NZFW Runway Report: World AW11

World Backstage - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Corinne Tan

I empty the first glass of champagne and then pour myself another one for the road. Then, I survey the ornate high tea display and decide the lemon tarts will do. World may now begin their show.
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, World’s AW11 collection, was a glorious feast for the eyes full of wit ad humour. Everything about the show was grandiose and elaborate, and honestly, would you have it any other way? On a bone-chilling day, having high tea at the Langham while feasting your eyes on colourful, glittering vestmental creations does not sound all too bad.

Model with elaborate makeup

The first outfit was innocuous enough with a furry neckpiece, black zip-up corset with a red heart on the back, and pants. The heart and gold zips became a motif throughout the show. Leopard print also appeared as a prominent theme and popped up in various colours and forms. I particularly liked the red leopard print swing coat with gold button and a fur lapel.

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong

The male models revelled in their outrageous outfits working polka dot and glittery umbrellas. It seems that the male clientele of World are to expect a lot of rain for there was no shortage of brollies and raincoats.

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong
My favourite getup was oddly enough a very simple outfit consisting of a quilted green jacket with a black collar not unlike a Barbour jacket.  Of course, if you are more extravagantly inclined, do not fret. There were some very spectacular sparkly glasses, fluorescent pink coats, and knitted bow ties. Your heart need not rest quiet.

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong
World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong

And for women with big party attitude, there were ruffled dresses galore in all manners of satin. Long gowns that danced in the wind were worked to their full potential by models who held them out to reveal the generosity in fabric.

World AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus TongWorld AW11 - Wasted Days, Wasted Nights - Venus Tong

It would not be world without a bit of controversy or at least something a wee provocative. Aside from the crazy makeup, and gravity-defying hair, there were some very risqué moments including an outfit consisting of leopard print sleeves, collar and bib for a top. A nip slip was inevitable.
All in all, with an audience well fed and well entertained, World’s show was, as always, as crowd pleaser and certainly not a waste by any measure.

For a FULL runway gallery from the World AW11 collection please click here

Review by: Kelly Jin
Header & second image from top: Corinne Tan
Runway shots takend front row by: Venus Tong from Party of Wolves

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