Kathryn Wilson NZFW 2017

Choosing to end her show with Beyonce’s Girls (who run the world) seemed like an appropriate way to solidify local footwear designer Kathryn Wilson’s girl power credentials when it comes to her brand and business.

As designer and director of Kathryn Wilson Shoes and Miss Wilson Footwear, the rapid progression she has made since the former label’s inception back in 2003 is astonishing.

Fast track to 2017 NZFW, day 3 of the official Fashion Week show schedule with a much-hyped main-site show, her ability to pull a crowd and win over her numerous sponsors only highlights the kind of media savvy and clever business acumen the designer has managed to discover over the years.

Last night’s show highlighted a much bigger collection, themed with pilots and models dressed as flight attendants.

The show itself was high octane and camp, with models strutting out dressed in racy flight attendant costume complete with hats and hair too match, styled by Auckland based stylist Barry Betham; with big hair (creative directed by D+M Salon’s Danny Pato) and equally full on makeup by Kiri O’Brien of M.A.C cosmetics.

Key pieces from the collection included yellow pumps, a pair of pink leather ankle brogue boots, 60s pony skin flats and a pair of monochromatic tweed pumps.

It was all the things women secretly desire: Mock croc, studded heels, patent leather and rich velvets, with Wilson choosing to challenge the ideals of what a sexy pair of shoes could and should be.

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Amelia Hooper