The fabric was the muse for Zambesi’s motoring-inspired autumn/winter 2018 collection which officially kicked off New Zealand Fashion Week with a high-octane show at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre last night.
Words by Carolyn Enting. Hero image Chris Loufte
Foil coated cotton racing suits and jackets revved things up on the runway for the Mercedes-Benz Presents Zambesi designer show as was only fitting for such a collaboration.
“Our muse for our collections always begin with the fabric,” says Liz Findlay Zambesi co-founder and designer. “Zambesi is all about innovative garments that are timeless, from the exterior to the inner-lining of every piece, our team is committed to keep up the quality. Foil coated cotton was the perfect fabric for our garment inspirations. The garments evoke a powerful, ultramodern attitude synonymous with innovation and craftsmanship.”
Zambesi menswear designer Dayne Johnston also took inspiration in a vintage leather driving suit that he found in Paris for the two bespoke ensembles inspired by Mercedes-Benz vehicle design created especially for the show.
“We took the proportions of the vintage find and translated them into our version of a functional one-piece suit. The silver foiled fabric gives the garment a fantastic futuristic feel,” says Johnston.
The collection showcased several different colours, patterns and textures including, foil coated cotton, bright yellow suiting and knitwear, sheepskin patent, quilting, corduroy and a print inspired by native New Zealand forest called Paradise.
It also included an array of Liz Findlay’s personal favourite quotes. “Don’t be afraid, Never give up and Keep up the quality,” were each printed on a variety of hoodies and jackets.
The collection is available in store February 2018.