Amidst the established glamour of New Zealand Fashion Week’s must see shows, a juxtaposing rush of versatility and boldness stunted the runway at its graduate showcase. 

The Graduate Show supported by Brother, proved the future of fashion is led by the fresh faced designers from AUT, Massey University, Fashion Tech and Otago Polytechnic.  

 The mix of luxurious feminine aesthetics, sustainable recycle wear and conceptual shapes shared the runway with headpiece designs from finalists as young as 11, competing in the Brother Arts & Crafts youth competition.

AUT 

Unisex label Notoa opened the runway with pieces inspired by a combination of urban culture and youth, which developed on a desire for more functional and comfortable recycled wear. The bold use of large branding throughout acts as 

Presented as ‘Path of Exile’, the modern designs of Thanushi Marage’s winter backpack collection were of a military aesthetic fuelled by her personal emphasis the importance of durability. 

The 2018 Spring/ Summer presentation from Tia Peng was a daydream of plastic flowers, light weight fabrics and baby doll silhouettes. Bursting with girlish themes, the graduate designer played with stiff compositions and ruffled trimming yet left room for functionality. 

Designer: Tia Peng

Massey University 

The misrepresentation of the kimono fuelled Yoshino Maruyama’s decisions to draw on the roots of Japanese culture with a contemporary spin. The designs are conceptualised by a desire for both sustainability and simplicity. 

iD Dunedin Fashion Week awardee Tess Norquay entitled her collection ‘Please Like Me’, an ensemble of extreme shapes, detailed fabric choice and bold colours, drawing on the social media commodification of women. 

Drawn to the clever idea of connecting contradictions, Shannen Young fused both eastern and western patterns with 3D prints and 2D silhouettes to create a showcase of geometric shape display.   

Designer: Shannen Young

Fashion Tech 

‘Innerbloom,’ a presentation for women of all ages explored rouche detail, geometric shapes and frills heavily influenced by modernity. Jordan Noah embodied the lasting image of free spiritedness through an emphasis on confidence and breathability.

Olli Paroli’high-end ready to wear designs, described as targeting humans age 19-99, are of well wearing quality and inspired by both youth and age. Playing with a commercial aesthetic meant doodles on simple silhouettes, large check prints and cropped shapes.

Designer: Olli Paroli

Otago Polytechnic 

A holistic energy presented itself during Letitia Powell’s exploration into textually orientated garments, an idea executed by a focus on breathable fabrics and flexible silhouettes.  

A fusion of wool and merino textiles wove itself throughout Kimberly Olivia’s showcase. The emphasis on natural, durable pieces was complete with large collage like patterns and a simplistic colour theme.  

A romantic endeavor into a minimalist aesthetic, the ready-to-wear designs of Laura Marris glimmered with 1970’s silhouettes, splashy colouring and pom-pom accessories. The looks placed traditional shapes into the contemporary context of feminine luxury wear.

Designer: Laura Marris

About Aasha-Samara Nimo
Aasha-Samara Nimo is currently finishing her journalism degree in New Zealand, and on her way to a career in fashion writing, styling and experimentation with portraiture photography. You can find Aasha-Samara and her old Reeboks in every second hand vintage store or catching up on 2000s anime.

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