Kiwi fashionistas create LBD collection

SARAH MACKENZIE
Last updated 16:40 30/04/2014
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ALL DRESSED UP: From left, Jessie Bush; Katherine Lowe; Teresa Moore; Tanja Gacic and Alise Xayalith model their designs for Moochi's NZ Style Set collection.

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Finding the perfect Little Black Dress is one of those eureka fashion moments that seldom eventuates, so when some stylish new versions hit the market we can't help but be excited.

This week Moochi launches its first collaborative Dress Week capsule collection, a design project which showcases the individual style of some of the country's top fashionistas.

Dubbed the NZ Style Set, the collection is made up of five unique takes on the classic LBD - ranging from a masculine shift dress to a short and sexy cocktail number.

The contributors, all of whom are known for their ability to style and create fashion-forward outfits, are London-based Jessie Bush, local blogger Katherine Lowe, New York-based model Teresa Moore, Sydney-based blogger and model Tanja Gacic and The Naked and Famous singer Alisa Xayalith.

Jessie Bush of we the people style blog sought to create a minimal, fuss-free dress which encapsulates the idea of an LBD - wearable at any time, in any place. Her viscose dress features a front slit and an elegant high neck. It retails for $299.99.

Creator of katherineisawesome.com Katherine Lowe also focussed on designing something simple, but added a playful touch by incorporating polka dot sleeves on her shift dress. Although it does mean her frock is a wee bit more expensive ($339.99), we love that she chose to use silk, giving the piece a luxe finish.

Perhaps the most flattering of the lot, Teresa Moore's design aims to cinch in the waist and elongate the leg. The dress has a deep v-shaped neckline, three-quarter length sleeves and retails for $329.99.

She made a splash at the recent Australian Fashion Week, and Tanja Gacic's Style Set number is bound to do the same. The $299.99 strapless dress features strong, structural elements, a faint snakeskin self print and will most definitely get you noticed.

Last, but certainly not least, is the work of The Naked and Famous singer Alisa Xayalith. Unlike the other collaborators, who chose to stick to a traditional LBD, Alisa wanted to create a garment that was like a 'second skin' - a choice which resulted in a versatile spaghetti strap jumpsuit. The $349.99 silk one-piece is casual, yet undeniably chic and looks great teamed with heeled boots and a statement belt.

We love that each garment caters to a different market and figure - there really is something for everyone.

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Each of the designs is available for pre-order via Moochi's website now and will hit stores on Friday 16 May.

For those who are eager to get their hands on one of these great pieces but aren't so sure about the idea of purchasing before trying, Moochi also offers a convenient full refund service on unworn and undamaged pre-orders.

Happy shopping!

- Stuff

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