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TRELISE COOPER CLOSES A SUCCESSFUL 15TH NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK  

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New Zealand Fashion Week came to a close today, with the finale show from Trelise Cooper a fitting end to what has been a hugely successful week.

 

NZFW had to wait until the last day for its fix of Trelise Cooper and she didn’t disappoint, with a beautiful show featuring three Spring & Summer collections from COOP, COOPER and TRELISE COOPER, in a room brought to life with hundreds of delicate florals.

 

NZFW Managing Director Dame Pieter Stewart DNZM, who will take a back seat in 2016 as Strategic Director of NZFW, is delighted with how the week has gone, especially the success of NZ Fashion Weekend, which has seen an increase of ticket sales of 70% from 2014.

 

Other Sunday shows included the very cute kids show, featuring Kids Republic and SOCOCO, a new Kiwi made premium kids sportswear range created by two friends, Kristy Austin & Charlotte Hill. The show also saw two of Stewart’s granddaughters, Harley McVicar and Storme McLaughlan walk the catwalk.

 

Others shows from the day included a stunning group show from Fashion Quarterly featuring Juliette Hogan, TK Store, Miss Crabb, Zambesi, Helen Cherry and Workshop, and the Kronenbourg 1664 Presents Metro Men’s Show.

 

 

DESIGNERS:

This year, 85 labels were represented at New Zealand Fashion Week as designers showing on the catwalk or as exhibitors.

 

Amongst the established names of New Zealand fashion, including Kate Sylvester who was this year’s Mercedes Presents designer, Zambesi, Nom*D, Hailwood, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Andrea Moore and Annah Stretton were some exciting fresh new talents showing for the first time at NZFW.

 

Project Runway winner Sean Kelly wowed, as did Harman Grubisa, with other debut highlights including Lucilla Gray, Miromoda Designer Steve Hall and New Generation labels Slaeve and Jordan Holliday.

 

INTERNATIONAL GUESTS:

This year NZFW was attended by 26 international media and buyers, representing media companies and fashion stores including; Vogue.com, Vogue.com.au, Elle, iD Magazine, ASOS, The Iconic and David Jones.

 

Feedback from international guests has been positive and should result in strong commercial results and extensive international editorial coverage for a number of kiwi designers.

 

ON NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK’S FUTURE:

Much has been made over the years of the future of NZ Fashion Week. Every year there is talk of the schedule “missing” designers, or of the event not being as strong as in past years.

 

However, once again this year’s event attracted more designers than in previous years, with a balanced schedule of emerging talent showing alongside established designers.

 

While NZFW has courted a number of potential buyers over the past two years, the event will continue to be owned and run, successfully, by Dame Pieter Stewart who will steer the event from her new position as Strategic Director.

 

With Stewart looking to focus more on other projects including setting up a Fashion Council for New Zealand designers, and her family, she has an experienced team in place to run the event day-to-day.

 

“Despite the usual rumours that surround the event every year, NZFW remains a very viable event from both a business point of view and a designer point of view. Designers will choose it as a platform for their brand each year, depending on their objectives at the time, and we know to expect some of the designers “missing” from this year’s schedule back again next year”.

 

“NZFW remains relevant as a commercial platform for the majority of New Zealand’s designers and this year, in my opinion, has been the strongest year of collections I’ve seen on the NZFW catwalks,” said Stewart.

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN THE 2015 HITO HOT NEW TALENT COMPETITION

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A team of fashion industry experts has chosen 25 finalists in the HITO Hot New Talent Competition, which will see a group of talented young kiwis get their chance to work at New Zealand’s biggest fashion event, New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW). The team of experts include; hair stylists Richard Kavanagh, Mana Dave and Rebecca Brent, makeup artists Pheonix Renata, Kristen Stewart and Samala Robinson and fashion stylists Sally-Ann Mullin, Sonia Greenslade and Lulu Wilcox.

The semi-finalists’ profiles are on the NZFW Facebook page, where friends, family and the general public are already busy voting for their favourites.

Voting closes on Monday 17th August and decides the top three in each category who will attend NZFW and work in their chosen discipline of Hair Stylist, Make Up Artist, Fashion Stylist and Male or Female model.

The final fifteen will be flown to Auckland to attend the 2015 NZFW Opening Launch on Monday 24th of August, where one winner in each of the five categories will be announced.

Each of the final fifteen will work at NZFW alongside professionals in their chosen field and will benefit from industry mentoring from one of the competition judges after NZFW.

The competition is all about giving young talent the opportunity to gain experience in their chosen career. HITO  - the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation, will work with finalists in the hair and make-up categories to pursue an apprenticeship in hair, beauty or barbering, if not already in one.

The five category winners will also be part of the new HITO Hot New Talent campaign shoot, which will be shot onsite during the week at NZ Fashion Week 2015.

 

Follow the New Zealand Fashion Week Facebook for information and updates.

NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEKEND’S DESIGNER LINE UP

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Action packed and loaded with leading labels, NZ Fashion Weekend’s schedule is stronger than ever. With less than two weeks to go, the biggest weekend in New Zealand fashion is an event not to be missed. The doors to NZ Fashion Weekend open on Friday 28th August, giving the public a chance to experience the very best of New Zealand fashion and beauty.

Across three days, fashionistas will be treated to a packed scheduled featuring a line up of some of New Zealand’s most sought-after designers, including Kate Sylvester, Trelise Cooper and Moochi, showing their in-season collections.

NZ Fashion Weekend’s opening night is the perfect girl’s night out. Featuring Kate Sylvester’s first NZ Fashion Weekend show followed by the official weekend opening party, this is an opportunity to rub shoulders with designers and local and international fashion media and celebs, while the Sweet Mix Kids DJ’s heat up the dance floor.

Saturday’s catwalk action kicks off in The Tent with the ever-popular Smashbox Session, giving beauty and make-up enthusiasts the chance to learn the latest trends and techniques from some of the world’s top makeup artists. And for those who want more, the M.A.C Technique Session is also back for 2015 with a spot on the Sunday schedule.

Fashion bibles, Fashion Quarterly magazine and CLEO magazine will bring their glossy editorials to life on the NZ Fashion Week runway, featuring in-season and on trend looks from the top designer labels such as RUBY, Juliette Hogan, TK Store, Zambesi and more.

Not just for the girls, there’s something special for the boys as well, with Kronenbourg 1664 Presenting the Metro Men’s Show. Introducing cutting edge designers Slaeve and Jordan Holliday and new styles, fabrics, cuffs, collars and cuts from Rodd and Gunn and Auckland boutique Strangely Normal, this show will keep men at the forefront of fashion this spring.

Designers from two of Auckland’s leading fashion districts, Ponsonby and K Road, will also be on show in the Ponsonby Presents and All On K Road A.O.K runway shows featuring much-loved, local designers Andrea Moore, Storm, Augustine, WE’AR, Jimmy D, Lela Jacobs, Nick von K and Jason Lingard.

The New Zealand Weddings Magazine Collection is always a highlight of the week, and not just for brides and grooms to-be. Curated by New Zealand’s leading weddings guide, the show will unveil the latest gowns and suits from designers, including Hera Bridal, the Crane Brothers, Barkers, John Zimmermann and Robyn Cliffe.

NZ Fashion Weekend has something for everyone, including the kids! This year Kid Republic and SOCOCO will present the latest and coolest of Kiwi kids’ fashion and premium kids’ sportswear. The YMCA & Raise Up Presents Walk the Line show returns for another year to showcase designs from talented New Zealand youth.

With the crowd-favourite Moochi wrapping up Saturday’s designer schedule and sartorial queen Trelise Cooper’s spring/summer collection providing a fitting finale for the week, the NZ Fashion Weekend line up is the hottest it’s ever been.

 

Don’t miss out on this incredible event - go to www.iticket.co.nz to get your tickets now!

 

 

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NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEKEND A HIT FOR BEAUTY ADDICTS 

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Beauty lovers take note. This winter, the hottest ticket in town is NZ Fashion Weekend at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, where the most coveted brands in the beauty business will be showcasing standout products and hosting exclusive seminars and tutorials. Held on Friday 28th,  Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, NZ Fashion Weekend is the public’s chance to immerse themselves in the energy and glamour that surrounds the biggest week on the fashion and beauty calendar, while learning tips and tricks from industry insiders.

