Day two of New Zealand Fashion Week started with Wellington-based designer, Deryn Schmidt’s Autumn/Winter ’14 collection, entitled ‘Capture This’. Her collection takes on a new direction with the introduction of an exclusive print, an adaptation of a photograph taken by her 14-year-old daughter, Millicent, encompassing a series of brightly lit lightbulbs. This overarching theme appeared in many details throughout the show, to the flashing lights at the front of the runway, to the sound of closing camera shutters in the music.
Schmidt maintains her dedication to flawless tailoring, adding flecks of glamour through the details of each garment. Fabrics were luxurious, the use of rich velvets, silk chiffons and a glistening lurex houndstooth print, giving a series of oft-used winter fabrics a much-needed upgrade. Faux fur capelets which converted into bolero’s added another dimension to her, at times, complex designs. Flocked spot mesh panelled leggings were layered under merino tunics which smoothly cascaded at the sides, often accentuated by flowing sheer silk dresses. She’s strong, she’s elegant, and she’s a woman who captures the moment.