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NZFW17 | Rachel Mills AW18

Kicking off day 2 of NZFW was Rachel Mills who debuted her AW18 collection with an installation that had everyone queuing up to get in. Clever use of lighting and cardboard tubing set as the backdrop for each of the looks, with models lounging as everyone wove through the installation on a set path.

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Each look demanded our attention with beautiful knits, tailoring and luxury sleepwear all accessorised with bean jewellery made in Rarotonga. I always feel uneasy when designers draw references or inspiration from Pacific Island culture yet fail to cast a model from the Islands*.

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What I loved the most about the installation was that you could take your time to appreciate each look. It was a great reminder for us all at NZFW to slow down and appreciate the beautiful things in life. The collection felt easy, relaxed yet sophisticated and it was echoed beautifully throughout the installation with the styling, music and staging.

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It has been interesting to see the Rachel Mills brand grow from strength to strength after being a recipient of the AMP Regional Scholarship in 2016. It was a good start for Mills’ debut at NZFW and we can only imagine it getting better.

*Note: We were contacted by Rachel Mills’ team to inform us that models cast were of Maori, Asian, Argentinian, French and New Zealand European descent.

Words by Dru Douglas.
Images by Christine Mansford. More here.

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

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

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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.

 

JORDAINE BROGAN – Adjust 2.0

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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.

 

MITCHELL VINCENT – M V P M

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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.

 

SHONA TAWHIAO – Battle Cry

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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).

 

DMONIC INTENT – Habit

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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.

 

NATALIE CHAN

www.nataliechan.co.nz

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Bridal Gown ‘Botanical Delight’

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Bridal Gown ‘Dazzling Charm’

CRANE BROTHERS

www.crane-brothers.com

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Suit Harrisons ‘Frontier’ Pale Grey

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Suit Ariston ‘Quattro Stagioni’ Cobalt Plaid

HERA BRIDAL COUTURE

www.herabridal.co.nz

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WORKING STYLE

www.workingstyle.co.nz

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Red washed soft cotton jacket / Elephant tie

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Plain blue suit with / Blue Mandras check tie

ROBYN CLIFFE

www.robyncliffe.co.nz

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BARKERS

www.barkersonline.co.nz

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Powder blue jacket / Dinsdale print shirt / Carnaby chino shorts

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JOHN ZIMMERMANN

www.johnzimmermanncouture.com

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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.

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Fabric
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.

Atmosphere
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.

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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