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Trends at New Zealand Fashion Week, autumn–winter 2013

Sopheak Seng identifies the trends from New Zealand Fashion Week’s autumn–winter 2013 shows, while Greg Jennings puts together a week’s worth of footage into a stunning video montage


New Zealand Fashion Week has wrapped up for another year, and with it the task of figuring exactly will be on the racks next winter. This year’s collections made things a lot easier with all designers showing very commercial collections. However, there are always key questions: what do I wear and what will be on trend? These are Lucire’s picks of some of the big trends from NZFW and what to expect.
The return of the trouser
Thanks to Miuccia Prada for making trousers fashionable again. One of the few designers who can guess the Zeitgeist before it even happens. The return of the pant suit and, with it, the all important trousers. Whether wide-leg, slim, cropped or full-length, there is something for everyone and every shape. Velvet, as seen in Arielle Mermin’s collection as part of the New Gen showcase, to tweedy wools as seen at Deryn Schmidt, are paired with matching jackets and billowy blouses, channelling the cool kids of the ’70s. Salasai also offered a great pant suit with their linen alternatives.
Check mate
A perennial favourite for the cooler months, check, tartan, plaid—whatever you want to call it—is back for winter and reimagined. Tradtional checks are given punch with neon running through them, or go more traditional in the colours of an autumnal scene. Best seen in the skirts of Riddle Me This and the beautiful tailoring of Ingrid Starnes.  

To the manor born
Blame the resurgence of interest in the British monarchy, or the Olympics being held in Britain. Designers were crazy for everything British, including eccentricity. Channel your inner aristocrat with tweed, herringbone, plaids and all things equestrian as we see a return to refined elegance and Savile Row tailoring. Andrea Moore’s winter coats will keep the chill away and the printed horse pants will have you galloping on your estate. Ingrid Starnes’ naughty but nice dresses and argyle cardigans with tweed pencil skirts are perfect for a weekend hunt.  

Let it shine
Metallics are carried over from summer, but gone is the futuristic toughness. In its place is fluid mercury fluidity and high-shine sequin and glitter. Day to night, this was seen in everything from sequinned T-shirts and jumpers at Charlie Brown to full swing skirts at Adrian Hailwood to Marilyn-esque style at Ruby with its pleated silver dress.

Colour me bold
The pastel sorbets of summer are gone and in their place, optimistic brightness. Bold hues run the Pantone wheel as designers push the envelope this season and decree that colour is in for winter. No more dull black and greys. It is all about burnt orange, cobalt blue, fire-engine reds, emerald greens, burgundy, plum, gold, silver and everything else you can think of that will make you stand out from the crowd. Juliette Hogan’s morange lace dress will be a favourite come next winter as well as Cybele’s cobalt blue maxi dresses cut in diaphanous silks. If you’re feeling bold, wear head-to-toe lemon from Stolen Girlfriends.

Flower power
Floral will continue to be big for winter. Big blooms dominate, and appear on everything from sporty cut Ts to languid dresses. The rose will be the key print for next winter. Whether dark and moody like Cybèle and Blak, or bright and colourful like Coop and Cooper, there is something for all. There’s no excuse to be a wallflower as your outlook should be rosy. •




Sopheak Seng is fashion and beauty editor of Lucire. Greg Jennings is a Wellington-based director and director of photography. His website can be found at





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