For the Wynn
Am back in Auckland for New Zealand Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2017 showcase – once again as a guest of the organisers.
The last NZFW I attended was in 2012 and I have to say there has been something of a quantum leap in the interim, in terms of new talent and energy on the runways.
There has been much talk of a renewed focus on emerging talent at this year’s event and certainly on Tuesday, day one of the full show program, there was no sign of some the more commercial labels that dominated the event for many years, with new name after new name on the runway.
Some of the day one highlights include three year-old brand Eugenie, by former graphic designer and Karen Walker design assistant Liz Wilson, who showed some great vintage-look denim and sweatshirts.
Also making his NZFW solo debut was Wynn Hamlyn, who established his label in 2014.
I liked Hamlyn’s ruffled men’s shirting, cable knitwear and enzyme-washed retro-look denim pieces, including baggy jeans and loose jackets with oversized eyelet rings.
The latter were in fact real curtain rings, in keeping with the vintage Axminster Carpets furnishings theme of the collection, which also included real carpet deployed in oversized totes, belts and one spectacular overcoat.
Axminster Carpets was established in 1755 by Devon-based weaver Thomas Whitty, who had been inspired by a Turkish carpet spotted at a London market and went on to become the go-to rugmaker for the British aristocracy.
The Kiwi connection? The New Zealand wool used in more recent Axminster collections Hamlyn told me backstage.