Salasai gathered the fashion set at Auckland’s popular Ponsonby Central on the third night of NZFW to present a small but perfectly formed collection entitled ‘Liberté et Damour’ comprised of just twelve looks.
A full house watched as the models emerged one by one to take their place on a small tiered set embellished simply with just the collection title on display.
As is Salasai’s signature, the looks were all about casual elegance with a twist, a mixture of preppy sport luxe influences and sophisticated streetwear with a few glamourous touches like glittering necklaces and black feathery neckpieces added for dramatic effect.
Salasai get the balance of androgyny just right, mixing understated femininity and cool masculinity to create pieces that are mostly wearable by both sexes. This collection was all about muted colours and beautiful fabrics with a gorgeous vintage oriental style print on various separates a standout print of the range.
Classic trenches in camel and black plaid were other highlights, with a stunning peach silk knee-length dress with a tied waist looking fabulous on finale model Ngahuia Williams.
Overall it was a really cohesive collection from Salasai with a high wearability factor as expected, perfectly nailing a casual cool yet elegantly modern feel.
– Evelyn Ebrey
Imagery: Yvonne Shearer