Fashion Fabulous: The NZ Designer Showcase Luncheon
Hosted by Fashion PR Anna Jobsz and NZFW’s Dame Pieter Stewart, the Designer Showcase Luncheon took place in Auckland’s Sofitel Hotel yesterday.
Designers – Zambesi, Company of Strangers and Juliette Hogan delighted guests with their collections during an extravagant three-course menu executed by Sofitel’s Executive Chef Scott Brown.
During the entrée, the Zambesi Womanswear Autumn Winter 2013 collection rocked out with a subtle punk theme. Garments featuring domes rather than buttons, soft structured coats, tailored jackets and slim fit trousers, giving a nod to androgynous tailoring. Vintage sensibility was acknowledged in fringed aprons, silk gingham and severe silhouettes. Zambesi Man referenced a transition from boyhood to man, reflected in the use of shorts juxtaposed and tailored coats. Sharp black suits accented with business shirts and skinny ties provide a clean modern aesthetic.
Company of Strangers Spring Summer 2014 ‘Love and Rockets’ showcased a ‘less is more’ approach to fashion. Dresses and skirts loop to form their own layers, pleats and tucks distort hemlines, and a black and white palette is spiked with acidic yellow, blue and pink tones.
Juliette Hogan completed the runway show with her Kaleidoscope City Summer 2013 collection. Embracing simplicity, strength and beauty, Juliette demonstrates the craft of perfect tailoring, proving it’s not about endless options but rather, a succinct compilation of ‘the perfect pieces’. Her Kaleidoscope collection offers refined and relaxed fashion – a perfect balance of haute casual and subtle statements with an underlying edge.
Guests were also treated to some insightful ‘insider facts’ for NZFW. Dame Pieter Stewart announced the launch of a new website ‘Fashion @ First Sight’ of which the public will have access to and will allow everyone to gain a virtual front-row-seat at New Zealand Fashion week with all collections going live on the website, as well as via tv-on-demand.
A fabulous fashion soiree I will be certain to attend next year and definitely well worth the $79 ticket that guests purchased via i-ticket for this sell-out event!
A few more highlights from the event…
Makeup by MAC Cosmetics NZ
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