Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet at Andrea Moore’s New Zealand Fashion Week 2017 show.
With strings and strings of lights cascading down from the ceiling onto the runway, Andrea Moore proceeded to put on an electrifying show, launching her new range of active wear as well as showcasing her Andrea Moore mainline and IAM diffusion line.
Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet began the show in a beautiful manner, dancing and weaving through the lights with the most graceful movements as only ballet dancers can. Modelling pieces from ‘AM Fit and Swim’, we saw leggings, relaxed singlets and sports bras. Andrea has long been known for her clever design and use of prints and these pieces were all made from an exclusively custom-designed print of tropical florals.
Next up was the little sister line ‘I AM’ where models appeared en masse before each walking down the catwalk. Titled ‘Elaborate Jungle’ the range showcased lots of wearable and street savvy looks in the form of silk tunic dresses layered on top of mesh skivvies, skinny jeans, overcoats and bomber jackets. Prints featured in this range were fun and quirky, cue tropical leaves, cheetahs, tulips and embroidered butterflies. And we saw a colour palette of dark navy, forest green, and black accentuated by pops of berry, lime and red in the print work. Styled with fishnet stockings, chunky boots, and bold sunglasses it was nice to see each look from head to toe carefully considered.
An interlude saw a group of key fitness social media influencers perform an energetic dance to Beyonce’s ‘Girls’, and really it was hard not to smile. The ladies wore pieces earlier seen, this time with the inclusion of a red and black animal print.
And lastly, we saw ‘The Pursuit’ a sophisticated showing where Andrea was inspired by “The Orient Express, Agatha Christie and the Mystery of the Crane”. This inspiration translated to gorgeous floor sweeping dresses, silk dresses nipped in at the waist with a wide leather belt, and lashings of lace. Prints in this range included florals and an elegant depiction of a crane. There was an almost dark romance in the colour story of black, lush green, navy and maroon. Again styling was sleek-gold heeled black boots, fur pouches and waist belts with long ends dangling just so.
Beauty notes: Much needs to be said about the amazing hair, a collaboration with hair accessory label ‘Kela’ saw the I AM girls with rolled quiffs and a low slung chain over their ponytails. While the Andrea Moore girls had their do’s swept over one shoulder and their hair woven with Swarovski charms.
Soundtrack: A pop/electronic mix, including hits by local favourites Broods and Gin Wigmore.
Hot item: Printed silk dresses from the mainline will surely please Andrea’s loyal fanbase, while there was a striking maroon red silk number as seen on model Mercy Brewer.
Images by Katherine Tuenter.