The Fashion Chronicles – ANZFW Day Three
Amanda kicked off the day bright and early with a small but significant road trip to Process PR where she chatted to the designers of Hopetown and ISBIM. After a whirlwind tour of the showroom it was time to head to Newmarket to check out the outfits by young designers that were being showcased in the Rialto Complex.
Back at the fashion week venue we made a quick detour to Trelise Cooper’s pet project; the house build with Habitat for Humanity. Keisha Castle-Hughes was there lending her support, and one of the volunteers commented that today Amanda was wearing blue heels, yesterday white. Shoe stalker much?
Then it was time to head of to Miromoda where talented young Maori designers showcased their collections. It was tragically dedicated to Sir Howard Morrison who died yesterday morning. The sombre tone hit home that we need to preserve our Maori culture and artistic talent with initiatives like Miromoda, and just as they said, Howard would have loved the show.
Group shows were the trend for today with Barbara Lee, Starfish, Mild Red and United Constructions taking the stage midafternoon in the Westpac Tent. Our DD reporter Hannah LOVED the eco friendly collection by Starfish – designer Laurie Foon looked VERY triumphant as she took her bow on the catwalk and who wouldn’t in such an easy to wear/great on the planet look?
Hannah quickly scurried off to the exclusive Pamela Anderson and Richie Rich press conference and fell in love with the creative duo! They are fun loving and “just want to bring sparkle” to ANZFW – no mean feat in the dark and edgy kiwi fashion climate. They shared a bit about their creative process and how Richie is inspired by Pamela and her strong beliefs about animal products and saving the planet.
Next up was the GHD New Generation show, running fashionably late which unfortunately through things into mayhem for the Hailwood show that followed. Bionic Pixies performance for the space age Serena Fagence collection was a show highlight. As was Michael Pattison’s big screen debut in the mini Mob film spoof that kicked off his section of the show.
Against the odds both Hannah and Amanda managed to make it into the fully packed Hailwood show. A HUGE line of ticket holders was left standing outside as the venue quickly reached full capacity. Either there was a ticket mix up or Hailwood’s fan base had simply expanded at an alarming rate. Amanda scored herself a prime spot in the photographers pit but was glad that as a journalist the rest of her shows had been seated. Kneeling in heels isn’t pleasant for long.
Amanda’s trend of the day: Umbrellas, they were seen everywhere today, all the most fashionable people were carrying them. If you didn’t have one everyone would look at you funny because it was so unfashionable to be seen soaked through with dripping wet hair. One Umbrella mysteriously turned up in my goodie bag at Miromoda as if given to me by the gods. It lasted all of five minutes on the windy pontoon before I joined the unfortunate wet people.
Amanda’s favourite show of the day: A tough pic today between Serena Fagence in the New Generation show and Adrian Hailwood. I’ll go with Serena because Hailwood left me just a tad disappointed where Serena left me wanting more more MORE!
Hannah’s trend of the day: Super chunky knits – Cardies, scarfs, shorts and dresses – epitomised in the Stolen Girlfriends collection. On a styling note, platform wedges are a key feature on the catwalks and are proving to be a safer option for models than traditional scandalous heels.
Hannah’s favourite show: THE PAMELA ANDERSON AND RICHIE RICH PRESS CONFERENCE! It wasn’t a show but boy was it entertaining! Such a gorgeous duo full of life and vitality – they made me chuckle away as the sombre/serious/we are proper journalists crowd did their thing.
Photography by: Tux Hika & Alex Jiang