A New Zealand style legend, Adrienne Winkelmann has been designing exquisite women’s clothing for over 30 years. Her boutique is nestled in the idyllic Chancery. Known for creating stunning women’s suits and beautiful evening wear, Winkelmann’s designs can be bought off the rack or made-to-measure. With a penchant for using bold colours, prints and tailoring, Winkelmann’s clothing are an investment piece you will enjoy for years.
Whatu is a collection aimed at promoting the relevance and value of indigenous Maori culture, making it accessible to a new audience who would not otherwise associate with Maoridom. The collection intends to bring indigenous narratives and skills to a new platform where they are used in equal conjunction with western fashion, establishing a connection from past cultural disconnect.
From a young age Alma was fascinated by beautiful fabric and dresses. Originally, from South Korea and spent most of her teenage and early 20’s years studying fine arts and fashion illustration at University in Korea.
In 1998, Alma decided not only to move to New Zealand, but also to live her dream as a Fashion Designer. She studied fashion design in AUT and she quickly began to gain recognition for the quality of her workmanship and an artistic eye for unique design.
The main appeal for Alma Wong bridal range is in combining classical elements of bygone eras with contemporary edge to fit modern brides both elegance and sophisticated style.
Also Alma's background in fine arts helps deliver a true masterpiece every time.
Alma says, “My signature style is sleek and elegant and believes fine detailing and the simplicity of exclusive embellishments, highlight the unique features of each beautiful bride. I believe that our gown will be a precious memento of your perfect day to treasure forever.”
Andrea Moore has a background more Kiwi than most. Born in Dunedin, she grew up in towns all over New Zealand before landing in Wellington where, with the help of her family, she opened her first shop in 1999.
Andrea Moore is a brand that celebrates the many facets of women. Andrea Moore believes that all women are everyday superheroes, and aims to celebrate this through every facet of the brand. Andre Moore women are strong, capable, compassionate, fearless, career followers, dream chasers, mothers, lovers, friend and adventurers. Andrea Moore offers its customers ‘The Ride of Your life’, through its high quality luxurious products with a heavy dose of fun: through its unexpected advertising campaigns and imagery, and through its empowering brand story.
Formerly a professional show jumper, Antoin’e Ogilvie left his equestrian roots to found AO – a new label built on the contrasted principles of conservative luxe. The union of the two is communicated via stealthy, modern silhouettes designed under cold colour palettes.
Initially a womenswear label, Antoin’e has recently extended AO's reach, welcoming a new breed of menswear into his collections, in a move which would not only bring diversity to the brand, but would also satisfy an unprecedented male demand for the AO aesthetic.
What sets AO apart is its philosophy in translating emotions and personas into beautiful garments that empower the wearer, all while contributing to the aesthetic of which diffuses throughout the collections. A short term goal for AO is to create a more globally recognized profile, paving the way for future growth. In an era of collaboration, it is only logical to utilize the underestimated power of social media to forge international connections upon which partnerships can flourish.
Ariane Bray is inherently influenced by her UK upbringing, with a preference for muted tones and a dark aesthetic. Now established in New Zealand, this influence combines to create a vision that is sculpted by the scenery and isolation of Dunedin.
A background in art drives a conceptual though process resulting in provocative and yet sophisticated designs. Focus is placed on creating garments that question conventional notions of fashion- challenging traditional ideals of femininity and masculinity, to create perpetual styles that empower the wearer while encouraging comfort and versatility through high quality and natural fabrics. Ariane uses organic sources of inspiration when designing; creating clothing that represent herself - self portraits of a state of mind in a certain time or mentality, but void of passing trends to illustrate an interpretation of what is seen, experienced and thought.
Barkers has become synonymous with combining quality materials and classic tailoring to create an effortless style. The 2016/2017 Spring/Summer suiting collection comes in Barkers signature tailored fit featuring over 20 styles. The collection also includes a wide range of cotton suiting options which are perfect for less formal occasions and Summer weddings. Also watch out for the launch of our premium suiting range with half canvas construction and fabric produced in a renowned English mill.
Designers Natalia Baird and Lucille Ness created Blackeyepeach in 2013. As long time friends, the brand was founded through a shared interest in fashion and business. As a duo we focus on personal expression and design our collections through our own personal styles. This sees an emphasis on current colours, premium fabrics and beautiful cuts to maintain our brands contemporary aesthetic while producing garments that transcend seasons.
Campbell Luke, a brand that prides its self on the sensibility of people and nostalgia, providing an understanding and vision that encapsulates the integrity of the creative and the craftsman, establishing its roots around heritage and concepts of Kaupapa Maori, Campbell Luke aims to create clothes that not only looks appeling but also reflects the concept of memory, a brand that has an ability to relate to people in some way, triggering heritage and re-collection. Campbell Luke is both a women’s wear and men’s wear brand targeting male and female audiences ranging from 16 to 40 year olds, our targets are father and son, Mother and daughter. This keeps the family receptivity of our brand.
Carena West’s eponymous label was launched in 2013, featuring exclusively designed prints and interesting shapes. Based in New Zealand, the label draws inspiration from endless summers spent at New Zealand beaches, swimming in the surf and sunning on the sand.
Having previously shown on the runway at MBFWA 2014, Carena West Resort 2016 has become more sophisticated. Developing in line with the designer’s personal journey, according to West “the brand is easy going, with a touch of luxe”.
Carena West is also taking a social turn, withdrawing from manufacturing in China in favour of New Zealand. “Having a brand that is socially responsible is now an integral component of our business - a connection with how each piece is made is incredibly important, as much as the design, fabrication and make”. All swimwear is constructed with care and signed for by the person who has manufactured it, meaning that each individual piece can be traced back to its manufacture date and location.
Carena West's Modern Icon Resort 2016 collection celebrates the grace, fluidity and empowerment of the modern female icon. The combination of hand painted details with organic colours juxtaposed with unexpected textures represents an untold strength and femininity.
Danielle will be launching her Number One Collection in the New Generation Category at New Zealand Fashion Week 2016.
Since the age of 14 Danielle has been focusing on her career as a fashion designer.
In 2011 Danielle first showed a design in the “Walk the Line” category in Fashion week and each year following until she was asked to judge the category in 2015.
Apart from her involvement in New Zealand’s Fashion Week Danielle’s fashions had a successful showing in 2014 in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
Returning home to Auckland Danielle has recharged her commitment to carving a place for herself in the fashion industry.
