FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 3


Welcome to the second night of FASHFEST. After getting in to the swing of things on the opening night (catch up on our runway reports here and here) we returned to the red carpet to document our outfits before heading in to take our seats for the shows.

Show three shined a spotlight on New Zealand design with six collections presented featuring designers from across the sea.


Melanie Child



Melanie Child returns to the FASHFEST runway with her signature re-worked denim, sustainable ethos and intelligent, timeless design. Her latest collection featured lots of denim, cotton tees and buttoned up shirts and skirts. Melanie has a way with denim; not only was it spliced together to make jeans and jackets (Melanie has been doing this long before Vetements made it mainstream) it was also folded, tucked and inserted into tees and detail panels. A streak of grungy rebellion ran through the collection which was styled with Doc Martins and walked with an I-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude.

Beauty Note: Models sported wet-look hair, heavy, painterly eye makeup and grey and silver face and neck paint.


NZ by AP



Local boutique Assemblage Project presented a curated edit of three New Zealand based designers stocked within their Braddon store. Kowtow, AweSUMO, and AUNTY are all labels that embrace quality, timeless design and ethical practice. First onto the runway were oversized tie dyed tees paired with leggings, followed by simple shift dresses in a range of prints and fabrics. Tailored separates made up in simple silhouettes were also on display.

Beauty Note: Natural, glossy lips, dewy skin, peach coloured eyes and bronze natural tones were paired with big, crimped, curly hair.


Trelise Cooper



It’s no secret that this New Zealand designer is a favourite with us at Leiden. Local boutique Momento Dezigns presented an edit of their stock of the latest pieces from Trelise Cooper. Garments were all typical Trelise: pieces featured embellishments, embroidery, ruffles, flounces and lots of print, and were made up in opulent fabrics.

Beauty Note: Sleek hair and dewy skin set the stage for bright coral, almost fluro, lips and big lashes.



Curate by Trelise Cooper



Momento Dezigns, on a roll, presented yet another collection by Trelise Cooper. Curate features prints designed by an emerging Chinese artist and aims to blur the lines between fashion and art. The collection called out to be worn on some sort of glamorous beach-side holiday and featured whimsical prints (citrus fruits, florals, dragonflies) on floaty dresses and loose pants.

Beauty Note: Sleek hair, minimalist make up, nude glossy lips.





Perhaps we should have called Show 3 the Momento Show, because the boutique was back again with another collection, this time from Sabatini, a label specialising in knitwear. A stream of Missoni-esque tops and dresses made their way down the runway. Each piece was lady-like and timeless, with a grey linen suit reminiscent of something worn by a 90s mom or Diane Keaton being a particular highlight.

Beauty Note: Hair was scraped up into messy top knots, eyes were pink, cheeks were strongly contoured and lips were coral.


Coop and Cooper



Also presented by Momento Dezigns is a collection from two of designer Trelise Cooper’s diffusion lines: Coop, and Cooper. This collection, like the others from the designer that preceded it, explored the same tropes of fun, femininity and creativity.

Beauty Note: The beauty look for this show has a 70s vibe with loose pulled back hair, bright lips and pink eye shadow. The models also sported what we like to call ‘Slut Strands 2.0’ a modern iteration of the 90’s classic where more hair was pulled into the strand and loosely curled.


Catch up on our Runway Reports from Show 1, Show 2, Show 4, Show 5 and Show 6.

Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jesse Petrie, Miriam Walsh, Cleo Pilcher and Johanna Dziadkiewicz who is also the offical FASHFEST illustrator.


Team Leiden

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