ABOVE: Andrea Moore.
TOP RIGHT: Philippa Beaton Prairie
dress. ABOVE RIGHT: Basquesse.
The other identifiable themes for springsummer
are black and white. Andrea Moores dresses have a soft, flowing
feel, including a sharp V neckline and gathering for one of her
designs. Beatons Prairie dress has tapped into a Zeitgeist
of a floral design on a black background, while Viviana Pannell
of Basquesse has gone with
white as a base colour in one of her springsummer offerings.
Moochi also has white in abundance
in its springsummer collection (see the print
edition of Lucire for August 2005).
In essence, the direction taken by these antipodeans
differs markedly from northern hemisphere designers, though black,
white and red were prevalent for autumnwinter 20056
in Barcelona (see Lucire
June 2005 and with different images in the online
edition). While in a very general sense Europeans have tended
to base theirs on lifestyle themes, and Americans on everything
from masculine wear to Bohemian influences (see Lucire
May 2005), New Zealanders have gone retro, preferring a period.
This may be down to pre-General Election jitters,
where many look through rose-coloured glasses. Economic confidence
in New Zealand is down, not helped by a vision-less Budget from
its Minister of Finance. Despite the pessimism, the cuts are fairly
upbeat, and if designers are sages, something good must be in the