One of the NZ Fashion Weekend’s most popular sessions, Smashbox Presents is back for 2015. Created by senior pro artists Nadia Henry and Sam Hart, the session begins at 10.30am on Saturday 29th and will explore the latest inspiration and trends, showcase new collections and teach step-by-step application techniques from catwalk-ready to a natural everyday look. The Smashbox Pro team has crafted special NZ Fashion Weekend combo kits – the ideal selection of products to create the perfect pout, sultry eyes and great brows, or killer cheekbones. Buy your VIP Designer Pop-Up Sale ticket to gain free entry to this session.

Cult make up brand M.A.C is hosting an unmissable M.A.C Technique Beauty Session at 2.30pm on Sunday 30th, led by new M.A.C Senior Artist Kiekie Stanners.  This interactive workshop will be a fusion of backstage tips; top model secrets, runway trends and international inspiration translated into wearable looks and applications - a must-attend for aspiring makeup artists. You can also shop M.A.C Cosmetics’ on-site store to snap up the latest limited edition collections.

One of last year’s star attractions - The Beauty Hub, is back and bigger than ever before. This one-stop beauty mecca gives event-goers the chance to sample prestigious local and international brands and learn catwalk-ready tips and tricks from industry experts.

Experience the contemporary elegance and quirky pairings of Jo Malone London fragrances at the Beauty Hub. For the perfect introduction, guests can try their bespoke scent service and create their own sensory statement.

Natural beauty lovers will be spoilt by the Eco Minerals’ pure 100% mineral make-up. Attendees can ensure they are Instagram ready with a complimentary beauty touch-up or colour match consult from make-up artist Asrita Singh, the make-up winner from the 2010 New Talent Competition.

The Glam Squad team will be on-site to expertly style hair with the season’s latest looks for just $10, with attendees going in the draw to win a full Glam Squad hair and make-up session.

Shiseido’s beauty lounge offers expert skincare consultations using exclusive skin diagnostic devices, and free samples of the high-performance formulations.

Attendees can try out the top model life with the fashion makeover portrait specialists at Studio 81 pro studio and go in the draw to win a fashion shoot of their own valued at $3000.

Global high-street favourite, The Body Shop will be showcasing new products and providing personalised skincare advice and express make-up applications.

For a glamorous finishing touch, guests can stop by eyelash experts GLAM for $5 luxe lash application, with an extra pair to take home.

To complete the look, beauty lovers can indulge in an express manicure from OPI for just $10.

Acclaimed brand Triumph & Disaster will be on site to ensure there is something special for the boys as well. They will be showcasing their grooming products in the hub – a must have for every modern man. All are infused with bespoke aromas and contain products derived from nature, and engineered with science.

NZ Fashion Weekend offers guests the chance to experience the very best of fashion and beauty. From rubbing shoulders with some of beauty lovers' favourite faces and bloggers, learning from celebrated professionals and treating themselves to pampering sessions, NZ Fashion Weekend is not to be missed.

Don’t miss out on everything NZ Fashion Weekend has to offer. Go to www.iticket.co.nz to get your tickets now!

 

Here is a full list of who is in the Beauty Hub:

Eco Minerals

GLAM

Glam Squad

Glassons

Jo Malone London

M.A.C

Nude by Nature

OPI

Shiseido

Smashbox

Sovereign Action Unit

Studio 81

The Body Shop

TOMS

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN THE 2015 HITO HOT NEW TALENT COMPETITION

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A team of fashion industry experts has chosen 25 finalists in the HITO Hot New Talent Competition, which will see a group of talented young kiwis get their chance to work at New Zealand’s biggest fashion event, New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW). The team of experts include; hair stylists Richard Kavanagh, Mana Dave and Rebecca Brent, makeup artists Pheonix Renata, Kristen Stewart and Samala Robinson and fashion stylists Sally-Ann Mullin, Sonia Greenslade and Lulu Wilcox.

The semi-finalists’ profiles are on the NZFW Facebook page, where friends, family and the general public are already busy voting for their favourites. www.facebook.com/nzfashionweek

Voting closes on Monday 17th August and decides the top three in each category who will attend NZFW and work in their chosen discipline of Hair Stylist, Make Up Artist, Fashion Stylist and Male or Female model.

The final fifteen will be flown to Auckland to attend the 2015 NZFW Opening Launch on Monday 24th of August, where one winner in each of the five categories will be announced.

Each of the final fifteen will work at NZFW alongside professionals in their chosen field and will benefit from industry mentoring from one of the competition judges after NZFW.

The competition is all about giving young talent the opportunity to gain experience in their chosen career. HITO  - the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation, will work with finalists in the hair and make-up categories to pursue an apprenticeship in hair, beauty or barbering, if not already in one.

The five category winners will also be part of the new HITO Hot New Talent campaign shoot, which will be shot onsite during the week at NZ Fashion Week 2015.

Follow the New Zealand Fashion Week Facebook for information and updates.

LAST WEEK TO REGISTER AS MEDIA FOR NZFW

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Important information for all media attending New Zealand Fashion Week 2015. Registration for media to attend New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) will close at 5pm, Thursday 6th August 2015.

Visit http://nzfashionweek.com/delegates/ for all registration information, including the online registration form.

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATION:

All media interested in attending the event must go through the accreditation process. This accreditation is granted at the discretion of New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd.

A registration form must be completed by ALL media intending to attend NZFW 2015 by 5pm, Thursday 6th August 2015.

Registrations received after this date will incur late registration charges and processing of late registrations cannot be guaranteed.

Following this date, the details of all accredited media will be added to a delegate list that will be passed onto designers, as reference for them when creating invitation lists for their shows.

Due to limited capacity and high demand for media access, registration numbers will be restricted. Media accreditation and access to the Media Centre is at the discretion of the New Zealand Fashion Week Media Office.

If you are part of a media crew, for example a television news crew, please ensure all members of your team have registered.

 

MEDIA REGISTRATION: 

Registration will be open onsite, at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, between 1pm and 4pm on Monday 24 August 2015. Media delegate packs will be available for all accredited media to pick up from this time.

 

NZFW VENUE – ANZ VIADUCT EVENTS CENTRE:

A Media Centre will be available for the use of accredited media, however as space is limited it will be allocated by NZFW. Wireless Internet access will be available throughout the venue and access details for the network will be available at the Media Centre.

Security measures will be put in place by the NZFW Media Centre staff, to ensure computers and equipment are made as safe as possible. However, all equipment will remain the responsibility of the owner.

All information about NZFW, the venue and the media registration process is located at the new-look NZFW website, which is live at www.nzfashionweek.com.

 

THE FOLLOWING TERMS AND CONDITIONS MUST BE ACCEPTED ON APPLICATION FOR MEDIA ACCREDITATION.

 

New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 – Digital Footage Rights

 

The following rights and guidelines apply to all television, online and other digital video footage captured at New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 by approved media (Footage).

 

The following terms and conditions relate to Footage recorded by all media attending New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd. Admission to New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 constitutes acceptance of these terms.

 

  • All working media must seek permission from Vinny Sherry NZFW Communications Manager, vinny@campbellandco.nz to attend New Zealand Fashion Week 2015.
  • New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd reserves the right to restrict Footage being recorded at private shows at New Zealand Fashion Week 2015.
  • Full New Zealand Fashion Week shows may not be broadcast on-air, or online, without the permission of New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd.
  • These Terms and Conditions will monitored and enforced during and post the event.

 

The following terms and conditions only relate to Footage recorded by New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd, not by any other organisation.

 

  • Copyright of all Footage recorded by New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd, remains the property of New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd.
  • Footage recorded by New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd may be licensed to be broadcast for editorial purposes only, for news content, or approved programme content on television or online media that pertains to the event.
  • Footage recorded by New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd may not be sold, traded or provided to a broadcaster or narrowcaster without the permission of New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd.
  • A license to broadcast Footage recorded by New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd is limited to a period of 30 days following the event [i.e. 30 September 2015] unless permitted by New Zealand Fashion Week Ltd.