Em&Cait is a womenswear label cofounded and designed by Emily Chin and Caity Bartholomeusz. From secondary education years, selling one off t-shirt dresses through an online store with the sole purpose of investing earnings into their careers. Emily and Caity have never lost sight of their dreams of working together to deliver locally produced ethical, quality clothing that can be admired by both the wearer and viewer of each garment.
A tribute to Kevin Smith, founder of NZFT a true entrepreneur who embedded such positivity and passion into our facilities and education, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve any of this without the love and dedication he put on each and every one of us.
ERIK-YVON is a fashion designer based in Melbourne, Australia specialising in gender-neutral clothing. Drawing inspiration from his origins in Mauritius, Erik creates bold tran-seasonal pieces for both men and women.
Erik has gained experience within the Australian fashion industry with labels such as Romance was Born and Neo Dia. This in conjunction with his formal education at RMIT has given the label a solid foundation in design and construction principles.
The label creates a dynamic combination of elements; colours, prints, shapes and textures which define the core of each collection. Colourful and bold themes are inspired from artists, diverse cultures and everyday surroundings.
British-born Malaysian Menswear designer, Fairuz Ramdan’s love for fashion began much earlier in life when at age nine he received his first suit from his seamstress mother.
Upon returning to Malaysia at age 14, he began altering the shirts and pants of classmates; and his undebatable love for clothes then led him to pursue a Bachelor of Art and Design with a major in Fashion Design.
Fairuz Ramdan is the founder and Creative Director of Fairuz Ramdan Design (“FRD”) which was established to further expand his label to be recognised locally & internationally and to become a Menswear powerhouse.
The label’s target is to provide comfortable, trendy and chic designs for its customers. In addition, Fairuz aims to introduce the ‘vintage’ culture with a trendy twist with his designs in Malaysia & internationally. FRD’s goal is to manifest a fashion lifestyle hub in Malaysia & internationally with a combined concept in fashion, lifestyle and talent.
Combining art and clothing is something that is second nature to Jenny since combining the two for most of her life. Prior to launching Federation she completed an Arts and Fashion Degree and worked in roles at both Karen Walker and Workshop as well as pattern making part time during the early days of the brand. "From a young age I always wanted to be a fashion designer, and ideally combining it with my illustration and art, felt like a pretty ideal job".
"I love the juxtaposition of something strong with something beautiful, something serious and making is a bit twisted. But most importantly just designing clothes people are really stoked with" says Jenny.
The love for the federation brand, and the history it has over the last 15 years is something that became apparent to so many of late when the future seemed unsure. It is now solid and locked in with Jenny the sole owner. The anticipation of the future is high with all of its heritage and building on it to make it better than ever is something that we as a company are really excited about and committed to. We had a lot of people concerned about what on earth they were going to wear, as they mainly wear federation, which is a pretty cool responsibility.
Placed firmly as one of the countries most loved streetwear brands this year sees Federation in its 16th year in the market. Committed to quality and strong designs with cool points of difference. The target market is was always predominately 18 to 35 but realistically we see people from as soon as they are big enough wearing it, right through to just whenever they still fancy.
Designer Nicole Wesseling is stimulated by her rich Dutch heritage and love of travel. Her design journey began at an early age, sewing and styling her own outfits during her early teens. After graduating from Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 2014, Wesseling delved straight into her design career as In-House Designer at FRENCH83. She continues to rapidly expand a design portfolio for the young brand, developing a focused New Zealand label that continues to expand both locally and in Asia.
The FRENCH83 gentleman lives a fast paced lifestyle with balanced work life integration. His brilliant appearance is built on the importance of comfort and notable quality. He has an eye for detail; looking one hundred percent on point one hundred percent of the time.
Traditional values are reflected in a FRENCH83 suit, encompassing an exceptional cut whist focusing on utilitarian detailing. With an established background in made-to-measure tailoring, FRENCH83 also provides a vast range of ready-to-wear garments for a versatile wardrobe.
The FRENCH83 team is focused on bringing a fresh approach to New Zealand menswear whilst continuing to spread their vision to selected stores internationally.
Mac Vicious Society’s goal is to create a fashionable lifestyle for both men and women with smart and universal designs.
Our aim is to be a leading lifestyle brand with an edgy outlook on fashion. Mac Vicious Society is influenced and draws inspiration from what we see in the world today, what has happened in the past, to what you might see in the future. Society is forever evolving and therefore so will we evolve the way you look and make you, VICIOUS BY STYLE.
Glen Maclachlan the founder of fashion label Mac Vicious Society (MVS), grew up in small-town Otorohanga and has spent a lot of time exploring New Zealand and travelling the world. A full-time single parent, Glen currently works as fabric cutter at a knitwear company based in Tauranga.
Vicious By Style 101 A/W 2017 is a collection that represents the 101 years commemoration and the landing of the Anzacs on the Gallipoli.
Grace Redgrave, 22, is a sustainably orientated menswear designer working primarily in the field of zero-‐waste pattern making. The recent Honours Fashion graduate from Massey University Wellington explores risk taking in design to create solutions around garment waste. The traditional relaxed tailoring and street style aesthetic incorporated with non-‐traditional zero-‐waste pattern making techniques aims to elevate sustainable practices in fashion design. Redgrave, an avid traveller with an international collaboration in Vietnam under her belt, aims to take her skills to Eastern countries Indian, Iran and Pakistan. Here she will work alongside ethical brands assisting the pattern making process with a drive towards ethical, sustainable, transparent businesses.
The Hailwood label was established in 2000 and has shown at NZFW since 2001, using his own fabric designs, foot wear and accessories on the catwalk it has become one of the week’s most applauded shows. The clothing has a wide appeal ranging from a denim line through to tailored evening wear. The Label is stocked in boutiques and departments stores throughout New Zealand, the United States of America, Japan, Philippines, China and Australia. Last year saw the likes of pop super star Lorde pick a Hailwood gown from his latest collection to wear on her first big international magazine cover BILLBOARD USA (this has propelled the label further into America). The label has been worn by celebrities Tilda Swinton, Maggie Gyllenhal, Natalie Cantell and Paloma Faith to name a few. The full collections are also held in the Hailwood flag ship store on Aucklands K road.
Harford ft. sewithers is a collaborative collection of pieces beyond their natural terrain on the Quay. Challenging perceptions around Siapo, this collection is an opportunity to translate the urban conversations that adorn identity within the urban landscape. This collection integrates pieces from Sonya’s Masters collection and a focus is to provoke the traditional frameworks of suiting and Samoan culture.
Siapo is the Samoan word for a fine cloth made from the bark of the Paper Mulberry tree.
After graduating from the PJ College of Art and Design in KL (now known as Inti Centre of Art and Design), Hariharan Arasu launched the label Ardana Haran. His designs combine Indian ethnic elements and modern style keeping true to his Indian roots.
