New Zealand Fashion Week
22 - 28th August 2016



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.



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

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.