New Zealand designers have ﬁgure-hugging, positive
cuts but the themes tend to look back at earlier, perhaps more comfortable,
TOP: Philippa Beaton Rodeo singlet.
Laurie Foon.ABOVE: Andrea
Moore. LEFT: Caroline Church. BELOW:
Basquesse. RIGHT: Cybèle.
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home country of New Zealand is exploding with colour for the springsummer
2006 season, as we preview the looks down under. A retro theme seems
to tie designers thinking together.
Philippa Beaton, who received her first international
coverage in Lucire, looks at the cowgirl of the 1850s with
the housewife of the 1950s, in her collection, Home at the Range.
Floral prints and cottons are used, but the designer has injected
some humour and fun into the prints. Its a welcome development
Reds play a part in Beatons spring collection,
which is something that Laurie
FoonLucires first interviewee back in 1997has
also tapped in to with her Black Swan collection.
Foon cooperated with textile designer Avis Higgs,
who made her name back in the 1940s.
When red is mentioned, Wellington designer Andrea
Moore springs to mind. Her spring collection, entitled Traveller,
is based on a woman who picks separates as she does her continental
jauntsa theme that is not unlike some of the earlier Zang
Toi collections in New York.
Prints also feature greatly. Caroline Church,
similarly tapping into a retro mood, looks to the 1940s with her
Past Lives collection. Taking a different tack, but resulting in
similar raw shades of gold and brown is Cybèles African-inspired
Hot, Cool and Vicious collection for springsummer 20056.
Masai jewellery is cited by Cybèle as an inspiration, and
the title of the collection pays tribute to hip-hop group Salt n
Pepa. Finally, Basquesse, a constant favourite of Lucire,
uses Bastille Day as a springboard for its spring line.