Day 2

It was a glorious morning that turned to crap towards midday. And being the typical unprepared and impractical girl I was, I had on a ripped back knit top, a pencil skirt and black pumps. Sometimes being at fashion events makes me do daft things like not check the weather or look out the window at the looming black clouds. It’s like my brain falls out of my ear and I put on a pair of impractical pumps with a narrow pencil skirt that makes me potter around in dwarf steps that would make a geisha blush. Also, when it rains in New Zealand, even way up North, the temperature drops tremendously, so yes ripped back top was a bad idea even though it was wool knit.

Nomads by NYNE was enticing. It was made for comfort and travel with sophisticated draping and layering. It was another live runway music show with a cool guitar rift. I don’t know much about music (I am aware of Miley Cyrus’s latest MTV gag though) but I think guitar rifts lend a very rock ‘n’ roll vibe and that brought attention to the hard edges accentuating soft billowy fabric that the collection offered. There were structured pieces over easy garments and accessories that created interesting silhouettes.

Fashion Installation at Sofitel (Underground)

Fashion Installation at Sofitel (Underground)

The NZ Weddings Magazine Bridal Show was delightful. It was a collaboration by a selection of Wedding designers showcasing their works. We liked pieces from Crane Brothers, they showed a wide range of suits and we always like seeing menswear collections, there are too little menswear designers and guys are always bemoaning the limited options that Singapore has. Crane Brothers is definitely a design house to watch for (they don’t just do Wedding collections by the way!).

Trelise Cooper and Cooper runways were stunning. Two shows by Trelise Cooper segmented by an architectural switch-up that amazed spectators. She showed a wide range of designs in her collection and we loved the frothy skirts, luxe glittery numbers, tartan Punk pieces and intricate shimmery bead-work. This was less street (than COOP) and definitely more sophisticated. I suppose the only issue we had was the lengthy duration of the show (a whopping half an hour!), and even though there was a general trend of punk and then some glam, it felt a bit like the collection lacked a coherent train of thought. There were some show-stopping pieces though.

Punk, glam and 60s retro at Trelise Cooper A/W 2014

Punk, glam and 60s retro at Trelise Cooper A/W 2014

Dirty Magic by Stolen GIrlfriend’s Club was a statement runway. Decked out with sparse tree branches and neon lights, it set the scene for glam goths at upscale tarot conventions with leather boots, witchy head pieces, monstrous metallic neck contraptions and draped black (bla.) fringe pieces. The atmosphere coupled with the pumped-up music and hurried struts of the models lent much magic and excitement to one of the runways I was anticipating the most.

Day 3

Another day of Fashion Shows, that must be getting quite boring and tedious for you to read, so we’re just going to round this up with a select few favorites and more pictures.

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We missed the NZFD Designer Selection Show because that’s what exhaustion and juggling studies does to you at Fashion Week. But we heard it was really good and we were quite looking forward to seeing My Boyfriend’s Back live. We managed to catch it on the official TV channel for NZFW though. Click here to view.

Tigerlily and Surface Too Deep put on a super snazzy swimwear collection. We really liked Tigerlily‘s collection for their trippy tribal prints and gorgeous sarongs accentuated by exotic tassel accessories, the jewelled Bindis that adorned models’ foreheads lent an Indian flair. It would have fit right in with our region’s tropical beaches.

Annah Stretton put on an impressive Alice in Wonderland themed runway. It was a memorable set that had the quintessential Mad Hatter’s table spanning the runway along with an Alice performed by Nerida Lister. The slinky, painted-pink human Cheshire cat added certain sass to the whimsical collection. Spectators got to enjoy the millions (I exaggerate.) of cupcakes lined along the runway after. It was ostentatious drama that definitely stirred a reaction however it distracted from the ‘Fashion’ aspect of the collection and made me question its commercial value.

With Maree, a cordwainer.

With Maree, a cordwainer.

We hope you enjoyed Popspoken’s first Fashion Week Diary! It was made out of personal perspectives and lots of laughs.

Style watch: Day 2

Style watch: Day 2

Style watch: Day 3

Style watch: Day 3

Read about New Zealand Fashion Week 2013 Days 0 & 1 here.

All picture credits go to Bombay Sapphire and chloeanguschang