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Karen Walker’s Business of Fashion

Karen Walker’s Business of Fashion

Renowned New Zealand designer Karen Walker, 47, has once again made the prestigious annual Business of Fashion 500 list. The BoF 500 is the definitive professional index of the people shaping the $2.4 trillion fashion…

Lonely Lingerie Launches Maternity Line

Lonely Lingerie Launches Maternity Line

New Zealand-based label Lonely Lingerie has a cult following – including some of the world’s most famous celebrities – for a reason. The brand creates chic undergarments “for women who wear lingerie as a…

Allbirds Launches Smallbirds for Kids

Allbirds Launches Smallbirds for Kids

Allbirds, Silicon Valley’s favourite wool shoe brand, co-founded by New Zealander Tim Brown, just got a whole lot cuter with a new limited-edition line of toddler and kids shoes called – wait for it…

Emilia Wickstead Throws Jazz Age-Inspired Dinner

Emilia Wickstead Throws Jazz Age-Inspired Dinner

According to Vogue magazine, New Zealand-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead loves New York. This was clear on a recent Tuesday night when she and Alison Loehnis of Net-a-Porter co-hosted a dinner to celebrate a…

Well-Travelled Blogger Jessie Bush Gives Insta Tips

Well-Travelled Blogger Jessie Bush Gives Insta Tips

Jet-setting between the world’s fashion capitals to attend runway shows and photograph the best street style looks is all in a day’s work for New Zealand blogger and tastemaker Jessie Bush, founder of We…

Maggie Hewitt’s Stratospheric Fashion Ascent

Maggie Hewitt’s Stratospheric Fashion Ascent

New Zealander Maggie Marilyn Hewitt’s story reads like a corny cartoon bildungsroman, Ellie Pithers reports for British Vogue. It goes like this: Fashion-obsessed teenager from pipsqueak, middle-of-nowhere town thousands of miles away from a…

Taika Waititi Best Dressed Director in Hollywood

Taika Waititi Best Dressed Director in Hollywood

Taika Waititi is a fashion superhero, according to Degen Pener writing for The Hollywood Reporter. The proof: When the New Zealand native and director of November’s Thor: Ragnarok showed up at Comic-Con in July,…

Bespoke Jeweller Jessica McCormack’s Lucky Charms

Bespoke Jeweller Jessica McCormack’s Lucky Charms

London-based designer, New Zealand-born Jessica McCormack’s new collection of everyday diamonds was inspired by ancient Chinese fortune-telling sticks. McCormack has a way with diamonds, Rachel Garrahan writes for the Robb Report. Her luxurious yet wearable…

Lessons in Transeasonal Dressing By Maggie Hewitt

Lessons in Transeasonal Dressing By Maggie Hewitt

Maggie Hewitt, the Auckland-based designer behind the “liveable luxury” label Maggie Marilyn, talks Vogue Australia through her brand’s fresh take on transeasonal dressing. Hewitt, 23, says she thinks her line is unique because: “[There is…

Model Lili Sumner at New York Fashion Week

Model Lili Sumner at New York Fashion Week

Every year for a week in September, the bustling streets of New York are overrun with leggy models running from casting to casting in anticipation of fashion week. New Zealander Lili Summer, 23, is…

Georgia Fowler Stars in Haute Couture Shoot

Georgia Fowler Stars in Haute Couture Shoot

New Zealand model Georgia Fowler, 25, who was recently chosen to once again appear in the Victoria’s Secret Show, donned couture for a shoot at the newly renovated Hotel de Crillon in Paris. “The Hotel…

Emilia Wickstead Shares Royal Wardrobe Secrets

Emilia Wickstead Shares Royal Wardrobe Secrets

Auckland-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead, 34, sits down with Hello! magazine to talk about her fashion philosophy, the art of dressing like a royal and what it’s really like working with a celebrity clientele,…

Designer Creates Handbags From Unusual Material

Designer Creates Handbags From Unusual Material

New Zealand designer Lilja Viggosdottir “has created a collection of chic and ‘sustainable’ handbags that use an unusual material to help create their unique look,” writes Katherine Davison in an article for

Karen Walker on the Shades She’s Wearing for Spring

Karen Walker on the Shades She’s Wearing for Spring

In celebration of the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO) event on 7 September, New Zealander Karen Walker, 47, will be making appearances in both Melbourne and Sydney where customers will have the…

