I took a trip down to Showroom 22 last week to catch a glimpse of the Spring Summer collections they represent. Designers in the showcase included Stella McCartney for Adidas, Ingrid Starnes, Glassons, twenty-seven names, Kathryn Wilson, Taylor, Charmaine Reveley and adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott.

I was really impressed with the Stella/Adidas range. Not that I consider myself an overly sporty person, but I do like to exercise, but naff workout gear really puts me off –  you don’t want to go jogging in clothes you wouldn’t be seen dead in! Stella for Adidas had an amazing fluro pink neoprene gym bag and sneakers, seamless yoga tights, over-sized cropped sweatshirts and even a yoga mat. All in nice to touch, quality fabrics that looked liked they would keep looking luxe for a long while. The Jeremy Scott collection was less workout gear more sporty street wear. A lot of animal print mixed with edgy fabrics, definitely more of your statement, look-at-me ensembles.  

Another little surprise I got was the looks I saw that are coming up from Glassons. A long time staple in the New Zealand gal’s wardrobe, Glassons are really stepping up their fashion forward-ness. They showed a great floral patterned suit with a cute peplum top in hot pink with a cute fluro pink (maybe I like fluro pink right now huh?) clutch. Glassons is a great way to pick up some trend pieces for not too much, and they have been doing lots of things right lately.

Twenty-seven names have a gorgeous collection coming called “Nine Lives”. The collection utilises a great cat cameo print in many ways. It appears in different sizes and on different fabrics, even socks! It’s amazing and not just for the cat- obsessed. Not that the entire collection is covered in cats; there are other delicate prints in beautiful tones on some of the cutest dresses I’ve seen in a while.

Kathryn Wilson is expanding her already amazing shoe collection and branching into swimwear. The label showed some really sophisticated bikinis and one-pieces, which I’m glad about, it feels like nice one-piece swimwear is much harder to find. Its really nice to see a New Zealand designer doing so well that they are expanding too.   

Ingrid Starnes continues in a similar vein, showing classic pieces with a playful, vintage feel. Some really nicely cut shorts and playsuits and more beautiful, delicate lingerie.

So exciting to see such great stuff coming up and so nice to start thinking about summer already!

Check out the full gallery below.

Words by Rebecca Faulkner

Photos by Nikau Gabrielle Hindin