The Marr Factory returns

Karen Walker, Zambesi, NOM*d, Kate Sylvester, Helen Cherry and Workshop will be marching out their spring-summer 2014 collections at The Golden Dawn, Ponsonby, Auckland from August 17 to 23.

The annual event produced by The Marr Factory and New Zealand hair legend Stephen Marr, returns for another show week at the popular live music venue.

The in-season ticketed R18 event is open to the public but attracts the industry crowd too, partly because of its cool hipster status but also because everyone wants to support one another. The great community vibe at these shows makes them worth attending even if it’s sometimes hard to see the clothes.

A new show, MF Gatecrashers, has also been added to this year’s line-up in the guise of a group show presenting emerging talents Eugenie, Harman Grubisa, Penny Sage, Glen Prentice and Georgia Alice.

Jayson Brunsdon’s Rio affair

Past muses for Brunsdon have included Audrey Hepburn but this season it’s the city of Rio that inspired his spring/summer 14/15 collection unveiled this week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Instead of elegant frock coats and dresses there were bare midriffs and ra ra skirts though in rich fabrics of course, and in vibrant colours – rich browns and rusts, “inspired by gleaming bronzed skin”, the green of palm fronds, fruity colours orange, tangerine and lime, and “beautiful turquoise from the waters”.

Brunsdon has been spending his recent summer holidays in Rio and he’s fallen in love. “It’s quite a personal odyssey this collection because it’s such an amazing city and it’s very youthful and it is a sexy city,” he said. “I love way they dress. They wear little rara skirts and hoop earrings and their hair is wet when they go out for dinner because they’ve just been swimming. It’s just a really beautiful sexy culture.”

Brunsdon admits it’s a very different collection for him but it was a deliberate move.

“After 10 years last year I thought I’m bored with doing ladylike and nobody wants to dress like a lady anymore. And it’s a different world. I don’t think we are living in an elegant era anymore. I think we are living in a pretty cutting loose time where anything goes and I really wanted to mix things up and have a bit of fun,” Brunsdon said.