AO and Eric Yvon from the runway of New Generation 1 Showcase NZFW 2016
We always enjoy the New Generation showcases at New Zealand Fashion Week. They are an opportunity to present new talent to the media and wider public so they always get everyone excited to see what's going to come down the runway. The first of the New Gen shows featured a lot of beautiful pieces. There were tailored silk camisoles and dresses, culottes aplenty and even some street-wear that was so chic, you could get away with it in the office. I’m not going to lie, I did come away with a bit of a wish-list after this showcase and want to revamp my Spring/Summer wardrobe asap.
Mitchell Vincent made his return to NZFW this year, after first showcasing his collection as part of the Miramoda show in 2013. This urban-vibe laden collection was the perfect blend of street and chic. Nineties-era Gwen Stefani would definitely have been digging these pieces. Vincent’s pieces were the perfect combination of casual with a sophisticated edginess to them. Whether that be in cropped, fitted sweatpants sans MC Hammer crotch, or the sleek camisoles he showcased.
Melbourne-based designer Erik Yvon made his New Zealand debut this year and it did not disappoint. If you’re after ethically made pieces that also benefit the local community, you need to check his designs out. We loved the androgynous, tribal feel his pieces had to them. The beautiful silk pieces stood out, in fact somebody in the crowd elicited a gasp at the silk shirtdress. The floaty culottes were also a fan favourite, with culottes being the pant of the season.
The muted colour palette of AO’s collection really drew attention to the label’s absolutely exquisitely cut pieces. From the fluffy choker paired with a grey cami that opened the shoe, we were sold. The bows, the pleats, the cut-out culottes, these were all staple pieces that every fashion-loving woman needs in her wardrobe.
Beauty Notes: No-makeup, makeup was the look of the day at AO and Mitchell Vincent. For something a bit edgier, try applying a bolder colour onto the eyelids, as The Body Shop’s makeup artists did for Erik Yvon’s show. Whether it’s a turquoise blue or a vibrant, cranberry red, we challenge you to unleash your inner chameleon.
Hot item(s): The stunning camisole from Mitchell Vincent’s show and that grey marle parka jacket. The bold silk shirtdress from Erik Yvon and the cut-out culottes from AO.
Mitchell Vincent on the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week 2016
By Sophie Putze from Nana Wintour
Images by James Yang Photography