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Sep 06, 2012 2:03PM

New Zealand Fashion Week: Twenty Seven Names & Riddle Me This

Jelly sandals and Tumblr-inspired styling.

The first important thing to mention about Twenty-Seven Names is that they had jelly sandals — or jandals, as they are therefore known in the fash biz. (Coincidentally, the footwear that Australians call 'thongs' and Americans call 'flip flops' are actually known to Kiwis as 'jandals'.) A pervasive strawberry print and polka dot pattern also pointed to childhood nostalgia, but the considered cuts of the dresses were anything but immature. Pom-pom beanies and ankle socks were fun touches.

Despite the label's fairly questionable name, Riddle Me This' show was actually awesome — one of the best of the week so far, even. The show was styled by Oyster contributor Zara Mirkin (you may remember her collaboration with Zippora Seven, with whom she sat front row at a few shows this week, and NZ-label Stolen Girlfriends Club). Backstage, Zara told us her inspiration for the styling came from Tumblr — think pink and green hair, jewel-encrusted bindis worn at the inner-eye, Slurpee-coloured lips, and sunnies care of The Cobra Snake. So internet. The clothes were the best hits of the 90s — gingham baby doll dresses, shearling-lined jackets, and mesh. Expect to see it all up in your dashboard soon.
 
Photography: Jeannine Tan for Oyster