NZFW Runway Report & Gallery: Zambesi AW11
They’re veterans of NZ fashion and while they’ve shown at ten consecutive NZ fashion weeks, Zambesi never cease to surprise. Pumping up a possibly exhausted crowd with tunes such as Iko Iko, Zambesi sent their first look down the runway and it was, for lack of a better word, flokati. The first model was enveloped in a warm, luxurious white flokati(ish) coat. This shaggy material became quite the hirsute motif throughout the show later morphing into scarves and skirts.
Unsurprisingly, there was a heavy employment of that very distict cerebral gray associated with Zambesi. Combined with both casual striped tops and more elaborate monochromatic piecey jumpers, the colour often wrongly accused of being boring and flat, became versatile and highly malleable.
And for the umpteenth time today, I saw a sheer black maxi dress, although I am certainly not complaining. Sheer maxi dresses are a glorious marriage of sexy boudoir and modest length. And of course in Liz and Neville Findlay’s hands, the dress evolves from trendy to erudite.
One of the highlights of the show was the interesting makeup/hair combination. The white war paint generated an arctic chilly countenance while the braids with loose messy strands often seemed innocent and to some degree child-like.
As for the menswear, Zambesi kept the look classic for the most part with well-tailored jackets in both dark navy hues and sandy beige. Classic coats and cardigans were also paired with more trendy urban caps creating a perfect equilibrium and keeping the grown-up look simultaneously boyish. Moreover, it is that quality of innovation comingled with self-restraint that seems to propel the label forth and keep it evolving. This collection most definitely was no exception to the rule.
Review: Kelly Jin
Photographer: Winchey Zheng