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NZFW 2019 | 5 mins with Cecilia Kang Couture

Cecilia Kang is a self-taught designer specializing in couture wear with uniqueness and distinctiveness. She makes everything by herself from scratch from patterning, designing and sewing to bring her vision to life. Her designs are well known for intricate details and making one of a kind pieces.

What inspired your collection?
I was experimenting with different fabric materials that influenced the whole collection. My research led me into the very essence of form and structure of different kinds of fabrics. Suddenly a galaxy became not just about moons, stars and space. My ideas evolved towards the different forms of shape in nature and of non-solids like gas – everything that surrounds us. The Galaxy/Intergalactic Extravaganza collection includes all forms of life expressed in artistic detail on my garments. And then ‘extravaganza’ because I am usually dressed quite over the top.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….
Myself?? Cecilia Kang Couture? Hahaha! Jokes…! I think all the designers that are showcasing at NZFW 2019 are exceptionally talented in their own way. I think every designer who are participating at the fashion week this year are one to watch and I am very excited what everyone will bring out on the runway.

Describe your quintessential customer…
There are no particular quintessential customers or age limit to my couture pieces but women from ages 20 to 60 likes my creations.

What’s your social media of choice?
I prefer Instagram social media platform because it is easy to engage with many different audiences and the layout is quite convenient to use.

Who do you love to follow and where?
I love to follow different local/international magazines such as black magazine, apparel magazine, FashioNZ and international vogue magazines! I love seeing different creativity in fashion on the instagram social media platform.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
Daniel Avery – Sensation
Daniel Avery – diminuendo
Emika – Battles (kamikaze space programme)

Word association
New Zealand – Haka / All Blacks / Kiwi
Fashion – high end / elegant / unique
Music – Kpop / Lorde / dance / electronic
Art – fashion / colors / couture / everything
Winter – cold / snow / coat / electronic blanket
Holiday – cruise / tramping / beach / camping

Cecilia Kang Couture shows as part of ‘Emerging Couture – New Generation’ on Thursday 29 August as part of NZ Fashion Week.

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.




N Chan 1

Bridal Gown ‘Botanical Delight’

N Chan 2

Bridal Gown ‘Dazzling Charm’



Crane B 2

Suit Harrisons ‘Frontier’ Pale Grey

Crane B 1

Suit Ariston ‘Quattro Stagioni’ Cobalt Plaid



Hera B 1

Hera B 2



Working S 2

Red washed soft cotton jacket / Elephant tie

Working S 1

Plain blue suit with / Blue Mandras check tie



R Cliffe 1

R Cliffe 2



Barkers 1

Powder blue jacket / Dinsdale print shirt / Carnaby chino shorts

Barkers 2



J Zimmermann 1

J Zimmermann 2

Photos by Sin-Mae Chung

seen | Oscars Best Dressed

The fashion this awards season has been nothing short of spectacular, so it was no surprise that the stars pulled out all the stops on Hollywood’s biggest night for the 85th Academy Awards.

Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts at the 2013 Academy Awards

No doubt about it, neutrals and metallic’s ruled the red carpet, with stars such as Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive, Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture and Naomi Watts in Armani Prive ensuring that shimmer and sparkle were the trend of the night.

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture

Jennifer Lawrence stunned on the red carpet in a breathtaking Dior Haute Couture gown, Lawrence who has just been named the new face of the fashion house, oozed old Hollywood glamour with a chic up do and stunning Chopard jewels.

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta

Amy Adams also went old school, with a beautiful pale blue Oscar de le Renta gown, though she didn’t win Best Supporting Actress, she really did have her Cinderella moment in this stunning couture creation.

Zoe Saladana in Alexis Mabille and Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

Fashionista Zoe Saladana kept things interesting in a structured Alexis Mabille Couture dress and Neil Lane jewels; as did Kerry Washington who stood out in a stunning Miu Miu creation; these girls certainly know how to bring high fashion to the red carpet!

