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Zambesi comes to Britomart
What a busy week it has been in the Fashion World – though it appears we saved the best for last.
Zambesi have moved their flagship store from its site on Vulcan Lane in the High Street District, to its new, huge store down on the waterfront, beautifully fitted out in concrete, metal - and of course, gorgeous clothes.
Pictured left: Neville and Liz Findlay of Zambesi.
It is said if you admire a designer, then you wear their clothes to their show – then tonight there was a whole lot of admiration going on.
For those of us that know Zambesi’s vast back catalogue it was apparent that there was a huge collection of vintage Zambesi being worn tonight; plenty of silk georgette with delicate beading, masses of draping, and black. The interesting thing was there was simply no way of telling what was current season, and what was ten or twenty years old. That is why Zambesi is so beloved – the pieces are timeless and simple.
With Gareth Pugh, Nom*D and Rick Owens thrown in for good measure, it was one well-dressed room.
Below: Vivien Westbrook and friend Nicole.
The other thing about Zambesi is how anti-ageist the label is. I spotted the same dress on two different women – one younger, one older – and they both looked fabulous. Just worn differently. That is one of their great strengths.
Long may they continue to reign. Long Live Zambesi.
Below: Denise L'Estrange Corbet and Gilda Kirkpatrick.
Hannah McArdle of Aych Blog and Drew Douglas of Macauley & Maestro fashion blog.
Marissa Findlay and Tatum Savage.
Four Eyes fashion blog's Alex Blanco and Mino Kim.
Red Bull DJ, Ridge Jaggers, entertained guests, thanks to Converse.
Zambesi Britomart store manager Bharti Patel with Anya Brighouse.
Denise Champion and daughter Juliet Bates.
Gilda Kirkpatrick and Anna Jobsz.
Dayne Johnston and Glen Hunt.
Tim Lightbourne of Invivo Wines.
Visit Zambesi Britomart at 56 Tyler Street Auckland.
By Anya Brighouse 30 March 2012
Photos Megan Robinson.