Hariharan, 24, was the grand prize winner in the first L’Aperatif Fashion KL competition held in 2012, which won him a trip to London and a week-long one-on-one apprenticeship with world renowned shoe couturier, Datuk Jimmy Choo.
About his label, he explains that “Ardana” is derived from the name of an Indian God Ardhanariswara and “Haran” being his own name. His favourite fashion designers include Versace, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad.
HARMAN GRUBIŠA is a womenswear brand developed by the design partnership of Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša. Both designers have spent several years in the fashion industry working in roles ranging from design, forecasting and editorial styling. In 2014 the duo chose to pursue their creative vision, fusing their two very different aesthetics, and the Harman Grubiša label was born. Both designers live and work in New Zealand, and design accessories and apparel for women all around the world. 'We long to create a premium product with longevity. Our intention is always to create unique quality pieces that become a part of our women's lives- her wardrobe, not a throw away but a pleasure to wear. To be kept forever'.
Harman Grubiša is the latest designer to be welcomed into the global family of ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ designers. Harman Grubiša’s entrepreneurial success and timeless, classic design appeal, has rendered it one of the nation’s most exciting new fashion labels, and is one of the first New Zealand labels to be nominated for The International Woolmark Prize. The brand will present its 2017 Autumn/ Winter collection as ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents Harman Grubiša’.
Hello Stranger - A fun lifestyle kidswear brand, was established in 2014 & created through a passion for little people & their fashion by a mum of two rad little boys. Based in New Zealand, Hello Stranger designs…. 'Cool clothes for kids that do fun stuff!’.
Kids love to surf, skate, swim, fish, run, jump, bike, board, explore, adventure & just be epic! So let them do it looking cool! The style is a beach meets street monochrome style with touches of colour. Hello Stranger Kidswear is made to be worn, for a life less styled for photos, it is quality clothing that is functional, fun & a little edgy for all those little strangers out there.
Hera Couture's mission is to make our brides' dream dress come true. Hera Couture stands for timeless designs, expert craftmanship and a consultative approach to understanding brides needs. Hera Couture custom makes perfectly fitted, bespoke dress brides have always dream of.
Lead Designer Katie Yeung has been in the fashion industry since her early childhood, when she started as an extra pair of hands at her mother's bepspoke apparel business. She started the Hera Couture label in 2010 and her range now includes bridesmaid mother of the bride and flower girl dresses, as well as wedding accessories. She is also the exclusive NZ stockist for designer Badgley Mischka wedding heels. She is now extending her collections to Australia.
Jarrad Godman is a high end boutique label based in Auckland, New Zealand, taking inspiration from biology, psychology and scientific practice. We combine intellectual design with experimental pattern cutting and luxurious fabrics to create flattering silhouettes. Our garments are not only original and exciting, but also timeless with the ability to appeal to a wide age range.
Auckland based designer James Dobson began the label Jimmy D in 2004, winning the prestigious Mercedes Start Up Award with his first collection. Jimmy D’s signature look is dark, with a wry sense of humour, combining deconstructed, androgynous, over sized silhouettes with body conscious elements.
Jimmy D continues to win new fans the world over each season and is currently stocked in select boutiques through out New Zealand and has been featured in international publications such as Japanese and Korean Vogue and Sportswear International where Jimmy D was selected as one of ‘The eight most directional collections today.’
An uncompromising auteur-like vision is the real defining factor in how Palm operates. At every point she has a hand in the design, production, depiction and dissemination of her product as well as actively engaging with artists in a focus on keeping it ultralocal. This season we see the introduction of photographic 'patches' by Esta de Jong which act as an emblematic badge of honour or a sign of belonging, a gesture to Palm's involvement in New Zealand’s punk culture. Sweden-born, Palm gravitated to Dunedin, it is no coincidence her design integrates the city’s underground art and music history, neo-Gothic architecture and windswept isolation.
Juliette Hogan designs what the modern woman wants. Her clothing isn't overcomplicated or over styled; it conveys a contemporary simplicity with a focus on cut, cloth, craftsmanship and tailoring. Juliette Hogan masters a feminine aesthetic that is grounded by the masculine. Juliette Hogan’s offering extends further into the lifestyle realm with new additions including luxury luggage, her own scent JH no.1, jh cashmere throws and scarves, jh little one and a very exciting project to be revealed in October this year.
The brand boasts three flagship stores within Auckland as well as a beautifully executed online platform. Each store fit out has been expertly curated to represent the Juliette Hogan aesthetic with clean lines, a sense of lightness juxtaposed with the raw natural character of the building.
The Kendall Watt brand embraces practical design with a relentless focus on high quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship.
The brands luxurious interpretation of everyday staples ensures you can look good and feel great with minimum fuss. Kendalls seasonably inspired collections are meticulously crafted to provide clothing of effortless sophistication.
Buyers of Kendall Watt want quality pieces that have the strength to stand alone, be styled with what they already possess in their wardrobe, or work with the latest trends.
Glamour Dresser Kharl WiRepa was born with a romantic affair for fashion. At the age of 15 he started working in the fashion industry for one of Australasia’s leading retail businesses, quickly rising in the company by the age of 18, Kharl was NZs senior manager for SUPRE. A first for a male at such a young age.
Further on Kharl worked as a fashion stylist for magazines and television. At the age of 22 he followed his dream and pursued fashion design. Winning many prestigious fashion awards including the Miromoda Supreme Award in 2014, giving him the platform to début at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Since launching his label mid 2014 the fashion house has had a massive wave of success. From attaining stockists throughout NZ, dressing television stars, musicians and socialites. To working in the pageant industry and dressing contestants at Miss World and Miss India.
The label also holds claim to other forums. KW founded the OHO Fashion Show. An event which supports the Bay Of Plenty Fashion scene and Gloss Quality Agency (Bay of Plenty's leading model Agency). The designer is the leading personnel for the fashion showcase at the NZ Wedding Industry Awards, and head judge of the Calico Bridal Awards. And in 2016 will be a Miss New Zealand Judge.
Kittie Yiyi's interest in the fashion world started when she was 6 after seeing a runway show on TV. This set the course of her career in design thereafter.
Soon after graduating from high school, she joined Raffles Design Institute, KL at the age of 18 and graduated in 2010. While designing, she also started blogging about her designs, giving fashion tips and advice to her followers. Her blog, read by many fashion enthusiasts has helped open doors for Kittie into the fashion world.
