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.

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.