NZFW Runway Report & Gallery: Brady and Sable & Minx AW11

Launching her fourth year at Fashion Week with new inspiration through “Brady” Theresa has yet again delivered. Romantic, flowy fabrics yet with a quirky edge, the first collection for Brady will strike chords with women looking for a creative twist on their wardrobes.  Patterned silks feature heavily as do reasonably earthy tones of browns, coppers, khakis etc with staple blacks and charcoals.

Close attention paid to curves, this is an easy wear, low maintenance collection.  Fitted where garments need to be with relaxed detail elsewhere gives a breath of fresh air to regularly complex collections.  This is particularly evident in the printed dresses with super flattering strapping detail around shoulders and ribs, followed by flowing silk over hips allows even the pearest of shapes beautiful wearability.

The rediscovery of belts from seasons ago is continued again next season for Brady, slimline sitting directly on the hips and higher waisted placement means reigning in the fluidness of the collection is possible and, if you can pull it off, a definite complement to the range.

Surprisingly yet still well within its place is the detailed ruffles in shirting.  Teamed with very tailored trousers gave a directional edge on normally dire corporate wear.

Easy form knitwear also a feature with a bodysuit and longline hooded vest certainly made me wishful this collection was out now for the layering options would have been helpful towards battling the chill factor we were all facing after the duo-brand show!

In comparison to Brady’s entrance, well known and loved Sable & Minx showed a slight nod to an improved fifties inspiration with attention-grabbing bright colours and patterns for a cheerful season as well as quietly dulcet and softer greys and browns for lesser known wearers.

In addition, fun short dresses I imagine can be matched with leggings and other warm accessories and of course soft and comfortable merino pieces for stylish staples next Winter are attracting me back to Sable & Minx for interesting staples to my wardrobe.

Theresa Brady shows she is on the watch list, I’m especially keen to see what turns up next for her.

Visit the official Sable & Minx website for stockist information;

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Review by: Lou Draper
Photography: Winchey Zheng


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