Her designs reflect her personality which is quirky, fun and colourful. Her label consists of everyday pieces from dresses to suits. The label itself sends a message to women to be bold in experimenting and to stand out as an independent woman.
‘We are refined and sexy. Feminine. There is an empowerment that women have, that men have through other things. I want to give women that confidence to be who they really are. With our garments, you can forget about what you’re wearing and just be yourself.’
Knuefermann is growing into a globally recognised fashion brand, building international awareness and empowering its customers. With a new luxury concept store as a destination, Knuefermann proves a New Zealand-based fashion experience like no other.
Knuefermann effortlessly matches exuberance with tradition and empowers women to celebrate their feminine beauty.
Kylie Mangan (Queensland) describes herself as a bit of a tomboy. Her self-titled label has a masculine touch with a feminine feel. Sourcing fine fabrics and producing quality finishing, Kylie Mangan’s name is synonymous with prestigious design and execution.
Down to the Wire W/W 2017 is a collection that resonates with the high pace instant gratification technology has entrenched in us – meeting tight deadlines and taking on seemingly impossible challenges because we can.
The aesthetic direction of Lela Jacobs is minimal and understated with an emphasis on strong fabric directed design and innovation without trend victimization. With a loyalty to natural fibres Jacobs predominantly works in a monochromatic palette with accents of neutral tones. Through continuing her exploration into bespoke hand painting and various collaborative projects with local artists each body of work takes a bow to not only her creative paires but the conscious consumer she serves.
Jacobs will be showing for her 4th year at NZFW where she will be presenting her 17th collection.
Len Houkamo (Wellington), is a promising young designer based in Wellington, the fourth-year design student from Massey University, will make his debut at NZFW, presenting his collection called Te Tai Tamawahine.
Inspired by the Tairawhiti region, the collection looks at different types of water from waterfalls to crashing waves and like the ocean has elements of irregularity.
Maaike is a predominately womenswear label based in Auckland established in 2010 by Emilie Pullar and Abby van Schreven. The collections are a perfect mix of dark flowing silks mixed with more playful and sporty knits. Their custom fabric prints have become the cornerstone of their design seen in fluid digital silks as well as cotton knits in graphic black and white. Sold in leading boutiques throughout New Zealand and Australia as well as their own flagship store on Ponsonby Road in Auckland.
Courtney studied Jewellery design and manufacturing in Wellington, New Zealand for 3 yearsbefore heading to the south island to immerse herself in stone carving culture. From there she learnt to carve her stones to fit each piece of jewellery, to make every single piece 100% one off and unique. This eventually resulting in the creation of Marama Jewellery, her own collection of modern jewellery that strikes a balance between rustic and modern, resulting in an unparalleled aesthetic and remarkable identifiable style.
Courtneys vision here at Marama Jewellery is to produce high end, modern jewellery in an ethical way and demonstrate a responsible attitude towards the environment. We do this by hand making everything right here in my Christchurch studio. I use recycled metals where possible and use locally sourced stones which are, of course, cut and carved here too. I believe we need more transparency in the fashion industry so we know where and who our items are made.
‘Megan Stewart’ is a New Zealand based, contemporary womenswear label. The design philosophy is centred on telling stories through shape and textile, creating a kaleidoscopic world that draws inspiration from films, music and art imagery. The label itself is continually evolving with the growth of the designer, while always delivering a wink and nod motif, eclectic fabrics and a silhouette driven by technique.
By choosing to wear ‘Megan Stewart’ the modern woman will know she is dressed with a juxtaposition of sophistication and comedic edge. The label is building its name through the signature style and the fresh perspective of a recent graduate.
Designer, Mitchell Vincent, descendant of Ngati Tuwharetoa, made his debut onto the fashion scene at New Zealand Fashion Week showcasing his first collection as part of the Miromoda Showcase, where he gained the title of ‘Emerging Designer 2013’. He has continued to make his presence known by returning to New Zealand Fashion Week with New Generation 2016.
Mitchell Vincent Collection is a contemporary ready-to-wear label that has an international influence, yet reflects the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand. Established in 2013 the label has already received recognition in the fashion and entertainment world, both nationally and internationally.
After graduating from Fashion and Practice in 2013, the label’s designer Mitchell Vincent has already been seen in the entertainment industry on nation and international runways.
Mitchell Vincent Collection has graced the red carpets of major award ceremonies, popular television shows and music videos. Continuing with the success of international recognition, we will see the label return to New Zealand Fashion Week 2016 for its fourth consecutive year.
Simple, sophisticated and proudly New Zealand made and owned.
Modes is New Zealand's answer to "everything wedding" they carry New Zealand's most extensive collection of couture wedding gowns from some of the worlds leading bridal collections and of course whether its the latest look from the 2017 European collections or something simple in a gorgeous fabric with just the right amount of exquisite detail- Modes is all about the NZ bride. With over 30 years experience in the Event wear industry Modes constantly astounds people by what they do- beautiful Weddings.
AJ Bradley began developing the Motel Bible Brand in 2015, during the final year of her Bachelor of Fashion at the Whanganui School of Design. It was in the final year of her degree that Bradley began to gain some momentum, with her work being acknowledged by The Indigenous Māori Fashion Apparel Board which led to the inclusion of her mini collection 'The Hungry Years' In the Miromoda showcase at New Zealand Fashion Week 2015. The year's achievements were complemented with a feature on vogue.com's '12 Must Know Designer's of New Zealand Fashion Week'.
The twenty-four year old East Coast native has strong fascination and enthusiasm for utilising unconventional materials and applying a hand-crafted approach to construction, intergrading her DIY ideals into her practice. Her free and experimental outlook in the production stage enables garments to evolve throughout the process in a way that is effortless and natural
Natura Aura and Iwi Creations are designed by Leilani Rickard and Anastasia Rickard (Rotorua), two contemporary New Zealand fashion designers inspired by Maori culture, nature and science.
Leilani Rickard is a contemporary fashion designer, with a background in traditional Maori weaving. Leilani designed Iwi Creations hosiery featuring original Maori tribal patterns designed by a customary Maori carver. Anastasia, whilst studying science and working at Scion, discovered the beauty of microscopic Harakeke (New Zealand Flax) imagery. This imagery is used as the inspiration of Natura Aura.
Emerging designer Nicola Mackintosh is from Rangiora. She graduated from Design and Arts College of New Zealand (D&A) in 2016 completing the Fashion Design Diploma.
Exploring new processes creating and modernising craftsmanship and techniques. Her collection ‘Form of Symplicity’ is inspired by smart leisurewear and aimed at the sophisticated professional woman who likes clean, structured, minimalism within their life. Exploring the intellectual behind how each garment makes the wearer feel—reinforcing her personality and femininity.
