So this is going to be a mega post of some of my favourite pieces from Day One of RAFW. I’m not covering every single collection, mainly just the ones that I gravitated towards the most (ie those that captured my attention or the ones that I am most familiar with). For each collection that I’m featuring, I’m only including eight pieces – mainly just the ones that I liked best. View the collections after the jump.
Carly Hunter showed her SS11 collection in the Women’s Ready to Wear #1 show. The collection, titled ‘Non Ho Sonno’ translates as ‘sleepless’ or ‘I can’t sleep’ in Italian. It references insomnia and delusions, and even the Dario Argento horror film of the same name. The polka dot netting was noted to reflect the hallucinations and double vision experienced by insomniacs. As you all know by now, polka dots are high up on the list of things I like clothing to feature, so this collection was always going to capture my attention.
BEC & BRIDGE
This collection was called ‘Smoke Without Fire’. It was actually a bit of a struggle finding decent photos of this collection that weren’t obscured by all the smoke used in the production. This was a pretty solid collection by Bec & Bridge. I wasn’t sold on the glitzy sequined numbers though (not pictured). Overall this is a very wearable and buyer-friendly collection. The pastel colour palette also seems to be on trend for the upcoming spring/summer season.
STOLEN GIRLFRIEND’S CLUB
Another NZ label showing this week was Stolen Girlfriend’s Club. Their collection, titled ‘Life’s a beach… watch out for crabs’, featured a strong rock’n’roll aesthetic. My favourite pieces in this collection are those with the bold tribal prints, which for the most part remind me of the Zulu prints used in previous Lover collections. From the bandanas right down to the bright orange (fake?) snake skin pants, this collection is Stolen Girlfriend’s Club to a tee.
This collection from Zambesi feature lots of black. Which meant that at times going through these pictures was a bit of a snooze. Nothing against the collection, just that photos of black clothing don’t really allow for much detail to be shown, thus my attention wanes. I did like the softness and the draping in some of the clothes, especially those in the lighter colours.
Bassike’s SS11 collection was titled ‘Silence in Dichotomy’. Now, reading the phrase ‘silence in dichotomy’ is too much for my brain to handle on a Friday evening. So I’m going to keep it simple. I was actually quite surprised at the detail in some of the pieces. I’ve always thought of Bassike as jersey basics etc, but this collection shows more depth the label. The bird print dresses seemed like a more ‘Aussie’ take on the Miu Miu trend, in that they are bigger, bolder and more in your face. The deconstructed knits and tailored dresses and jackets were a nice addition as well.
Another up-and-comer at RAFW was Christopher Esber. Not gonna lie, the thing that caught my attention was the light blue skirt. It seems oddly out of place with the rest of the collection though. This was another collection that featured a lot of black. The cut and style of a few of the leather pieces reminded me of the Celine SS10 collection. Overall, I think this is one designer that the fash pack will be keeping a keen eye on.
Images: zimbio, fashionising, vogue