twenty-seven names NZFW 2012 Review



Best friends since they were ten years old, twenty seven names designers Anjali Stewart and Rachel Easting found inspiration for ‘I thought you’d never ask’ in a book that Rachel gave Anjali for Christmas, the Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides).  “To start with, look at all the books” it says – so the pair revisited old classics and looked at old movies, and consequently 19th century details are interspersed with traditional twenty seven names designs.



Result:  SUPER cute, fresh, and cohesive – everything we love about this label in a bright new season’s wrapping.

Tangerine is making a strong showing this NZFW and coloured the first outfits out at ‘tsn.‘  There’s a great jumbo sequin/geometric design fabric – wear it in a silk top with soft little winter shorts (!) and tsn’s essential winter shoe – the jelly worn with socks, of course!  The latter were adorable in a strawberry print on ivory ground which showed in several garment shapes.  On the pattern front, equally delicious were a jumbo spot and an applique-look heart on a knit ground.



Speaking of knits:  there is an awesome new take on tsn’s Breton sweater with a contrast back and red in the sleeve stripe.  And an obvious but perfect knit styling idea – layer a grey marle knit under your lighter dress or top, and pop a grey cable beanie on your head.



In finer fabrics, a navy spot combined with a large floral looked great in a shirt with self bow tie, and we loved the contrast backs which gave the impression of a self-vest on dresses and shirts.



twenty-seven name is mostly for the young and slender – more womanly bodies will look a little confused in empire lines, peter pan collars, and ruffles over shoulders.  Tell you what though – if my young teen daughter develops a twenty-seven names style as she grows up, I will be a very happy fashion Mumma.



CLICK HERE to view twenty-seven names NZFW12 – Runway


– Julie Roulston

Images: Michael Ng




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