 

New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 – Photography / Image Rights

The following rights and guidelines apply to all still images and photographs (Images) captured at New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 by approved media.

  • All working photographers must seek permission to attend New Zealand Fashion Week 2015 from Vinny Sherry NZFW Communications Manager, vinny@campbellandco.nz.
  • Copyright of all Images captured during New Zealand Fashion Week remains with the accredited photographer and/or photograph commissioner.
  • Any images to be used for advertising or commercial purposes must first be given permission and clearance by the photographer and the model agency ­‐ NZFW holds no responsibility for this.

ALL-STAR DESIGNER LINE UP CONFIRMED FOR 2015 NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK

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New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) is thrilled to announce its provisional designer line up for 2015, with a strong list of designers from around the country and overseas, set to heat up the catwalks at the ANZ Viaduct Event Centre from Monday 24August - Sunday 30 August.  

Celebrated designer Kate Sylvester will present two shows, showcasing her forward season collections (Autumn/Winter 2016) to local and international media and industry delegates, on Tuesday 25 August, as this year’s Mercedes-Benz Presents designer, before opening the publically attended Fashion Weekend with a Spring/Summer 2015 collection on Friday evening.

 

New Zealand’s best known labels are showing in force with collections from Zambesi, NOM*d, Hailwood, Twenty-Seven Names, Andrea Moore and Annah Stretton showcased on the runway at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre and RUBY and Stolen Girlfriends Club presenting their collections at off-site venues.

 

International sensation Sean Kelly (once a Fashion Week intern) returns from New York and his 2014 Project Runway success to present a highly anticipated capsule collection.

 

Appearing for the first time on the NZFW schedule are Auckland’s Harman Grubisa, Wellingtonian Lucilla Gray, and Sydney-based designer Third Form who along with a sensational line up of designers in the New Generation showcase, ensure fashion’s fresh talent is also in the spotlight.

 

Crowd-favourite Trelise Cooper will give the public a taste of her feminine signature style when she closes Fashion Week with an in-season showcase on the Sunday evening.

 

NZFW Managing Director Dame Pieter Stewart is pleased to have such a strong group of designers involved this year.

 

“We’re hugely excited about the 85 designers and exhibitors we have confirmed for 2015. New Zealand Fashion Week remains a central hub for the local fashion industry and the key platform for both new and established designers to showcase their 2016 collections. This line up reflects the excellence, innovation and diversity that exists in the New Zealand fashion community – something we passionately endeavor to promote and maintain.”

 

Dame Pieter is especially looking forward to the 2015 Miromoda showcase. It features some exceptionally talented Maori designers, including 2015 Supreme winner Steve Hall, who also took out first prize at the iD International Emerging Designer Awards in April of this year.

 

New to the week is the Choose Wool show, celebrating one of New Zealand’s biggest agricultural exports and a pillar of the New Zealand apparel industry, with designs by Hailwood, Liz Mitchell, Perriam, Sabatini, Tanya Carlson and Wynn Hamlynn.

 

Avid fashion fans also have plenty of opportunities to experience the excitement and energy of NZFW. The Resene Designer Selection shows run each day from Wednesday through Saturday. NZ Fashion Weekend starts with Sylvester’s in-season show on Friday 28 August followed by an exclusive party featuring Auckland’s hottest DJ’s and an action-packed schedule of in-season designer shows and fashion and beauty seminars on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August.

 

 

Confirmed Designer List 2015

Adrienne Winkelmann                  Auckland

AJ Bradley                                  Gisborne

Andrea Moore                              Auckland

Annah Stretton                            Morrinsville

Augustine                                    Auckland

Barkers                                        Auckland

Bobby Luke                                  Auckland

Carena West                                Auckland

Carlson                                        Auckland

Clavon's Wear                              New York

Confitex                                       Auckland

Coop                                           Auckland

Crane Brothers                             Auckland

Darlene Gore                               Dunedin

D'monic Intent                              Auckland

Eithne Curran                               Auckland

Frances Jerard                             Christchurch

French83                                     Auckland

Gally Nine                                    Seoul

Hailwood                                      Auckland

Harman Grubisa                            Auckland

Helen Cherry                                 Auckland

HER Apparel                                 Wellington

Hera Bridal                                    Auckland

Hiako                                            Tauranga

Holy Chic                                       Auckland

Hori                                               Byron Bay

ITZME                                           Auckland

Ivy Blu                                           Christchurch

Jasmin Sparrow                               Auckland

Jason Lingard                                 Auckland

Jimmy D                                         Auckland

John Zimmermann                           Auckland

Jordaine Brogan                              Christchurch

Jordan Holliday                               Tauranga

Julian Danger                                  Auckland

Juliette Hogan                                 Auckland

Kate Sylvester                                 Auckland

Kharl-William Wirepa                        Rotorua

Kid Republic                                   Auckland

Kristy Bedi                                      Christchurch

Kylie Mangan                                  Gold Coast

Lela Jacobs                                     Wellington

Liz Mitchell                                      Auckland

Lucilla Gray                                     Wellington

Marama Jewellery                            Christchurch

Mia Brennan                                    Byron Bay

Michael John  Jewellery                    Auckland

Miss Crabb                                      Auckland

Mitchell Vincent                               Hamilton

Moochi                                            Auckland

Natalie Chan                                   Auckland

New Zealand Weddings Jewellery      Auckland

Nick von K                                       Auckland

NOM*d                                            Dunedin

Perky Shoes                                     Auckland

Perriam                                            Wanaka

Robyn Cliffe                                     Christchurch

Rodd and Gunn                                 Auckland

Ruby                                                Auckland

Sabatini                                            Auckland

Sean Kelly                                         Wellington

Shona Tawhiao                                  Auckland

Slaeve                                               Auckland

Sococo                                              Auckland

Steve Hall                                          Te Puke

Stolen Girlfriends Club                        Auckland

Storm                                                Auckland

Strangely Normal                                Auckland

Syre                                                  Auckland

Third Form                                         Sydney

TK Store                                            Auckland

TOMS                                               Los Angeles

Tous                                                 Manresa, Barcelona

Trelise Cooper                                   Auckland

Trelise Cooper Boardroom                   Auckland

Twenty-Seven Names                         Auckland

WE'AR                                              Auckland

Willa & Mae                                       Auckland

Working Style                                    Auckland

Wynn Hamlyn                                    Auckland

X-Plain                                             Auckland

Yvonne Bennetti                                Auckland

Zambesi                                           Auckland

12 Glamour Evil Eyewear                   Shanghai

MENTORS ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 HITO HOT NEW TALENT COMPETITION

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The HITO Hot New Talent Competition is heating up with the names of nine notable mentors released today. The NZFW HITO Hot New Talent competition will see aspiring hair stylists, makeup artists, fashion stylists and models given an opportunity to impress fashion industry leaders while working at New Zealand Fashion Week.

“Creating opportunities for emerging talent in the fashion industry is important to NZFW. Every year we look for ways to support new designers and we created a similar competition in 2010 with all winners going on to employment in their relevant field,” said NZFW Managing Director Dame Pieter Stewart DNZM.

With some of the industry’s most successful individuals stepping up as mentors this year, it’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the finalists to learn on their feet and from their idols, at the country’s most prestigious fashion event. Aspiring hairdressers have the chance to work with some of New Zealand’s biggest names – Rebecca Brent, winner of the 2014 L’Oreal Colour Trophy Supreme Award and owner of the iconic Willis York salon in Wellington, Mana Dave, three-time Auckland Region Hairdresser of the Year and Creative Director of Blaze and Pony, and internationally renowned celebrity stylist and Creative Director of Rodney Wayne Richard Kavanagh.

Kavanagh’s portfolio includes work for Prada, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Bottega Venetta, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Miu Miu, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Saint Laurent. Cosmetic queens Pheonix Renata, eyebrow guru and owner of Pheonix Cosmetics; Kristen Stewart, owner of Kristen Stewart School of Makeup and Samala Robinson, founder of Samala Robinson Makeup Academy will put the makeup finalists through their paces during their first backstage experience.

