High tea for WORLD silver jubilee

WORLD is known for putting on bedazzling style spectaculars exploding with crystals, glitter and big hair but yesterday the innovative fashion brand served high tea instead during the presentation its autumn/winter 15 collection with an intimate salon-style show at The Langham, Auckland.

The elegant affair was entirely appropriate considering WORLD is celebrating its silver jubilee (25 years in business).

The clothing, however, still spoke volumes – powerful and slimming silhouettes, punchy geometric prints and head-turning headwear. A contemporary modern wardrobe of sophisticated suiting, Hollywood glamour and a dash of playfulness.

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“For us it’s the continuation of the WORLD brand,” co-founder and designer Francis Hooper said. “This year we have focused on fabrication more than anything, in particular the ancient Necker cube pattern. It all started from the fabric.”

The Tiffin Afternoon tea was not immune to WORLD’s sense of humour “because you can never have enough shoes and handbags … in raspberry”. “Yellow is the new black” egg sandwich. How about a Hambag sandwich or strawberry cake with champagne diamonds?

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Hailwood’s Royal treatment

The unicorn, Tudor rose, fox and deer – emblems of King George V’s Royal Coat of Arms – are the basis of Hailwood’s striking print story for his autumn-winter 2015 collection.

On the runway at New Zealand Fashion Week designer Adrian Hailwood decided to keep things tight and only show the truly luxe pieces from his collection – embroidered unicorns on shirts and Intarsia (picture knitted) roses on cashmere sweaters.

The palette of blues and dove grey mixed well with his diffusion denim line.

As for the name Blackout? “I wanted title of show to be a more grungy, not so pretty and what everybody expects me to do – very 70s and glamour,” Hailwood says. “I wanted to do something a little bit more modern. It’s luxe sportswear really. Streetwear/sportswear with a little bit of sparkle at the end.”

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