When NZ fashion first came to my attention, circa 1999, I conducted a love affair with Kate Sylvester. From time to time I would go and stroke her range in Orson & Blake… all the while waiting for those legendary Marie Claude Mallet Fashion PR sample sale, where I would send my bank balance into the red but somehow convince myself I had actually made money because everything was on sale. I still think about the hot pink sequin sheath I couldn't afford... sigh...
Then her prices went up.
My love for Kate waned. Our fashion affaire de couer was fini.
I found solace in the musty embrace of charity shops and market stalls.
However, her Winter 2008 (Southern hemisphere) collection may just rekindle my devotion.
Entitled “Art Groupie”, the collection was inspired by the infamous Surrealist piece, Fur-covered cup, saucer, and spoon by Meret Oppenheim. Sylvester was reportedly on a mission to create “a collection as mad, unexpected and beautiful as that work,” moving from her current pretty feel to harder, more directional looks.
The "hands" stuff are my favourites - scarf, dress and hat.