Kate Sylvester returns

New Zealand Fashion Week has announced the return of leading designer Kate Sylvester after an absence of many years from its schedule.

It will be a symbolic coming of age for the designer whose label is turning 21.

“We love doing shows and this being our 21st birthday, we really want to celebrate, not just ourselves but the industry that has nurtured and supported us,” Kate Sylvester said.

NZFW managing director Pieter Stewart said she was excited to have Sylvester back on board.

Sylvester will show her Autumn-Winter 2015 collection at an invitation-only show for Fashion Week delegates and buyers on August 27.

Wonderful world of WORLD

Models’ lips pouted with Swarovski crystals and high sheen Shiseido lacquer rouge, while hair director Michael Beel and the team from Buoy created dramatic 1920s-style finger-waves using the models’ real hair dusted in gold glitter and gleaming crystals. Thousands of bobby pins were also used to create an alternative sleek finger-wave effect.

The brief for the hair and makeup was, “Great Gatsby rolling around in glitter and sequins,” WORLD co-designer Francis Hooper said.

WORLD’s autumn/winter 2013 collection Boring Gets You Nowhere was definitely anything but. Colours were bright and silhouettes bold. Womenswear took a cue from the Deco period and film The Great Gatsby. Pest possum fur and pest rabbit fur wraps, collars and bow ties were touches of what Hooper described as “modern luxury”. The show opened with a bright paisley-print trouser suit –narrow leg pants and matching double-breasted peplum jacket that fitted snuggly at the waist. Colour blocked coats that mixed brights with camel, and wide-leg pant suits flecked in gold followed. The final gown was an Art Deco dream in liquid black silk. As WORLD’s tag line states, it was a factory of ideas and experiments. “WORLD dress the mind first and the body second,” said Hooper. 

This is the first time WORLD has produced a show in Wellington, where it has had a retail presence for 22 years. Hooper said WORLD wanted to support Wellington Fashion Week, now in its second year. “We’ve been here for 22 years so we consider ourselves a Wellington brand by proxy,” he said.

WORLD’s runway show, presented to 376 guests, sold out on the first day tickets went on sale. Wellington Fashion Week runs from April 3 to 7, 2013.