Hey friends, it’s me Michael Ngariki and I’m back with a new blog post for you all. As you’re aware from my OOTD overload, I have been keeping up with New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) these past few days and boy has it been a mission. Not too sure if I mentioned this earlier, but this year I managed to find an internship opportunity with an amazing PR company within the city. I may have scored it through personal connections but nevertheless…I got a job.
Despite rumours that NZFW has diminished in recent years…that was definitely not the case. Obviously NZFW is not on the level of both New York or Milan, but it definitely is something grand in relation to New Zealand its self. From Harman Grubisa opening the 4 day event to local streetwear brand; Huffer, closing it with style. All the shows throughout have no doubt been outstanding and this year was not disappointing to say the least. To give you fabulous people a run down on the shows this week, I have decided to discuss my top 5 shows throughout the week. Starting of with my all-time favourite.
French 83 has by far been my favourite yet. Being someone who loves a good suit, having seen the Lost Explorer collection for French 83’s AW16 / SS17 definitely made my heart melt. From its line of dapper suits to casual modern pieces fit for any gentleman, French 83’s head designer, Nicole Wesselling has definitely nailed the mark in creating a collection that is both functional and timeless at the same time. Its contemporary approach of clean and polished looks allow for any modern man to wear during the typical workday and further into the weekend as well.
Huffer; like every other year, has definitely done well when it comes to their shows. From the loud music pumping at every corner of the venue to its classic approach to modern streetwear. This AW17 collection was in no doubt riveting and the vibrant use of pastel colours, patterned garments and simplistic pieces definitely shone through during the show. Having placed their show offsite from the usual Viaduct Events Centre definitely worked in favour for the brand, with models creating that extra touch via Britomart’s popular atrium area. Using the grand glass staircase in the centre also helped produce a visually attractive runway pushing away from typical boring runways at most fashion shows.
STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB
When it comes to being unique at NZFW, Stolen Girlfriends definitely give other labels a run for their money. The idea of having their shows placed offsite 100 percent contributes towards the brands edgy-look and high attitude. One year they showcased in an underground carpark, the next they hired out a racing speedway track. 2016 was definitely not the year to shy away from that and this year we saw SGC flaunt their AW17 collection in a gigantic two-level run-down warehouse (formerly First Scene for my fellow Aucklanders). The venue was perfect for their new collection dubbed – Violence, Terror & Chaos, showcasing their signature edgy-look through black, leather and off-cut designs.
THE NEW ZEALAND WEDDINGS MAGAZINE SHOW
If there’s one show to attend at New Zealand Fashion Week, then the NZ Weddings Magazine show is just that. Each year, the highly anticipated show is thoroughly packed to the brim, with guests (even those whom aren’t getting married) lining up to catch a glimpse of this seasons new range of bridal gowns and suits. Like typical wedding shows, this one featured several shades of white, lace and sheer whilst the grooms range of suits thanks to labels such as Barkers and Working Style helped provide options of sleek-cut, fresh and crisp outfits. The main talk of the show however, was L.A. based New Zealand designer; Trish Peng and her stunning red gown. With a whooping 22-metre-long train, the statement piece was so long 4 male models had to escort both the train and its female model around the U-shaped runway to ensure every detail was observed by the hundreds of guests seated in the venue.
Opening the official full-day of trade shows following a late night from Harman Grubisa, was Perth based designer; Salasai. As the three story high curtains were drawn back to allow guests entry to the free-standing runway, an all-white geometric structure lay perfectly positioned in the centre of the runway. The labels AW17 collection consisted heavily on both dark and neutral colours whilst featuring bold prints, floral patterns and emphasising on the brands edgy look.
P.S. Sorry for the bad quality…I’m a noob and kept forgetting my DSLR. Can you blame me though? That s*** is way to heavy to carry on a daily basis.
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