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Flip it & reverse it: Trish Peng


Bridal trends, like most others, come and go, with a select few mainstays that reign supreme. There will always be something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But what if that something new was a world first? In the words of Missy Elliot – it is time to flip it and reverse it with a reversible wedding dress!

 

 

If you’re as indecisive as I am, sometimes choosing the perfect dress for the big day isn’t as simple as choosing ‘the one’.

A renowned Kiwi bridal designer agreed and has created the first ever reversible wedding dress.

Yes… you read that correctly. Can’t decide between satin or lace? Get both and slay the day with a two-in-one look.

“The collection was quite technical to create as no one in the industry has attempted a reversible bridal gown before,” designer Trish Peng says.

“When I couldn’t find a zipper supplier to do reversible zips, only finding chunky sleeping bag zips, I came up with the idea to hand stitch two zips on each side to form a supportive bodice,” she says.

It’s that kind of kiwi ingenuity that is helping Peng become a leader in her field.

The 2020 Reflections collection showcases 11 reversible and versatile styles that are named after the beautiful brides that they were custom-made for.

All gowns can be found in Peng’s Auckland showroom and in select stockists across New Zealand.

 


 

A Crisp Collection


Caitlin Crisp first won Kiwi hearts on Project Runway NZ, now she’s transformed reality TV success into a design empire, with a fashion philosophy based on timeless, easy to wear pieces that are elegant but still a bit of fun.

 

 

What attracted you to the design field?

It’s one of those things where when you know, you know.

According to mum I was dressing myself before I could talk!

But I have also always been interested in the construction and technical side of producing clothing, so it all grew from there.


You’re originally from Christchurch before hitting it big on TVNZ 2’s Project Runway, where are you based now?

Auckland! I love both Auckland and Christchurch so will always live between the two but needed to be up here to get a head-start in the fashion industry. It was the right move.


It’s an industry that’s said to take no prisoners, how have you been able to take your reality TV success and turn this into a long term business?

It’s definitely a tough industry but I think the way I handled being on the show is true to how I handle the industry – ruthless positivity and by working with like-minded people that share the same problem-solving and forward-thinking attitude!


What’s the most fulfilling part of what you do?

Oh goodness where to start!? It’s the little things like sitting in my studio in the early hours of the morning thinking, “this is my space, this is my business, how amazing!”

And then the obvious ones such as seeing customers and loved ones wearing and feeling amazing in my designs, coming up with new ideas and working with beautiful fabrics.

Sewing and completing garments is a really fulfilling activity in itself!


What do the next 12 month have in store for you and the brand?

I try to separate the two where possible (it’s impossible!), but for starters, we have a great summer collection coming with our first exclusive print!

I’m very excited for that and often find myself wearing the samples around the studio.

I hope to pick up a few new stockists and do my best to get through what I’m sure is going to be an interesting year ahead.

Personally, the only things that are guaranteed are daily phone calls to my darling mother and many wines with girlfriends here in Auckland!