NZFW Salasai

By Jessica Beresford Salasai designer Kirsha Whitcher, who is now based in Perth, only decided to show at NZFW at the last minute – and boy are we glad she did! The first model on the catwalk set the scene for the collection Heartland fit with a wide-brimmed western hat and cowboy neck scarf. This theme was played with throughout the show, with tufts of wheat peeking out of pockets and lazily held by models as they swaggered down the catwalk. The clothes reflected the barnyard vibe, with organic linens in mellow yellows and earthy-toned prints of zig-zagged maroon, blue and white. The typical Salasai androgynous tone was still present, with girls dressed in box-cut shirts and bow ties and guys with long straggly hair and skin-tight skivvies. It's been nice to see Salasai grow as a label since its debut on the catwalk, blossoming this year to a collection we're touting as one of Whitcher’s best yet.
 Photos by Blair McTaggart