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New Zealand Fashion Week Day 2: Hailwood, Rachel Mills, Salasai and more

Woman's Day Style Director Leigh Matheson dishes on all the action from day two of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Hailwood runway show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2017Getty

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The day started with an stunning installation by up and coming womenswear designer Rachel Mills.

Company of Strangers was up next with their Revenge collection – the perfect clash of feminine and masculine pieces, including chunky cable knits, velvet Devore and utilitarian shapes.

Katherine Victoria played with textures and prints, with maxi length velvet dresses, smatterings of multi-coloured faux fur, bold greens and lurex tweed textiles.

The New Generation show is always an exciting opportunity to see the fresh talent … Geoj played with sheer pieces covered in ruffles and leatherette with chain detailing. Luke Dawson’s The Boy From Goreville was menswear and womanswear pieces that were heavily skate influenced with drop crotches and illustrated graphics as a major theme.

Pania Greenaway’s collection was dominated by jewel tone velvets, metallic lurex and paperbag waists. The highlight for me was from Wellington based menswear label, Not For You which was presented to a killer hip hop soundtrack featuring streetwear that wouldn’t look amiss on Kanye West while making a bold ethical statement about homelessness in our country.

L: A model showcases designs from Pania Greenaway’s collection. R: A look from menswear label Not For You.

Andrea Moore showed off both her signature range and her diffusion line, I AM as well as launching her new AM Fit and Swim range. Hanging light bulbs adorned the runway with dancers from the NZ Ballet performing followed by a range of bold prints, wool coats and corseted belts.

A model walks the runway at Andrea Moore’s show.

Hailwood does what he does best and that’s making clothes that are cut to flatter the female form perfectly. Sequins and metallics are always staples in his collections – this time wide leg trousers, fluted sleeves, capes and faux fur featured along with a nod to the late 60s in both design and hair and make up.

Hailwood showcased designs with a nod to the late ’60s.

From streetwear brand Federation there was a strong 80s influence with acid denim, neon graphics and shearling all mixed together. It was quite the show with Dan Aux and Kings performing live on the decks and mic respectively.

Federation took inspiration from the ’80s for its lineup.

To round off day two, Salasai celebrated their 10th anniversary with a typically eclectic collection showcasing both womenswear and menswear, with everything from bold prints, neutrals, camouflage and neons all in their signature shapes and styles.

Salasai celebrated their 10th anniversary this year.

Celebrity Spotting: Day Two

Day two of NZFW brought plenty of stars out, dressed in their fashion-forward best from Simone Anderson to Boh Runga.

Style File: Day Two

One of our favourite models, Amanda Bransgrove, who is also an amazing photographer and all-around wonderful human being, was wearing a Liz Mitchell ensemble with Moscot frames.

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