Marina Davis was raised on a remote family farm, by the sea, in the deep south of New Zealand. Taken to lessons at the age of three by her Russian mother, dance was her first passion. This lead to training as a performance designer and from her natural gravitation to costume, she wanted to look deeper into fashion and textile technology.
Davis spent time studying at Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in Wellington and Central Saint Martins in London.
Real world experience was gained as head designer of Kowtow, assistant to Lela Jacobs and as a textile breakdown artist for Peter Jackson at Stone Street Studios.
Ovna Ovich was born from an innate drive to follow her own path. It is the culmination of Davis’ interests and the desire to make clothing that respects our natural resources and people.
AJ Park recipient and Emerging Winner Pania Greenaway came out on top in the Emerging section apart of the 2016 Miromoda competition with her collection “Alpine Stress”.
Alpine Stress is a collection that emphasises the fragile eco system that supports the native species on Tongariro and highlights some of the issues that are threatening this delicate balance. Pania used distressed denim and other fabrics to articulate a M?ori worldview about the environmental issues facing Tongariro National Park, where her Taup? iwi, T?wharetoa, comes from.
The fourth-year Honours student from Massey University and mother of three Pania ran a successful Organic hair salon before returning to study and is currently working toward her end of the year graduate collection. She is passionate about design, with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable practices.
After graduating from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Malaysian-born fashion designer Pearly Wong returned to Kuala Lumpur to launch her eponymous label in 2012. Winning “My Fashion Pitch” by MyCreative Ventures in the same year, Pearly Wong was able to begin the growth of her label.
A familiar face at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week, Pearly Wong has made a name for herself on South East Asian shores as a purveyor of multifunctional, monochrome garments. She has also shown at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin FW15 (January 2015) and again in Spring/Summer 2016 (July 2015). Her label is stocked in stores in Singapore, Malaysia, China and currently also be found at LNFA Concept Store, Berlin.
Penny Sage is for women who want to feel feminine, but not necessarily delicate. Each piece, practical and easy to move in, is highly considered from a technical aspect yet remains as all it needs to be: a simple style with emphasized, un-decorative details. When it comes to fabric choices and customization, Penny Sage works closely with locally-run businesses and artists to achieve naturally sourced and dyed fibers and custom printing. The most recent being a collaboration with Bagru Textiles in India for a custom block-print created with Wellington-based textile artist Marta Buda. Kate finds the women in her community, family and circle of friends inspiring, and this way of working reflects that.
Radicool Kids is a New Zealand lifestyle brand for kids aged 0-10 years. Designed to be worn by those who think a little left of centre and want to establish their own identity in the world. Inspired by a unique mix of surf, skate and street influences we aim to create a little fun and a whole lot of cool amongst the chaos of being a kid in a modern world. This brand is not for the faint hearted and beware your child will stand out from the crowd! Radicool Kids: ‘The coolest little kids brand in the world’.
Samuel Malloy has completed two years of fashion studies at NZIFT; all while being actively involved in the fashion industry. Having personally witnessed the production of clothing on an international scale, Sam has gained a profound knowledge in fabric and technique.
Samuel's fashion experience has seen him work in production, backstage, fashion PR, styling and retail; a sector of the fashion industry which supplied him with a meticulous eye for upcoming trends within the fashion market. Life experiences, moods and raw emotions are what drive Samuels’s passion for design; Venin, Samuel's latest women's label, is a prime example of how Sam brings his inspiration and diversity into the design of his clothing.
Stolen Girlfriends Club
Marc Moore grew up in Raglan and spent around 9 years as a competitive surfer on the NZ circuit. It wasn’t until the mid 2000’s when he needed back surgery (and a break from surfing) that he started to realize his creative potential. First he picked up the paint-brushes and put together a solo art show that was presented by Oyster magazine. The art show was called Stolen Girlfriends Club and was a hit with all the artwork selling out in one night. Not content with just painting, he created a small collection of fashion pieces to see how far he could take it without any formal training. Always a believer in brand over product, he’s always been obsessed with creating a powerful brand that is a community. Engaging, entertaining, and enticing people with the brand, product and it’s shows. 11 years on and he still doesn’t know how to sew, but luckily he surrounds himself with a great team that help take the brand from strength to strength.
Rembrandt have been dressing grooms and wedding parties for 70 years since they first opened the doors of a small tailoring workshop in Wellington. Rembrandt specialise in classic, yet contemporary cool. They cut and fit to flatter all body types and styles.
Rembrandt’s success comes from understanding the principles of classic tailoring, combining them with modern designs and technology, and using cloth from the world's finest mills. With the last tailoring factory of its type in New Zealand, Rembrandt can custom-tailor, alter from the ready-to-wear collection or loan you the perfect suit for your big day. And their discerning selection of shirts, shoes, ties and accessories will add the final touches to any wedding party.
Service is paramount at Rembrandt. Staff are highly trained in mens tailoring and are ready to listen and discuss your personal requirements to arrive at the perfect solution. When you select a Rembrandt suit, you’re buying into a rich history of quality bespoke tailoring and a team who want to see you at your best.
Rembrandt have stores in New Zealand and Australia and our garments are available in over a hundred of the best menswear stores on both sides of the Tasman.
Reremoana Sheridan's collection called Life's Blood embraces the statement about identity, whether people choose to adorn their bodies with taa moko or keep it inside. Either does NOT make you more or less Maori.
The 27 year old mother of one, shares a design space called The Slow Trade with fellow designer AJ Bradley—with the vision to slow down the current attitude towards fashion, with a huge emphasis on 'quality' as opposed to the 'quantity focused' approach they currently share. Post Fashion Week 2016 the duo have the intention to open as a combined design and retail showroom as both AJ and Reremoana believe this will bring back an authenticity that has been somewhat lost over the years.
Sarah Parker is a Wellington based fashion designer whose print based designs convey bold excitement and excess. A finalist in the iD Emerging Designer Awards in 2016, her bold and confident approach to colour and design is eye catching and unique. Motivated by the idea that fashion is about having fun, her aim is to create a world of fantasy and delight to which her consumers can escape. Winner of the Purfex Design Award for exceptional research and design and the arcana imperii Industry-Ready Award for originality of concept in 2015 she is an exciting new contender in the New Zealand fashion industry. After completing a Bachelor of Design at Massey University in 2015 Sarah Parker is working on developing her aesthetic and establishing her brand identity.
Auckland-based Tihi King is set to graduate this year from Sewtec Fashion Academy, with a background in modeling Tihi is a illustrator and radical creative.
