Miromoda at Fashion Week: Part One

Bravo, encore and much credits to Ata Te Kanawa and Rex Turnbull, co-founders of Miromoda, for another successful year. For those who aren’t aware of Miromoda its modus operandi, it is a competition for aspiring New Zealand designers (with Maori ties) and has a similar philosophy to that of ‘Project Runway’.

The 2010 competition was held at Massey University’s Tea Gardens and this year’s judges – with the discerning eye, which confidently chose the winning contestants – was mayoral contender for Wellington City and Publisher of Lucire Magazine Jack Yan, Brand Manager of NZFW Nikki Harmsen and FINZ Executive Officer Mapihi Opai.

Miromoda (Miro – The technical word for the twinning of fibre in Maori and Moda – Italian for fashion) when pronounced correctly, is tonal in Maori but has an international awareness about it. So this year exhibits seven designers with collections that are of a high calibre.

A Miromoda show is never a boring one. Violinist Adam Maha accompanied prancing model Ebony Kite Bell – who displayed Body Artist Caroline Viesnik’s amazing Body Art – with his sweet and enchanting tune.

Aroha Wikotu – Shikoba

Starting off the show was Aroha Wikotu, who won the ‘Established Designer’ section. Her label – Shikoba, meaning feather in American Indian – prides in clothes that speak to an audience that are keen on organic and natural textiles and techniques.

Miromoda - Shikoba - NZ Fashion Week 2010 - Natasha Hing

Shikoba

Aroha based her latest collection on shapes that are forgiving and colours that are earthy with the exception of reds and purple-mauves. An urban scope of grey wool-mix tunics, dresses with ties and hooded cropped shawls.

Miromoda - Shikoba - NZ Fashion Week 2010 - Natasha Hing

Shikoba

Felt accents with perforations adorn shoulder yolks and appliqué add to the cleverly detailed work that Wikotu is known for. Smart layering of merino polo necks pair wonderfully with dresses, skilfully tailored jackets help brave the winter chill in style.

Miromoda - Shikoba - NZ Fashion Week 2010 - Natasha Hing

Shikoba

Prints are nostalgic of the native flora; pohutakawa flowers, flax stems and fantails. All together, this is the consummate collection of a notable designer that also knows what women want.

Miromoda - Shikoba - NZ Fashion Week 2010 - Natasha Hing

Shikoba

Ana Hau

Ana Hau – winner of the ‘Haute Couture’ section – acquired a lot of positive attention during her showcase.

Miromoda - Ana Hau - NZ Fashion Week 2010 - Natasha Hing

Ana Hau

The first to demonstrate the them of Asian fusion (seen widely throughout this collection) was a brilliantly structured kimono with feathers that trailed down the edge of one lapel, held cinched at the waist with a wide, woven detailed obi belt.

Ana Hau

Orient influences ran rife with stunning fabrics; toggle details and technical cuts are tailored to perfection – especially a dress that was made of a sequined fabric that outlined a multitude of sheer circles.

Ana Hau

Grace Hobson led the finale in a stunning floor-length dress with an incredible lattice framed wings that would look flawless in a Victoria’s Secret show.

Ana Hau

Blaire Archibald

Blaire Archibald (a Designer Direction contributor that oversees menswear trends) is the ‘Overall and Emerging Designer Winner’ and named his collection – Matua. His theme has a retrospective angle that takes colours and cuts of the 1940’s and interprets into menswear that is modern and fresh.

Blaire Archibald

Shirts have a quirky take on exaggerated hem lengths with contrast colours of olives mixed with creams, beiges and collar-stands are a tidy and proper. Woollens have that aged appeal.

Blaire Archibald

A sweater that I would like to point out had an embroidered lion on it (below) is one that I could see myself adding to my own wardrobe.

Miromoda - Blaire Archibald - NZ Fashion Week 2010 - Natasha Hing

Blaire Archibald

Trousers had a plus-four swagger about them, and paired seamlessly with cowl neck knitted tops. Compliments to Blaire and best wishes – for this was a charismatic collection shrouded dusky neutral tones that had a charming boyish attraction to it.

Blaire Archibald

Keep an eye out for part two in our two part series reviewing the designer collections from Miromoda. Part two includes designers; Amber Bridgman, Kereama Taepa, Shona Tawhiao and Adrienne Whitewood.

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Review: Jason Tapuai-Kuka
Header image:
Corinne Tan
Runway photography: Natasha Hing

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2 Responses to “Miromoda at Fashion Week: Part One”
  1. Skyebro says:

    Bay, some very interesting and exciting designs and the female models are very pretty! (Not that hunter and the other models weren’t lol). Chur Miromoda – good stuff!

  2. Skyebro says:

    KIA ORA Shikoba! Your stuff is looking great Aroha!

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