Here is one more post about New Zealand Fashion Week. All the creative youngsters hanging around the grounds were one of the enchanting aspects of the week.
Even though my content here tends to focus exclusively on China happenings, I have think this time, the exotic nature of this locale warrant some coverage. After all, an attraction of Beiijng has always been that, unlike New York or Tokyo, one doesn’t at once expect it to have vibrant street style and it has, in fact, recently awakend from a sort of fashion night. In some ways, Auckland is equally surprising just because one rarely thinks of it outside of the context of Lord of the Rings and such.
The fellow above is a design student who came for a few shows at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Finally, here are some shots from the photoshoot that we did in Florence using the clothing on sale in LUISAVIAROMA.
Well, I am not a professional model – that is for sure. One thing I learned that day is that it is very hard to find entire outfits that both fit and go together reasonably well in a single store. Also I was pretty much doing this photoshoot right off the plane, sot there wasn’t much time to pick a wardrobe. Anyway, I did find this dinner suit from Lanvin (available here ) in a lightweight wool that was perfect around the thighs though the coat was strangely baggy. The shoes from patent shoes with a blue bow from Giacomo Morelli (find them here) were the most interesting part of the ensemble though. More pictures of those beneath.
These two are real models. We were able to go out onto the terrace on top of the shop for some shooting. This was overlooking the centerpiece of Florence, the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo. From one of my least favorite brands, Dsquared, I found this rather appealing velvet coat with satin lapels (it is here) and oddly gratuitous feeling ticket pocket. It was amazing that the coat fit me almost perfectly. It would not really require alterations unlike the Lanvin suit above. In a midnight blue, the Burberry Prorsum suit (here) on the left features satin lapels that just about make it into a dinner suit, though there is always something a little improper about notch lapels and black tie. I suppose it is in that new family of suits that stylishly straddle the line between business attire and black tie and are, thus, most effective for going to fancy, but not altogether formal events.
Amber and Nisha, a DJ pair from London called the Broken Hearts, flew in for the event. They do a lot of fashion parties. Interestingly, I ran into them today at the La Specola, Europe’s oldest Museum of Zoology and Natural History. It’s not the most frequently visited museum here in Florence.
Photos: Phoebe Wu
The Dolce and Gabbana party with Naomi Campbell in Shanghai also attracted more casual, quirkier styles.
Here I departed from my usual policy of only photographing China-related people because I just liked this gentleman’s outfit so much. A buyer for stylish Japanese department store chain United Arrows, he was outside the Thom Browne show, the first for that designer in Paris.