nzfw 2015 – choose wool

With eight labels showcasing their use of wool in their collections – we got to see the gamut of wool and all its uses.  It was also amazing to see two well respected labels on the runway, Sabatini who have been part of the fashion landscape for decades but especially the welcome return of Liz Mitchell. I asked her how it felt to return to the catwalk after the show and she said it was very emotional. For those of us who know her skill and her history in the NZ fashion scene – it certainly bought a broad smile to many a face.

Speaking of smiling, Liz Mitchell also sent one stunning grey haired woman down the runway who chose to smile the entire length of the runway. It made us all want to smile back! Her tailored collection of suiting and capes with possum fur detailing, plaids and capes was just what we would expect from her. Wonderful to see her back.

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Perriam is a Dunedin based label who showed at iD earlier this year. With lots of knitted wool pieces – Perriam certainly knows how to use wool well. I loved the Palazzo wide-legged pants and capes.  But I especially loved the cream cowl-necked arran sweater and cream palazzo pants that finished their collection.

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Wynn Hamlyn use ribbed wool detailing with tights and dresses in almost body-con proportions.  I loved the all black dress that let the texture of the wool do the talking.

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Hailwood debuted his Hailwood sneakers in a street wear-strong collection with bombers, tight tailors suits, jeans and capes with a tight palette of monochrome and grey. Loved those sneakers…

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French 83 make beautiful mens suits. Slim fitting, neatly tailored and in gorgeous wool fabrics. Great to see some more menswear coming down the runway. I loved the houndstooth suit – showstopper!

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Carlson paired sleek and sexy lace and bead cocktail dresses with wool blazers and bombers – mixing the feminine with the masculine. We will all be wearing motorcycle inspired jackets next winter!

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Sabatini continue to do what they do best – wool. I was sitting next to an Australian buyer and she mentioned that Sabatini was one of the three New Zealand brands that she knew well, with Karen Walker and Kate Sylvester.

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Twenty-seven names showed a snippet of their Still Life collection that we had seen earlier in the day.  I fell for the herringbone work fabrics and the peach wool coat all over again.

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All photographs by Michelle Weir of Studio Weir

 

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