NZFW Day 1 Highlights

This week I’m in Auckland covering New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW). This is a trade-only affair where magazines and buyers come to view collections which they can order to shoot or stock for Autumn/Winter 2016. I’ll be sharing the highlights and weather-permitting; the street style from scene here. Unfortunately Day 1 was a rain-out for the latter but here are the highlights from three shows I made it to:


When I think of Kiwi fashion labels, NOM*d is one that comes to mind. Think lots of black and lots of layering. Hair and make up was power-femme with tousled bed-hair and natural faces save for bold lashings of eyeliner and mascara.


Investment coat dressing at NOM*d

NOM*D stockings over boots

NOM*D models stomped quietly down the runway thanks to the nude stockings over their winter boots.

NOM*d Runway look

One of my personal favourites from the NOM*d runway albeit more appropriate for casual creatives. A shirt dress executed in a variety of checks.

NOM*d Runway close NZFW

The NOM*d runway finale was relatively colourful for this noir-loving label.

Andrea Moore

A new label for me but Andrea Moore is a well-established line of clothing and accessories like sunglasses, shoes and socks. It’s a label that is well worth a look-in as it is a kind of fusion of a slightly more grown-up Gorman-meets-Karen-Walker.


Andrea Moore NZFW Runway




Beauty notes: lots of hair spray and luminous skin played up with gold eyebrows and pout.


The Andrea Moore girl is colourful, even in Winter.

Kate Sylvester

I would love to know what designer Kate Sylvester thinks of Picasso. The set for this show featured cut-out figures that assembled, were reminiscent of the artist’s Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon, a work that features brothel workers. However the collection from Sylvester was consistent with her signature buttoned-up femininity. Prints and accessories featured a serene face similar to Picasso’s French mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter.

Andrea Moore NZFW 2015 Runway Picasso

Dove-grey elbow-length gloves add warmth to a tee on the Kate Sylvester Autumn/Winter runway.

Andrea Moore NZFW 2015 Runway coat

Kate Sylvester is known for her coats as demonstrated by this timeless navy number.

Lace is made winter-appropriate with a trench and wide-leg wool pants.

Lace is made winter-appropriate with a trench and wide-leg wool pants.

Kate Sylvester modelled by Cedric Pasco

Mismatched earrings featuring a statement Picasso-face. Otherwise natural make-up was played up with thin black lines drawn horizontally across the mid-brow.

Hair was pulled into low twists secured with gold accessories.

Hair was pulled into chic low twists and secured with gold accessories.

Kate Sylvester Autumn/Winter 2016 Runway Show #NZFW

Muted colours in Kate Sylvester’s relaxed feminine tailoring close the show.

Stay tuned this week for more updates from NZFW.

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