Look from Modes at the NZ Weddings Magazine show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2017.
Easily the most romantic show on the schedule is the one hosted by New Zealand Weddings Magazine, which sees an ensemble of bridal designers and men’s suits designers group together to showcase their latest offerings.
Eschewing their standard presentation, there was an opening medley with a preview of designs by seven different designers. Anna Schimmel started off the show with beautiful silk satin fit-and-flare designs with divine beaded back detailing on bare skin. Alma J showed glamorous plunging gowns, with one design featuring an incredible voluminous, silk organza train. Vinka showed a trio of gowns in lace, with one striking design made up of heavy beading on a transparent tulle bodice.
There was a touch of bohemian elegance in the style of gowns by Hera and Daisy by Katie Yeung, with relaxed off the shoulder and cowl necklines. Margaret Wray had gorgeous vintage style looks in champagne and an ensemble featuring silver silk trousers. Trish Peng finished off the medley with two sweetheart neckline gowns and a gown to rival her previous year’s show stopping finale (you may remember, it was scarlet red, featured a 20m train, went viral, and was casually featured on The Daily Mail), this year’s gown was entirely covered in thousands of tiny fresh flower blossoms, in shades of green, ivory and pink and finished off with larger rose gold flowers along the hem.
Next up, we saw dapper looks from Working Style, there were mix and match suits in unexpected colour combinations-such as salmon and duck egg, as well as sleek tailored suits in plain and patterned materials. Art Green made an appearance and the sweet look he gave Matilda (sitting front row) was pretty darn cute.
Jessica Bridal showcased a variety of different bridal looks, her opening look was made up of a trendy lace crop top paired with a sleek long lace skirt lined in a floral print silk. A few designs featured flowing tulle capes or sleeves so long they skimmed the floor. There were beautiful princess gowns and a sophisticated 1920s beaded number. Such range really indicated how much of a scope there is in bridal fashion today.
Barkers hit the runway with a classic, sleek black tux. Single breasted and double breasted styles followed as did smartly co-ordinated suits with printed and patterned shirts styled underneath.
Modes began their segment with fitted sleek gowns, one design in particular featured a plain front and the back was entirely in lace. A model and flower girl then appeared in beautiful, bold floral dresses cueing everyone to pull out their phones for an adorable snap. More gowns in ivory, and also champagne and dove grey featured, and it was really refreshing to see the splashes of colour. The sweetest moment of the week came when a model carried an adorable baby down the runway near the end of Modes’ section.
Beauty notes: We saw pretty, dewy looks makeup wise, while hair was loose and curled, and adorned with dainty jewelled embellishments or floral crowns.
Soundtrack: The soundtrack was peppered with songs with the most romantic lyrics (would you expect anything less?) and there were modern hits by The XX and Beth Ditto.
Images by James Yang Photography.