nzfw 2015 – twenty-seven names

Twenty-Seven Names kicked off New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 with a dramatic outdoor show. With the weather choosing to not play ball, everyone was ushered outside and kitted out with an umbrella before the show started. The models took it all in their stride – cool calm and collected.

Designers Anjali Stewart and Rachel Easting used Judy Chicago’s feminist still life artwork The Dinner Party as inspiration – the piece celebrates and commemorates 39 historical/mythical female figures. Stewart and Easting wanted to celebrate the woman that inspire them, authors, musicians, singers and film makers – “women who fight the good fight for the rest of us. who live the lives that inspire us.”

The show was beautifully styled by Dan Ahwa – a grown up and elegant offering. The colour palette was very exacting – with black, nude, navy and a stunning shade of peach. Mixed in with this was a clever use of texture. They continue to be strong with their coats – and showed this off with multiple offerings. Long coats, blazers and bombers all with ample length and soft tailoring. Hemlines were long as well, with gored skirts and dresses the standout of me. I loved the herringbone nudes, peach cashmere coats, linen pants and cropped navy blazer. And the amazing chunky oversized scarves.

If this is what we are starting with, we are in for a good week!

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