A sartorial dream team will mentor budding stylists – Sally-Ann Mullin, Fashion Quarterly Editor and arguably one of New Zealand’s best-dressed women; and seasoned celebrity and editorial stylists Barry Betham and Lulu Wilcox.

HITO as New Zealand’s Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation, develops and manages industry qualifications for the hair and beauty sectors, and manages the apprenticeship programmes for hairdressing, barbering and beauty in New Zealand. The partnership with NZFW will help HITO find the next generation of talented young apprentices, looking to begin their career in hair and beauty. Don’t miss out on the chance to work with the biggest names in fashion and make a splash at 2015 New Zealand Fashion Week – with entries to the highly anticipated NZFW HITO Hot New Talent Competition closing on Monday 3 August.

 

HOW THE HITO HOT NEW TALENT COMPETITION WORKS:

NZFW and HITO are looking for five finalists from across NZ in each of the five categories of Hair/Barbering, Makeup Artist, Fashion Stylist, Female Model, Male Model

Entries close at 5.00pm on Monday 3 August

Entries are open to up and coming talent. In the hair category, this includes those who have less than two years in an apprenticeship or working in a salon, or those completely new to the industry. Those who have completed a full-time course are not eligible.

Entrants in the other categories are open to anyone that has not been involved in New Zealand Fashion Week in any capacity i.e. if entering the model categories entrants must not have walked in a New Zealand Fashion Week Show, but may have worked as a dresser.

Entries are uploaded to the NZFW website at http://nzfashionweek.com/new-talent-2/

A judging panel, including industry leaders and mentors appointed by HITO, and NZFW will select five finalists in each category.

Friday 7 August: NZFW Facebook page will announce the 25 finalists across all five categories. The public will then vote for their favourite individual in each category.

Public voting will be open for two weeks from Friday 7 August – Friday 14 August and will determine the top three finalists in each category – 15 in total.

The top 15, as chosen by public vote and will assemble in Auckland for NZFW, being held from 24-30 August at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre.

The top 15 will be showcased at the opening of NZFW on Monday 24 August. One winner from each category, as chosen by the mentors and fashion industry heavyweights, will then be announced.

The winners of each category will then go on to create their own photoshoot as part of NZFW.

All of the top 15 will work across key NZFW shows, which include the Resene Designer Selection and New Generation shows and following the event will be supported into internships and wherever possible apprenticeships, with industry mentors.

K’ Road Illustrates Innovation for NZ Fashion Weekend

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AOK_logo A select group of K’ Road designers are gearing up to produce the precinct’s annual AOK NZ Fashion Weekend offering on 29 August 2015 and are promising more than a parade of apparel. Included in the street’s line-up of exhibitors are an avant-garde jeweller known for his unpredictable and self-described, rock and roll aesthetic and an illustrator who will be heralding the day’s event with delivery of a limited edition print to the seats of all premium ticket holders. 

A Zambesi employee by day and budding illustrator by night, fashion graduate Sean Cai has created five striking black ink designs as a prequel to AOK, each of which will be reproduced in print runs of just 20.

“I tried to channel the dark aesthetic characteristic of the four AOK designers: Lela Jacobs, Jimmy-D, Jason Lingard and Nick Von K,” says Sean.  “Rather than full body illustration, I focused on the face – accentuating strength through a tribal, goddess-like image designed to reflect the individual strength of each designer in a subtle, elegant way.’”

 

Distribution of the illustrations pre show is a move aimed at setting the tone for the four eight-minute parades of spring/summer 2015 looks to follow which will feature Lela Jacobs with her monochrome and androgynous designs, James Dobson with his Jimmy D over-sized silhouettes, industry newcomer Jason Lingard delivering dark, complex and layered pieces and jeweller Nick von K showcasing a selection of hand crafted accessories reflecting influences taken from objects such as animal skulls, rare crystals, exotic butterflies and feathers.

For more information about AOK’s NZ Fashion Weekend show and ticket details visit http://kroad.com/all-on-k-road/

What:             AOK at NZ Fashion Weekend

Where:           ANZ Viaduct Events Centre

When:            Saturday 29 August 2015

Time:                         2.30pm

Media Contact:

Barbara Holloway

Mob: 021 377 508

business@kroad.com

NZFW ANNOUNCES THE ‘HITO HOT NEW TALENT’ COMPETITION

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New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) is excited to announce a new initiative, which will see talented young creative New Zealanders given a foot up into the fashion industry.

 

NZFW is partnering with HITO – the Hair and Beauty Industry Training Organisation - to create the HITO Hot New Talent competition, which will see 15 aspiring hair stylists, makeup artists, fashion stylists and models given an opportunity to impress the fashion industry leaders while working at NZFW.

 

HITO as New Zealand’s hair and beauty industry training organisation, develops and implements New Zealand’s industry qualifications for the hair and beauty sectors, and manages the apprenticeship programmes for hairdressing, barbering and beauty in New Zealand.

 

The partnership with NZFW will help HITO find the next generation of talented young creative minds, looking to make their way in these industries.

 

“Creating opportunities for emerging talent in the fashion industry is important to NZFW. Every year we look for ways to support new designers and we created a similar competition in 2010,” said NZFW Managing Director Dame Pieter Stewart DNZM.

 

“That competition was hugely successful with the winners all progressing onto careers in the hair, beauty and fashion industries. We’re excited to be creating those opportunities again and this time with the support of HITO, who are a fantastic organisation, we can ensure the winners are well supported into their chosen careers.”

 

In getting behind this talent search HITO CEO Erica Cumming said that this is a great opportunity to raise the profile of apprenticeship training and its potential for those who want to enter the industry.

 

“HITO is all about people learning on the job to gain qualifications and a career in hair and beauty. Partnering with Fashion Week shows what the opportunities are for them to learn and be part of the creative and dynamic industry that is celebrated at New Zealand Fashion Week”, she said.

 

HOW THE HITO HOT NEW TALENT COMPETITION WORKS:

 

  • NZFW and HITO are looking for five finalists from across NZ in each of the five categories of Hair/Barbering, Makeup Artist, Fashion Stylist, Female Model, Male Model
  • Entries open on Friday 3 July and close on Friday 24 July
  • Entries are open to up and coming talent. In the hair category this includes those who have less than two years in an apprenticeship or working in a salon, or those completely new to the industry. Those who have completed a full time course are not eligible.
  • Entrants in the other categories are open to anyone that has not been involved in New Zealand Fashion Week in any capacity i.e. if entering the model categories entrants must not have walked in a New Zealand Fashion Week Show, but may have worked as a dresser.
  • Entries are uploaded to the NZFW website at http://nzfashionweek.com/new-talent-2/
  • A judging panel, including industry leaders and mentors appointed by HITO, and NZFW will select five finalists in each category.
  • Friday 31 July: The 25 finalists across all five categories will be announced on the NZFW Facebook page. The public will then vote for their favourite individual in each category.
  • Public voting will be open for two weeks from Friday 31 July – Friday 14 August and will determine the top three finalists in each category – 15 in total.
  • The top 15, as chosen by public vote, will all travel to Auckland for NZFW, being held from 24-30 August at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre.
  • The top 15 will be showcased at the opening of NZFW on Monday 24 August where 450 guests, including fashion media, buyers, designers and industry heavyweights will cast the final vote to choose the winner in each category.
  • The winners from each category will then go on to create their own photoshoot as part of NZFW.
  • All of the top 15 will work across key NZFW shows including Designer Selection and New Generation shows and following the event will be supported into internships and wherever possible apprenticeships, with industry mentors.

 

SUPPORTING NEW TALENT POST NZFW

 

As part of the HITO Hot New Talent competition the top 15 finalists will be paired with an industry leader from their chosen profession and will work with them as an intern for at least three months following NZFW.

 

NZFW Brand Manager Myken Stewart is hyped for what is going to be another game changing initiative for the fashion industry.

 

“15 talented young kiwis will get to travel to NZFW, live in a hotel for the week, soak up the atmosphere and put themselves on the line amongst the best of the best. This will be the most amazing week for them and with HITO on board we can ensure they get the support they need after NZFW to kick-start their career.”

 

“We know this concept works, with all the winners from our 2010 talent competition going on to work in their chosen industry. We want talented kiwis who think they have what it takes to put themselves on the line and get involved!”

 

HITO Contacts:

http://www.hito.org.nz

(04) 499 1180

 

www.nzfashionweek.com

www.facebook.com/nzfashionweek

@NZFashionWK

 

For more information and images please contact:

 

Vinny Sherry

NZFW Communications Manager

Campbell+Co

09 368 5100 or 021 324 323

vinny@campbellandco.nz

 

Sarah Campbell

Campbell+Co

09 368 5100

sarahc@campbellandco.nz

MIROMODA FASHION COMPETITION REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

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Saturday saw a new city and a new venue for the increasingly popular annual Miromoda FashionDesign competition. Held at Hamilton’s Novotel Tainui, twenty short listed entrants faced a panel of judges to vie for places in the Miromoda Showcase, which will be held as part of New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) in late August.

 

Respected Fashion designer Adrian Hailwood and PR guru Miranda Likeman, founder of Panic PR, joined Miromoda’s head judge Dame Pieter Stewart DNZM on the judging panel for the Project Runway style competition.

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Dame Pieter Stewart is flanked by Miranda Likeman of Panic PR and Adrian Hailwood in the judging of the 2015 Miromoda Fashion Design Awards. Miromoda (Indigenous Maori Fashion Apparel Board) formed in 2008 and debuted at NZFW the following year with eight competition winners and runners up across four categories. The competition is well established in the tertiary community and draws entries from most, if not all, New Zealand fashion schools, as well as internationally based Maori fashion designers. Co-founder Ata Te Kanawa credits the support of NZFW founder Dame Pieter Stewart and sponsorship support from a handful of loyal supporters as “the catalyst for creating and maintaining the Miromoda platform which is the least that can be done to tap into the huge talent pool out there.” She says the competition reached several milestones this year, including “our first ever secondgeneration entrant who has won a spot at NZFW and will show alongside her mother and two aunts.” Seventeen year-old Auckland based Aaliyah Jobe was an entrant in the Emerging category, and is the daughter of Kristin Leitch, one of the three sisters behind the Dmonic Intent label who won a spot in the Avant-Garde category. Winner of Miromoda’s emerging section and 2015 overall supreme winner, 25 year-old Steve Hall, is a Massey University graduate from Te Puke. In April, he also earned the title of overall winner of the prestigious and internationally recognised iD International Emerging Designer Awards. As one of only six New Zealand designers entered in the Dunedin competition that is always dominated by international entries, Hall is having an exceptional year and clearly a name to watch for.

 

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Steve Hall (3rd left) with his Abandon Man collection. While he may have been a clear winner, Dame Pieter Stewart said the high level of talent in the Emerging section made selection extremely difficult, forcing the creation of a sportswear section and angst for judges and entrants. “Once again, the competition was most impressive and gave me a lift to see such fantastic talent coming through,” says Stewart. The other challenge Stewart faced was the realisation to consider moving Miromoda’s usual Friday spot at NZ Fashion Week forward to Thursday. “There is so much commercial potential for Miromoda designers, they deserve to be in front of more buyers.” Tickets for the NZFW Miromoda Showcase on iTICKET went on sale two weeks ago and have so far sold more than any other show. There is a very limited number available as the show is mainly for delegates attending NZFW and designer guests. Although Dame Stewart has acknowledged she will move away from the everyday operation of New Zealand’s premiere fashion event, NZ Fashion Week that she founded in 2001, she is in no way retiring or resigning from it, and especially Miromoda. “If you asked me what the most satisfying thing I have done since beginning NZFW - it would have to be Miromoda,” says Stewart.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, Contact Ata Te Kanawa– 027 5543382

Official Results 2015 Miromoda Fashion Design Competition Emerging: 1st Steve Hall Te Puke), 2nd Bobby Luke (Auckland), 3rd Kristy Bedi Emerging Sportswear: 1st Aalijah Jobe, 2nd Tasmyn Roach Avant Garde: 1st Shona Tawhiao, 2nd D’monic Intent Established: 1st Kylie Mangan, 2nd Hohepa Thompson, 3rd Vincent Mitchell Supreme Winner: Steve Hall

NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEKEND TICKETS NOW ON SALE

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Immerse yourself in New Zealand fashion at the ultimate girls weekend out.

Tickets to New Zealand Fashion Weekend are now available for avid fashion followers to secure a spot at some of the industry’s hottest shows, and experience the very best of New Zealand fashion and beauty.

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Held at the ANZ Viaduct Centre on Friday 28th, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, NZ Fashion Weekend is the public’s chance to immerse themselves in the energy and glamour that surrounds the biggest week on

the fashion calendar.

 

The three day event kicks off on Friday 28th with a Kate Sylvester in-season show to officially open Fashion Weekend, followed by a star-studded bash featuring live DJ’s Sweet Mix Kids and the opportunity to rub shoulders with designers and international fashion media.

In-season shows from sartorial queen Trelise Cooper, glam go-to Yvonne Benetti and crowd-favorite Moochi will heat up the runway over the weekend, as well as looks from the pages of style bibles Fashion Quarterly and Cleo.

Metro magazine will ensure fashionable men are looked after too, with a group show featuring New Zealand’s leading men’s labels.

The all-new Designer Pop-Up Sale is filled with New Zealand's favorite designer fashion, footwear and accessory labels, on sale for a fraction of the price. It's a ultimate opportunity to take inspiration straight from the runway while bagging a bargain on the country’s coolest brands.

One of last year’s most popular additions – the Beauty Hub is back – giving event-goers the chance to sample different brands and learn catwalk-ready tips and tricks from the experts. Check out who will be there at: www.nzfashionweek.com/beauty-hub

The weekend also includes exciting sessions from global beauty brands M.A.C and Smashbox on backstage makeup techniques and new season trends.

Entry to the venue and the Designer Pop-Up Sale, where you can score incredible designer bargains, enjoy the fabulous bars, and make the most of the Beauty Hub, costs just $20.

 

A $25 ticket will give fashion lovers a standard seat to a show or session of their choice plus all of the above.

Fully-fledged fashionistas can purchase a $40 ticket which includes a premium seat to the show or seminar of their choice, a goodie bag, and access to everything else on site as well.

 

Tickets are also available to the VIP Designer Pop-Up Sale & Smashbox Session – a $20 upgrade allows you early entry  (9am) to the Designer Pop-Up Sale to grab the best deals before the crowds arrive and access into The Tent for the Smashbox Session at 10:30am. These tickets are strictly limited and need to be purchased separately.

 

It’s the ultimate girls-weekend, with plenty of action for the boys too; packed with runway shows, interactive workshops, designer sales, expert beauty advice and seminars, live entertainment, amazing goody bags and loads of giveaways. Grab a group of style-savvy friends and immerse yourself in everything NZ Fashion Weekend has to offer.

 

Don’t miss out on this incredible event - go to www.iticket.co.nz to get your tickets now!

Profile: Cameron Silver

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Since fashion philanthropist Cameron Silver opened the doors of Decades in 1997, the dress code in Los Angeles has irrevocably changed due - in large part - to Silver exhorting his frequently-photographed, trendsetting clientele to "dress up!" He is widely recognized for his impact on runway trends from fashion's new generation of designers in New York and Paris to the way a constellation of Hollywood's brightest appear on the red carpet.Cameron Silver

With the new guard of so many heritage houses from New York to Milan seeking inspiration at Decades, it is hardly surprising Silver is frequently tapped both as public emissary and secret weapon to consult on everything from re-imagining a brand's identity to navigating its global launch. He has served as an official ambassador for Pringle and Boucheron. As creative consultant to Azzaro, Silver collaborated with the once-languishing Paris house's new creative director Vanessa Seward on design, research, and development, as well as initiating and maintaining the brand's role in celebrity dressing.

