The Backstage Blog w/ Jacqueline Anne Couture
What inspires and influences you?
Everyone and everything can have an influence or inspire. I do love pretty things.
How would you describe the collection being shown at NZFW 2019 to someone outside the industry?
It's my debut, so a culmination of a long journey to finally find my own voice. I'm in love with so many aspects of the three capsule collections I will be presenting within my Debut showcase. A collection of romance and delicacy and femininity and drama - starting with the 1st capsule collection ‘Botanical Empyrean’. Soft hues of Feminine prints of floral and elegant humming bird print or muted floral, contrasting with statement emerald greens and rich royal blues with hand sewn appliqués.
The 2nd capsule collection ‘Sugar pop Tweed’ with the brightest pastel palettes of Mint, Yellow, blues and Pinks… Summer Tweeds blending into beautiful silhouettes with silk organza, Tulle and embellished with delicate feathers.
The 3rd and final Capsule collection is rightly titled “Derby Stakes” brings a punch of black and white indulgence with an edge, combining the soft silks with die-cut PU Laces, dresses that flare from the waists and skirts dropped pencil-thin to below the knee, and some statement millinery all adding to the drama unfolding in front of you.
When did you start working on the collection?
I started working on the collection in March so a late belter for NZFW with a lot of work and very little sleep.
Tell us about the show production.
It's like taking a ride into a hidden garden and falling down a rabbit hole of fun and happiness and the unexpected.
Tell us about your approach to lighting and sound.
It builds softly and delicately, getting more upbeat and as we move into the 2nd collection it hits some punch into the third with a more rock vibe.
What was the inspiration for the music?
My Sister helped with the music, we are using two New Zealand acts for our sounds. The amazing Castlecliff lights the first song ‘Till the End’ sends chills down my spine for how powerful it sounds. The other in the iconic Punk band Sticky Filth, for a bit of an edge to go with the Derby Stakes collection.
Do you want to thank anyone in particular for helping you turn your show into such a success?
My Sister Stacey Roper has helped so much with everything from the invites to the look-book to finding the music. And my mum Diane Roper for taking care of my little girl while I have been so busy getting everything made. Without them this would not of been possible.
Who are you most excited to see at NZFW 2019?
Myself... Only so I can finally say "Fuck yeah" I actually did it! ( And Zambesi).