Monday, August 15, 2011

New Zealand Fashion Festival 2011

The final NZFF Collections show (presented by Remix and the Big Little City) on Friday was again in front of an almost full house, and started in sexy style with Bendon. 

Models showed off beautiful lingerie in cute and sassy style, blowing kisses to the audience.  And just so the girls didn’t feel left out, Bendon were kind enough to send a few strapping men down the runways in some briefs – thanks Bendon!



Zambesi Man was next, and their impressive AW11 collection was the first of a lot of great menswear on the runway.  A standout was the heavy duty navy wool trench, an instant classic for any guy’s wardrobe.  Cropped pants and Doc Martens featured a lot, complimenting a tough but tailored collection.

The first of Annah Stretton’s looks down the runway was a very cute ruffled mini dress, and the overall collection had a fun, punkish vibe.  Next up was Huffer, with their collection that closed last year’s Fashion Week.  Cropped pants also featured in the menswear, showing that this is definitely the must-have look for the boys this winter.  Huffer has always done chic but casual menswear well, but with womens wear designer Aimee MacFarlane’s arrival last year, their women’s clothes have become a standout.  Cute animal print cardis and hats complimented girly frocks and knee socks.



Matchi Motchi was next – their unique, deconstructed designs were the surprise hit at Fashion Week last year, and once again I was impressed with their edgy yet wearable clothes.  Lots of cosy knits featured.

Kingan Jones’ feminine collection showed next – lots of sheer fabrics featured, with a white, fringed sheer dress being a standout for me. 

Then it was the boys’ turn again – Barkers turned out a very sharp, tailored collection –a pleasant surprise!  Their classic clothes with a tough edge echoed Zambesi’s sentiments, and I was impressed with the range of nice wool coats, wool jerseys and suits.

Ricochet’s signature black colour palette was next on the runway, with a particular standout being a ruffled leather skirt – this one has made my winter wish list!   Veteran Chris Cherry’s Workshop Denim came next – with cute, preppy clothes for the girls, and lots of nice coats and anoraks, and of course, signature denim for the boys.


Last but not least was Tigerlily, with their signature sexy swimwear.  But they also proved they are not just about bikinis – with a range of cute, casual and wearable pieces, worn with Miss Wilson shoes.  A fun way to close off the show.


The final Collections show ended the inaugural week-long New Zealand Fashion Festival in style – it’s been a fabulous week.