Finale on the runway at Kathryn Wilson NZFW 2019. Image by Getty Images.
Kathryn Wilson is a designer who is known to put on a great show, and this year was no exception. The show opened with a short video following a woman wearing a fabulous pair of shoes as she walks down Auckland’s iconic pink bike path, to the recognisable sounds of the opening credits of Sex and the City. What a way to set the mood!
The Heels and the City show was based around the character of super chic fashion icon Carrie Bradshaw. Models wearing brightly coloured ruffled one shoulder dresses took to the runway with long flowing hair with plenty of volume, and so the party began.
The models danced their way down the runway in shoes from the brand’s Spring/Summer 2019/20 collection that ranged from sling backs with a cute ruffle detail on the back strap, to ankle boots, to slides with an open toe twist strap. There were beautiful sneakers, classic loafer styles and some fab chunky heeled sandals with wide straps and buckle details that will be perfect for summer. Some of the styles were a sneak peek from the brand’s upcoming Winter 2020 range too.
As usual, Kathryn Wilson has really brought her collection to life with colour. There were bold yellows and oranges, animal prints, all shades and textures of pinks, and metallics definitely had a moment! Pink and orange gingham was very eye-catching and one fabulous pair of boots combined blocks of green, pink and bronze metallics in a simple yet stunning way – those are a piece of statement footwear for sure.
All up, the collection was feminine, fun and fabulously fashionable – I have a feeling that Carrie Bradshaw would most definitely approve. There’s something there for everyone with styles that will take you from day to night, from office floor to dance floor.
Beauty notes: Kathryn Wilson’s hair was lead by Danny Pato from D&M hair, Michael Sisaengrath and the D&M team. The hair look for this show was Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker inspired wigs, which were blonde, curly and long. The wigs were all made from human hair and individually cut and coloured by the stylists.
The makeup look was lead by Lochie Stonehouse and the team from Lancôme. The makeup look complimented the hair really well with a 90’s Carrie Bradshaw vibe. The look was very soft and pretty with a strong pink blush, minimal, natural-looking skin, a very pigmented neutral eye and a soft, rosy pink lip. Beauty notes by Nina Franklin.
Soundtrack: A dance-worthy mix of tracks by artists such as Lizzo, The Pointer Sisters and Beyoncé.
Memorable moments: A pair of black ankle boots with gold zigzag detailing drew a collective “ooh” from a lot of the people seated near me – definitely a crowd favourite.
Images by Getty Images.