The week kicked off with a brand that has been synonymous with New Zealand fashion for over thirty years—but there was nothing old about Zambesi’s A/W 18 show.
“We wanted it to feel electric,” said Liz Findlay who, along with design partner Dayne Johnston, were bestowed with the prestigious Mercedes Benz Presents accolade for 2017. That feeling of electricity was everywhere; from the soundtrack that was loud enough to garner a visceral reaction, to the metallic-foiled racing suits and futuristic makeup of luminous skin with electric pops of colour.
Zambesi classics such as androgynous suiting, leather outerwear, and baggy boy shorts held up with suspenders, were reimagined in bright yellows, quilted textures, and Japanese fleece. Clothing that physically empowered those who wore it. As Liz put it, “Looking forward keeps you focused and challenged, and remembering what has gone before keeps you grounded.