NZFW Runway Report & Gallery: Whiri AW11

The Whiri winter collection draws inspiration from the kaakahu – translation meaning ‘Traditional Maori Cloak.’ A bevy of brilliant tailoring, forgiving silhouettes and mini hems as well as cute dresses with draped shoulders lead the way.

Orange reds, tonal blacks and whites bring an expose of witty cuts and silhouettes, which are perfect for the woman that likes to set themselves apart from the mundane.  Block colour cape-like jackets are brought to life with the lining exposing yellow, grey and red chevron prints.

Rich detailing of prints are peculiarly depicted in a way that arm the body with inter-weaving tattoos – the same for tribal-print tights and inserts on sleeves and smart panel work. Peplum belts and tasteful jewellery finish off winning ensembles.

Whiri sums up a collection with a dazzling display of Maori persuasion that doesn’t border on the tacky and commercial; it is modern and keeping with today’s high standard of trends that will attract those who appreciate it.

For stockist information visit the official Whiri website:

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Review: Jason Tapuai-Kuka
Header image: Michael Ng for NZFW
Runway photography: Winchey Zheng


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