New Zealand Weddings Magazine is a favourite across the country for brides to be, with quality pages full of ideas on how to spend your dollars on the perfect wedding it has it all and so to see the stunning gowns and dapper suits leap off the page and onto the runway is a real pleasure, whether you’re a fashionista or a nervous groom.
The show opened with designs by Natalie Chan, a short and sweet collection packed with tulle skirts and extravagant hair pieces; the most eye-catching of which was a kaleidoscope of butterflies towered on top of a white branch. In many of her dresses, she used floral detailing in peaches and light pinks accessorised with ‘50s style kitten heels. This colour palette seemed to be a favourite with the Robyn Cliffe Couturier finale dress stealing the show; brandishing a bold pink fascinator style hat and shades of the same adorning a flowing material tied at the waist with a tulle belt, this gown was stunning from head to toe. Other looks from Robin Cliffe included cascading silk dresses with low-cut backs and diamanté embellishments; the designer also had some more alternative styles towards the beginning with an above-the-knee lace dress and deep dusty pink colours painting the headdresses around the classic updos.
Hera Couture by Katie Yeung took a more simple approach to the wedding gown with elegant silks and white lace silhouettes dominating her collection. There was also a range of children’s bridesmaid dresses that used heavy amounts of tulle in the skirt and adorable boho style flowered garlands to accessorise, the women, however, wore very plain single white flowers in their hair adding to the minimalism of the range. The ladies were styled using loose waves and very natural make-up with emphasis on the blush to portray a ‘blushing bride’.
In terms of grooms wear the selection was widely focused on nautical influences with Barkers using navy shorts and Working Style showing a salmon blazer, light coloured pants and white trainers. An ongoing trend throughout the 3 menswear collections was subtle hints at pattern hidden in the pocket squares, ties and blazers and a variety of darker shades of grey and blue over lighter colours. Barkers used leopard print while Working Style was showing many varieties of check in the blazers. Crane Brothers had the monopoly on classic style suits with the sleeves pulling up short showing some cuff and trousers turned up slightly at the hem.
John Zimmermann Couture closed the show with a variety of silk garments, glamourous sparkles and bustier dresses. A major theme in this range was the drop waist embellished with diamantes in a 20s style gown, they were fabulously finished with tiaras and long lace trimmed veils. Overall the New Zealand Weddings Magazine show was magical and full of beautiful ready-to-wear styles.
Words and picture by Lindsey Catherine.