NZ Fashion Week ’16 Day Three
Twenty Seven Names took an understated approach this year, with an intimate photography exhibition at Allpress Studios in Freeman’s Bay. Photographed by James K. Lowe, and titled “Leave No Stone Unturned” this photo series featured friends and family of the designers. The setting of the photographs was at my local beach Te Henga (Bethells Beach) and Woodhill forest. A message hung up in the centre of the room: “Each of us brings our own stories and our own beauty to the mix: the hair we hated as a teenager, the freckles we tried to wash off. Why couldn’t we have pencil thin eyebrows like everyone else? Whatever it was that made us different, we wanted to change it. But our mums were right, dammit! That difference is where the beauty lies.” Other than the clothing worn by the people in the photographs, the photos themselves reflected the story and taught us that we are who we are. “Instead of asking ‘How do I look?’ we asked ‘What will I do today?”
Psychedelic baby! In a walnut coloured nut shell Lucilla Gray was a fun, 70’s inspired, well curated how. Beautiful, classic and well made pieces made their way down the runway, worn by models with crimped hair and make-up kept simple (with a subtle statement – a line of black eyeliner underneath the eye).
Drum roll please … Stolen Girlfriends Club (as always) brought the party to fashion week, and I’m not just talking about their after party. The highly anticipated show lived up to my expectations, it’s off site location (an empty warehouse at First Scene in Kingsland) was perfect for the 90’s inspired collection called “Violence, Terror, Chaos and Other Poems.” Styled by Sebastian McGirr Hunt and Dylan Richards, models took on a tough tomboy style with an underlying touch of flirtation. Think leather, oversized shirts and Levi’s jeans, belts, buckles and so much more. The show took my love of 90s grunge to a whole new level! I can’t wait to rock these looks next winter.
M.A.C’s backstage footage from Stolen Girlfriends Club, shot by Olivia Hemus.