The AUT Rookie show was held this evening at St Pauls in Auckland City - a breath of fresh air in the New Zealand fashion world *:-) The Rookie show is an event that showcases an extraordinary year for the AUT Bachelor of Design - Fashion graduates. I asked many a Rookie this evening about their year to mixed reactions - all looking forward to a well deserved early night!
Best dressed goes to:
Blaire Archibald's "I shot you with silence" collection warmed my heart - Blaire's quirky appreciation for texture and proportion is delicious. Excellently executed - cohesive pallete and beautifuly constructed pieces.
Glen Yungnickle got a reacution on the runway with his AW2010 range depicting the journey of the swag man. Details were inspired by victorian menswear - but in varying shades of red/choral. I'm in el oh ve eeeeee!
Oliva Benefield used scans of her baby Noah at 20 weeks as the base print for her collection depicting "The bond between mother and child explored through Tension and Release" - oversized draped proportions twisted and shaped in ways that highlighted different areas of the female form.
"...curious amalgamations of metal and cloth" epitomises designer Lan Ching Fu's graduate colleciton - the most AHmazing creations - I loved the waistcoat created out of metal links attached to a jacket back *:-) Please can I order now!!!
Many many many great collections - a special "keep an eye out for...." mentions must go to:
*Meghann Hemmings who used an insane ammount of Ostritch hides to create garments that reflected the original animal.
*Reiko Fukuda with her black (and slightly revealing...) exploration of innocence, adulthood and and the transition between the two.