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NZFW 2019 | Elle Macpherson announces NZ Fashion Week Gala

It’s time to dust off those glad rags as New Zealand finally launches its own glittering, society Gala inspired by the likes of New York City’s Met Gala or London’s GQ Men of the Year Ceremony.

Duco Events, in conjunction with New Zealand Fashion Week, has announced plans for an inaugural New Zealand Fashion Week Gala that will become a regular fixture in the society and fashion scene.

The 2019 event is sponsored by General Capital and will feature world-renown businesswoman, supermodel and actress. Elle’s early modelling career led to a record-breaking five Sports Illustrated covers – providing her with global fame when she was dubbed “The Body” by Time Magazine in 1986.

Over the last 35 years Elle has developed a high profile in international fashion, film and television – and has built an enviable business empire through her sheer entrepreneurial flair and determination.

Taking place at SkyCity on September 27th, the Gala will be a sophisticated, luxury event celebrating the best and brightest of New Zealand’s fashion and social scenes.

The modern Gala Ball setting will include fashion shows curated by the team at New Zealand Fashion Week, extravagant venue dressing, a four-course gourmet dinner and live music and entertainment.

The pinnacle of the event will be a discussion with Elle Macpherson on her career, personal fashion style, entrepreneurialism and philanthropy.

Plans are underway for the event to be held each year, with the host rotating amongst A-List celebrities from the world of fashion and high-society.

The event will raise funds for The Rising Foundation – a New Zealand charity that believes in the ‘raising’ of self-esteem amongst New Zealand youth. The foundation unlocks the potential of kids through an ongoing programme of intervention and support to some of the most vulnerable New Zealanders, and General Capital Presents: New Zealand Fashion Week Gala with Elle Macpherson will be a crucial element of their 2019 fundraising.

Dame Pieter Stewart, NZFW founder and managing director, commented: “Over the last 19 years, New Zealand Fashion Week has grown from a fledging trade event to a major stable on the New Zealand fashion calendar. The addition of Fashion Weekend in 2009 was a fitting extension for everyday fashion fans, and we believe the time is now right for an event that celebrates the true movers and shakers of New Zealand society. There is no one in New Zealand who can stage a Gala like this to a higher standard than Duco Events, and we’re confident they’ll create a night to remember.”

Elle Macpherson added: “I’m honored to be appointed as the inaugural host for General Capital Presents: New Zealand Fashion Week Gala. New Zealand is so innovative and holds a special place in my heart. I think it’s fascinating that a country with such a generally relaxed attitude to life and a strong sense of community, also achieves so much on the world stage.”

Attendees at the Gala include influential faces from the world of fashion, corporate, media and society – get your seat at the table today.

NZICF 19 | Paul Sinha: A Stand-Up Comedy NZ Premiere

He’s a man that needs no introduction because if like me, you’ve watched ITV’s The Chase, Paul Sinha “The Sinnerman” has been introduced by Bradley Walsh many times.

People of all ages and cultures squeezed into The Classic comedy club on Wednesday evening to see the comedian with all the answers, Paul Sinha. The trained medical doctor turned comedian, who is currently ranked as the UK’s #4 best quizzer, delivered an intelligent and often hilarious one hour show; his comedic delivery style like listening to a very intelligent, very funny friend.

Paul shares time-lined events from his life that have contributed to the man he is today. Starting with 1968 when his parents moved the family from India to the UK, coming out as a young gay man to his parents and friends, changing careers as a doctor to comedian and quiz show chaser, through to his recent engagement to his partner Oliver (currently ranked #11 in the UK’s quiz world). Paul is happy and spread this happiness with a room full of patrons who learnt that he is more than just sarcasm in a suit.

4 Stars (****)

The Classic season in Auckland for Paul Sinha has sold out, but due to demand a new show has been added at Skycity Theatre Auckland on Sunday 19 May at 7pm. Buy your tickets here.

Or if you are lucky enough you may still find tickets to his show at Te Auaha – Tapere Nui (Big Theatre) in Wellington. Buy your tickets here.


For more comedy head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

NZICF 18 | 5 Star Comedy Comedy Preview

Roll up, roll up and welcome to the greatest show on earth ….  The NZ International Comedy Fest’s 5 Star Comedy Preview 2018.   Featuring an assortment of the world’s and our own homegrown talent including; Andrew Maxwell, Fin Taylor, Lauren Pattison, Phil Wang and Ian Smith.

Hosted with the irrepressible, energetic and frenetic energy of South of the Border export El Jaguar, we are treated to a comedic marathon of unorthodox and unbridled fun.

Ian Smith from the UK opens with such amusing regale of ghouls and husky sledding, Phil Wang – an oriental surprise, with stereotypical analogies from his Chinese/Malaysian descent; highlights being references to the most un-P.C. from the coloration of emojis to disturbing baby profiling.  Then enters Lauren Pattison a diminutive force of street wise humor and sweetness rolled into one.

Finn Taylor continues the brilliant British comedic stampede, physical athletic ailments being the key to his set.  ‘Tennis Elbow’, ‘Spinners Cock’ are the farcical parallel to notable clinical and sexual gender ribbing.


Hello Lloyd Langford!  A Welsh delight of speech impediment, but with clever and endearing observational humour.  Another reputable comedic legend from the UK and last year’s host Jimmy McGhie follows …

Topical and empirical musings of our trail-blazing Prime Minister, overseas backpacking and Bintang-wearing experiences.  Then to round of the most delectably entertaining of evenings the luck of the Irish Noel Maxwell delivers.  Lesbian/Hitler haircut citations and ‘church-ball’ tampering ensues …

So fresh and so new!  These are the main adjectives I would use when put on the spot to describe this year’s talent that ushers us into this years NZ International Comedy Festival.  I for one, cannot wait to get among the rest of the inter-continental talent that befalls us this season.

******  The NZ International Comedy Festival runs from 26 April – 20 May 2018