Bold Streetwear is the ethos that guides and influences every aspect of Tihi’s collection—‘Beauty behind the pain’ is defined by a distinctive aesthetic, combining function with an strong focus on outerwear pieces. Bringing custom prints and fabrics to a main-stream fashion audience, recreating the vibe of fashion forward streetwear.
Trish Peng is a Couture Evening & Bridal Gown designer based in Los Angeles & Auckland. Her gowns are feminine and effortlessly elegant, handcrafted in Auckland by a team of expert couturiers. Each dress is designed with you, just for you. Carefully tailored to each woman’s individual measurements and aesthetic. Fabricated with precise detail and luxurious fabrics sourced from all over the world to create something unique for you.
Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart met at primary school. Since then Rachel taught Anjali an appreciation for Manet, Picasso, and Kruger, while in turn Anjali taught Rachel an appreciation for Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and Mobb Deep. After studying art and fashion respectively the pair began working on small scale projects before launching their brand ‘twenty-seven names’. The label name is a homage to the list of 27 people who helped to get their label off the ground. Each collection is somehow overtly sentimental and hopelessly romantic, creating a wearable but unique sensibility.
Trelise Cooper gives the modern fashion icon the glamour she craves, the individuality she desires and the level of luxury she has come to expect. Unexpected colour pairings, directional silhouettes and the world’s most exceptional fabrics underpin each collection.
The designs have captivated imaginations across the world. Today, New Zealand’s most successful fashion empire has 10 flagship stores and more than 200 stockists in the US, Middle East and Australasia.
Trelise Cooper understands and revels in the theatrical nature of fashion; from the dramatic reveal of each collection to embracing the transformative effect of clothing on our moods. Inspired by strong muses, each piece gives the wearer an attitude of female empowerment.
Well known for her philanthropy and work with multiple charities, Trelise was rewarded by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2004, and appointed a Dame in 2014 for services to fashion and the community.
As a master of visual storytelling, Trelise Cooper provides us with a stage on which to explore the most glamorous versions of ourselves. Let the show begin.
LEGACY - “...for something handed down from one generation to the next ...
WANOA FOUR was born from the ethos of four sisters. We are not fast-fashion nor passing fads, we are about LEGACY, who we are and where we come from.
Here we bring you LEGACY: Winter 2016, an expression of cultural pride & identity, steeped in handmade craftsmanship, designed and made in New Zealand. Our first collection brings focus to tailoring and texture. Gorgeous fabrics and pure NZ wools weave a legacy of their own. Warm creams contrast ink blacks and stone greys, natural linens and silks, soft cashmere and raw leather, bring a fusion of quality and bespoke detail. Timeless garments meant for longevity.
WANOA FOUR is a brand that crosses generations,
“Every piece in every collection is made for you to hold on to as a signature, keepsake, forever and for always, from us to you”.
Kenya Quin values function, wear ability and high quality finishes, with a strong focus on ready-to-wear women’s wear. She turns to human emotions and people’s connection to what they wear for inspiration. Strong skills in engineering garments, inform her design process. Kenya follows a timeless and minimal design aesthetic with Eastern influences inspired from her Chinese heritage. Through her previous collection, ‘distressed perception’, Kenya gained recognition by being awarded an internship with design company Glassons, for her ‘commercially transferable aesthetic’. Kenya was selected to show her graduate collection ‘In the Making’ in Shanghai Fashion Week October 2015, as well as being awarded a place in the 2016 iD Dunedin Railway show. Currently she is continuing her studies at Otago Polytechnic through the new Honours program for Design, furthering her business and fashion design knowledge for starting up her own women’s wear label ‘Winifred’.
Working Style are experts in men’s tailored wedding attire. Since 1987, Working Style have been masters in both made-to-measure tailored suiting and shirting as well as seasonal ready-to-wear collections of the highest quality construction and cloth. The brand’s collection is a full menswear range, crafting exquisite hand-made suits, shirts, shoes, casual jackets, trousers, outerwear, luggage and accessories. Specialising in light-weight construction menswear, Working Style’s garments are made to be worn comfortably in the heat of the Antipodean summer. The brand’s designs are a masculine, contemporary take on tailoring. Embracing and celebrating clothing elements steeped in heritage, then adapting and using them in exciting new ways. The result is timeless, familiar but fresh, iconic yet unexpected. With an unrivalled depth of tailoring experience and a friendly one-to-one service approach, clientele receive considered expertise from attentive staff who can collaborate with them to discover the perfect solution. Working Style has flagship stores in Ponsonby, Parnell, Shortland Street, Wellington and Christchurch.
Since 1989 Francis has been the driving creative force within New Zealand's most avant garde and fashion forward brand. His singular vision and use of colour, silhouette and humour within the collections and the retail environments of WORLD have made the brand an icon.
WORLD is a part of historic fibre of New Zealand fashion, as part of the NZ Four who showed at London Fashion Week in 1999, part of the original NZ Fashion Week and the first brand to receive a full retrospective at the Auckland Memorial Museum. With 5 luxury concept boutiques across the country WORLD continues to lead and evolve the fashion vision and experience in New Zealand.
Auckland designer Wynn Hamlyn established his eponymous label in 2014. Wynn Hamlyn creates ready-to-wear collections combining classical tailoring with an expressive technical approach led by a genuine youthful joy in materiality. Beginning with the intimacy of locally sourced merino knitwear, Wynn Hamlyn’s playful approach to textiles, combined with a restrained elegance, defines Wynn Hamyln’s unique take on womenswear.
Four seasons in, after a significant presence at NZFW 2015 in the Choose Wool Group Show, followed by the label’s first independent presentation at the esteemed Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland,Wynn Hamlyn has established himself as a standout talent of New Zealand’s new generation of contemporary designers. With growing momentum within NZ and overseas, Wynn Hamlyn’s solo Autumn Winter 2017 presentation this August at NZFW marks a coming of age for the young label.
Yu Mei is a leather goods brand devoted to the creation and presentation of understated luxury.
Bag designs are born from a base level of utility- built for purpose to carry with ease. Yu Mei’s mission is to create quality products that will weather your journey with you, each new scratch and mark another adventure in your story.
Yu Mei was the recipient of the NZ Light Leathers Supreme Award at Wellington Fashion Week, and showed at Shanghai Fashion Week in 2014.
The brand was also the recipient of the 2014 AMP National Scholarship.
Discover Yu Mei at Slick Willy’s, Good As Gold Wellington + Auckland, 47 Frocks, Infinite Definite, Sisters & Co, Atamira, Angel Divine, Palm Boutique, Thomas’s, This is Love, White Willow + Liz Thomas.