New York Times Has Designs on Maggie Marilyn

New York Times Has Designs on Maggie Marilyn

Bristling on the back of an oversize coat, circling the sleeves of knits, bursting from the shoulders of a sweatshirt: Ruffles show up where you least expect them in New Zealander Maggie Marilyn Hewitt’s…

Kharl WiRepa a Vogue Designer of the Future

Kharl WiRepa a Vogue Designer of the Future

Fashion designer Kharl WiRepa is set to have his designs featured in British Vogue’s September issue, his clothing line selected among the magazine’s top 22 ‘Designers of the Future’. WiRepa is the first designer of…

Te Manahou Mackay a New Force for Fashion Industry

Te Manahou Mackay a New Force for Fashion Industry

Te Manahou Mackay, 18, from Auckland, is the first transgender model to walk at New Zealand Fashion Week, “in a watershed for the industry,” the Daily Mail reports. Having quit school because she didn’t enjoy…

Five New Zealand Designers You Want to Know

Five New Zealand Designers You Want to Know

“For a small country far from the fashion capitals of Paris, New York and Milan, New Zealand fashion designers punch above their weight. Just look at Karen Walker’s empire spanning clothing, accessories, and homeware…

Queen of Diamonds Jessica McCormack’s New Lines

Queen of Diamonds Jessica McCormack’s New Lines

New Zealand-born jeweller Jessica McCormack recently launched not one but two new ranges from her art-filled Mayfair townhouse in London. The new collections have very disparate inspirations but, as is McCormack’s ingenious way, are united…

NZ Designers Win Top Woolmark Prizes

NZ Designers Win Top Woolmark Prizes

Designer Blair Archibald has won the menswear award at the Australian and New Zealand regional final of the International Woolmark Prize held in Sydney, while fellow New Zealanders Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša, took…

Rachel Hunter Returns to Modelling

Rachel Hunter Returns to Modelling

Thirty years after she appeared on the cover of Vogue Australia as a teenager, New Zealander Rachel Hunter has returned as the face of Australian women’s fashion brand Jacqui E. The former supermodel, who shot…

My Fashion Life: Anjhe Mules

My Fashion Life: Anjhe Mules

“New Zealand-born designer Anjhe Mules, “founder of cult activewear label Lucas Hugh, talks to Drapers about blending performance and fashion, working on The Hunger Games, and building her business.” Mules’ “high-performance, high-fashion activewear…

Duchess Of Cambridge Wears Wickstead on Europe Tour

Duchess Of Cambridge Wears Wickstead on Europe Tour

On the final day of her recent European tour, the Duchess of Cambridge took the chance to fly the flag for British-based fashion as she headed to Hamburg, wearing a dress designed by one…

Introducing NZ’s Style It Girls

Introducing NZ’s Style It Girls

Fashion has long had an obsession with “dressing like a French girl,” but the truth is that Paris isn’t the only city with seriously stylish residents. In their column “International It Girl,” industry news…

Footwear Company Allbirds Opens Pop-Up in LA

Footwear Company Allbirds Opens Pop-Up in LA

New Zealander Tim Brown (pictured left), a former professional soccer player, noticed an opportunity in the footwear market for minimalist, nonperformance sneakers. So he reinvented a simple lace-up tennis shoe in soft New Zealand…

Karen Walker Launches Men’s Eyewear With Connan Mockasin

Karen Walker Launches Men’s Eyewear With Connan Mockasin

Designer Karen Walker and Connan Mockasin, a “groovy, lively musician” launched Karen Walker’s first eyewear collection for men this week, simply titled Monumental, writes Steff Yotka for Vogue. “The range of…

Former Beauty Queen Jenni Mortimer Confesses

Former Beauty Queen Jenni Mortimer Confesses

Aucklander Jenni Mortimer, a digital producer at the New Zealand Herald, and former beauty queen, offers up ten confessions about life on the pageant circuit. And she says it’s not all about “big hair,…

Emilia Wickstead’s Wedding Style Advice

Emilia Wickstead’s Wedding Style Advice

As New Zealand born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead launches her 10-piece bridal collection, Vogue’s news editor Lauren Milligan asks for her top wedding style tips, from how to choose the right fabric to what…

Georgia Fowler Touches Down for Fashion Week

Georgia Fowler Touches Down for Fashion Week

New Zealand-born New York-based model Georgia Fowler, who is in Australia for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, has been announced as the ambassador for Etihad, and has travelled to Sydney to celebrate the airline’s 10th…

