For me, Wellington Fashion Week ended at lunchtime today, as I attended my final show of the ‘week’, the Vaughan Geeson and State of Grace duo showcase. Vaughan Geeson opened the show with his AW’13 collection, its strong floral theme – something usually associated with Spring – translating perfectly for Winter. I found the different uses of within the collection to be a clever way to tie in a theme, ranging from micro floral prints, screen printed blossoms on sheer blouses and daisy-cut lace, the latter of which I could see effortlessly taking you through to Spring and Summer. Geeson’s design ethos is to create a look that is both effortless and easy to wear, something that seemed to shine through as I watched each look pass by. Simple jersey dresses and star-print cardigans screamed of a relaxed nature, something you could just throw on as you dash off to the supermarket to pick up some bread and a bottle of milk. In muted tones with terracotta and cobalt blue accents, it was a cohesive collection of the kind that could easily slot into most wardrobes.
In complete contrast, State of Grace’s AW’13 collection ‘The tale of the Regal Rose‘ was vibrant, injecting a huge dose of vibrancy to the showcase. As the title of the collection would suggest, rose florals were prolific in appearance, from printed silk blouses, draped dresses, and subtly embossed on tailored trousers. In addition to the more literal translation, petal-shaped collars appeared on dresses and coats, an interesting and incredibly unique detail. With the inclusion of leopard print, I felt like I was deep in a rose garden of the more unusual variety, where danger lurks quietly in the shadows.
The only real danger of course, lies in the fact that both of these collections are currently in stores, which having seen so many lovely things, can quite easily wreak havoc on your bank account!