By Melissa Low
To have a memorable show at New Zealand Fashion Week, clothing does not have to be the most daring or most outrageous, like it was pulled from Lady Gaga’s closet. Most times a fashion show can be memorable for the amazing pieces you would love to see yourself in.
Juliette Hogan’s brand has always been about dressing the classic and feminine woman. And judging by the half-standing ovation from the audience at the end of the collection, Hogan’s pieces are well loved by the public too.
Most of Juliette Hogan’s collection played with a neutral palate of blacks, whites, browns and beiges. But using colours like this means that anything that is bold or sparkles is bound to catch your interest immediately. For example, this top covered in silver sequins brought a bit of glitz and glam to what could have been a pretty monotone and bland work suit. Sure it may not make a desk job any more fun, but at least you can look pretty good doing it!
Favourite piece of mine was the brightly coloured orange lace dress. As a lover of lace, this outfit was all appealing to me. From the long sleeves to the tailored bust, it just looked like a perfect outfit for a night out. Plus the sheer of the dress can mean you can be a bit playful with what shows underneath.
However not all that is black and white can be boring. This fantastic dress is great for giving a girl a good silhouette. The black at the sides are slimming in the right places, while the white helps to define. It’s a dress that is strong in design, yet understated and simple.
And then there is the massive floral print trend. For a piece like this quilted floral jacket, you would have to be pretty careful about styling it so you do not look like a dated older woman. But the pairing of this great black lace top, and a simple skinny leg pants shows putting modern twists on vintage clothing can help making an outfit worthy of the 21st century.
There’s really so much that could be described about Juliette Hogan’s autumn/winter collection but what can be summed up is that Hogan produces great wearable pieces for the normal New Zealand female. Just because a fashion show may not be completely outrageous does not mean it does not have any style.