What NZFW trends will you take on-course?

The Races
7 September 2018
Left - Augustine by Kelly Coe at New Zealand Fashion Week. Right - Floral Racegoer at Wellington Cup. 
 
Take this year’s fashion in the field tips straight from the horse's mouth - New Zealand Fashion Week! Last week was a display of pure Kiwi design talent. We’ve pulled out the key styles so you’re in the fashion ‘know’ when you head on-course this season - which trend will you wear? 
 
Florals 
Both macro and micro florals held their own on the catwalk last week - use the inspiration above to add a ‘pop’ of colour to your spring carnival outfit. Featuring heavily in both menswear and womenswear, florals acted as the feature print for many designers and were accentuated by appliqué flowers, sheer fabrics or block colours. 
 
Vintage 
Not fashion forward, but fashion backward! Many designers took inspiration from the past; vintage florals, puffed or ruffled sleeves and even 70/80’s neon made a feature, so hunt your wardrobe for that old favourite dress. 
 
 
Left - ‘Man of the Carnival’ at Wellington Cup. Right - Vintage inspired ensemble at Wellington Cup. 
 
Simple suiting 
Good news for the men - classic is in! Transform your everyday work horse suit into your next raceday look. As seen in the image above, it’s all about the accessories - add a floral or check shirt, tie or pocket square to take your look to the next level. 
 
Soft textures 
Womenswear designers emphasised femininity through softer textures - sheer chiffon, silks and feathers were incorporated in everything from fun belts to billowing full length skirts (have a look at the beautiful chiffon skirt above). Layer these elements in your next Cup Day outfit to look great on-course and in photos - remember, the camera loves texture! 
 
Make-up 
Two very distinct looks emerged from the runway - natural ‘no-makeup’ looks and bold statement eyes. To achieve a no-makeup look, focus on all over glowy skin, natural eyeshadow, sheer or nude lipstick and natural brows. This look works particularly well with a busy outfit. For statement eyes, go for nude lips, intense eyeshadow colours, go crazy with eyeliner and play with metallics and mattes. Be careful what ensemble you choose to pair with this style - bold patterns and colours tend to compete for the spotlight and will ultimately clash. 
 
We can’t wait to see what trends you choose to incorporate!

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