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.

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng
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.

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

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).

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

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.

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng
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.

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

Starfish AW11 - Seven Sisters - Winchey Zheng

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

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