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Gadigal Land

— May 15, 2022 —

Wynn Hamlyn is always on point – innovative knitwear designs and thoughtful artist collaborations are what have made them one of the most well-loved NZ labels in recent years, and this week, Wynn and his team made their way over to Australia to host the label’s first AAFW show.

The show was held offsite in an underground tunnel beneath Sydney’s Central Station, where flashes of bright azure and punchy tangerine garments popped against concrete walls.

Inspired by the departure lounges of an airport, the collection represented a much-awaited freedom to travel and explore - complete with clever references to the holiday shirts purchased from a hotel gift shop or the puffer jacket one couldn’t quite manage to squeeze into their suitcase.

We’re talking a co-ord set reminiscent of a Hawaiian dad shirt and board shorts, featuring a hibiscus print by Auckland-based artist Marcus Watson. And while the holiday vibes were rolling, Wynn’s signature knitwear, polished tailoring, and hand-crafted detailing certainly made their appearances as well. Gorgeous gorgeous Macrame pieces, which were specially crafted for the brand in India, were paired with their classic suiting in this season’s green, pinstripe, and chocolate brown iterations.

Impeccably styled by Karla Clarke, all the looks were so *chef’s kiss* that you best believe we’ll be ripping off every outfit from the runway as is. Not to mention each model sashayed down in a fresh pair of Salomons, the stuff our gorpcore dreams are made of.

This was also the brand’s first co-ed show, and they did not disappoint on the casting front. We recognised a few familiar faces, including some old CPC pals - hey Mason Heaven and Odell Munn! Get amongst it all by flicking through our backstage snaps, lensed by our friend Phoebe Wolfe.

Features Writer: Sabina Sysantos      Photos: Phoebe Wolfe

We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the traditional owners of land on which this show took place.


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