Runway Report:Miromoda Show

031A dedication to the late Sir Howard Morrison set a sombre tone to the Miromoda Maori fashion awards this morning before a moving performance of Maori/ Italian Opera kicked things off in true Miromoda style.

The name Miromoda is a combination of Maori and Italian, and is a competition for Maori designers held for the first time this year.

Soft and sombre music choices played while the capsule collections of the Miromoda finalists made their way down the catwalk.

033Samara Vercoe showed a moodily blue collection of skin-tight trousers, sheer dresses and intricately cut out belts.

030Rerahan & Tutina showed menswear with a ‘Maori Samurai’ feel to the Kimono influenced collection of coats. Printed fabrics of paua shell and carving prints made original linings and Obi style belts finished the outstanding ensembles.

028Floaty woven cocktail dresses in burnt oranges and earth tones were the work of Junette Ward & Liz Adams. And Shane Hansen and Bianca Walford- Collier showed a menswear collection of jeans and T-shirts with gold and metallic koru prints on them.

Keri Wanoa - Tux HikaKeri Wanoa showed an interesting mix of knitted, leather and sheer garments some with wooden buckles on the waist and belts were a subtle and beautiful touch. My favourite piece of the show was a feathered micro mini although a jumpsuit worn by the gorgeous Grace Hobson was also a standout.

009Kiri Nathan showed the most dramatic collection of the group with awe inspiring full-length gowns. First shown was a stunning emerald green and black dress with asymmetric draping and trailing ties. A white-feathered dress that would make any girls wedding special was also asymmetric and fringed with shimmery white tassels.

004Shoe and street wear designer Wiremu Barribal was the overall winner of the Miromoda awards with his Tu Ake range of patterned jeans and T- shirts.

Kiri Nathan and Rerahan & Tutina collections stood out for their strong themes and dramatic shapes. Sir Howard’s death only reiterates how important it is to promote Maori talent design and arts.

Overall the Miromoda competition can be deemed a success for putting several talented Maori designers on the fashion week radar. And just as the organisers said, Howard would have loved it.

Review by: Amanda Haxton
Photograpy by: Tux Hika

For a slideshow gallery of the entire Miromoda show click, click, click!

3 Responses to “Runway Report:Miromoda Show”
  1. Hey NZDD,

    I love the trenchcoats, those jeans and wish I could wear the body fitting shirt (maybe next year!). Not keen on the pyjama pants under those coats. They look like Koro’s old corduroys 🙂

    I do like the less is more approach with use of moko-designs on shirts etc etc. I think our designers get too maori with some of their work and it’s great to see subtlety being used.

    Kia ora

    Uncle G

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