A Work by Deryn Schmidt

The dress is called ‘First Instinct’.
Its form is straightforward, and this is absolutely the smart choice as the fabric and its patterning so captures the eye. The fabric is actually nylon: but worked with such finesse that its patterns of floral wreaths hovering above a background of tiny black dots instinctively attracts a closer look.

Nylon is also the material for the lace fringe work, rising in black bands reminiscent of Spanish lace caught by the artist Velasquez. The dress is gossamer delicate, yet it rests on a support of viscose-spandex lining which gives it strength and durability. It is part of Schmidt’s autumn collection titled ‘The Golden Rule’; a collection which hints at an autumn of indoors rather than outdoors. It is a collection that so easily whispers of fireplaces, long dinners and, why not, elegant staircases as in this photo from the designer’s look book.

The collection is the second such from Deryn Schmidt who established her label in 2009, drawing on years of fascination and years of training which included a period within the Karen Millen empire based in Kent, England.

Deryn Schmidt is stocked by Goodness at 19 College Street, Wellington, and 131 Jackson Street, Petone.