Trelise Cooper’s marriage at sea

Fashion doyenne Trelise Cooper was all at sea today, with the first showing of her Summer 2011 range aboard the Queen Mary 2.

Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which represents Cunard Line, says it was the perfect opportunity to marry the booming cruise industry with the fashion industry.

“We couldn’t bring this beautiful ship into Auckland with doing something sensational and quintessentially New Zealand,” she says. Beyond, of course, loading the ship with Kiwi wine, lamb and produce.

Cooper says she was honoured and privileged to show her collection aboard the QM2, and is the first designer to present such a show in New Zealand waters.

“My fashion is all about women, and what a beautiful lady the Queen Mary 2 is―so what better place to show my range than on such a grand catwalk?”

She describes her latest range as about “transparency, light, layers, textures and feeling good. The collection is feminine, glamorous; all the gorgeous things that make being a New Zealand woman so fantastic.”

The QM2 is on its third visit to our shores and is the biggest passenger ship we have seen here. With 14 decks, a main restaurant that seats 1,300, five pools and its own planetarium, the QM2 is hardly a waif, but its opulent art deco furnishings were a glamorous backdrop to the bright sequins and floaty fabrics paraded on the top sundeck.

“She is a beautiful girl,” says Cooper, “and we love beautiful girls.”

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