Tigerlily & Surface too Deep NZFW 2013 Review

In amongst all the knits and winter warmth at NZFW this week, two swimwear labels took to the runway to showcase their offerings for the current Spring/Summer season, after all there’s not much need for swimwear in the depths of a New Zealand winter.

First up on the runway was brilliant Wellington label Surface Too Deep, created by designers Esther Miro and Sarah-Jane Abrams, who presented the same fabulous collection ‘The Amazing Adventures of Bonnie and Belle’ they debuted on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia runway a few months ago. With vintage inspired silhouettes yet using modern graphic design and fabric technologies, their aesthetic is utterly beautiful with an emphasis on wearability.

Stunning twin models Baylee and Kelsey Soles, who have graced several catwalks already this week, took to the runway in a twosome as the show began, showing off their incredible long limbs and glowing beach-ready tans before a succession of gorgeous girls displayed STD’s wonderful mix of unique one-pieces and separates in stunning custom prints. No doubt we will be seeing a lot of this winsome swimwear this summer.

Australian label Tigerlily were up next with a collection of beachwear and swimwear with a tribal influence. Glittery bindis adorned the models foreheads as they sashayed down the runway in a range of bikinis, separates, throw-over knits and jumpsuits with a laid-back bohemian feel. Collisions of ethnic, paisley and animal prints created a unique look which felt like a modern take on vintage leisurewear as is Tigerlily’s signature style.

The colour palette ranged from rainbow brights to earthy tones anchored by neutrals and navy. Outfits were complemented by clever matching accessories with a great range of bags and sunhats on display, everything about this collection is very wearable and versatile, perfectly suited to New Zealand’s ever-changing weather.

The best part about this swimwear show is unlike the rest of the garments on display this week for Winter 2014, these collections are available in stores very soon, now hurry up please summer!

– Evelyn Ebrey

Images: Yvonne Shearer

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