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WORKSHOP filled Auckland's historic building, the Town Hall, on Thursday 1st September for its Autumn Winter 2012 collection at NZ Fashion Week with models walking across the wide stage under a backdrop projection.
What I call the Benches of Diplomacy were put to good use, giving everyone a coveted Front Row Seat, as models weaved their way amongst us.
I particularly liked the studded cuffs and collars on women's shirts and the cowboy ties. There was a beautiful studded khaki trenchcoat too. Stand-outs included the use of leather throughout.
“This collection is about a rock ‘n’ roll, rebellious energy that goes hand-in-hand with denim and utilitarian style; underpinned by an intrinsic quality of cut, cloth and construction,” says Workshop's Chris Cherry. “This is the true spirit of WORKSHOP.”
For Autumn/Winter 2012, WORKSHOP gets luxurious, in black leather for men and women.
Meanwhile, rich colours abound in their new baby cord range for women in shades of sapphire, ruby and anthracite grey for cropped biker jeans and boy shorts.
Womenswear has a 1950s flavour, but menswear has a tougher, urban edge. Camouflage canvas is crafted into fur-trimmed parkas, quilted blazers and slim jeans while felted wool trousers and coats feature a crinkle wash for an elegantly dishevelled feel.
WORKSHOP’s on-going collaboration with New Zealand artists (previous partnerships include John Reynolds, John Pule and Martin Popplewell) continues for AW12 with Max Gimblett: a skull and quatrefoil print and a series of unique paintings directly onto the garments.
Megan Robinson 12 September 2011
Photography by Kevin Robinson
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