterosexual male.
Visit the official Kathryn Wilson website for stockist information; http://www.kathrynwilson.co.nz
Review: Kelly Jin
Header and backstage Images: Corinne Tan
Runway Photography: Winchey Zheng