Endeavouring to extend our reach as an international platform and launching pad for designers, this year, NZFW widened the stylish showcase to include ready-to-wear accessories such as jewellery and handbags. We welcomed Empire of Genius, MT Designs, LUU and EMBR Jewellery to The Flooring Foundation Runway to show their collections in an exhibition. Empire of Genius and MT explained the inspiration behind their accessories collections, and hair and makeup looks for the exhibition provided by dharma and Kristin Stewart School of Makeup.
MT showcased a selection of bags from MT Classic and MT Vintage, pieces which suit any season. Designer, Marfiya explained that she loves to mix modern, classical and vintage styles in her collection. In terms of hair and makeup Marfiya opted for a very classic makeup look, with simple shiny vintage-inspired hair.
The Chain Gang is the name of Empire of Genius' collection of miniature, linking leather bags. Tymone explains "the idea behind the collection was to create multi functional mini bags which carry all your essentials in individual, pockets so all your items are organised, are easy to find, and the weight of them is spread more evenly on your body. Focusing on designing a stylish accessory almost worn like a statement piece of jewellery". Tymone explains hair and makeup for the showcase was kept beautifully simple to show off the accessories.