Paris Georgia has long been on the international fashion scene making waves with their illustrious designs. Establishing a cult following globally, before making waves in New Zealand, the brand has gone from strength-to-Mercedes Benz Presents.
Listening to Paris Mitchell-Temple speak pre-show on the topic, bringing awareness of the brand to the local market is a fantastic opportunity and the next step for the nearly three-year-old brand. Apparently, it’s time we kiwis got up-to-speed on minimalist cool-girl brand, Paris Georgia.
The opening scene to the show did not disappoint with large white light screen strategically covering the entrance to the runway for an effortlessly chic appearance. The audience was buzzing, perhaps due to the champagne flow at the pre-event, and there was definitely a mood that we were in the right place at the right time.
Models walked the runway, in luxe fabrics — fabrics with substance. Tailoring appeared clean and refreshing even when deconstructed. Minimalism at its best.
Like many of the New Zealand Fashion Week shows this year it was an interesting cast of models, including male models looking right at home in the middle of a ‘womenswear’ show. This move is rapidly gaining popularity on a global level and it would be fair to suggest mixed-gender shows are the future of fashion. This begs the question: is it plausible to define fashion in terms of gender anymore?
Sumptuous silks and dreamy pastels took us on a heavenly trip to Cloud 9. Layering of key pieces — tanks over shirts, bralettes over tanks — are favourably paired with an almost-sheer silk pant. Translucent silk gloves are an impractical embellishment that I would buy in an instant. What a way to take any outfit to the next level!
Deconstructed luxury is exemplified with bralette over a tank dress, layered with a barely-held-together skirt. Masterfully dishevelled. Corset dresses with spaghetti straps state that the ’90s vibes are still in the building. Oversized hats, reminiscent of the now iconic, Jaquemus, make a bold statement that “this is summertime.” Yes, that hat! A perfect complement to a crisp white oversized shirt and lycra shorts. Complete with strappy heeled sandals and oversized tote. This look in particular had me thinking, “I would live in that”.
Oversized pastel-tone suits are sewn with contrast stitching to showcase the quality and flair. Metallic outerwear makes a loud statement although the metallic headwear is probably just for the show… Unless you’re Rihanna?
While most shows are interesting from a creative perspective, this one hit the nail on the head for me on a personal level as a 20-something millennial. Something tells me I’ll be rocking Paris Georgia this coming summer.
Words by Tiana Grace for The Last Fashion Bible. Gallery images by Getty Images. Stay tuned to the Last Fashion Bible for all the latest NZFW19 updates.