Hi Guys! I hope you’re enjoying following New York and London Fashion Weeks as much as I am! I’ve bookmarked Style.com and am practically on there every hour for updates! While the northern hemisphere does their fashion thing, ours here in NZ has been and gone, and now we’re left to decode the looks and ponder over what we’ll be buying come fall!
I’m sharing with you three great trends that popped up over the week; let’s see how many of them are on the New York and London runways too!
Trousers are getting wider, and so too it seems are tops. In a throwback to the body con looks of the past few years, the silhouette of this season is loose, relaxed, and in some cases – actually boxy! Boxy, oversized tops were all over the NZ runways, worn in T-shirts, overshirts, blouses and jackets. In particular we loved Trelise Cooper’s rendition of the trend, with her ornate embellished fabric. This can be a great style for hiding a wobbly tummy, but be sure to balance out the silhouette with something slimline on your bottom half. Right now I’m loving boxy tops paired with a bodycon pencil skirt.
*Coop is Trelise Cooper’s younger brand, targeted at the 18-30 year old crowd. Just three years old to Trelise Cooper’s 22 years, Coop’s playful vibe is very trend focused and is very much inspired by international trends. This latest fall 2014 collection was very early noughties-meets-Harajuku girl, with high shine pvc garments in candy colours like hot pink and yellow, Barbie-pink faux fur panties, and puff-ball skirts.
The fashion world has been dominated by sportswear and nineties minimalism of late, so it’s a refreshing change to see a few designers breaking out with a bit of glam glitter and shine. While sparkle and shine turned up in formal wear, it also popped up unexpectedly in sport-inspired garments and casual wear as well. While I often wear shine in my cocktail frocks, I love the idea of incorporating a bit of glam into my everyday outfits as well. From glitter footwear to metallic embroidered bags and T-shirts there are plenty of casual ways to rock the trend.
*A long-standing player in the NZ fashion scene is Adrian Hailwood. Another quiet achiever, Hailwood has a strong following for his glam garments that celebrate female curves. He does both casual wear and formal gowns, and this season marked the release of his ‘H by Hailwood’ denim line. From curve-inducing jeans to dramatic swing capes, it’s clear the designer loves women, and most importantly – loves celebrating women. His stand-out pieces though are always his evening gowns. From ultra slinky silk midi numbers that glide over curves to structured and dramatic floor-length red carpet gowns, he’s the go-to designer in NZ if you want to look and feel incredible.
First seen last year at Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, Kiwi designers have cottoned onto the Mod trend in both colour and silhouette. From the stark monochromatic colourways to the love of flat shoes, the most popular look by far was the classic A-line silhouette. We saw it done for evening wear at Trelise Cooper in rich embroidered silks, casual and preppy-cool at Twenty-seven Names and straight-out-of-the-sixties bubble-weave fabric and bold orange hue at Coop. This is a fun trend to try with its easy wearability, but be ready to show off your legs – the hemlines are short!