To kick off Fashion Week, myself and a few others met for a pre-show aperitif and sushi at Nic Watt’s Masu. It was a dark and wet night, as is commonplace in late August but that couldn’t dampen our spirits. The glittering week stretched before us as we chatted about spring palettes, the most comfiest shoes that still managed to look cute and how to make our makeup last from 6am application to the evening shows (like any modern woman, we all work full-time in between). In attendance was Viva’s Commercial Editor and Beauty Writer Ashleigh Cometti, and Peroni’s Fashion Week Ambassador Holly Wright. Despite pressing commitments, we were hoping that Social Media darling Clare Andrew and one of Fashion Week’s VIP delegate’s Zeenat Wilkinson would be able to join us later.
This year, there is a fresh energy about Fashion Week, this is perhaps due in part to the new location at the Town Hall. New meets old, with the lights dancing upon the classical architecture of one of Auckland’s most beautiful buildings. Upon arriving to the runway tent, we are greeted with a delicately stitched white handkerchief placed on our seats. Scattered across the runway are handwritten letters covered in light cursive. Small talk eventually dies away as the lights dim and the first show of New Zealand Fashion Week 2019 commences.
Kate Sylvester brought out the true romantic in all of us by dedicating her show to her parents’ recently discovered love letters. The clothing was post-war reminiscent – with berets tipped just so, structured skirts complemented by feminine silk blouses and there was a nod to utility, with leather belt bags accessorised with the same small white handkerchief.
The show itself was slightly ethereal – the letters dancing in the breeze as the models floated past. Soft makeup and fresh skin allowed the collection to shine with wholesome beauty. Red lipstick was lightly blotted onto the lip giving lived-in colour, while natural lashes and lightly feathered
brows honoured 1950’s simplicity.
The look was created by Kiekie Sanders from MAC, inspired by Kate’s mother’s make-up on her wedding day.
At the roof-top after-party, guests nibbled on chicken salad tea sandwiches and sipped chilled champagne against a backdrop of the city. Conversation was light and spirited as the room buzzed with enthusiasm for the collection.