Born in the hills and praised on the street, Huffer has firmly settled itself as an iconic street wear brand inspired by innovation and style.
Since 1997 Huffer has uniquely brought together fashion and functionality delivering seasonal collections through to technical outerwear and print stories that graphically represent the brand. With a long history comes a depth of experience in the clothing game — including wholesaler’s spanning Australia & New Zealand and six flagship retail stores including hufferstore.com.
Huffer is influenced by New Zealand and inspired by the world.
The vision I have for N.F.U is constantly growing and evolving. I was never a little kid dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, however one thing after another this has led me here. Now I can clearly see that this is what I am meant to do, this is my passion, this is my dream.
My brand is more to me then just making beautiful clothing its an expression, art and freedom to say what I want and the ability to portray my point of view. I get my motivation to do all of this from my daughter, family and friends. I also love proving wrong all the haters, doubters and non-believers. The amazing feeling I get when I put my thoughts and feelings into a collection and watch it evolve, grow and come to life drives me to continue. The vision I have for my brand is to be featured within New Zealand retailers throughout the country and to clothe men in my designs across the globe. I am focused on becoming a top fashion designer whose designs are recognised all over the world. Watch this space...
Eugénie is for spirited women with a free approach to personal style.
We do not follow the traditional seasonal calendar, our approach is global and trans-seasonal. Styles are released as and when the team sees fit, rather than slavishly following the standard delivery model. Units are kept deliberately low, and produced in ethically sound conditions where seamstresses are not exploited.
Garments are available exclusively through the online store and Eugénie boutique in Auckland, New Zealand.
The designer Elizabeth Eugénie Wilson honed her skills as design assistant for cult New Zealand label Karen Walker. In just 2 short years Eugénie has featured in Austrailan Vogue, Man Repeller and Oyster magazine and been worn by cultural icons Sasha Melnychuk and Lorde.
From the land of the long white cloud and the wild beaches of New Zealand’s west coast comes Piha, named after our most famous surf beach. Since we began in 2011, we have taken inspiration from the natural beauty and sun-soaked coast of New Zealand and brought this to our swimwear design.
Nomadic Summer our latest collection see’s Piha navigating its way through exotic cities and ancient cultures, dipping into the melting pot of cultural influences with the wanderlust of a global nomad. Athletic silhouettes still feature strongly, with stripes, textures and mesh adding the utilitarian and urban vibe. For the kitsch twist we’ve got the favourite classic’s covered, polka dots, stripes and petit florals, the mash up of dimensions adds a pop of excitement to the perennial basics.
It is 35 years since the first Moontide collection was launched in Auckland, New Zealand. Over the years Moontide has spread its wings and is now represented in more than 50 countries around the world.
One of the driving forces for Moontide since its inception has been to reflect the monumental changes in fashion and lifestyle. Everyone at Moontide is passionate about swimwear. We realise that for most women, swimwear is the least amount of clothing they will be seen wearing in public, therefore fit is paramount. At Moontide we fit and then refit all our garments in order to achieve the perfect fit. Our aim is to give beach confidence to all our customers when wearing Moontide swimwear.
The 2016 / 17 collection is no exception; our pool side elegance continues this season with prints & textures inspired by global traditions. Tropical Florals can be found paired with contrasting prints creating the illusion of texture in mid tones of paradise or majestic jewel colours. In Raw Coast we showcase the magnificent hues of the ocean fading in to the more serene blues & greys of the lapping waves. Stark Shadow pays attention to simple shapes with minimal styling the monochromatic prints working perfectly with the returning sporting aesthetic. Tribal Shibori sees traditional elements updated and paired with textures for a contemporary tribal twist.
Salasai is renown for their bold prints, innovative knitwear and for their languid aesthetic. Dark and unassuming, each season is carefully edited to be contemporary yet timeless.
Salasai manages the constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable. Attaining a sophisticated style without forsaking woman of any age.
Designers Kirsha Whitcher and Kelly Watson are focusing on developing Salasai into a lifestyle brand with the launch of Salasai Home in 2014 and Salasai Man now in it’s second season. The brands cross pollination of imagery, aesthetic and textural quality give strength to an already established presence here in New Zealand and abroad. Having shown collections at New York Fashion and most recently in Paris showrooms, Salasai look to continue building their offshore brand awareness and following.
Founded by Elisabeth and Neville Findlay in 1979 Zambesi possesses a consistent and unique signature and is proudly made in New Zealand, building a reputation of strength, beauty and independence.
On an evolutionary journey Zambesi pays homage to the past and presents the possibilities of the future, approaching the process with consideration to sartorial detailing and craftsmanship.
Zambesi explores New Zealand’s natural fibres and continues to subvert classical silhouettes with imagination and sensibility, redefining convention with an ironic practicality.
Menswear and Womenswear are developed alongside one another resulting in a compelling narrative. Memory and desire contribute to the inspiration of the collections, the menswear designed by Dayne Johnston and the womenswear by Elisabeth Findlay.
Zambesi hosts flagship stores in New Zealand in Auckland & Wellington and in Melbourne, Australia. The label supplies selected stores throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Founded in 2000 by chris and kellie taylor, moochi has since grown to become one of New Zealand’s leading premium fashion brands, with nine stores nationwide and a loyal customer following. The moochi philosophy is simple, aiming to arm women with a cohesive, adaptable wardrobe of pieces that work effortlessly together for work or play – moochi is your everyday luxury, from your off-duty essentials to coveted designer pieces.
RUBY collections are best known and loved for designs that embody youthful elegance and adventurous charm. From streetwear origins, RUBY has enchanted its audience under the direction of designer Deanna Didovich to become one of New Zealand’s most exciting brands. Within mainline and mid-season collections, the RUBY aesthetic cleverly draws on chic prints, fresh palettes and quirky details to create instantly recognisable signature pieces that are playful yet assured. To complement the RUBY wardrobe, the collections are enhanced by a growing selection of footwear, jewellery and accessories. RUBY opened its first flagship location in Auckland’s High Street in 2002 and now has ten stores in New Zealand, located in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin as well as being available online at www.rubynz.com . RUBY held its first show at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2010 and Didovich went on to be named Metro Magazine’s fashion designer of the year.
Walk the Line is dedicated to showcasing upcoming young designers at one of New Zealand’s iconic week of the year, New Zealand Fashion Week 2016. The show is presented by YMCA Auckland’s youth programme, Raise Up.
Since 2011, Walk the Line has continued to show its popularity during New Zealand Fashion Week as a consistent sell-out most years. As the only show led and driven by local youth, Walk the Line gives young designers the opportunity to display their garments on a world stage platform. It goes both ways, for youth involved in the Raise Up crew, they are solely responsible for the event management, production, promotion and sales of the show.
