James Griffin, Brady Dyer
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BEST MODELS: There's nothing quite like a confident model strutting down the runway to grab your attention, and these three were the standouts in our eyes. From left, the naturally stunning Sequoia Etti, followed by she of the so-cool-it-hurts walk Bridie Alman and lastly, the amazing ex-international model, fashion photographer and owner of Monarch models Amanda Bansgrove (who walked for Goodness).
BEST VIBE - The Carpenter's Daughter: MP Paula Bennett strutted down the catwalk at the show from plus-size label The Carpenter's Daughter. The clothes were well-crafted (the orange dress on the right was probably the sexiest look we saw all week) and the best thing was that the audience clapped as the models did their thing. No po-faced grumpy fashion types here.
LEAST USEFUL ACCESSORY - Robyn Mathieson's leather bibs: They'd be terrible in the rain (they even had holes in them) so as far as we could see, these bizarre poncho-bib hybrids showcased during the Robyn Mathieson show proved no purpose except to distract from the perfectly wearable garments below. I mean, does anyone really need-slash-want putrid green-coloured leather right by their face? That said, we have really been looking for a scarf that covers our chest and stops right at the least-flattering part of our stomach.
MOST WEARABLE LBDs - Carlson & Goodness: Many of the 'little black dresses' of the week were just a wee bit too little - we're not sure a cheek-baring playsuit-cum-dress is office appropriate - and so we were overjoyed to see these two figure-flattering dresses that we could actually wear to a meeting by Dunedin designer Carlson and Petone boutique Goodness.
WORST TROUSERS: Moochi makes heaps of simple, wearable pieces that look great on lots of people ... but these 'sarong-front' pants with added tassel are not our faves. 'I'm just really looking for something that bulks up my mum bum'.
STRONGEST EVIDENCE OF NORMCORE - Rooney: We are near-obsessed with Masterton-based label Rooney's chic striped long-sleeved tees - they're true staples and reminiscent of the Duchess' Breton ... but this unflattering look seems to be the strongest evidence from the week that 'normcore' has hit NZ. What's normcore, you ask? Well, basically imagine looking like you've dressed exclusively from the not-cool stuff at an op-shop et voila you've nailed the trend. Very People Of Walmart. Very on-trend.
BEST BRIDAL - Sally Eagle: Wellington designer Sally Eagle's gorgeous just-vintage-enough wedding dresses stood out at the Bridal Collection show for their timelessness (and lack of tacky diamante).
WORST USE OF SHOES - The Wedding Show: Here's a super-cute bridesmaid dress from our fave new bridal designer - Sally Eagle - being ruined by shoes that look like they were knicked off of the set of that 1995 cinematic classic Showgirls. (The fact they look like the colour of diarrhoea against her skin tone is just an added bonus. Really offsets that lemon yellow).
BEST STYLING - Ruby: Chunky sweaters layering over filmy maxi skirts, plaid shirts tied nonchalantly around waists, statement jewels nestled amongst printed scarves - the look at the Ruby show was very cool-girl, Isabel Marant-esque and it was certainly a crowd pleaser.
MOST LIKELY TO APPEAL TO GAGA - World Couture: If Francis Hooper and his team haven't yet contacted Lady Gaga's people, we suggest they get to it. We're betting the singer would feel right at home wearing these bondage-inspired headpieces, outlandish wigs and garments made from hair (those ponytails-of-bloody-tears on the middle look will quite genuinely feature in our night terrors).
BEST USE OF SEQUINS: Trelise Cooper. While most glitzy sequin frocks tend to cling to even the tiniest imperfection causing the walking wearer to morph into a shiny, lumpy disco ball, the lovely Trelise Cooper number on the left managed to be both flattering and stylish on the catwalk. We love the cut of both the dress and the skirt, and the subtle black trim adds a touch of class.
MOST WORRYING CROTCH TREND - Yu Mei Be Mad: Some of Wellington-based designer Jessie Wong's stuff is super cute and totally wearable, but we shall not be sporting these muppet merkins any time soon.
BEST CROWD RESPONSE - Nineteen//46: Judging on the spontaneous rounds of applause and excited cheering throughout the Nineteen//46 show, it's safe to say that Kiwi women love wearable knits (we're not so sure on those skin-tight beanies, however, very Usher - The Early Years).
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