Backstage at Zambesi – NZFW AW18

Speed racers

Disclosure: I attended New Zealand Fashion Week as a guest of the organisers



And New Zealand Fashion Week’s Autumn/Winter 2018 showcase is off and running – literally, with Zambesi’s Speed Racer-meets-Lost in Space imbued opening show kicking off proceedings last night.

With the start point of the collection a vintage leather track racing suit from the 1970s that Zambesi menswear designer Dayne Johnston sourced from a Paris flea market, the brand’s Autumn 2018 collection was replete with sport-luxe jumpsuits in everything from metallic silver leather to punky black patent, fleece and quilted fabrics with digital prints. We might have thought we had, mercifully, seen the last of the digital print glut for a spell, but Zambesi managed to render them cool. The cool factor is something that’s been in Zambesi’s DNA since the get go – no mean feat for a brand that was launched in 1979.

Other fabrics included an eye-catching mustard yellow pincord that was used in a series of oversized Mod shirts and trousers and a women’s mini skirt, also some very pretty Japanese florals which womenswear designer Liz Findlay deployed in shirts and loose tunics and dresses.

It’s a packed schedule, with 10 shows on today (Tuesday) and I will be checking in to the blog as often as possible with backstage reports and a final wrap once I come up for air at the end.

In the meantime I will be covering as much as possible on the fly from Instagram and Twitter, Facebook.