New Zealand Fashion Week 2012: Day two

Beautiful makeup was the order of the day. The likes of Twenty-seven Names, Ingrid Starnes and Andrea Moore, who by the way all showed the standout and cohesive collections of the day – eminently wearable, well constructed but with their unique points of view – all went in for a polished makeup that could be easily replicated by any of us to finish a daywear look.

But our hearts will always go out for something a little more extravagant on the runway. Here are our picks of the day.


Who doesn’t love a bride? The bridal show featuring gowns from the likes of A la Robe, Sera Lilly, Vinka Designs and John Zimmermann amongst others is always a crowd-pleaser.

For me, it was love at first when I set eyes on the hair: Modern Heidi with traces of Kate Bush. Iain Smith of Me Salon and creative director for Joico, and the Joico team scrunch-dried the hair with Structure Beach Spray, parted the hair down the middle and proceeded to do two chunky plaits, before pinning them up loosely. There were strands left out around the face to complete the tousled look and finished with Structure Finish Spray. Made me want to get married all over again just for the hair.

Bobbi Brown’s makeup was precisely what every bride should aim for on her big day – a more beautiful version of herself. The intention was for “beautiful, ethereal glowing skin with a pop of colour and lashes to do for”. Key products were the new Longwear Foundation, Shimmer Brick, Rich Lip Colour and Sparkle Eye Shadow.


If there’s one thing Trelise and her team know, it’s how to put on a good show. Every single time you walk out of one of her shows, you feel at peace with the world and her electric light show that came complete with delicately illuminated goodie bags, a show-stopping illuminated backdrop and a few Big Fat Gypsy wedding lit-up skirts for the finale. Yes, it was a no-holds-barred Trelise extravaganza.

The hair and makeup didn’t disappoint either. Grant Bettjeman and his team whipped up some jazzed-up Belle Epoque pouffy hair pieces, piled high atop the models head, before lengths of black tulle shrouded the hair and faces. For the makeup, Trelise’s brief to MAC key artist Amber D was that of an “elegant women from a bygone era, but with all the technology of today”. Strong green eyes were achieved with Bottle Green Eye Shadow and Tarnish Eye Kohl. The look was finished with a liberal application of Pink Swoon Blush to the cheeks and across the temples. So want to try this at home right down to the tulle.