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Twenty-seven names at NZ Fashion Week 2012
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 1:04p.m.
By Kim Choe
Twenty-seven names continues its tradition of producing fun, youthful collections with this range, ‘I thought you’d never ask’.
See photos from the show.
Notable prints include cute red strawberries, a bold, random polka dot in pastel, and a navy and white floral matched with a smaller polka dot.
There is a diverse range of dresses – some are delicate shifts, others feature sequinned bodices and gathered skirts, and some are more structured, made of heavier fabrics
The sense of fun and freedom continues through the relaxed-cut shorts, and pants cropped at the ankle.
Black lace dresses and skirts with scalloped edging provide a sudden shot of darkness in what is largely a bright collection that often has more of a springtime feel.
Layering helps add warmth to the more sheer garments, which remain popular in this collection. Long-sleeved knit tops are worn under short-sleeved dresses, and grey woollen ankle socks are paired with bright blue and red jelly sandals.
Fittingly for a collection inspired by Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel The Marriage Plot, the show opened with Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ – a cheeky nod to the confident woman who might just as easily be found on the pages of a Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë novel.
Designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart added their usual touch of whimsy too, with bowties in the collection’s signature prints worn with their matching blouses and dresses.
‘I thought you’d never ask’ is feminine and pretty, and will be an utter delight to the label’s young fans.
Click the ‘video’ tab to watch highlights from the show, with notes from designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart.
All NZ Fashion Week shows will be available On Demand at tv3.co.nz/nzfw
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