Here’s what we adored from three designers that had their debut at New Zealand Fashion Week’s Miromoda show in association with NZ Post.
Keri & Brooke Wanoa of WANOA FOUR
The collection: “Legacy… for something handed down from one generation to the next… An expression of cultural pride & identity, steeped in handmade craftsmanship, designed and made in New Zealand with a focus on tailoring and texture. Timeless garments meant for longevity.”
Standout pieces: I’ve affectionately named this duo the knitwear chicks after I saw a phenomenally stylish friend of mine live in one of their chunky jumpers this winter. It’s safe to say I fell in love back then and this collection’s pieces didn’t disappoint. I’m coveting this woven, navy one,
The styling: I wasn’t born in the 80s but my affinity for the Reeboks that were styled in this collection had me wishing I was.
Final note: WANOA FOUR is to 2016’s Miromoda show, what Wynn Hamlyn was to 2015.
The collection: “Whatu is inspired by this idea of presenting beautiful indigenous culture in an accessible way, and aimed at promoting the relevance and value of Maori culture, creating visibility to a global audience by connecting Maori and European artisanal hand crafts to create high end one-off fashion pieces”
Standout pieces: I adored the burnt rose coloured, high neck dress in a touch-worthy texture – defs a party dress for the girl who likes to command a room – and the dual-layered gown with a feather-like midi dress underneath and black tulle atop. BEAUTIFUL.
The styling: The show’s collective beauty look of a bluish, greenstone-coloured lip and striking white eyeliner complemented the look perfectly.
Final note: There’s only one word to describe this designer – striking.
The collection: “Alpine Stress is a collection that emphasises the fragile eco system that supports the native species on Tongariro and highlights some of the issues that are threatening this delicate balance.”
Standout pieces: Everything frayed fed my denim obsession; a welcome feeling considering we haven’t seen much in the jean department this Fashion Week.
The styling: Forget clashing colours – it’s all about clashing textures. Wooden, block heels worn with chunky socks aren’t as scary of a combo as you might think.
Final note: Raw hems are here to stay and you can get some incredibly cool garments courtesy of Pania Greenway.