2019-2020 Na Te Po
Evening falls and in that moment, there is always light. This collection is reminiscent of ‘na te po, ko te ao!’ From the darkness, came the light...
The collection acknowledges Te Ao Marama, Matariki and Te Waka-o-Rangi through draping, colours, details, fabrics and the use of the poutama design to reflect the whakapapa connection of TeAoMarama and to our loved ones who have passed on.
It moves in much the same way that darkness and light move, sharing a constant space but also individual spaces where we believe that darkness occurs without light and vice versa. It is anchored in the richness of the poutama design – the white and black colour seems in stark contrast and yet as opposites they sit paired – occurring in the same moment of time and inspiring a connection to whakapapa that our tupuna knew and lived by. They are strong and the folds of fabric reflect the symbolic journeying when the darkness and the light may seem stronger than the other but they are essentially connected and move as we move through time and space.
The beauty of red against the black is two-fold - it denotes the familiarity of this colour across time and space and lives eternally in so many of our designs and calls forth a sense of the richness of life – flowing through and around us. It weaves its way though the theme of this collection and we experience the beauty of the red in the pohutukawa and are reminded of those memories of summer and the warmth and connectedness to the people and things that make us who we are and where we come from. Pohutukawa is also the star which connects our loved ones who have passed on, to the Matariki constellation. The red and black carries through and connects us to Te Waka o Rangi, the star consetellation captained by Taramainuku.
The use of sequins highlights the shimmering beauty of these star constellations and the netting and tulle of the evening wear honours the Captains net cast from Te Waka o Rangi, to capture the souls of those who have passed on over the lunar year, ready to cast them into the heavens to become stars upon the rising of Matariki.
We are the darkness and the light, the collection calls you to find your own synchronicity that comes from an innate connection to those who have gone before you, to pave a way for your own journey of greatness