Feathers, frills, flowers and the flicker of a thousand crystals: for the sixth year running, the New Zealand Weddings Collection infused the New Zealand Fashion Week catwalk with a whole new level of luxe – and hinted that the season to come is sure to be something to smile about.
Natalie Chan holds the crown as Auckland’s undisputed millinery master – but today she showed her silhouette skill set, opening the show – and making her Fashion Week debut – with a sweep of playful looks, some bedecked in crisp white petals, others blossoming to life spashed with playful hues in shades of coral and candyfloss.
Chic as ever, Crane Brothers followed, and as with designer Murray Crane's five previous Fashion Week showings, the look was as smooth as they come. Plaid suiting emerged accompanied by speckled neckwear, and tuxedo jackets found their fun side paired with checked bow ties. The vibe was varied, swinging from the classic to the contemporary with options fit for everywhere from the ballroom to the beach.
Striking in their simplicity, sweeping lengths of snow-white silk characterised Hera Couture’s runway aesthetic, while a collection of floaty tulle confections emerged upon a gaggle of flowergirls, each topped with ivory flower circlets for the ultimate coo-worthy crown.
Next up, Art Green celebrated the end of his bachelor days in full groomly glory: dressed in a black Working Style suit, he showed there’s still call for the classic, while blush-pink cloths and lustrous black two-pieces catered for grooms looking to make a sartorial statement.
Robyn Cliffe brought a shot of glamour to the proceedings with bejewelled backlines, blushing high-sheen silk and – for those with an enviable set of pins – thigh-kissing hemlines in the most intricate showings of lace.
As always, Barkers taught us to expect the unexpected, sending models down the runway wearing suit shorts, tartan jackets and powder-blue separates.
Finishing the show, John Zimmermann – as has come to be expected – brought the spectacle: layer upon layer of tulle, wrist-kissing sleeves embellished with intricate beading, and sculptural headpieces emblazoned with luxurious sparkles.
Like what you see? View the show up close this Sunday at Fashion Weekend! Tickets are available from iticket.co.nz.