Simple, sophisticated and assured – Liam is dressing for now. Designer Emily Miller-Sharma delivers a seasonal collection of refined separates to be worn, added to, mixed, matched and enjoyed. Inspired by the creativity of women and formed with the understanding that dressing is part of daily life, Liam is a considered edit of contemporary essentials, designed to enhance all of life’s moments, large and small. Clothing to be worn, loved, to make decisions in and to make one’s own. Clothing that translates effortlessly from home to work to evenings out with confidence and minimum fuss. Clean lines, unique textiles and an elegant, mood-enhancing palette are Liam’s signatures. Timeless and playful, Liam captures the perfect balance between classic and current; smart yet spirited, understated yet charming. Liam is stocked at all RUBY stores nationwide.
LUCILLA GRAY is a contemporary womenswear label based in Wellington, New Zealand. Portrayed through clean cuts and strong silhouettes, her design ethos focuses on craftsmanship and empowering the modern women. These fundamentals allow her to merge conceptual fashion with ready-to-wear ideals, in turn forming collections that embody sophistication, vibrancy and feminine intelligence.
Lucilla launched her eponymous label with a debut showcase at London Fashion Week and returned with a solo presentation at New Zealand Fashion Week which lead to being featured in Vogue US, Vogue Australia and I.D magazine as an emerging label to watch.
XPLAIN asserts simplicity in its ultimate form, contributing to the fashion industry as a label with a strong conscience for minimalism and self-expression. The label cultivates a compelling desire for chic, innovative and practical aesthetic direction. Founded and inspired by clothing designer Karen Zhang, she has established a platform in bringing quality fabrics and unique Prêt-à-Porter garments, with a focus on layering and garment cohesion. XPLAIN’s flagship store is located in New Zealand, in the heart of Auckland’s central fashion suburb, Newmarket. Our store also hosts a collection of prominent local fashion labels, delivering brands such as Jimmy D, Lela Jacobs, Kowtow, Maaike, Nyne, Company of Strangers and Age Eyewear to the Newmarket Area. While inspired by the many successes of top NZ designers, Karen also spotted a potential opportunity in the industry. The opportunity whereby the product should not just be the clothes, but also the complementary services to style the clothes for unique wearer. This led to the founding of the xplain styling boutique in Newmarket and the x-plain clothing label. With a keen eye for fashion and styling trends, Karen is able to offer a wholistic service about what to wear, how to wear it, and all at an accessible budget based on her label and other complementary labels offered through the xplain fashion experience.
Karen Zhang is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Waikato University, New Zealand in 2007. Having lived in New Zealand most her life, she draws inspiration from the amazing environment and people that is distinctly kiwi. Karen always had a passion for fashion. Her vision is to build a unique brand and fashion platform to collaborate with other aspiring designers and rising talent. This is because she grew up in NZ alongside the growth and formative years of NZ's fashion industry. An entrepreneur at heart, she founded and launched the XPLAIN fashion label in 2013 and often travels between international metropolitan cities looking out for the latest trends in fashion, and for inspiration. Karen owns and manages the XPLAIN flagship store located in Newmarket, Auckland. The store showcases her collection of garments and also proudly hosts a number of other local New Zealand brands.
emmaford is a swimwear brand renowned for innovative design, sexy and flattering cuts, signature print fabrics, and is also proudly New Zealand made. A high-fashion swimwear and resort brand aimed at women of all ages, attention to structure and fit is an emmaford trademark. Custom prints ensure stand-out, as does a unapologetic penchant for bold design. emmaford is brought to you by Emma and Mark Burton. Emma studied at the Design and Arts College in her hometown of Christchurch in 1998. Honing her craft in stretch and exotic-wear she brings a wealth of technical knowledge to the label as well as confident design direction. Mark has background is in computer science and design he contributes bespoke fabric prints to each season’s range of garments.
LFOH | Little Flock of Horrors fuses fashion and attitude to create a chic line of on-trend 100% merino clothing for little monsters. Little Flock of Horrors isn’t about pink cupcakes with sprinkles or dinosaurs riding bikes. Kids can be kids, and LFOH totally embraces it. Their collections are inspired by hand-drawn elements mixed with a rich colour pallet of brights and monochrome shades and mashed with their signature colour blocking.
The inspirational Jyoti Morningstar is the eco-conscious entrepreneur behind New Zealand fashion brand WE’AR. Jyoti divides her time between the beaches and jungles of beautiful Bali - the home of WE’AR’s ethical production houses and our own stunning Waiheke Island. Having founded WE’AR in 2005, Jyoti is the pioneer of New Zealand’s growing sustainable fashion industry. Shunning the fast fashion movement from WE’AR’s inception, Jyoti is in favour of providing workers with good wages, ensuring her manufacturing processes are not harming or polluting Bali’s beautiful waterways and coastlines, and that her clothing once fully loved is biodegradable and won’t be found in landfill hundreds of years from now.
“Every breath taken and every purchase made is a stone dropped in the shared waters of our universe. The ripples of your decisions affect everything. Let’s drop the right stones.” Jyoti Morningstar, Founder – WE’AR
Jyoti is excited to release her new Spring Summer collection ‘Poniente’. Inspired by the warm and wild winds from the West. Poniente is the sound of wind crackling through dry summer leaves and the gentle brush of warm sand on your skin.
Our fascination with Mexican iconography spans over a decade and this most recent trip to Mexico reinforced our love for the enchanting motifs of the sun and moon. Many religions and cultures have worshipped these guys for thousands of years. Believed to have mystical and special qualities and connected to the world of the gods and spirits...
Mexican mythology identifies the sun as Father Sun and the moon, Mother Moon. The sun and the moon are revered as gods. This mythology states that an eclipse of the sun and the moon is caused by evil creatures eating the heavens. The sun is assigned life-giving and positive qualities; the moon is known as the world of the dead.
We couldn’t go past these beliefs combined with the adornment and representation across Mexican homes and interiors and the timeless appeal of the sun and the moon to inspire our most recent collection... ‘Casa Luna’, simply meaning ‘Moon home’.
We drew on a rustic terracotta palette for our warm colours and ultramarine pigment blues for our cool. Our bikinis and dresses are adorned with custom designed sun and moon amulets and trims and for print handwriting we have taken our textiles in a more Spanish direction with florals and Ikat weave background textures. Hand-loomed yarn dye fabrications complete the vibe with Zapotec inspired embroideries and frayed, tasseled finishes.