Robertson summarized the Nom D philosophy as being ‘for someone
who’s interesting but doesn’t need to be the centre of attention’
First up on the catwalk was Nom D and
while Lucire has seen the collection twice (Auckland,
New York), it is true to say that each time is a renewed pleasure.
When we published our review in our 2003
LNZFW Supplement, our correspondent
Alice Goulter said that it was so suited to the coming season that
it was the collection she would have created if she were a clothing
designer. She was proved right now that autumn–winter 2004 was around
the corner in this part of the world.
Designer Margi Robertson summarized the Nom D
philosophy as being ‘for someone who’s interesting but doesn’t need
to be the centre of attention.’
Robertson’s tribute to the mods of the 1960s was
successful, with her black-and-white striped tops and leggings and
45 rpm record prints, while her conservational messages of ‘Don’t
Shoot’ and silhouettes of Bambi targeted by a gun sight captured
the mood successfully. The larger, looser silhouette spoke of comfort
as did the hoods and unsuspended suspender belts. Robertson has
evolved brilliantly from the deconstruction of seasons past into
a design style that could be labelled (complimentarily) as noir.
She is one of the designers aware of Dunedin’s
sub-cultures: the musicians, the surfers, the artists. The fashion
inspiration she taps into has, she reported, always been there.
Robertson reported at the earlier press conference
that Nom D had found its way into LVMH
boutiques in Japan, one of the French conglomerate’s most important
markets. Having been at New York, we weren’t surprised: Time
Out New York called the collection a ‘stand-out’, and we agree.
Her astrology-chart check proved correct.