Annah Stretton's show goes off drama-free
AIMIE CRONIN AT FASHION WEEK
Annah Stretton has courted drama off the catwalk this week, but her show last night at New Zealand Fashion Week went exactly as she'd planned.
The catwalk was laden with goodies to conjure the image of a Mad Hatter's tea party and the closest thing to a bearskin rug or taxidermy was an actor in a white rabbit suit.
Organisers had been in contact with police about the possibility of animal rights groups protesting outside the Viaduct Events Centre over her controversial Q&A in Sunday magazine.
After the show, the designer would not comment on the slip up, where she was photographed sitting on a bearskin rug while claiming to be a human rights advocate.
"I'll talk about fashion, that's it."
She said she was happy with the show.
"For me, it was really important to go back to that theatre and drama the brand is seen for ... It's just a story we told using the fabrics I know will translate well commercially."
Polka dots and floral prints featured heavily in the collection, but Stretton was hesitant to be pinned down to any specific aesthetic except to say, "it was all about the journey of Alice and the white rabbit."
Models walked in high heels with patterned tights, encrusted tiaras and floral headpieces that were larger-than-life.
In Stretton style, there were plenty of bows. Bows on prints, bows on peplum sleeves, bows on scarves, on waists, on necklines.
Over one thousand guests packed into the Westpac Shed to see the Annah in Wonderland collection.After the show they helped themselves to cupcakes from the catwalk.
On Saturday, Stretton's second show, Come on Oz, Say I do, will take place as part of Fashion Weekend.
Members of the public can buy tickets to attend a gay wedding that will take place on the runway. Stretton chose two women from Australia to come over and say their vows.
The women will be dressed head to toe in Annah Stretton and both will be wearing "two very girly dresses.
"For us it's a fashion show first, so we chose girls who could wear the dresses well and represent our brand globally."
Stretton says she has received a lot of international media in relation to her Fashion Weekend show.
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