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NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Hannah Burnard

Known for their 5-piece, seasonal capsule collections; Issue Clothing Co. designs versatile, work-appropriate clothing.  Boasting silhouettes that are designed to skim, not cling; leaving you to look and feel great all day long.  Hannah & Robyn strongly believe that a few well-chosen pieces can actually give you more options than a vast array of ‘fast fashion’ – they favour quality over quantity and are proud to be producing high quality clothing that’s made to last and it’s all manufactured right here in New Zealand.  We spoke to Hannah ahead of their NZ Fashion Week preview.

What inspired your collection?
We had a shared vision for a better workwear shopping experience; think clean lines, flattering silhouettes, and versatile clothing that effortlessly pairs with other items you already own. We’re inspired by the ‘boss lady’ women out there, and have created a collection that will dress them for all occasions, from brunch, to the boardroom, and everything in between.

Describe your quintessential customer…
She is a working professional, she’s busy, and knows what she likes. She shops a few times a year, and is loyal to brands she trusts. She expects service, and high quality clothing, and due to her business savvy nature isn’t include to impulse purchase. She’s a practical shopper, and knows the styles, fabrics and ‘things’ that suit her, but still wants to be seen to be on trend, and stylish.

What’s your social media of choice?
We love instagram, it’s a great platform both for showcasing designs and finding inspiration.

Who do you love to follow and where?
We are all over the map with this stuff. It’s not just about fashion, it’s about strong female role models, food trends, work/life and health — all things entertaining and inspiring. We follow the entrepreneur guys like Tim Ferris and Gary Vee as well as influencers like Twocorporategirls, anna.mac, littlemiss_corporate, NZ classics like Nadia Lim and Rachel Hunter

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
Ha! Worst question ever… I’ve got Don’t Worry Bout it by Kings on repeat and, at the moment, loving all things Rudimental.

Word association

New Zealand – Home
Fashion – Empowering
Music – Carpool Karoke
Art – Creative
Winter – Mulled Wine
Holiday – Need one

NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Olli Paroli

Wellington based, high-end street wear designer, Olli Paroli, is inspired by growing up in the capital city.  His collections tell a story, and each piece is made for humans ages 19-99.  The clothes are functional and are made to be worn and often.
Olli Paroli makes his NZFW debut this year with his collection, Shit Night Out.

What inspired your collection?

My collection, Shit Night Out, was inspired by Welly nightlife, and the anxiety I associate with that lol. Concrete grey, cocktail pink, jail cell stripes, big blunts, inebriated crying girls at 4am, dark lighting in gay bars, etc.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for:

Jordan Noah – Jacob Coutie – Elsie Greig  

Describe your quintessential customer…

Gals, their pals, boys, their toys, anyone that’s anywhere in between or outside the spectrum. Party ppl.

What’s your social media of choice?


What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?

Go Gina – Sza, Quick – Tank and the Bangas, Crown – Azealia Banks

Word association

New Zealand – Chur

Fashion – Hectic

Music – Essential

Art – Memes  

Winter – Business men wearing that one slightly bigger jacket over their already large suit jacket.  

Holiday – Party

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.


More images of Miromoda will be uploaded to our Facebook page so make sure you head on over there and follow us see them all.


NZFW2015 | ITZME & Julian Danger

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

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.


NZFW2015 | Fashion Weekend Day 1 – Highlights

Welcome to the highlights of Day 1 of Fashion Weekend. We took a little break on Friday to relax, despite fashion week taking place on three days they were long days with show after show. We wanted to rest up so we were ready to tackle fashion weekend and boy that was a good move.

Upon entering the Viaduct Event Center we walked into a scene of huge crowds and stalls. There was so much excitement in the air, everyone was so pumped and full of energy bouncing from one stall to another. Both Barbra and I were very surprised in the change of atmosphere, as people darted about looking all happy we couldn’t help but be pulled along with all the excitement.

The first show was the Smashbox Session, we attended the seminar learning tips and tricks for perfect makeup. We then took advantage of the Nude makeup stall and got a free make over. We attended several fashion shows throughout the day and spent most of our time going through the designer sale upstairs. Check out some Day 1 Fashion Weekend instagrams we took:


Lovely young ladies sit patiently as the crowd fills up the room, these lucky ladies get their face put on in front of a crowd.


We go visit some makeup stalls for ummm.. makeup. Took this one of the M.A.C wall before this fella jumped into my shot, must admit, we’re not complaining.


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We attend some fashion shows to see what is in season. Models flirt with cameras while they wear COOP, this video was taken at the Cleo Presents show.


How does someone show jewellery on the runway? Looks like Nick Von Klarwill figured it out, think giant jewellery on models in full body suits, human fairy light and an astronaut.


There we so many photo booths to choose from, so far we’ve done three of them.

New Zealand Fashion Weekend is on for one more day, come check it out at the Viaduct Event Center (Auckland). Stay tuned for Fashion Weekend Day 2 highlights!

NZFW2015 | Andrea Moore AW16 – The Poem

Designer:  Andrea Moore

Title of Show:  The Poem

Season: Autumn/Winter 2016

Inspiration for the Collection:  Large part of the collection is influenced by Japanese culture, it is titled The Poem as it is particularly inspired by Japanese Haiku. The I AM range is related to the theme of the jungle and the cheeky creatures that live in it.

Fabric: Colours are bright and bold throughout the majority of her collecting. Moore pairs bright orange bags and knits with ultramarine blue coats. Red, blue and black are more her signature colours. Patterns used were painterly brush strokes, orchards, floral silhouettes, giraffe spots, ivory horns arranged like fish scales and


Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  For working and determined women. Perfect for formal occasions and easily dressed down for casual meetings. Adds oomph to any grey day and is a very positive thinking label.

Atmosphere: Very upbeat. The show had storm loads of gold confetti rain down the runway, it added a fun and glamorous element to the event.

Overall Impression:  Prior shows were very mute in colour and it was very refreshing to see bold colours on day 1.

Some of my favourites:

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Words & photos by: Sin-Mae Chung