Bring on 26 August – the highly anticipated 19th annual edition of New Zealand Fashion Week is hitting the City of Sails, bringing with it a line-up of the country’s most beloved designers, plus some of the freshest new kids on the fashion block. We’re here to give you a rundown on the schedule!
Bursting at the seams with all things glitz and glamour, the week will showcase the best of New Zealand fashion – everything from bridal wear to contemporary street style – courtesy of budding fashion designers and some of New Zealand’s biggest fashion trailblazers.
NZFW 2019 returns to the historic Auckland Town Hall, where the event’s legacy began in 2001, and Aotea Square. Confirmed to hit the runway this year is Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Maggie Marilyn, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Adrian Hailwood, Kathryn Wilson and more, plus some up-and-coming labels like Wynn Hamlyn, Rachel Mills, Olli, Starving Artists Fund and Project Runway NZ’s winner Benjamin Alexander (pictured below).
After an exceptionally energetic week of runway shows comes the NZ Fashion Weekend. The Resene Designer Runway Show will kickstart the festivities on Friday 30 August with a fast, fun and funky display of fashion from every NZFW designer.
Explore a beauty haven brimming with everything hair, makeup and wellbeing on Saturday 31 August, then get your glam on and hit the Concert Chamber at the Town Hall in the evening for the Official NZFW Party. Shop ‘til you drop at the famous Designer Pop Up Sale on Sunday 1 September and prepare to score some serious savings on designer pieces from the likes of Hailwood, Flo & Frankie and exciting newcomers like Jet Set Bohemian.
This year there’s quite a theme on the cards: sustainability – both environmental and social – which will be integrated throughout all elements of the show. Sit in on a sustainability seminar featuring a star-studded guest panel of major names in the sustainability and fashion spheres, and don’t forget to check out a range of free fashion activations around the city centre, including sewing and textile upcycling workshops and a recycled clothing swap.
The team aims to keep a minimum of 70 percent of waste out of the landfill – a percentage they hope to increase year by year.
For more information and tickets, visit www.nzfashionweek.com.