Silver acted as creative consultant for the global launch of Samsonite's iconic Fashionaire collection with Christina Ricci and curated the MOCA exhibition, The Total Look: The Creative Collaboration between Rudi Gernreich, Peggy Moffitt, and William Claxton, an exhibit that continues to tour. In Fall 2011, Silver showcased his flair for accessory design via the launch of The Haskell for Decades "Uptown/Downtown" collection, his collaboration with jewelry maven Miriam Haskell. Partnering with Modern Vintage, Silver designed a collection of statement footwear inspired by the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's, which went on sale in March of 2012.

Named one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion" in 2002, Silver is a favorite pundit on E! Entertainment, the Style Network and "Fashion File." Pulling looks from Decades' deep closets, he styles celebrities for major red carpet awards appearances like the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards. He has also written about luxury, from shopping to travel to his front row perch at the haute couture presentations, for Harpers Bazaar (UK), C Magazine, Departures, Style.com, and others. Silver recently narrated the Versailles 1973 documentary about the restoration event at the famed French palace that became the fashion showdown that firmly established American sportswear.

Silver's passion for good design extends beyond the realm of fashion. He was among the first to recognize the disappearing architectural legacy of Los Angeles' great modernist homes, and scooped up a crumbling hillside 1930 treasure by icon R.M. Schindler which he spent eight years meticulously restoring. The L.A. Conservancy awarded the efforts, the house was landmarked, and it has appeared on the covers of shelter magazines and in several books. In January 2012, The Art of Elysium recognized Silver as the year's Visionary and creative force behind their Heaven gala. He also heavily involved with the Friends of The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2010, he served as the Honorary Chair of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' legendary Dada Ball.

As one of the foremost vintage experts in the country and with more than a decade of Decades under his alligator belt, Silver released a coffee table book for Bloomsbury showcasing an unexpected compilation of the most significant 20th century fashions, as well as many of the celebrities he collaborated with over the years. The book, released in 2012, sold out within 48 hours of release and the 2nd edition is shipping to retailers nationwide right now.

He is currently starring in the Bravo reality show "The Dukes of Melrose" with long time business partner Christos Garkinos. The show, which premiered in March of 2013, showcases the merging of their contemporary designer consignment shop with Silver's legendary Decades.

 

 

 

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Polis Groutas

Profile: Lisa Armstrong

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Formerly fashion editor at The Times of London, she has penned insightful, cheeky and frank show reviews and interviews.

 

Lisa Armstrong

 

With a frank, witty style, fashion journalist Lisa Armstrong was tapped to replace renowned fashion editor Hilary Alexander as head of The Daily Telegraph’s print and digital fashion team in 2011. Formerly fashion editor of The Times, Armstrong is a career journalist, having started as a fashion writer for Elle UK and British Vogue, where she eventually became fashion features editor. She is still a contributing editor to British Vogue and has also written for American Harper’s Bazaar, The Sunday Times, and The Financial Times, and has also authored four books.

 

Her articles, sharply observant and accessible, often have a dash of self-deprecation and cheek, but Armstrong treats her subjects seriously and isn’t afraid to tackle controversy. Of Hedi Slimane’s debut as creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, she felt that it “lacked the frisson of the unexpected” and also directly addressed the brand’s frequent name changes as confusing and excessive.

“Where I grew up in Dorset, in the Seventies, fashion didn't really exist. No one had style signatures, personal or otherwise, and the only entitled hair was the stuff billowing out of the local farmer's nostrils,” she humourously wrote in her introductory article forThe Telegraph 2011. She earned a degree from Bristol University and was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Arts London.

Profile: Colin McDowell

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The seasoned British fashion critic and journalist has spent decades writing for major publications, writing fashion tomes, and supporting young designers.

 

Colin McDowell

 

 

Acclaimed fashion commentator Colin McDowell is one of the most influential and internationally respected figures within the global fashion community. Through his position as chief fashion writer of The Sunday Times Style and as founder and creative director of the Fashion Fringe initiative, McDowell has played an integral role in the support and growth of the fashion industry and in 2008 was awarded an MBE by the Queen in recognition of his achievements.

 

McDowell’s longstanding career in fashion has seen him work for over ten years with famed Italian couturier Pino Lancetti in a design capacity, as well as publish several books including the widely distributed McDowell’s Directory of 20th Century Fashion, which serves as a standard reference book for fashion students. As a reporter for The Sunday Times Style - a position held for over 20 consecutive years - McDowell quickly became one of the leading voices within the fashion industry, covering well-read reviews on international fashion weeks and boasting a regular ‘Fashion Moments’ column.

 

The celebrated reporter also held a series of interviews with noted industry players such as John Galliano, Mario Testino and Alexander McQueen. McDowell’s Fashion Fringe initiative, founded in collaboration with talent management group IMG in 2004, has also helped support over 17 emerging brands in Britain such as Erdem, Basso and Brooke, Fyodr Golan and Corrie Nielson.

 

McDowell’s vast knowledge and appreciation of the fashion industry has been seen in several exhibitions he has curated such as Manolo Blahnik at the Design Museum and Masters of Style at Somerset House in London. In 2008, McDowell also briefly served as editor-in-chief of the short-lived fashion and style magazine Distill, released by Craft Publishing. McDowell is a columnist at The Business of Fashion.

Along with serving as creative director of the Audi Fashion Festival in Singapore, McDowell also holds a fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal College as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield. In February 2012 the commended journalist was also named as trustee of Graduate Fashion Week, an annual event showcasing works of fashion design graduates from around the UK.

Profile: Hilary Alexander

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We take a look at the Daily Telegraph's award-winning fashion director, Hilary Alexander's, career highlights.

 

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Hilary Alexander, the Daily Telegraph 's fashion director, started her journalistic career at just 16-years-old.

Taking her first steps as a trainee reporter at theManawatu Evening Standard in her native New Zealand, Hilary quickly won accolades for her writing, moving to two national broadsheets as a news reporter. Hilary then headed overseas to Australia, working on the Ballerat Courier , and then the Wollongong Mercury in New South Wales as a news and features reporter.

Working her way slowly West, Hilary's next journalistic stop was a fashion editor position at The China Mail , a tabloid newspaper in Hong Kong, before she decamped to the national broadsheet, the Hong Kong Standard , where she took up the post as features editor.

 

After a year-long break for travelling, various other posts in the Hong Kong fashion industry followed, before Hilary landed on British shores in 1984. A year later, The Daily Telegraph beckoned; she joined the newspaper as fashion editor in January 1985 before becoming fashion director in 2003.

During Hilary's years at the Telegraph , she has styled fashion shoots all over the world, in as far-flung locations as Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Bhutan, Mongolia, Cambodia, Kenya and Peru; reviewed hundreds of catwalk shows every season; and interviewed fashion's biggest stars for the paper and website.

Hilary often lends her fashion expertise on television: she is a regular "talking head" on BBC 2's Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two and documentaries for Channel 4, as well as for international broadcasters like NBC.

She also works as a stylist and presenter for fashion and charity events such as the Designer Wedding Show, the Breast Cancer Care charity gala and Fashion for the Brave, which was held last year with the Household Cavalry.

Twice named British Fashion Journalist of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, she was awarded the title Visiting Professor by the University of the Arts and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Design by Nottingham Trent University. She is a valued judge for the Scottish Fashion Awards, Graduate Fashion Week, the Bright Young Gems at International Jewellery London, and a member of the British Fashion Council's management and press committees.

Adding to her numerous accolades, Hilary is to receive the Eugenia Sheppard Award for journalism from the CFDA.

Encyclopaedia Blanks

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From Buffy The Vampire Slayer to obscure indie bands, Tim Blanks’ vast cultural lexicon has brought vitality to his famous show reviews. BoF discovers that, more often than not, the polymathic critic lived rather than learnt his reference points.

 

 

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LONDON, United Kingdom — “We did what we imagined Warhol would be doing at that time,” said fashion critic and Style. com’s editor-at-large Tim Blanks, with a slight shrug as a smile crossed his animated face, crowned by a shock of silver hair and dominated by dark, expressive eyes. To hear Blanks speak of his undergraduate years is to be transported to a world viewed through Andy Warhol’s frenetic, shaking camera lens. “Lots of parties, a lot of dressing up; drinking inordinate amounts of vermouth and scoffing handfuls of Nembutal, dancing around for an entire weekend to ‘Child of Time’ by Deep Purple — I was drawn to bad behaviour.”

