Twenty-seven Names on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week 2018. Image by Getty Images.
Beloved Wellington label Twenty-seven Names were first up on the second day of New Zealand Fashion Week with a vibrant off-site show at Showroom 22’s airy new Beaumont Street space. A choir from Auckland Girls Grammar School serenaded the assembled fashion set with a beautiful cover of Rihanna’s hit ‘Diamonds’ which set the tone for the joyful and confident collection to come.
Known for their playful ranges that are carefully considered and toy with artistic and romantic elements, this collection delivered on all the TSN staples. Titled “A cat may look at a Queen”, the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection was all about ‘celebrating taking chances, having confidence in your own ideas, and remembering that no one is you, and that is your power!’
That translated to a rainbow of colourful hues on TSN’s signature sweet dresses, tailored blazers and gorgeous long-line coats. Silhouettes were relaxed and easy to wear with designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart preferring clothing that not only looks good but is practical and a dream to wear. Skirts were either long and flowing or of the mini-variety with charming ruffles. Those ruffles continued across necklines and sleeves with gorgeous floral prints that caught the eye and lifted the spirits.
Twenty-seven Names returned to their love of cat prints with a fun new kitty-themed print that featured in a couple of variations. The garments were perfectly accessorised with cute brooches and earrings that continued the cat and floral theme, each one as colourful as the garments themselves. All Star sneakers in pastels and navy completed the looks. Winter 2018 is set to be a jubilant affair with Twenty-seven Names.
Soundtrack: You can’t get much better than starting with a live choir but throw in some classic hip hop and finish off with Des’ree’s classic You Gotta Be and you have a killer soundtrack.
Beauty Notes: Natural faces were accented by the odd dash of pink eye makeup by Kiekie Stanners for MAC, with subtly wavy hair by Cloud Nine.
Hot Item: Those divine long coats and scalloped lapel blazers.
Images by Getty Images.