Hot on the heels of her dĂ©but at New Zealand Fashion Week last year, Deryn Schmidt has become a household name synonymous with feminine fashion. Having showed as part of the new generations show at Fashion Week, her collection was one of the most sought after and highly praised by both local and international media and buyers, but here at Lucire we have known all along that she was destined for greatness.
With Joy of Life, Schmidt recalls the bygone era of the 1940s’ postwar glamour. Sharp tailoring mixes with soft, ﬂowing feminine lines to create a modern interpretation of the uniforms of yesteryear. A very French inﬂuence is noted in the collection with the easy wear glamour and joie de vivre way of dressing.
The collection embraces the freedom and celebration of women, and is about expressing your identity as women. Beautiful silks, wools and cashmeres mix with merinos silk cottons, linen. For the ﬁrst time, the Deryn Schmidt brand also introduces New Zealand leather and velve,t adding to the brand’s tactile ethos, ensuring that garments will be treasured pieces that can be enjoyed today as well as years to come.
Wartime black and greys are brightened up with juicy berry shades of currant, boysenberry, cranberry and oranges. Honey and mustards also add pops of colour to liven up your winter wardrobe.
Our pick of the collection would have to be the Belle dress. Schmidtâs signature skill of being able to drape fabrics beautifully against he body is evident in this dress, hand sewn pleats fall effortlessly skimming the body while giving you the feminine lines of the â40s. The bliss dress is also a wardrobe must as well, the perfect shirtdress, it is ﬂattering and the drawstring waist nips in and ﬂows out beautifully.
For winter, Schmidtâs exceptional tailoring is evident in the many coats that will be sure to sell out. Our two favourites would be the Exuberant jacket, which is a swing jacket featuring only the ﬁnest wool cashmere but pieced together with New Zealand leather, it recalls the ﬁghter jackets of wartime pilots. The Identity coat, a masculine military style pea coat will also be another must-have. Its beautiful wool cashmere will have you sinking into it, while the contrast panels skim and ﬂatter your ﬁgure.
The new collection will be available in stores and online from February onwards.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor