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NZFW2015 | Miromoda


Three days of fun and intensity flew by too quickly and here I sit in front of my keyboard missing and reminiscing about it. I am talking about, New Zealand Fashion Week. There were a lot of great shows with reputable brands but only a select few impressed me. I am the type of person who like to save the best for last and Miromoda is one of the best. Miromoda strives to support, expose and launch emerging indigenous designers or culturally charged creatives. It combines some of the strongest known, unknown and lesser known designers in one spectacular show worthy of high praise.

With 13 designers and labels showing in Miromoda this year we got to see everything from casual street-wear to extravagant and artistic pieces.


STEVE HALL – Abandon Man

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Abandon Man is a collection that draws heavily on Japanese culture. The look of strong, masculine and military inspired warriors are seamlessly counterbalanced by soft cuts and shape.


KYLIE MANGAN – Black Meets White

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Kylie creates effortless fashion with timeless designs and staple pieces she says every woman needs in their wardrobe, her designs are minimal, street and chic.


AJ BRADLEY – The Hungry Years

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“The Hungry Years is an exploration into the culture and envrionment of an epochal time for American music, literature and photography”.


CAMPBELL LUKE (Bobby Luke) – Bespoke Memories of a Pā kid

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Campbell Luke is a brand driven by kaupapa Māori and modern aesthetics. Bespoke Memories of Pā kid is based on nostalgic work wear and the of matriarchal societies within family and culture.


AHO (Kristy Bedi) – Aho Manawa


Kristy Bedi’s work draws on concepts of culture, identity, hybridity and whakapapa. Aho Manawa translate to ‘the heart line’ which draws on the complex and elegant pattern of the kōwhaiwhai.


SYRE (Aaliyah Jobe) – CAPT

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SYRE creates defiant street wear for the rebellious and disobedient inspired by American pop culture and sportswear. CAPT is a collection that address the debate on the new flag using satire to bring light the issues of sovereignty and colonisation.


HIAKO (Tasmyn Roach) – Hiako

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Hiako embraces traditional and contemporary Māori prints reflecting the designer’s Māori and Pakeha cultural heritage. Hiako is a sportswear collection made out of sports enhanced materials aimed at catering to all cultures.


HORI & MIMI (Hohepa Thompson & Mia Brennan) – The Hangi Collection

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The Hangi Collection represents whanau, food and bringing people together. The fabrics used in this collection were dyed by a process of being buried in a hangi along with cooking ingredients and allowed to simmer for days.



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Adjust 2.0 is Jordaine’s first collection and it is about finding her own path, aesthetic and her own feet. The collection aims for simplicity and comfort creating a look good and feel good wear without elaborate embellishments.


DARLENE GORE – Darlene Gore A/W 2016

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The collection is influenced by climate and settings of the South Island. Darlene Gore creates finely tailored pieces that transcends fashion fads to become lasting pieces.



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Simple, sophisticated and proudly New Zealand owned. Mitchell Vincent produces internationally influenced, ready to wear garments that reflects the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand.



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Shona Tawhiao productes stunning flax woven pieces by combing traditional Māori weaving skills and her eye for contemporary design creating pieces that are literally a work of (wearable) art. Her designs combine modern materials with Harakeke (native flax).



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Aiming to make Avant Garde the norm, Dmonic Intent design what they want rather than aiming to please the masses. Their label’s philosophy focuses on development, experimentation and innovation; individualism is their goal and they focus on being design and made in NZ.


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NZFW2015 | Kate Sylvester AW16 ‘a Muse’


Designer:  Kate Sylvester

Title of Show:  a Muse

Season:  Autumn/Winter 2016

Inspiration for the Collection: In a blurb Sylvester lists names, names whom are creative muses that have either influence her creativity or were great people whom found inspirations through others (the same way she did). “A great muse inspires, challenges and infatuates an artist. Kate Sylvester’s Autumn Winter 2016 collection celebrates the muse in all her complexity, strength, style beauty and eccentricity”.

Fabric:  Colours in her collection are peach, purples, blue, greens, tan, grey, cream and black. Textures seen in her collection were leather like, thick woolly fabrics, hairy fabrics and lace. Patterns seen were purple and green flora, vertical and horizontal stripes, dots of millefiori prints arranged to resemble polka dots, checkered fabrics.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  Flexible range. It is smart and can be casual, wear for work and after work drinks. Designed with comfort in mind.

Atmosphere:  Avant Garde. Down the end of the runway stood an abstraction of lines and curves which formed a group of posing figures. The sculpture reminded me of Picasso’s first cubist painting of women titled Les demoiselles d’Avignon. The sculpture seemed to foreshadow a collection of new, unusual and experimental ideas.



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Keep an eye out on our Facebook Page, we will be uploading all our New Zealand Fashion Week photos soon.

Photos by Sin-Mae Chung


NZFW2015 | NZ Weddings Magazine Collection


New Zealand Weddings Magazine Show! A time for wine, flowers, pretty dresses and dreams of happily ever afters. Where children in their flower girl and ring bearer outfits can evoke an ‘aww’. Weddings is typically a very long show and with 7 different designers showing, you understand why. The designers (in order) were Natalie Chan, Crane Brothers, Hera Bridal Couture, Working Style, Robyn Cliffe, Barkers and John Zimmermann.

I can go on and on forever about how wonderful this show was but I wont do that to you. We all know a picture speaks a thousand words so here are some of my favourite designs.



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Bridal Gown ‘Botanical Delight’

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Bridal Gown ‘Dazzling Charm’


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Suit Harrisons ‘Frontier’ Pale Grey

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Suit Ariston ‘Quattro Stagioni’ Cobalt Plaid


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Red washed soft cotton jacket / Elephant tie

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Plain blue suit with / Blue Mandras check tie


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Powder blue jacket / Dinsdale print shirt / Carnaby chino shorts

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Photos by Sin-Mae Chung

NZFW2015 | Sean Kelly


Designer: Sean Kelly

About the Designer
Sean Kelly was the winner of the 13th season of the US designer reality contest Project Runway, he is the first Kiwi to ever compete on the show. He has returned to New Zealand to take part in the New Zealand Fashion Week, debuting his collection that features 25 looks, it is Kelly’s biggest collection to date.

Inspiration for the Collection
The collection is based around an artist’s muse, telling a whole story through the collection and it would get more extravagant as the show goes on.


The collection features a very soft, spring blue and white colour palette that gradually developed into a black and finally a red series. The series consists of dresses installed with ostrich feathers, high waisted black dinner pants and tailored oversized blazers, which are all very sleekly designed.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing
This collection is primarily focused on red carpet looks; however as the designer has claimed, the first half of the collection is more of a commercial collection which he plans to sell online, while the second half is made up of standout show pieces.

The staging of the runway was very unique with pillars of mirror panels layout on the runway, which were designed by the Auckland-based spatial artist Angus Muir. Models would walk through the pillars showing off the garments then they would return and stop, and face the assigned pillar and see their reflections.


Overall Impression
I was very impressed with the show and collection. It is certainly my favourite out of all the shows I’ve seen throughout the New Zealand Fashion Week. The presentation was top-notch and very well choreographed. The reflective mirror installation really complimented his ambitious and polished collection.

Favourite looks

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Written by Barbra Ho
Photographed by Sin-Mae Chung

NZFW2015 | Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring 2015 Collection – Township Rebellion


Designer: Stolen Girlfriends Club

Season: Spring 2015

Title of Show: Township Rebellion

About the Designer
Stolen Girlfriends Club is a fashion brand that was founded in 2005 by three talented designers Dan Gosling, Marc Moore and Luke Harwood. Their garments are filled with courage and confidence, inspired by punk romanticism, party crashers, or post-apocalyptic surfers, each collection has an underlying feeling of rock’n’roll swagger.

Inspiration for the Collection
This new collection is a very special to Stolen Girlfriends Club as this year is their 10th year Anniversary. Its main influence is designer Marc Moore’s youth and having grown up nearby Huntly with a number of pieces featuring the small town, the collection is very elevated rock’n’roll-Bogan.


As a Spring collection the colour palette consists of lots of greys on blacks and dashes of vibrant colours here and there. One of the iconic front would be the “Heavy Petal” floral print across a range of the pieces. There were pink and purple bouquet prints across flowing skirts and rompers. The overall collection has a strong grungy streetwear style, which is a signature of Stolen’s design.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing
This collection consists of a variety of 90’s grunge/early 2000’s emo streetwear looks – plaid skirts, leather jackets, black jeans and grungy hoodies. It has bold florals, panther prints, a selection of garments with graphic prints on them, four main prints including the Hydrangea print which was photographed by Derek Henderson. In addition, there were also flannel, swanndri, sheepskin pieces as the collection is a homage to provincial New Zealand.


The show was presented at the recently reopened St James Theatre, the event atmostphere is about the collection and catwalk as well as the party. The models paraded out on stage one by one as if they were being punished for defying restricted school rules, which reflects the theme of the collection – “Township rebellion”. The soundtrack for the show consists of tracks like Can’t Let You Go by The Amazing Snakeheads and Love Buzz by Nirvana, which again reflects the rock’n’roll concert feel of the show.

Overall Impression
It was a killer rock’n’roll show by Stolen. It was like attending a gig and in the midst of it, a model stage dived off the runway and confetti cannons marked the end of the show. Happy 10th Anniversary you rascals!

Favourite looks

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Written by Barbra Ho
Photographed by Sin-Mae Chung

NZFW2015 | ITZME & Julian Danger

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Designers: ITZME (Shuai Zhang) / Julian Danger (Amy-Rose Goulding)

Season: Autumn/Winter 2016

About the Designers: Shuai Zhang worked with Karen Walker after graduating from Massey University with a fashion degree. She eventually left her role to travel the world then returned to create and debuted her label ITZME in 2014 at NZFW.

Amy-Rose Goulding the lady behind Julian Danger is inspired through pop culture, everything from art, music to film. Amy is based in Dunedin, her garments are hand made with love in China working with a small factory in an ethically sound community.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  ITZME uses elements of traditional men’s tailoring in her strong feminine designs. Her goal is to produce a style that is delicate and daring, “Itzme is playful and empowering”. Her garments match the young and determined, fun and flirty.

Julian Danger’s collection titled Honey is romantic, her garments are both soft, elegant and powerful. She states that she is “fuelled by romantic power of youth and the discord between the worlds of urban sportswear, the street and rock culture”. Honey is a very warm and light collection with delicate pinky-peach, sandy and cream colours paired with grey, navy and black.

Overall Impression: The show was light and fun, overall I really enjoyed both collections. I was extremely impressed with the detail and tailoring in Itzme’s range. However, I am personally drawn to Julian Danger as I can imagine wearing most of her collection.

Favourite looks:


Cute, playful and whimsical designs by ITZME.









Pretty, flowing, elegant pieces by Julian Danger.


Makeup by M.A.C & Hair by Wella Professionals.

NZFW2015 | Fashion Weekend Day 2 – Highlights

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The last day of NZFW was a gloomy day but that didn’t keep the people away. The day had plenty of visitors, there were huge crowds around the hair, nail and makeup stalls.  People pampered themselves with $10 make overs, designed and painted their own shoes at TOMS, had a relaxing facial at Triumph & Disaster. I ran around with a camera so much that I ended up using one of the many bars at the facility to rest in. I discovered another floor of designer sales which I completely missed on Saturday, I had intended to check it out but skipped it due to time restraints. Overall I had another fun day, the only thing I regretted was missing out on more sales!

NZ Weddings Magazine held another show of their 2015 collection seen on Wednesday. Kronenbourg 1664 gives the boys and men a reason for attending NZFW by hosting the Metro Men’s show. MAC cosmetics held a technique session before Fashion Quarterly Presents show. Trelise Cooper was the last to rule the catwalk at NZ Fashion Week showing off her Spring/Summer 2015 of Coop, Cooper and Trelise Cooper labels.


The rainbow umbrellas come out again giving the gloomy day some extra colour.

Finally, a show dedicated to style conscious men.

Flowers and more flowers everywhere! I have a feeling that people are seriously looking forward to spring.

M.A.C cosmetics is pictured holding a session describing techniques, tips and tricks on how to use M.A.C products to achieve that perfect daytime & night-time look.

Trelise Cooper presents Coop, Cooper & Trelise Cooper Spring/Summer 2015.


Well that is it, New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 is over. So happy that we can relax and catch up on sleep but deeply saddened for waiting another year to experience it all again. It has only been days since it all ended and I am showing withdrawal symptoms. I miss the fast and energetic environment, I miss using NZFW as an excuse to overdress, but what I will miss the most is the friends I made and worked with (this may sound like it is the end but there are more posts, more photographs, and more illustrations to share so watch this space).

I would like to thank Barbra Ho for periscoping, snapchatting, video editing & writing. Shonya Singh for photographing, editing & watermarking. These ladies have worked so hard and missed out on a lot of sleep during NZFW. I thank Meenal Maharaj and Andrew Douglas for providing guidance cause without them we would be lost. Also we would like to thank Deborah Zhong & Christelle Valeriano for the beautiful fashion illustrations they created for us. Lastly a really huge THANK YOU to you, our reader, without you we have no reason to do what we do, it really means a lot to the people we profile, the macandmae crew and me especially, so thank you.