While we're all getting excited about fashion month unfolding across Europe, the UK and the US this September, let's not forget about the shows a little closer to home. New Zealand Fashion Week played out in Auckland last week and honestly, it deserves more attention. The country may be small, but it certainly packs a punch when it comes to fashion. With a relatively small market (when compared to say, Paris), New Zealand Fashion Week puts a spotlight on the next generation of young designers; the up-and-comers who aren't afraid to try something different or a little quirky.
From runway diversity, glitzy fashion parties, epic beauty looks and must-have summer pieces, there were so many reasons to love New Zealand Fashion Week. Below, INF / Network member and NZFW correspondent Chloe Hill shares the top ten moments that got her excited about the upcoming season. Read on, and you might just discover your new favourite designer.
Kicking off with a high school choir singing a melodic rendition of Rihanna’s Diamonds, Twenty Seven Names' show was a serious tear-jerker! The Wellington design duo cast an amazing array of girls including a variety of body shapes and ages, proving fashion should be for everyone. Go, girls!
This show featured an amazing lineup of new talent. The handpicked group of graduate designers included a bunch of gingham and summery dresses from Caitlin Crisp, which are sure to make many an appearance on Instagram given the ooh's and aah's from bloggers sitting in the front row.
Another relatively new name on the scene, Hej Hej, showcased their capsule of effortless linen dresses, jumpsuits and separates on a yacht on Auckland’s harbour. After a morning of torrential rain the sun shone through just in time for us to board the boat for a chill afternoon on the water.
Another shout out to Twenty Seven Names since they had the beauty look of the week! Models were fresh-faced with glowing skin with a stroke of hot pink across their eye lids. M.A.C Cosmetics’ senior makeup artist Kiekie Stanners mixed a few products to create the look, but recommend trying their MAC Bright Pink Eye Shadow with an angled brush to get a similar look with way less effort. Running to the store now!