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NZFW 2017 | 5 mins with Luke Dawson

Inspired by cartoons and streetwear, Gore-based designer Luke Dawson creates trendy, unisex streetwear. His designs are heavily influenced for his love for comics and his latest collection; ‘The Boy from Goreville’, is an introduction to his own comic.

Catch him as part of the New Generation designer showcase.

What inspired your collection?
My collection was inspired by cartoons and streetwear. Always been a big fan of both so thought why not bring them together. The range is an introduction to my own comic “The Boy from Goreville”.

Name 3 NZ designers we should watch out for….
Ahh The 3 other designers in NewGen this year of course! oh and me! Shoot that’s 4.

Describe your quintessential customer…
I would say someone who likes to be comfortable but trendy… but not too trendy they don’t like to wear stuff a little bit out there… as in comics on ya clothes.

What’s your social media of choice?
I guess Instagram/Facebook they get a bit boring at times buuut guess that means I need to get off them and do something or go draw/sample or watch a cartoon.

Who do you love to follow and where?
Ahh I’m unsure on this question. Am I stalker? And who do I stalk from a distance? Nah I’ve always been a fan of following I love Ugly. Those dudes have done awesome and are a pretty big inspiration to me. Their 5 panels have always been dope! I have a pretty big collection of them. Would be so cool to collect them all…whoops gone off topic.

What are the top 3 songs on your Spotify playlist?
Where the wild things are – Zeds Dead
Lone (feat. JOY)- Slow Hours Remix- What so Not
Run- Foo Fighters

Word association
New Zealand – Gore
Fashion – Luke Dawson
Music – Banger
Art – Drawings/Pop Art
Winter – Cold Frosts
Holiday – Christmas time!

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