nzfw 2014 – lela jacobs

This collection, for me, can be summed up in two words, hauntingly beautiful. With a bulb-lit catwalk that the models slowly weaved down setting the dark mood for the entire show. Working with themes of a post dystopian world, the layering Jacobs is known for has been taken a step further, with layering upon layers. With spun wool capes, lambskin fingerless gloves, Hand written wording, woven wool tunics (made by weaver and artist Christopher Duncan) as well as loosely knitted garments adding as always to the myriad of textures. These pieces were personal highlights for me. The edited colour palette was full of whites, brown, cream and of course, black.

Some of the shapes and pieces built on already existing garments, though tweaked and changed to be worn and used in different ways. The collection could easily become the basis of complete trans-seasonal, classic wardrobe. Jacobs is well know for her focus on timeless pieces rather than the consumptive nature of “Fast Fashion” and this collection just solidifies this notion.

With palladium boots on the models (sticking with the classic for all seasons theme) and airbrushed ‘gothic fairytale’ makeup done by Caitlin Lomas for M.A.C. it was another beautiful collection by Jacobs.

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