Remember those Trelise Cooper designed Air New Zealand uniforms that caused such furore late last year? They’ve arrived. Not officially, but field tests have begun. I snapped the gentleman above (and below) on my flight down to Christchurch yesterday morning. Excuse the amateur photos – I did request some posed shots after the flight, but I was foiled by a medical emergency on board. The moment we landed, paramedics swarmed the plane and I felt a little bit rude distracting the flight attendant’s attention from the ailing passenger.
So allow me to describe the uniform to you in words.
It’s not exactly the same as what we saw in the leaked photographs last December, but it is similar. The most attention grabbing piece is obviously the waistcoat. Plain on the front, wildly patterned on the back with all manners of Kiwiana. New Zealand-centric words – ‘Sweet as!’, ‘G’day!’ and ‘Blow'; and pictures – kiwis, yellow eyed penguins and korus.
The shirt is white with purple pinstripes. The suit is black with silver pinstripes. The tie is a dark jade green with koru-like patterns. I’ve requested images from Air New Zealand so here’s hoping they’ll arrive at some point today.
– I like the waistcoat. It’s kitsch as all hell, but I believe New Zealanders will enjoy it. Foreigners on the other hand? Remains to be seen.
– Why does the shirt have purple pinstripes? With all those patterns and colours going on, it’s my opinion that a clean white shirt would be a better look.
– The jade green tie is very attractive. Wait till you see it. And it’s about a billion times better than that fluro green monstrosity from the leaked photos.
– The suit needs to be trimmed down. Baggy, wide-legged pants are a thing of the past. I understand that a fit is required that works on everybody, but Zambesi’s pants look a lot slimmer, and therefore a lot smarter.
– Why the black suit? Granted I wasn’t crazy about the green Zambesi-designed suit, but it grew on me as time went by. The Air NZ women are going to be colourful and patterned, so why can’t their male counterparts have something a little more interesting than black pinstripes?
– The word ‘Blow’ might be misunderstood and deemed offensive by non-New Zealanders. To everybody not from New Zealand, it generally refers to a sexual act or cocaine.
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