Finale at Katherine Victoria’s New Zealand Fashion Week 2017 show.
Making her debut at NZFW only three seasons in is young Wellingtonian designer Kat Traveller from Katherine Victoria with her collection ‘Aesop’s no.226’. From her whimsical pink invitation featuring charming floral illustrations which would be seen on a blouse, shirtdress and trousers on the runway, to the prettiest pink gift bags topped off with a black satin bow adorning the room, we knew we would be in for a particularly pretty show.
Opening the show was a blush pink, floor-length velvet dress with a cowl neck also later seen in a vibrant shade of orange. A colour story of pale pink, grey and cream started off the show and we saw many fun and wearable designs in the way of bomber jackets, textured shift dresses, flowing chiffon dresses and printed ankle grazing trousers. The palette developed to include camel and orange before finishing with black, scarlet red and a gorgeous shade of vibrant green, seen in silk trousers and a pussy bow dress (which made the colour loving stylist seated next to me literally gasp!). Outerwear made a strong showing and we saw furry jackets, a long-line blazer and a puffer coat layered over dresses.
A variety of interesting fabrics were playfully interwoven into the range from the aforementioned velvet and faux fur to fringing seen on blouses and dresses. A 3D floral material appeared on the sleeves of a dress, paillette sequins was used on pencil skirts, blouses and a show stopping dress. While a lurex tweed made up a cocoon coat and a statement flared skirt layered with multiple layers of tulle underneath. Silk satin and chiffon were also confidently used.
Accessories came in the way of on trend tassel earrings and the footwear featured a selection of mules, slides, strappy heels and knee high boots. Definitely a charming debut by Katherine Victoria.
Beauty notes: Models sported unique double ponytails (which are as it sounds – one topped on top of the other). Eyes were rimmed with a graphic liquid line, and coloured with a block of pastel eye shadow.
Soundtrack: Fun, heart thumping tunes finished off, with a couple of psychedelic tracks by Childish Gambino.
Hot item: The finale look – a scarlet red, sequinned dress with sheer side panels, a piece certainly not for the shy!
Images by James Yang Photography.