NZFW Runway Report & Gallery: PWC New Generation

I sat in the Westpac Tent a little annoyed. It was the sort of annoyance that comes across as unreasonable and puerile to those who are not fanatic foodies. What I mean by this is that I, having ordered a most exquisite lemon curd cake with sour cream, quite rushed this gustatory experience believing I would be late for the PWC New Generation show, when in fact it was the show that was running late.

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW

Luckily, New Generation compensated for this by featuring some particularly cool clothes. The show began with Kathryn Leah Payne whose collection seemed to have been inspired by a futuristic nightclub. Tight-fitting clothes and ferocious metal pieces slung across the torso certainly created a wow factor. Lace-up details, leather and corsets injected some va-va-voom as did the prevalent usage of metallic shades.

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Kathryn Leah Payne AW11 at NZFW

Juxtaposing the flashiness of Payne’s collection, Maaike’s clothing was comfortable, unassuming and homey. However, it escaped the dreaded banality of overly casual looks by incorporating interesting geometric patterns and fades

Maaike AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Maaike AW11 at NZFW

Maaike AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Maaike AW11 at NZFW

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Maaike AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Maaike AW11 at NZFW

Maaike AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Maaike AW11 at NZFW

Maaike AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Maaike AW11 at NZFW

Demarcation seemed to be the only common element between the designers as Celine Rita’s collection proved to be a whole different kettle of fish. As soon as the first model walked down the runway, it was clear that some time in the near future, Celine Rita would be the go-to label for sunny, happy, shiny girls. The big bouncy hair chapeau’d with broad brimmed hats, combined with the high waists, ruffles, and flowy material showed that Rita had been sedulously studying the lexicon of the fun-loving, carefree girl.

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Celine Rita AW11 at NZFW

However, I most identified with the clothing of Riddle Me This. The collection was generous with strong A-line cuts and super high waists. At times, I did feel the waists were perhaps a little too high and looked almost unnatural. Overall, a certain retro funky vibe permeated the show with its cute dark purple jackets adorned with gold buttons and paired with matching pants. I was most impressed by a cosy knit sweater paired with a simple shirt and pants. The collection seemed to corroborate the ‘less is more’ attitude.

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW - Corinne Tan

Riddle Me This AW11 at NZFW

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Review: Kelly Jin
Photography: Corinne Tan

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