THE MARR FACTORY: Workshop & Helen Cherry

Chlöe will be bringing you the goodness of NZFW at some point in the near future, but as a pre-fashion week teaser I’m going to write to y’all about the one Marr Factory show I went to last week – the Workshop & Helen Cherry show. The Marr Factory is a week of in-season fashion shows that run at Golden Dawn and, as the name suggests, it’s curated by Stephen Marr. The Workshop & Helen Cherry show took place on the Wednesday, and served as a very nice prequel to my regular evening out (thank you to the Roxy for supporting me week in and week out). I’m going to run through the highlights and lowlights of the show, as I see ‘em. Let’s do it.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

PRE-SHOW

I asked a bunch of people before the show started what they were looking forward to the most, and a surprising amount of people replied quite frankly with “free drinks”. Bombay Sapphire was one of the night’s sponsors, with G&T’s, mandarin sours and wine on offer (which I was all too happy to try out). It was a really nice atmosphere, and the only time at which Golden Dawn was really big enough to accommodate the amount of people in it. I was sent forth by blog-runner Harry to meet people and had a surprisingly decent time talking to a bunch of strangers.

 

MUSIC

With a DJ set from Dylan Cherry and a live performance from Yumi Zouma, the music accompanying the show was A+. Dylan Cherry had a variety of beats to listen to before and during the runway show, including Mulatu, Jungle, The Avalanches x Hunters & Collectors and Lana Del Rey. Embarrassingly enough, I spent the 45 minutes before the show started chatting to Sam Perry and Charlie Ryder from Yumi Zouma initially not knowing who they were. I asked what they were looking forward to seeing most from the show and they then told me who they were and that they were actually performing. And their performance was one of my favourite parts of the night, wrapping up the show very nicely and encouraging people to stay on at Golden Dawn for a bit of an afterparty. Despite the fuck up on my part, I’m luckily pretty good at laughing things off, and I like to think we became friends after that. I even got some quotes from Sam that he said I could run with this article. Also, they were kitted out in some super pretty Workshop & Helen Cherry digs.

 

"I am fashion." - Sam Perry

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"I like fashion but I don't like fashion but I don't not like fashion." - Sam Perry

Photo by Damien Nikora, sourced from here.

 

 

THE CLOTHING

Workshop Denim and Helen Cherry skirts and blouses mixed with designer labels kept in store like Acne, T by Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang and Marc Jacobs all came together to make a thoroughly enjoyable show. Personally, I found the Japanese stretch wool, English mohair and Italian linen tailored suits to be the highlight of the show. I thought the menswear had a kind of ‘streetwear meets style’ vibe to it. The structured suits paired with casual caps and occasional playful, causal qualities, like the one suit that seemed to have shimmering threads throughout, added to this vibe. With the womenswear I noticed a lot of oranges, blues and stripes from Helen Cherry, shown with flowing materials, as well as some more structured pieces in army green/neutral colours. My favourite piece worn by the girls was a structured black pantsuit, belted with a polka-dot see-through neck. It’s the kind of outfit I imagine myself showing up to work late in and knowing nobody’s going to question my whereabouts when I look like that much of a fly bitch.

 

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Images sourced from here and here.

 

 

LOWLIGHTS

SPACE IN THE VENUE

Cramming a bunch of people into Golden Dawn for a fashion show is certainly an experience. I stood on a stool at the end of the runway to get an unobstructed view of the show, and I wasn’t alone in my creative positioning. There were a lot of people struggling to see the small runway, and the models certainly weren’t slowing their walk for any of us. I get that it was important to cram all of us who wanted to see the show in there, but I’m not sure how many people actually managed to get a good look at the clothes. This is a pretty minor complaint though, I didn’t fall off my stool so I’m pretty happy with how things went in the end.

 

H&MU/THE CLOTHING

While I thought the wet-look of the make-up was really cool, I thought the hair was kind of weak for this show. I really like braids, but I think if you’re going to do them you should at least try to make them interesting. They looked really rushed and nearing sloppy, although I guess it’s entirely possible they were going for a more laidback “grunge” look. Again, not a major complaint, just something small I would have liked to see changed. And clothing-wise, my only complaint was sequins but that’s just because I hate sequins. I think that once you pass the age of 12, you lose your right to wear sequins. I think they’re strictly a kids thing, like you’re on your way to make some rainbow loom bracelets in ballet flats. The pink sequined dress that I hated I’m pretty sure is Marc Jacobs though, so it really doesn’t affect my opinion of the Workshop & Helen Cherry mash-up in the end.

 

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The dress of my lowlight dreams // Images sourced from here and here.

 

 

All in all, it was a good show and an even better night. I left with a few more pieces of clothing on my ever-expanding mental wishlist, so I guess Workshop & Helen Cherry definitely did something right. Or just made a clothing-addicted girl consider getting herself further into debt. Whatever. Check out the Workshop blog for more photos of the show.

 

 

 

Header image sourced from Workshop blog.

 

 

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