Preview: Zambesi Autumn/Winter 2014

The wonderful team at Zambesi invited us along to the Media Showing of their A/W 2014 collection, held at their showroom. While fashion shows are exciting and show how the clothing looks on, it’s always nice to be able to see the garments close up – to get a feel for texture, weight, composition, and how you’d style them yourself!



After their very exciting Fashion Week show, I really looked forward to the opportunity to see their pieces on the racks for our fashion viewing pleasure. Leather pants, leather jackets, leather skirts, leather detailing… I was in leather heaven!


Feeling the gorgeous soft leather did make me fall a little bit in love, and I started mentally styling what outfits I’d wear their leather pants with – which was everything I own and everything I covet!



They also added nice leather details, such as collars on coats and leather forearms that add that extra Zambesi touch.

Zambesi consistently delivers not only amazing designs, but they also always deliver high-quality product which we should be very proud of. Immense thought is put into their collections, and each garment and fabric is so well executed.


Another favourite of mine was the fabric I couldn’t quite figure out the composition of – a stiff, smooth almost perspex black fabric that carried blue tones when catching the light. The fabric was carried through in quite a few designs, and I definitely need at least one of the items to layer in winter with.


Another must have item for me was the crisp white shirt with a luminescent glitter stripe down the buttons. It came in both men’s and women’s, and in a really fresh lightweight shirt fabric that I would happily wear alone in summer, and with leather pants, and one of their boxy cape-like jackets in winter.


I also commented that my future husband had no choice but to wear the men’s version of that shirt at our wedding!


Their printed “HOME MADE SINCE 1979” and “NEW ZEALAND MADE IN ZAMBESI” tops are going to be a big hit as well – expect to see every cool kid rocking those next season. Printing black on black was refreshing and edgy, and it will be a hard choice between the black or white!

The last standout item for me was the abstract, pink-toned printed organza. The garments just naturally hung in such a flattering way and the dresses were a very 50s knee-length as well. This collection definitely needs to be seen in person when it drops in stores, and hopefully you can all see what the hype is also about!


Many thanks to the team at Zambesi for letting me preview it – my look book is going to have the words ‘need’, ‘want’ and ‘now’ scribbled all over it for sure!

– Anny Ma

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