16 Sep 2014


I'm a little bit behind on this but here are my favourite looks from New York and London fashion weeks. As you can see, I'm still torn between clean-cut minimalism and colourful prints - although flat shoes, loose billowing silhouettes and feminine tailoring are all firm favourites.

Elizabeth & James
Monochrome, stripes, dungarees, flip-flops and an ingenious way of tying a shawl.

The ultimate in feminine modern tailoring - exactly what you want to wear to work.

Loose layering, ankle boots and bare legs - what all the cool girls will be wearing next year.

Tory Burch
Ethnic influences on easy-to-wear loose silhouettes.

Elizabeth & James
Ashley and Mary-Kate are masters of tailoring and volume.

Total white-out grounded by staples black pieces (that white dress!!)

Holly Fulton
Utter perfection. Statement skirts paired with simple tees, printed shirt dresses and a fresh colour palette.

Printed cotton dresses, flowing trousers and that jumper.

Michael Kors
Stepford Wives re-imagined - full A-line skirts paired with basic tees and fine knitwear.

Markus Lupfer
Uber-hip neon surfer girls

J Crew
Perfect work-wear: cropped trousers, oversized shirts and printed jackets.

Mara Hoffman
Welcome to the jungle.

5 Sep 2014


'What could be more terrifying and more beautiful than to lose control completely.'

When you hear on the social media grapevine that your favourite book in the whole world has been named as the source of inspiration for a prolific fashion designer whose work you admire, you sit up and take notice.

Kate Sylvester celebrated her much-anticipated return to NZFW by looking to the works of Donna Tartt - specifically, The Secret History - for inspiration.Described as "a nonchalant, slouchy celebration of casual luxury and sartorial classics", Sylvester sent a host of both male and female models out onto the runway adorned in her interpretations of what my beloved characters may have worn.

In particular, we were presented with Camilla Macaulay, being the predominant female character in the book, and one of the most compelling. Elegant, slightly dishevelled, dangerous and inherently ethereal, Camilla and her twin brother Charles are described as wearing "pale clothes, particularly white", drifting around the campus with a haughty air.

The beautiful prose with which Tartt intricately describes her character's appearance and dress is brought to life in a haphazard mixture of androgynous wear. The models wore tailored trousers, cashmere sweaters, Stan Smith trainers, oversized coats, thin scarves, cotton shirt dresses and languid cricket jumpers - all unravelling, unfastening and becoming more dishevelled as the show progressed; symbolising how the characters in the book begin to fall apart as they have to live with their actions.