Global catwalk

21:09, Nov 06 2012
Zhang jingjing Haute Couture Collection.
Zhang jingjing Haute Couture Collection.

Aimie Cronin takes a sneak peek outside the fashion powerhouses of Paris and New York and discovers some global gems.


The powerhouses of fashion week would have to be New York, Milan, London and Paris, but there are interesting things happening all over the global scene.

Collections from China Fashion Week seemed to be less about current trends and more about making a statement. The group collection by designers Wu Xuekai, Wu Xuewei and Zhang captured the country's working class; She guang Hu appears more celebratory and youthful; while XuMing's Haute Couture Collection draws on the country's ancient history to create an elite, romantic feel.

In Kazakhstan, designers worked in edgy head pieces and softer, feminine turbans, matching global trends (most notably Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen at Paris Fashion Week last month). The bold yellow ensemble by Atelier Artisan and split maxi dress by Kamila Kurbani were pops of colour amidst collections in softer tones.

No colour palette was as austere as the offerings at fashion week in Russia. It's not a country known for its chirpy colour palettes, and designers stayed true to the aesthetic with sombre grey, beige and pale pink tones in long, loose fitting maxis.


On the up ● Head pieces, turbans, scarves, fascinators

● Chunky jewellery

● Strappy stilettos

● Maxi dresses

● Feminine fabrics and prints

Translate the look

● Vintage stores have some amazing hats that would tick the box in terms of current headpiece trends. The 1930-50 look is still going strong, too.

● Invest in a classic dress

The Alexandre Herchcovitch red strapless dress, belted at the waist and perfectly feminine-meets-fun, is not exactly on trend, but it doesn't need to be. A piece like

this will outlive a lifetime of trends.

● Accessorise

The perfect answer to lean times: if you've got no money for a new dress, reinvent the old one in the closet with a statement piece of jewellery. We are spoilt for choice in Hamilton with Diva, Equip and Lovisa and some of the colours in store take the word bold to another level. Big ticks to teal and bright yellow.

● Maxi dresses

We tend to dress down the maxi and make it fabulously casual in summer, but shy away from a longer dress for formal occasions. The playful full length dress by Kamila Kurbani is dressy, but fun in the bright print and with the sexy slit. If you have the legs and