The prestigious ‘Choose Wool’ show has been a landmark on the NZFW calendar for years, with designers chomping at the bit to be chosen to show their collections. The Wynn Hamlyn presented production is a runway to showcase what New Zealand wool can do, with luxury brands such as Perriam, Hailwood and Liz Mitchell participating this year.
The catwalk kicked off with Liz Mitchell showing stunning ankle length A-line skirts (see below) paired with cropped sweaters and accessories such as the possum fur scarf. Printed fabrics took a back seat on the Choose Wool runway with only a few being used on specific garments’ sections; this has been a trend so far at the shows this season with plain and simple being the look of AW16. Luxury brand Perriam (known for its merino pieces) used wool as an entire outfit; not only pairing it with other fabrics but creating complete wool-on-wool ensembles accessorised with a plethora of beanies.
Female models across all designers for ‘Choose Wool’ wore natural makeup and slicked back messy hair; this was also prominent in the twenty-seven names show earlier in the day. French 83 was the only menswear collection on the catwalk and a late addition to the schedule; it showcased an array of blues and greys with one peculiar pink thrown into the mix. The wool here seemed to be limited to only the scarves and wool blend blazers in the collection. Cuffed trousers and jackets were also a huge trend throughout the show and the rest of the day with many of the French 83 suits using them.
Sabatini had a beautiful collection that had the monopoly on the fabric at hand; with wool being used head to toe in various designs such as ruffled scarves and flowing ponchos. While designers like Hailwood, Tanya Carlson and Wynn Hamlyn kept the material to a minimum using it only as an accessory to others like patterned silks and delicate lace. Overall it was a stunning showcase of the many varieties of wool blend and uses of the fabric, the stand out on the catwalk being Perriam with such an eclectic mix of styles and designs.
Words and pictures by Lindsey Catherine.