Anne Hathaway in Prada

Red carpet queen Anne Hathaway has been a stand out all season, with that vintage Chanel securing her style icon status at the Golden Globes; and with every designer dying to get their creations on her now sample size frame, tonight was sure to be another hit out of the park. But Anne who was originally wearing her BFF Valentino, changed her mind last minute to none other than Prada. Now, don’t get me wrong this dress is stunning; but a little ill fitted around the bust, and quite frankly I expected more from Hathaway (who had clearly rehearsed her acceptance speech). Even still this fashionista gets my Best Dressed vote, just not Best Dressed of the night – Sorry Anne!

Amanda Seyfried in Alexander Mcqueen and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Zuhair Murad

Anne’s Les Miserables co-star Amanda Seyfried also stood out in a beautiful Alexander McQueen creation, as did Chicago star Catherine Zeta-Jones in a shimmering gold Zuhair Murad gown who performed a number from the hit musical at the awards.

Nicole Kidman in L'wren Scott

Red Carpet favourite Nicole Kidman looked every inch a movie star in a sequin mermaid inspired L’wren Scott, which showed off her curvaceous body – who knew?

Now for the worst dressed. This year it was harder to pick considering there were so many style mavens on the red carpet, but unfortunately there are a few on my list.

Jennifer Hudson in Roberto Cavalli

Firstly Jennifer Hudson. Don’t get me wrong she looked great but ultimately she failed to impress in her Roberto Cavalli creation.

Kelly Rowland in Donna Karen

Kelly Rowland looked like she was trying to do a Beyonce with than monochrome Donna Karen gown, she killed it at the Grammy’s in that black Georges Chakra so I was expecting a little more – you can be bootilicious too Kel!

Jennifer Garner in Gucci at the 2013 Oscars and at the 2007 Golden Globes also in Gucci

Jennifer Garner has failed to impress me all season! The custom Gucci she wore was fine, but it didn’t scream “wow…look at me…my husband is an Academy Award winner!” Now, I know Jen likes to play down whole the ‘I’m a movie star’ thing, but come on women, you need to step it up! These simple, strapless gowns aren’t working for you any longer, please glam it up, (do you remember Jennifer at the 2007 Golden Globes in that stunning white Gucci gown?) – you are a movie star Jen so start looking like one!

My top five red carpet looks from the 2013 Oscars

Overall my top 5 Best Dressed at the 2013 Academy Awards are:

1. Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Haute Couture

2. Jessica Chastain in Armani Prive

3. Kerry Washington in Miu Miu

4. Anne Hathaway in Prada

5. Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Haute Couture

So that’s my thoughts on tonight’s Oscar’s red carpet, be sure to tune in next awards season for all the latest scoop on the actors, nominations and of course the fashion!


Words: Nathaie Owen

Images: Just Jared


NZFW2012: Designer PROFILE – Shona Tawhiao

Local fashion designer Shona Tawhiao is one of the many fashion designers featuring at New Zealand Fashion Week’s Miromoda fashion show this coming Friday. The self-employed Maori Fibre Artist and Designer has put together a plethora of amazing garments in the past and present which represents the Maori culture in an elegant nature through the use of flax fibres and weavings.

Shona Tawhiao uses the term “haute couture” to describe the inspiration behind all of her garments. Her attempt to modernise haute couture in a cultural sense speaks volumes of her future-focused and visionary artistic endeavours and also natural ability to create a subculture from an indigenous culture. Shona Tawhiao refers to the Japanese culture in saying that Maori [the culture] don’t yet have that. [Subcultural element] Through her garments, Shona Tawhiao attempts to construct visionary designs that go beyond the shores and borders of New Zealand and the fashion industry. Shona’s garments are sleek in body fit, precise in execution, elegant in colour and overall pleasing to the eye on all stylistic accounts.

Shona Tawhiao also adds a teaspoon of culture to New Zealand Fashion Week. This cultural component is one which she believes New Zealand has “struggled to muster.” With the brown demographic [that of Maori and Pasifika] growing in New Zealand, we are seeing a wealth of Maori and Pacific Island designers coming through the fashion industry ranks, but if of anything, I’d like to see the presence grow to its full potential within coming years. The artistic and stylistic talent that lies within our brown designers, particularly our young generations, needs to be encouraged with opportunities presented to them to ensure they get the exposure needed to nourish and promote their skills and abilities.

Lindah Lepou, who is of Samoan decent, is one Pacific Island designer in particular who has become well known within fashion circles and the New Zealand public for her ‘Cocomono’ garment and her other pacific couture garments. Most recently, Kapi Fonua a Tongan student studying fashion here in New Zealand, won TVNZ’s Paper Dresses competition. His dress optimised a ‘pohutukawa tree’ encompassing early childhood memories based around a pohutukawa tree – that of which stood out as a significant symbol from his childhood. His well-executed and paper-tissue-inspired dress featured on the runway on Tuesday night, with his debut at New Zealand Fashion Week almost certainly opening up a door or two for him within the fashion industry.

Shona Tawhiao first took part in New Zealand Fashion Week after being presented with several opportunities to partake in fashion shows, being a testament to the visionary talent, amazing skill and artistic ability that she possesses. In 2007, Shona won the Premier Award at the ‘Manuka Villa Maria Cult Couture’ show. This award presented Shona with an opportunity to enter the ‘World of Wearable Arts’ after being encouraged by the organisers to take part. And 2012, presents a challenge and learning experience in itself as Shona Tawhiao’s garments graces the runway once again in the Miromoda Showcase, this Friday. Secure your seat now!



1.30pm – Westpac Shed. Also featuring the following designers:

Monique Lynch / Poto Morgan
Dmonic Intent / Marsh Ranginui
Shona Tawhiao / Olivia Edington
Koia Gray / Hohepa Thompson
Surface Too Deep / Pia Boutique
Christopher Woods-Huia


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From New York to New Zealand

23 hours from New York, it’s a long trip from home [New York] for Victoria Secret Fashion Model and wife of renowned actor Orlando Bloom, Miranda Kerr.

For seven months, Miranda Kerr, 29, resided in Wellington where her husband, Bloom, was filming “The Hobbit”. It’s hard to fathom the fact that Kerr, who months earlier wore a $2.5million bra whilst walking down the runway at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show was gracing the metropolitan streets of Wellington city with her sophisticated style and mismatched floral prints.

Below are eye-pleasing pictures captured by her husband, Orlando Bloom. Wearing signature garments,  Miranda Kerr is posing in amongst iconic parts of Wellington. Enjoy 🙂

[Charvet top, $445; mrporter.com. Carolina Herrera skirt]

[With her son, Flynn, in the Red Rocks reserve. Brooks Brothers shirt, price on request; brooksbrothers.com. Narciso Rodriguez skirt, $1,675; narcisorodriguez.com. Rag & Bone scarf (worn as belt), $195;]

[Near Peter Jackson’s Miramar studio. Peter Som shirt, $782, and jacket (worn around waist), $2,636; (212) 221-5991. 3.1 Phillip Lim shorts with attached skirt, $495; 31philliplim.com.]

[Along Oriental Bay. Calvin Klein Collection shirt, $395; (212) 292- 9000. Tommy Hilfiger skirt, $898; (212) 223-1824. Acne belt, $500; acnestudios.com.]

[In the lively multiethnic neighborhood of Newtown. A.P.C. Shirt, $105; apc.fr. Band of Outsiders Skirt, $525; barneys.com. Ann Demeulemeester sandals, $1,277; aloharag.com.]

[At the Red Rocks Scientific Reserve on the south coast of Wellington. Thakoon top, $840; thakoon.com. Thakoon skirt, $750; shopbop.com. The Row shirt, $290; barneys.com. K. Jacques Shoes, $235; kjacques.fr.]


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