New Zealand Fashion Week
22 - 28th August 2016

Backstage Blog

Graduate Show Supported by Brother

Offering a fine stage for budding designers, as part of the New Zealand Fashion Week Graduate Show, supported by Brother, our country's rising stars have battled it out to win a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — the chance to see their creations hit the runway. Each year, the show features designers from top fashion graduates from around the country including finalists from Brother's annual nationwide youth fashion and craft competition — Brother Design Stars. Some of the graduates have shared the inspiration behind their collections.

Otago Polytechnic graduate, Letitia Powell explains her resort-based 2017/18 capsule collection IMMERSED was inspired by "the therapeutic and all immersing properties of water" with "oversized silhouettes that swallow the body with layers" and body suits and underwear adding a swimwear element.

Fellow Otago Polytechnic graduate, Laura Marris showcased her Spring/Summer 2017 collection, A Lucid Distraction. Laura was inspired by the Bohemian era with a nod to freedom and nostalgia, inviting wearers to "escape the digital realm into the solace and wonder of nature".

Shannon Young, sent her Massey University graduate collection Allusion Illusion down the runway. Exploring alternative pattern making, Shannon explains that "flatness is a concept that inspired the cut of the garments" - the contrast of 2D silhouettes and 3D prints.

Drawing inspiration from the portrayal of "women as concepts" on social media, Massey University graduate Tess Norquay's Autumn Winter 2017 graduate collection, Please Like Me, "explored the history of patriarchal ideologies".

Introducing organza, patent leather and beadwork to the tulle dresses of her last collection, AUT's Tia Feng explains her 8 look capsule collection is a bit darker this season, "shedding off the innocent femininity seen in previous collections".

Innerbloom is the title of Fashion Tech graduate, Jordan Noah's Spring 2017 collection. "Inspired by geometric shapes, simplistic silhouettes combined with voluminous feminine frills, raw edges, waist ties and rouche detailing" Interbloom features a fresh palate of lush linen fabrics.

The Graduate Show supported by Brother's hair and makeup looks were created by talented teams at dharma and Kristin Stewart School of Makeup.

Deborah Raj