Wool features at New Zealand Fashion Week

As seen on the NZ Campaign for Wool: New Zealand Fashion Week.

Fashion Week 2013 saw collections loaded with beautiful wearable wool.

Twenty-seven Names

This clever design duo from Wellington opened fashion week with a classic collection that was tailored, contemporary and feminine. Their signature use of navy and cute silk prints in dresses and separates were ideal to pair with very wearable wool coats or knits. The caped trench, one buttoned coat or French style blazer were all fitting for their classic but modern aesthetic.

Hailwood

Adrian Hailwood showed a cohesive and wearable collection with his signature edge and interesting take on classic styles. Wool featured in nonchalant capes, wide lapelled trench coats and his crisp suits had a casual luxe feel shown in soft wool.

Andrea Moore

Presenting one of her most assured shows to date; Andrea’s use of wool was upbeat and fresh. Clever colour combinations gave the collection modern elegance.
Capes, hooded jackets and trench-style coats were amongst many key wool pieces, as were knits and sleek tailored pants, and some fine wool suiting.

Lela Jacobs

Lela Jacobs worked her political and artistic themes into a considered black and white collection. Using fine wools and other natural fibres, Jacobs’ layered aesthetic is balanced well with cropped jackets and coats.

Zambesi

Zambesi presented a show that was sleek but original with a contemporary use of wool in a beautiful collection that drew on the strengths of their traditional aesthetic.
Fine wool suiting , played with new proportions and seam detail.His and her knits looked modern zipped or paired with leather.

Deryn Schmidt

Deryn presented a tailored ladylike collection. She used fine wool for suiting and luxe pieces and merino for relaxed layering pieces that worked surprisingly well in soft tailored pants. The mohair cape was a standout and added a whiff of nostalgia to a confident show.

Beverly Riverina

Beverly’s outstanding ability to visualize a collection as tight as this is testament to her talent. From a smart suit,funky cutaway mini to a wedding dress, Beverly managed the breadth of this collection with ease. Menswear was chunky and relaxed and the womens’ collection sophisticated and detailed.

Nyne

Clever layering of softly tailored and easy to wear pieces are key themes of Nyne’s A/W 14 show. Wool melton featured in coats and some suiting, whilst drop sleeved knits gave a casual luxe feel to several looks. The show was styled and executed artfully, backed by live music and a visually dramatic black and white film, the addition of a smoke machine heralded a tight and memorable collection.

Crane Brothers
Though part of the wedding show, Crane Bros presented a stellar collection. Their suits cut slim but not tight and in the finest wool cloth reeked of urban sophistication and a relaxed modern man.

Salasai

Moving away from the traditional catwalk format, Salasai chose to present their AW/14 collection with an installation.
The strength of Kircher Whitcher’s tailoring was evident this way and her subtle plaid wool take on a classic trench was a standout, as were his/her fine wool plaid shirts and preppy knits. Again, low key luxe underpinned a collection of wearable pieces.

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