nzfw 2014 – salasai
Always eagerly awaited, almost as much for Dan Ahwa’s styling as for the always consistent Salasai – they did not disappoint with ‘Self Portrait’.
With the collection having a diverse feel, intentional working with the opposites of androgyny and femininity, this is a collection to appeal to many. I loved the stripped back, simpleness of the androgynous pieces – shirt dresses, perfect pants, leather jackets (one of the strongest themes both on and off the catwalk this year) and slouchy overalls. There was the reappearance of the collegiate jumper, something that may appeal when Salasai shows at New York Fashion Week next month. Salasai will be going as part of an Australian contingent which includes Alice McCall, Keepsake and Cameo. Since relocating to Perth in 2011, the brand has continued to move from strength to strength.
The palest of pinks featured in the “feminine” pieces – with tees, and beautiful burgundy sleeveless dress. White made an appearance with boxy separates over knee brushing skirts. Tulle tutus and oversized rosettes completed the picture.
The ‘must haves’ from the collection? Leather pants and jackets, oversized jumpers (especially the black and white) and anything with the Jean-Michel Basquiat inspired print in chocolate brown and black.