It’s not every day we’re invited to black-tie events complete with Champagne, Al Brown’s oysters, and a Working Style fashion show starring some of New Zealand’s best rugby players (I wish it was!). This particular invitation was exciting for a number of reasons: Champagne and oysters, obviously; Blair was actually in the country and could accompany me; and it gave him the chance to wear his Working Style wedding suit again (again, black-tie events aren’t our every day occasion).
While Blair looked dapper in his new tux, I stepped out of my comfort zone wearing a floor-length blue gown with thigh-split (which seemed to show every bite of chocolate I’ve eaten recently) with skyscraper Burberry heels and a vintage gold clutch. Photos: Norrie Montgomery
The event was held at the architecturally awe-inspiring St Matthew In The City on Hobson Street, where we were greeted by Mercedes Benz C Coupe on the Red Carpet, Champagne Lanson and delicious fresh Bluff oysters. The white catwalk divided the room, while images from the collection were projected onto the centre arch, and dozens of hanging white bouquets adorned the room.
Joe Naufahu, a friend of Blair’s, took to the catwalk together with Shaun Johnson and Jerome Kaino, modelling Working Style’s AW16 collection, many very wedding-worthy!
Autumn/Winter 2016 Working Style fuses classic and contemporary into fresh, exciting and audacious apparel. WS says it’s advances the trend towards lightweight, tailored clothing that can be worn comfortably in any environment, from the bach to the boardroom.
Jackets and overcoats ooze European class, made from the finest Italian cloth in Europe and Italy. Soft flannels, boiled wool and waffle weave fabrics produce textures within an outerwear range made for warmth. The suiting collection maintains its new light construction, masculine shoulder lines and floating canvassed construction allowing the garments to drape handsomely, the fit improving over time. The superfine merino fabric is from Vitale Barberis Canonico, who have been making fabrics since 1663.
Thanks for having us Working Style, this date night will be a hard one to follow!