We got our first peek at Zambesi Summer 12/13 and instead of just looking, we actually got to take photographs. Models were on hand, a white backdrop was available and Liz Findlay was on hand to help. I have to apologise for the quality of my photographs right at the start. Photography has never been part of my skill set unfortunately. Luckily when my Canon decided to throw a hissy fit, Marissa Findlay was on had to give me pointers. Otherwise I would have just had a story about the collection, and no photographs.
The first thing that strikes you about this season is just the general ease of it all. Everything feels very stripped back and simple. With less silk than we are used to seeing, and more of cottons, lace and mesh, is has a resortwear feel. Zambesi have had this vein humming along quietly in their collections for a few seasons but now it has really come into it’s own. Lots of blush and nude, with colour pops of cherry red and cerulean blue and a random spot print embroidered in both yellow and blue. With an orange camouflage fabric to round it all out, finishing with the standards of navy, brown, white and of course, black.
There is some great detailing in the womenswear with beaded chanel-inspired bows, bib detailing on the dresses and tops, which I love. Texture is everywhere with lace coats both short and long, sequins, and zipped pants in satin. I love the single-breasted jacket that has a real buttoned down (or belted over) feel that is a great contrast to the more ‘careless’ feel of the rest of the collection. Add in the tailored shorts and the fitted georgette silk pencil skirt and it is a great mix of wearable separates. As always there are always the lingerie inspired pieces – great singlets and petticoat dresses that can be used over or under other pieces.
The accessories are quite masculine, going with their more ‘tomboy’ feel. Belts that feel like they come from a scout uniform, loafers that could be unisex, sandals that have a utilitarian feel (but very covertable). I love the sandals. Their shoes have got better with each season, and the collaboration with Julia Thompson continues to be a success. One of the many things I love about these shoes is that they are (as with all Zambesi clothing and accessories), made here in New Zealand. You have to love that. Summer should start trickling into store soon.