New Zealand Fashion Week 2019 is now officially underway. Opened tonight by All is for All’s Grace Stratton in Auckland Town Hall’s impressive Chamber Hall, followed by Kate Sylvester’s show on the runway.
We sent Sans Pareil team members Emma and Ash down to Aotea Square to check out the opening night.
The town hall is an amazing venue. I love the character and vibe it gives the whole event. Kate Sylvester’s runway show was fantastic. Some beautiful, romantic pieces that reminded me of a weekend at an English country manor. I love that her designs are so feminine but at the same time so wearable.
A whimsical exploration of the English Rose, wrapped in tweeds, wellingtons and soft floating embroidery with a side of feminist exploration, Kate Sylvester managed to engage and inspire with her new collection. The multitude of different fabrics and soft shapes of the creations, conveyed a sense of the delicate mixed in with the backbone of the modern woman, leaving the viewer with a sense of triumph. Through-out the runway show, the observer could ascertain the influence of the English country-side from the tweed inspired pants, berets, and fitted neutrally coloured jackets to the soft romantic dresses, all done with a fresh new take and an added military feel, giving another dimension to the collection. All and all an accessible collection, with many items easily styled and mixed in for easy yet thought provoking wear. It was so romantic I’ve ended up describing it in byronic like prose…Way to set the bar for NZFW2019.
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Images by Michael Ng.