Hailwood NZFW 2014 Review

A wonderful retrospective short film of Hailwood’s fifteen years in the fashion industry opened proceedings and was a fascinating glimpse into the history of the brand and the designer’s journey in that time.

Next the runway roared to life as a wall of spotlights flared and Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’ blasted from the speakers, before smoky-eyed models in rather rock’n’roll outfits took to the runway.

The collection entitled ‘Blackout’ mixed the designers love of seventies glam with modern streetwear for a luxurious and very wearable look. Denim was a key feature of the range, with jeans ranging from skinnies to a slouchier boyfriend style mixing with casual knits and bombers for a contemporary cool vibe.

Hailwood’s signature unicorn logo featured on blanket-style ponchos in varying lengths which were definitely stand out pieces. Midi-length flowing skirts, motorcycle jackets and classic shirting added to the vintage-inspired yet of the moment feel of the collection.

Things took a glamorous turn next as the designer’s coveted eveningwear took to the runway with sublime sequins in teal and gold featuring on fitted dresses. Luxe velvet in relaxed tunic shapes kept things sensual before tuxedo suiting in black and shimmering gold upped the seduction factor.

The gorgeous teal finale gown was definitely red carpet worthy and proved Hailwood is a master of eye-catching garments that flatter and enchant.

– Evelyn Ebrey

Images: Yvonne Shearer Photograph

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