October 1, 2010

Whoa, horsey

Don't you just get a wee bit excited when a trend you used to love gets its second wind? It's such a shame when you first see it die out, like around 2008 when Sass & Bide's harnesses were all of a sudden in full force, then just as fast as they came, they left the scene. But thankfully (like middle parts) they're baa-aack!

For a while now I've been following designer Zana Bayne, who initially reminded me of Paula Kyle Walden which is probably why I fell in love with her stuff in the first place. Her focus on extreme shoulder appliqué and leather harnesses make her the absolute go-to girl when on the hunt for this trend.

A few weeks ago, model Hanne Gaby Odiele was snapped wearing a Zana Bayne tan leather harness ialled "The Basic" in the Alexander Wang show at NYFW (pictured below). Does this not just make you melt a little? Like, could a leather harness be any less BDSM and more street-style than ever before?

To further excite me, New Zealand American designer Nicole Miller (who was invited to show in New Zealand) worked the harness trend into her collection at NZFW. Although a little reminicint of the strappyness of previous Sass & Bide crepe silk dresses and a little whimpy in terms of adopting the trend in all its leathery glory, I still love the look none the less.

images: fashionising and fashionnz

*Thankyou Emma of Rag Pony for the correction



Emma said...

Hey hun,

Nicole Miller is actually a designer from New York - she was invited to NZFW to show her collection.

If you love harnesses, check out last winters Kate Sylvester collection "Diamond Dogs"


Loz - Vogue Contradiction said...

In love! So funny, I posted about the same thing the other day, SO OBSESSED MIAAAAAARRRRNNNN.