 

Blanks was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Music became something of an escape and obsession for the prodigiously intelligent teenager, who attended university at the age of 15. “I was academically precocious, I guess. I just wanted to get it done. I know probably just about every pop song released between 1962 and 1968, which is when I was at school — all the lyrics, everything. I used to lie in the bath for the entire Hit Parade every Thursday; it was my oasis.”

 

More than a refuge, music allowed Blanks to identify with a distant reality. “At school I didn’t look freaky, but I was fat, spotty and probably quite hairy. All of that pushes you away from your peers and so the things that you love — music and musicians — you become even more passionate about them. They are how you identify yourself. Then you start to crave that world.”

 

Blanks was determined to get out of Auckland. “In New Zealand, we didn’t have fashion; we never got musical groups touring. It really was the end of the world. You had to make your own fantasy; there was nothing to feed it. I was obsessed with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Marc Bolan, Roxy Music, Andy Warhol. I wanted to be places they were.”

 

In 1974, a 20-year-old Blanks touched down in London. “The day I arrived in London, just there, right off the freeway was the Hammersmith Odeon with David Bowie playing. That night on Top of the Pops, Sparks sang, ‘This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both of Us’ and I thought, ‘Yes! I am home.’”

 

Blanks quickly dove into London’s music scene. “I was writing for a free music magazine from New Zealand called Hot Licks. It was incredible. I would go to gigs all the time, do things that I had only read about in books. In those days you could interview pretty much anyone by just calling them up.”

 

Over the next four years, a newly peripatetic Blanks became a radio host in New Zealand, a telephone exchange operator in Sydney (“which was actually quite fabulous, a real drag queen job”), a cleaner for Lawrence Durrell (“the guy that wrote the Alexandria Quartet”) and a faltering would-be English teacher, stranded in Athens on the way to Cairo.

 

Music may have been his “obsession” but fashion became “an interest.” In an era when you were what you listened to and you wore what you were, music and fashion were inextricably linked. “Fashion was just around. People wore fashion. They don’t wear fashion anymore, you don’t see the extreme things; people wore the extreme things.”

 

He did, however, nurture his interest. Where once his grandmother’s copies of Time and Life had given him a window into the world, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin’s 1970s shoots for the French and British editions of Vogue would draw him to another.

 

Blanks’ “various picaresque adventures around the world” eventually returned him to London, “by mistake,” in 1977. “I was sort of a homemade punk. I had bleach blonde hair, so they wouldn’t let me into Singapore, because at the time they wouldn’t admit men with dyed hair.” But the unintentional sojourn in the British capital did not last long. Having become “a full-on seditionist punk, wearing all the dangerous shitty clothes that people were getting beaten up for, without raising a ripple of interest,” a disagreement with his boss over his attire saw an intrepid Blanks decamp to Canada.

 

“Toronto was a very good city to be in at that time. It was so open, amazing for music and had tonnes of fashion; every newspaper had a fashion supplement, which was unheard of then. Brands used it as a testing ground for the United States’ market. Montana, Mugler — we had so much Mugler and we would wear it, poncing around the street."

 

“I freelanced for a little while, but then thought I needed a real job and the only magazine that had a full-time job was Toronto Life Fashion. It was so accidental. I could have been a film reviewer, a city reporter. It could have been completely different.”

 

“The first shows I went to were during spring couture in January 1987 or January 1988. It became something I just absolutely loved doing. There was just so much to say and it was a much more complete package in a way, because there was music, sets, hair and makeup, clothes and insanely gorgeous women. The shows were so enormous and extravagant that you were spoiled.”

 

A particular favourite was John Galliano’s 1998 “Ballets Russes” show for Dior. “It looks incredible on television with all the women coming down and the butterflies, but what you didn’t see was every nook of the Palais Garnier had something going on; Nijinsky was there and, then, the Marchesa Casati would come round the corner. It was so overwhelmingly romantic and mesmerising. We were spoiled rotten by this gorgeous excess, but then at the same time there would be the incredible rigour and emotional overload of a Helmut Lang show.”

 

After only a single year at Toronto Life Fashion, Blanks pitched a pilot for a new television programme to air on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). The show, Fashion File, would elevate televised fashion journalism to new heights and become the CBC’s most widely distributed series, syndicated in more than 120 countries. Blanks’ 17-year run as the programme’s host would distinguish him as one of the most intelligent and immersive international commentators on fashion.

 

Surprisingly, Blanks only began reviewing shows in 2005, when he began writing for the newly launched Men.Style.com, a year before his departure from Fashion File. “What was immediately obvious to me was that I didn’t know the terminology. I could only write about it the way that I responded to it, which was seeing what the designer wanted me to see. People would say, ‘Did you go to the showroom?’ and I would say ‘No, why?’ I am writing about what the designer wants me to see, what they show me of this collection, which seems truer. Galliano always said ‘The show is the parfum, the essence.’ You could and can extemporise from that anything that needed to be said of the collection. I don’t need to write about the 25 navy blue suits the stores are going to buy.”

 

Now, as editor-at-large of Style.com, Blanks’ workload during show season can be highly demanding. “I tend to end up, back in my room, at the end of the day, with a load of work to do,” says Blanks. “I find it very hard to write in the car and then of course darkness falls and you can’t see anything, you can’t see your notes. Sometimes I drink white wine, sometimes green tea. I will always have my first or last sentence or paragraph written while at the show. I am not a chronological writer; I like to write in blocks, often the last paragraph and then work back. I try to break it up more and more so my mind doesn’t lurch into this rut.”

 

But, convivial and connected, Blanks continues to make time to go backstage after each show. “I do like a sense of a designer’s voice. Often I can’t use it. American designers are very, very polished and the words can be quite empty, but someone like Lacroix was just a gold mine, it was tortuous, but it was so, so, honest. I always look forward to Prada, because even if I am not liking what I see on the catwalk, I just love what she says about what she does, always.”

 

Whereas Cathy Horyn brings a wider industry context to her writing and Suzy Menkes grounds her reviews in history and an appreciation for technical details, Blanks’ critiques are overwhelmingly informed by his polymathic cultural fluency. “I am not particularly conscious of it,” he says. “I wouldn’t want it to become self-conscious.”

 

“People do say, ‘Oh that was so gratuitous, why do you always write about the music, who cares about the music?’ And I say, ‘Well I do and I think a lot of people do. It is another way in; another way of explaining what it is you saw. The Craig Green show last season was clothes and music. No snowstorm, no glitter bomb — there have always been intimate stunningly impactful shows. The music is part of that.”

 

Be it subculture, high culture, queer culture, fashion culture, Internet culture or pop culture, Blanks is versed in all, having lived his life gamely experiencing a wide range of cultural inputs. “There aren’t a lot of people who have all these pictures in their heads from first-hand experience. Fashion respects the voice of experience.”

 

“The Nineties was a big decade for fashion because people were actually in the moment; they were there, not behind a smartphone or tablet, but there, living it. You have to live in the moment, respect the primacy of it, so you never look back and think, ‘Damn, I wish I had done that.”

 

 

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MIROMODA FASHION HEADS TO THE WAIKATO

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MIROMODA FASHION HEADS TO THE WAIKATO

 

 

Kylie Mangan

 

After six years of Wellington playing host to the annual Miromoda Fashion Design Competition, designers vying for a spot in the popular Miromoda Showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) late August, will face a panel of judges, headed by Dame Pieter Stewart, at Novotel Tainui in Hamilton for the 2015 competition.

As part of the celebrations to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Waikato-Tainui signing their treaty settlement, Miromoda was invited to present an evening fashion show in Hamilton in late June.

The timing, however, clashed with the scheduled annual competition, so it was mutually agreed to shift the venue of Miromoda’s all day competition to Hamilton, to accommodate a Miromoda invitation designer show, as part of the ‘Celebrating Raupatu Women’ evening event at the Waikato Museum on 27 June.

Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust Chief Executive Parekawhia McLean said the Miromoda Fashion Design Competition and a Miromoda fashion designer show, in the 20th anniversary year since the settlement of the tribe’s Treaty Claim was a great coup for the tribe and the Waikato region.

“Miromoda is a celebration of Maori fashion, innovation and success, and both events gives us the opportunity to align that with a celebration of Waikato women. We are proud to be involved,” she said.

The Miromoda (Indigenous Maori Fashion Apparel Board) entity which formed in 2008 and debuted at NZ Fashion Week, with eight competition winners and runners up across four categories in 2009, will head to NZ Fashion Week for its seventh year.

As an avid Miromoda supporter, founding director of NZFW, Dame Pieter Stewart was motivated in 2008 to show international media and buyers something they would not see at any other international

Fashion Week around the world. Miromoda Event Manager, Montess Hughes says it’s likely Stewart initiated a new indigenous awareness and genre in the New Zealand fashion industry and “as usual, she’s really looking forward to judging the competition in Hamilton on June 27.”

Hughes says the opportunity to work with, and be apart of the Waikato Tainui celebrations is a wonderful honour for Miromoda, as well as an opportunity to host the popular Miromoda competition in the Waikato area.

“The number and calibre of entrants increases each year, with this year marked by a common thread: diversity. We have shortlisted 20 designers who will endure the nerve wracking task of presenting their collection to a panel of judges, led by fashion icon Dame Pieter Stewart,” says Hughes.

 

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The project runway styled judging is not for the faint hearted says Hughes “most entrants tell us the opportunity to get feedback on their designs from Dame Pieter Stewart is something most budding fashion designers never get to experience.”

Seven designers from the Miromoda stables invited to show collections for the Celebrating Raupatu Women event include Australian based, Kylie Mangan of Tainui descent, Auckland’s Dmonic Intent sisters who are Ngati Maniapoto, Mitchell Vincent who is of Ngati Tuwaharetoa descent. Others include Adrienne Whitewood (Rotorua), Pia Boutique (Auckland), Oobyn Ryn (Cambridge), Jill and Ange (Hamilton) as well as the 2015 Miromoda Competition Overall winner.

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Image 1: Kylie Mangan’s 2014 collection, TUKUTUKU – NZFW Miromoda Showcase Backstage Gold Coast designer, Kylie Mangan is of Tainui descent and will be one of the entrants in the Miromoda competition, as well as one of the guest designers at the ‘Celebrating Raupatu Women’ event at the Waikato Museum 27 June, 2015.

Image 2: Mitchell Vincent’s 2014 collection, THE TRAVELLERS – NZFW Miromoda Showcase Backstage Wintec graduate, Mitchell Vincent of Ngati Tuwharetoa descent and will also be one of the entrants in the Miromoda competition as well as one of the guest designers at the ‘Celebrating Raupatu Women’ event at the Waikato Museum 27 June, 2015.

PROJECT RUNWAY WINNER SEAN KELLY TO SHOW AT NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK

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PROJECT RUNWAY WINNER SEAN KELLY TO SHOW AT NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK

 

Rising design star Sean Kelly went from Taranaki to being the toast of the New York fashion world and will be bringing his talents back to his home country with an exclusive show at New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) 2015.

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Kelly was the winner of the 13th season of the popular US designer reality contest Project Runway hosted by supermodel and new face of Bendon Heidi Klum, a show he had been a fan of since the very first season.

The first Kiwi to ever compete on Project Runway, Sean beat 16 other contestants, taking home a $125,000 prize package including a car and a fashion spread in a prestigious magazine.

“We’re delighted to confirm Sean Kelly to show at NZFW 2015”, comments Dame Pieter Stewart. “Sean is a very exciting designer who has proved himself in a short space of time and in a highly competitive market. His NZFW show will no doubt be a big drawcard for the week.”

Kelly, who has returned to New Zealand just to take part in the country’s biggest fashion event, will show on the Main Runway at NZFW and says he is looking forward to returning to the event where he once volunteered.

“Being on Project Runway was an amazing experience and a career defining one. In this industry, nothing is handed to you so it’s about making the most of your opportunities and not giving up”, comments Kelly.  “Having volunteered at NZFW in 2001 it’s now incredibly exciting to be part of such an important event with my own show”.

Kelly’s collection will feature around 20 looks, which will all be available by private order with a smaller capsule collection for sale online. The designer aims to grow his database of private clients and their personal connection to the brand before launching a full retail collection.

The former deputy head boy of Hawera High School left the small town at 17, bound for Denmark where he spent time as an exchange student. He returned to New Zealand, after interning at Alexander McQueen in London, to complete his Bachelor of Design at Massey University, majoring in fashion.

Completing his studies, Kelly moved to the world’s fashion capital – New York City –on a one-year visa and while looking for a full time job, heard the show was looking for contestants.

After a rigorous application process that involved four rounds of selections Kelly made the final cut and went on to impress the judges in a series of design challenges, which included dressing Heidi Klum for the Emmy Awards.

With NZFW fast approaching Kelly is now busy readying a new collection for the runway where he will show alongside New Zealand’s top designers in what will no doubt be a highlight of the week.

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NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN 2014

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NEW ZEALAND FASHION WEEK

WRAPS UP ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN 2014

 

 

As Stolen Girlfriends Club first in season show at NZ Fashion Weekend came to a close on Sunday night, organisers could celebrate another hugely successful event in New Zealand Fashion Week’s (NZFW) 14 year history.

 

With a stellar lineup of designers onboard plus two new elite partners, Mercedes-Benz and Bauer Media, this year’s event was always set to be a showstopper and it didn’t disappoint, with seven days of fashion packed action at the official home of NZFW, the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre.

 

A fashion extravaganza encompassing 46 shows and 78 designers across NZFW and NZ Fashion Weekend, New Zealand’s only international fashion event was opened in style by returning designer, Kate Sylvester and a spectacular performance from global entertainment company, Cirque du Soleil.

 

More than 500 guests enjoyed the must attend opening party where Dame Pieter Stewart took the opportunity to recognize the enormous breadth of talent across New Zealand’s fashion industry acknowledging Juliette Hogan, Taylor, Celine Rita, Kate Sylvester and Zambesi, all celebrating significant milestones in 2014.

 

Designers benefited from a heavyweight line-up of international delegates attending NZFW this year with media and buyers flying in from China, the USA, Singapore and Australia.

NZFW was excited to announce a new partnership with Singapore based SPH magazines giving New Zealand designers the chance to market and sell their designs to the lucrative South East Asia region.

Inverted Edge CEO Debra Langely and SPH Magazines (SPH) Publishing Director Bridget Hope sat front row at NZFW to shortlist ten designers from which seven will be featured in SPH titles (Harpers Bazaar, The Singapore Women’s Weekly, Cosmopolitan and CLEO) and sell collections on the new online retail platform Shop.SheShops.com.

Media partnerships with George FM, Bauer Media and TV3 meant comprehensive local coverage of New Zealand’s biggest fashion event across print, radio and TV. Fashion lovers who missed any of the fabulous runway action can also catch every designer show exclusively through the dedicated NZFW pop-up channel on TV3’s video on-demand service 3NOW and at www.tv3.co.nz/nzfw.

 

NZFW Managing Director Dame Pieter Stewart said the team is proud of a successful year and what they believe was an exciting and well-run 2014 event.

 

“NZFW is a huge event to run and is executed by a small, but passionate team. This year the team delivered an exceptional event and we expect to see that success reflected in the local economic impact figures that FRESH INFO will release in the coming weeks”, notes Stewart.

 

“As well as local success it’s vital that NZFW offers Kiwi designers a strong international platform to build their brands and drive sales and we feel we’ve achieved that objective with the solid line up of international buyers in attendance and the SPH Magazines partnership”, Stewart concludes.

After 14 years, it is clear that NZFW is still an event that New Zealand is embracing with record numbers of visitors across the week and a storm of activity on social media with over 32,000 post views of NZFW Facebook page content and over 17,000 Instagram photos tagged with the hashtag #NZFW during the event.

 

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