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Day 1 NZFW


After Monday nights fantastic opening ceremony (featuring some lovely speeches, an unbelievable Cirque du Soleil performance and many bathroom selfies) New Zealand Fashion Week has begun.

Our first show of the day was NOM*d, which, in my opinion was the ideal way to kick off NZFW. We were handed earplugs as we walked through the entrance, a good indication of what was to come. The show wasn’t seated, which worked well with the overall rock theme (think Rick Owens Men’s SS/14 show in Paris.) The audience stood on one side of the runway and masked men sat behind drum kits along the opposite side. Models with dread-like matted hair marched through the smoke to the beat of the drums. The collection stayed true to everything you know about NOM*d. A stand out to me being the felt headpieces and stunning fabrics.

The New Generation show this year started with the talented Amber Whitecliffe, whose collection had some charming red and white pieces. Following her was Frances Jerard, who aims to encourage woman to dress with confidence. The show finished with a more muted but elegant Desiree. All in all an interesting show. I look forward to the next New Gen show on Thursday.

The Lela Jacobs show was beautiful. An installation of lights ran down the runway and smoke hung in the air, creating an atmosphere of suspense. The models were interesting in a beautiful way and the styling was poetic and other worldly. The collection was full of layering and sheer drapery, with natural cotton and wool textiles. This show nailed the typical Lela Jacobs whimsical-grunge aesthetic.

The UNDERGROUND installations in the airy Silo Park have been my favourite part of NZFW so far. Six designers shift effortlessly between the art and fashion worlds, installing a performance piece in their circular silo space and using 2-3 models to display their collection. The spaces in between the silos were used to serve refreshments (a much needed Drambui on ice for me) and to host a DJ (Paul Stothers) to add to the vibe of the event. The venue had an incredible and haunting atmosphere. This event showcased the collision of art and fashion in the best possible way.

The Salasai Self Portrait AW15 show was very refined. There were some stand out white, black and striped garments and it was all in all a nice show and a great collection. The red and white striped top with BONES across the chest with a sheer black skirt gave me some serious outfit envy and I always enjoy seeing overalls on the runway. There were at least 6 items I’ll be queuing up for on release.

One always expects great things from Trelise Cooper/ Cooper. Forgetting about the controversy following the show, it was a beautiful night and the collections were stunning, as anticipated. The venue looked incredible, with huge ghostly orbs hanging from the ceiling and hundreds of white, circular goodie bags placed on the seats. It was a full house, and everyone was buzzing. There were a lot of impressive prints in the collections, and a few resort wear pieces that I will be keeping an eye out for.

At the end of Day 1 I am exhausted and very ready for bed. I really don’t know how CMJ does it.