Finale walk at Jarrad Godman’s NZFW 2016 show.
Jarrad Godman brought a welcome dose of drama to the New Zealand Fashion Week runway for his collaboration with Servilles, that presented Godman’s Winter 2017 collection called “Sidewalk BsAs”. A smoky haze and thrumming soundtrack set the scene for the first model clad entirely in black to emerge in a sleeveless asymetric top and fitted black trousers with fluted hems, making for an edgy look which was topped off with an amazing sculptural headpiece. Crafted from the same fabric as the garments, the headpiece and the ones that were matched with every following look completely covered the model’s head, with a few holes for functionality which made for an eerily magnificent sight on the runway.
The collection that followed was equal parts experimental, exciting and mysterious in a striking but simple colour palette of scarlet, white and black. A monochromatic print featuring seashells, fish and bugs caught our eye on relaxed-fit dresses that floated down the runway with trailing hems and fringing. Clever draping from the waist on semi-sheer dresses and tops created unusual silhouettes, exaggerated by cut-out details and asymetrical shapes. While there was a lot of semi-sheer looks on the runway for a winter collection, warmth was found in textured bomber jackets and long-line black coats with wide lapels.
While leaning towards the avant-garde with silhouettes and styling there were still a lot of wearable looks amongst this range which was creepily beautiful and definitely memorable. We enjoyed the raw-edged but refined aesthetic of Godman’s collection and with the brilliantly crafted headpieces by the Servilles team to amplify the look we won’t be forgetting this show anytime soon.
By Evelyn Ebrey
Images by James Yang Photography