Sylvester's bookish bent Tartt's things up

By Zoe Walker

New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester. Photo / Getty Images
New Zealand fashion designer Kate Sylvester. Photo / Getty Images

Returning to New Zealand Fashion Week after a five-year hiatus, fashion designer Kate Sylvester closed three days of trade shows with a collection representing the reasons behind the ongoing success of her brand.

The designer presented a range inspired by author Donna Tartt, with a focus on shirting, billowy greatcoats, A-line midis and male models in womenswear - referencing the menswear roots of the collection, and its inspiration, Tartt's novel The Secret History.

It furthers the designer's ongoing literary obsession, with her current in-store collection inspired by Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries.

On Monday night, Sylvester officially opened Fashion Week with a rousing speech that threw down the gauntlet to the Government to support the new generation of creative talent as today's established brands once were. "There's more to New Zealand than mutton and milk."

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Fashion Weekend opens tomorrow.

The public are encouraged to head to the Viaduct Events Centre to see the hottest in season runway shows, fashion and beauty seminar sessions, competitions, bars, celebrity guests and cool hangout areas.

In the frame

Party people

Kate Sylvester's show was last night's hot ticket, with invited guests including Chanel-favourite model Ashleigh Good. For party photos from the show, see viva.co.nz.

The things they go through

Those impossibly tight and high shoes they've been balancing on all week have taken their toll, with one poor model yesterday nursing a suspected broken foot.

Bottoms up

What's up with Trelise Cooper and butts this week? At her mainline show on Tuesday she played Jason Derulo's Wiggle (Big Fat Butt) and at Coop yesterday it was Nicki Minaj's Anaconda with the lyrics, "Oh my gosh, look at her butt".

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