NZFW Runway Report & Gallery: Starfish AW11
For winter, Laurie Foon has kept her vision of using eco-integrated clothing this year and starts fashion week off with the example that clothes shouldn’t have a shelf-life that lasts one season. “Keep clothes” and “love for a long time” are the sentiments that dictate Starfish’s collection – Seven Sisters. An actual reality that a friend of Foons has seven sisters; suitably influencing a collection that is created around sisterly rivalry and different points of view, that play with looks that can be genteel, preppy or playful.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the models came straight from outsides, gusty, off-shore, rain-pelting winds – or rather, Auckland’s bi-polar weather – taking refuge onstage in floaty skirts and sheer dresses, protected with military over-sized coats. Unlike the sudden change in weather, the resulting fare of choices leave you to choose however you feel.
Satin lined hoods remain a mainstay along with the obligatory slouched cropped knits that wilt perfectly to warm exposed shoulders. Argyle printed pinafore-shapes, leave you nostalgic about school (without the nasty colour schemes).
Trousers were important too and came in that all too familiar jodhpur-y shape. Blazers came preppy-like paired with full skirts and hats that befit a good girl, but shabbied up the look with prickly wool socks and clogged heels.
Silhouettes abound to suit every woman’s moods with tubular dresses that hug the body in fine knits sans back exposing peek-a-boo keyholes; caped back ensembles dramatises a cinched waisted front; full shaped hems – looking very resort. Expect next season for a palette of neutrals, stately floral prints framed in stark blues and the fuzziest of peach in what appeared to be silk velvet.
The collection from ones standpoint, I thought the clothes represented a sort of prettiness that shone a little smile – to endure the banal winter months. Also, with regards to the theme (tout ensemble), the mind of a woman is an enigma and shall remain one to a man, but from a general male perspective – each to their own.
Visit the official Starfish website for stockist information; http://www.starfish.co.nz
Review: Jason Tapuai-Kuka
Header Image: Michael Ng for NZFW
Runway Images: Winchey Zheng