I haven’t been to many large scale Fashion shows, so the novelty hasn’t yet worn off.  I’m still excited and easily impressionable going into a Large scale fashion house such as WORLD NZ who have been in existence for over 23 years now.  No mean feat for a little ‘ole NZ fashion brand.   Although a self-proclaimed luxury brand it really does say quite a lot about the tenacity of a New Zealand company that has shown, travelled and distributes world wide – London, Sydney etc.
Walking into the Grand Room at the Langham hotel… met by miniscule canapés (they were mostly wheat based, not so great for my gluten intolerance – another fussy creative diet, I hear you say?) but with a delicious glass of bubbles in hand it was rather an impressive sight.  A run-way the length of the room, a photographer stage at the end and dining tables all the way around.  I always think of a ridiculously impractical camera pit, but I’m sure I’m getting confused with an orchestra pit. Dining in low light, looked down upon by rainbow chandeliers all over the ceiling, so when the main runway lights go on it felt blindingly bright.  I can’t help thinking that the models mustn’t be able to see much beyond the first row of tables right next to the stage.
Another thing notable about this show is that it’s open to the public (as opposed to media and Industry only) and showing fashion directed to a consumer buying for the next couple of seasons (Spring/Summer) rather than the more traditional Fashion Week shows that show case fashion a full one/two seasons in advance.  A good thing in my books, the warmer seasons also bring with them brighter coloured clothes and less black on black on black.  (Essentially the fashion worlds’ 50 shades of grey?)
No. 1 Shoes heeled their way down the catwalk and although I’m a big fan of high, brightly coloured footwear I’m not 100% sold on most of the shoes showcased.  Almost pastel colour clashes – Orange and pink, bright purple and aquamarine have to be an acquired taste or a garish fashion statement.  Give me the black (more comfortable-looking too) ankle boots with a shiny silver stainless heel instead any day.  LOVE them!
I’d be a terrible writer if I posted this and didn’t mention the hair – both head and faux facial.  The boys were my absolute FAVOURITE!!  Bright glittery moustaches; looks like a brand not taking itself too seriously, being creative and flamboyant, completely stealing the show and upstaging the painted-on glittery sox of the girls. Their hair? Well, where to start?  I think I’d be better off naming movie characters for you to get a true mental image of what shapes had sculpted on their heads.
Several were curved hair ‘shapes’ out of Alien vs. Predator, and there were a couple shaped like Patrick Star and Squidward’s heads – outrageous? 
A great night out, and the first of my Pre-Fashion Week events that I’ve been looking forward to.  Oh, would anyone like my 10% off discount card? I’d like these pants please!

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