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.
– Julie Roulston
Images: Michael Ng