Finale on the runway at Paris Georgia NZFW 2019. Image by Getty Images.
Paris Georgia presented by Mercedes-Benz concluded day two of NZ Fashion Week in what I call an enthralling and haunting performance. On show this evening, Paris Georgia showcased their Autumn/Winter 2020 collection.
The show was designers Paris Mitchell-Temple and Georgia Cherrie’s first runway debut as well as their first NZFW show. A brass sculpture by Dane Mitchell, ‘Tuning’ was installed over the runway and suggested a shooting star suspended in forward motion, combined with the light smoke in the air it created a dreamy and surreal-like atmosphere. The crowd were eager and buzzing with excitement, many started queuing before the show opened, ultimately the runway was jam packed with bodies excited to see the brand’s debut show.
The whole collection was an eclectic arrangement of soft flowing designs paired with voluptuous shapes in luxurious fabrics. Paris Georgia demonstrates a fearlessness to cutting, pasting and clashing styles, creating looks that are avant garde, strangely futuristic and are timeless beyond years from conception. They are definitely pieces crafted for the woman unbound by trends.
The colour palette began with a sky blue clashed with blocks of white then followed by beige, muted greens, apricot and heavily contrasted with cobalt blue, black, gold and red. These looks came embellished with either outrageously oversized hats, oversized bags, metallic swimming caps, giant belt buckles and french barrettes.
My favourite look was a muted green turtle-necked A-Line dress. The sheer fabric had a gorgeous flow as the model swept across the runway in it. The detail was in the knotted fabric around the waist creating pleats that accentuates the hourglass figure.
I also loved a figure-hugging ankle length slip featuring cold shoulder cut outs and a large scoop neck. The model strutted down the runway barefoot flashing a black bralette and accessorised with a large hat and baby blue handbag.
Overall I found this collection embraces the progressive woman, seemingly illustrating and celebrating the transformation women experience as they navigate the world, unbound, fiercely drive and full of soul. Definitely a confident collection by a brand on their way to even bigger things.
Beauty Notes: The hair team for Paris Georgia was led by Lauren Gunn from Colleen. The hair look was very sleek with clean lines and no volume. The models had centre-parted hair with a hint of texture behind the ears. The hair was straightened and given its super sleek look by using Cloud Nine and Evo product spray. Three of the models wore glow mesh caps on their heads as statement pieces.
The makeup team was lead by Blair Gamblin and the Bobbi Brown team. The look for this show was a very natural base with minimal coverage, fluffy brows and a brown smokey eye with a pop of gloss on top. Beauty Notes by Nina Franklin.
Music notes: A brilliant composition by Philip Glass featuring Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’.
Images by Getty Images.