Wednesday, November 09, 2005

New Zealand Fashion Week

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Around 14,000 guests and 600-700 buyers and media representing more than 14 countries attended 37 shows over the course of the week, with 46 labels showing and 54 businesses showcased in the Exhibition, up from 35 in 2004 New Zealand Fashion Week was a sucess.

And although some labels couldnt make it , it was a great time and a lot of new talent was put on show. I loved Deborah Sweeneys first Fashion Week offering , and Micheal Pattison showed us that he is a talent to watch . Whilst Karen Walker picturd above, Zambesi , Trelise Cooper and Hailwood put on show the exact reason why they are so well regarded in the Industry. New Favourites for me were Barbara Lee and Caroline Moore whose shows were innovative and beautiful yet never compromising on style or wearablitiy.

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Major trends for winter 2006 see 80s influences continue with tapered /skinny leg pants , wide lappeled jackets and baloon skirts like the baloon dress pictured above from Zambesi. Whilst tudor and elizabethan influences make there way through with high necked white shirts and tailored gothic influenced suiting and outerwear.

Other designers used colours , shapes and textures from the praire like the collectons of Trelise Cooper and Deborah Sweeney who is pictured below.

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All in all a great week , and i had ALOT of fun . If you want to read more check out my Fashion Week Diary at Nzgirl or visit the offical New Zealand Fashion Week Website.