Her winter 2012 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week last night was prim and proper - reminiscent of old school glamour and Hollywood starlets.
But Annah Stretton didn't stay tame for long.
She brought the boar back.
After showing her range to a full house at Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre, the lights came back up and the music rebooted to give a retrospective of Stretton's 20 years in the fashion industry.
The boar's head did a lap of the runway as a nod to 2004, when Stretton made headlines for pairing the pig's head with a pouffy dress.
She describes it as a defining moment in her career.
“It [the pig's head] doesn't belong to me anymore, it belongs to World of WearableArt, so I had to borrow it back. Then I had to find someone to wear it, but that wasn't hard.”
While some designers may look back through 20 years of their shows and cringe, Stretton says she feels quite the opposite.
“I really enjoyed those earlier shows where there was all that drama and all that colour. I loved those early years.”
A lot of the pieces she paraded from past shows may not have ended up on the racks in her stores, but there is a signature style that dates back through to the beginning.
The designer's strong sense of drama and femininity remains.
In her winter collection, the 50s-inspired range featured numerous floaty chiffon dresses, pencil skirts, and the ever-popular peplum.
Also evident was her fondness for bows.
The designer gave a sharp comment about her thoughts on the future of New Zealand Fashion Week: “I'm not really interested in a conversation around it. I enjoy what it is and I look forward to coming back next year and getting involved.”
She added that she sees New Zealand Fashion Week as an opportunity to give back to her corporate sponsors and VIP customers.