Let’s make some noise!

Black ear plugs were issued at the door of Dunedin fashion label NOM*d’s opener at New Zealand Fashion Week today, and it was loud.

The collection, entitled Noise, stayed true to the label’s underground rock ‘n’ roll mood.

Throughout the standing-only show seven drummers wearing black balaclavas belted out steady drum beats, which built in intensity and got louder and louder as the show reached its crescendo.

Models ears were painted black or white in keeping with the Noise theme.


The silhouette was mostly long and languid – a mix impeccable tailoring and layering which echoed back to NOM*d’s Quiet Revolution collection shown at London Fashion Week (1999).

Nomd hat

“I think it’s quite interesting that it still has those words about listening and hearing, and that was very long and languid like this too,” NOM*d designer Margi Robertson said.

Robertson said she felt the collection “had a very loud noise” and that it was great to be back at Fashion Week.

“It’s endorsing what we do. Something that has been there from the beginning which is cool,” she said.

We totally agree.

Lumberjack Kate

The Marr Factory usually presents in-season spring/summer collections but last night fashion designer Kate Sylvester decided to mix things up and present autumn/winter 15 instead.

That makes her first off the rank to present an autumn/winter 15 collection ahead of New Zealand Fashion Week which kicks off on Monday (August 25).

Sylvester, who is also on the official Fashion Week schedule, showed her diffusion line, Sylvester, inspired by “bad ass lumberjacks”. Tough girls but feminine. Think plaid, axes, chainsaws, work wear, scout patches, camp fires and cabins!

KS lace

The show opened with a model carrying a powered up chainsaw. Others followed carrying axes and pieces of wood.

KS Chain 2 web

Hair stylists from Stephen Marr used just one product on the hair – Original Mineral Queenie Firm Hold Hairspray.

The make-up look created for Sylvester by M.A.C’s Kiekie Stanners was a mix of beautiful skin and a greasy smokey eye, which summed up the feeling nicely.

KS hair for web

Pictures by Olivia Hemus and Sam Lee.