NZFW Runway Report & Gallery: Cybele AW11
Season after season, Cybele Wiren’s aptitude to leave people wanting more and never disappointing – has garnered her a reputation of being one of New Zealand’s fashion hero’s. Prints never left one so enchanted yet mastery of this art is one of Cybele’s strengths. Up till now that is what we have come to expect; a reasonably young but well established brand – that succeeds on her own printed fabrics, and the medium of choice doesn’t seem to stray from the diaphanous or lycra knit kind. So where does one look to, to keep their philosophy true and keep a brand still looking fresh? That geometric panel seam-work and technical draping she did… it really worked.
Invoking elements of a pagan practice long forgotten, however made relevant today with ghostly symbols of hawks and rippling reptilian drama laced diaphanous silk georgette tunics and buttery velvet jumpsuits. Elongated necks, that interchange as a hood or an exaggerated polo neck bedecked figure hugging dresses and tops were cleverly injected to layer with lighter than air pieces. Adornment of metal dome buttons add to the aggression of over-sized military denim jackets with exaggerated lapels.
Capes again, nevertheless, silky fringe lashes detailed along the hemlines heightening the look of airiness to set the look apart from what can be seen with other designers. Structured corset belts and bustiers made of polished patent leather draw attention to a wasp waist or gild a naked bust, that demand to be partnered with sheer and meshy textiles. Apart from the odd trousers, likely replacements of luxe leggings are still mandatory.
Visit the official Cybele website for stockist information; http://www.cybele.co.nz
Review: Jason Tapuai-Kuka
Header Image: Corinne Tan
Runway Photography: Winchey Zheng