NZFW Runway Report: Neverblack AW11

Dane Rumble is sans sunglasses. I see him in the front row naked-eyed and wonder whether the world is coming to an end. Then, I see a rugby player seated in the front row who, is undoubtedly aware that he is attending a fashion show  has chosen to wear a zip-up hoodie, baggy jeans and sneakers. All was right again. Even still, I was slightly on edge at the Neverblack show wondering how late I would be for World. Staying true to fashion form, shows were running late and Neverblack was no exception.

When the show did start, models were sent promptly down the runway in black floaty dresses. The show featured an ample supply of sheer black dresses with interesting trains following behind. Coifed simply with a centre-part, the models looked austere and sombre.

However, the show was not all just pretty sheer dresses; the other major element of the collection was sheepskin with shearling on jackets, vests and skirts. I was particularly taken by a chunky sheepskinesque skirt paired with a simple black cardigan. For those like myself who have an obsession with cozy fireside cardigans, Neverblack was a gem.

Neverblack also wowed attendees with its expert use of lighter palette. One of my favourite garments of the evening was a light blue diaphanous dress with a white under piece. Of course, the show displayed a fair amount of nude beigey colours which is the hue du jour.

In a nutshell, Neverblack, while not wildly distinct from other designers kept the crowd happy with sheer and shearling.

Visit the official Neverblack website for stockist information;

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Review by: Kelly Jin
Photography: Winchey Zheng


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