The Perfect Home For Jessica McCormack’s Luxury Jewels

The Perfect Home For Jessica McCormack’s Luxury Jewels

Just off the beaten path in perhaps the poshest section of London neighbourhood Mayfair is the “home” of jewelry designer Jessica McCormack, writes Anthony DeMarco for Forbes. “The 19th century…

Designer to Princesses Launches New Bridal Line

Designer to Princesses Launches New Bridal Line

New Zealand-born London-based Emilia Wickstead, Kate Middleton’s favourite designer, is launching a new line of wedding dresses. Wickstead previously only worked with bespoke bridal clients. Who can forget Lady Charlotte Wellesley’s fantastical entrance in a…

Selena Gomez Enlists Georgia Fowler for New Clip

Selena Gomez Enlists Georgia Fowler for New Clip

Auckland-born Georgia Fowler, 24, who debuted in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show last December, has officially added actor to her modelling resume, starring in Selena Gomez and Kygo’s It Ain’t Me video clip, reports Vogue…

Luxuries Karen Walker Can’t Live Without

Luxuries Karen Walker Can’t Live Without

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker tells the Telegraph that luxury is no longer about how rare your handbag is, how big your yacht is or how hand-made your watch is. “It’s about how special…

It’s the Little Things in Life Says Emilia Wickstead

It’s the Little Things in Life Says Emilia Wickstead

“It would be impossible to write about my childhood without mentioning the two amazing women in my life who raised me: my mother and my grandmother,” New Zealand-born designer Emilia…

Karen Walker Launches Made Up Eyewear

Karen Walker Launches Made Up Eyewear

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker is using eyewear to bring her version of “eye shadow” to market through her new collection of sunglasses, Women’s Wear Daily reports. “We wanted to play with the idea…

Karen Walker Looks to Pirates for Latest Pieces

Karen Walker Looks to Pirates for Latest Pieces

“One glance at Karen Walker’s fall look book elicited key words such as joy, utility, nautical and men’s wear,” Andrew Shang writes in a review for Women Wear’s Daily. “But you’d be…

Kazakh Designer Offers Custom-Made Tailoring in NZ

Kazakh Designer Offers Custom-Made Tailoring in NZ

A 34-year-old tailor is bringing Kazakh fashion trends to the streets of Auckland. Kazakhstan-born Asya Sadyrova has made clothing for beauty contest participants and offers custom-made tailoring. She ended up in New Zealand by…

Zambesi Collaborates For Ballet-Inspired Exhibition

Zambesi Collaborates For Ballet-Inspired Exhibition

New Zealand label Zambesi teamed up with Australian photographer Justin Ridler for an exclusive exhibition, as part of the recent Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Named Entropic, the body of work showcased Zambesi’s latest autumn/winter…

Maggie Hewitt’s Collection Taps Cool-Girl Charm

Maggie Hewitt’s Collection Taps Cool-Girl Charm

Twenty-two-year-old Auckland fashion designer Maggie Hewitt, the first New Zealander to be shortlisted for the LVMH Prize, has just released the third collection for her brand Maggie Marilyn. “The feeling was laid-back yet feminine,” according…

Lonely’s Latest Campaign Embraces Beauty Of Ageing

Lonely’s Latest Campaign Embraces Beauty Of Ageing

As New Zealand-based label Lonely continues to break down barriers in the world of lingerie, they’re back with another powerful campaign for spring, this time around, celebrating the beauty of ageing. Their latest muse is…

Emilia Wickstead’s Latest is Sophisticated Off-Duty

Emilia Wickstead’s Latest is Sophisticated Off-Duty

“British designers have a reputation for making rabble-rousing fashion, but on the flip side of that anarchic coin is a traditionalist, lady-of-the-manor aesthetic. Emilia Wickstead is well acquainted with this rarefied milieu,”…

Georgia Fowler Closes Yeezy’s NY Show

Georgia Fowler Closes Yeezy’s NY Show

New Zealander Georgia Fowler, 24, has already walked for Victoria’s Secret, secured spreads in Vogue magazine and has been touted as the new face to watch in her industry. If the model’s It status…

Georgia Fowler on Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Georgia Fowler on Cover of Harper’s Bazaar

Move over Kendall, Gigi et al – the next “It” girl is New Zealander Georgia Fowler, who features on the March issue of Australian Harper’s Bazaar. The 24-year-old New York-based model was fashion’s quiet achiever…

Cathy Procter’s Bridal Store up for UK Award

Cathy Procter’s Bridal Store up for UK Award

New Zealand-born Cathy Procter, 48, owner of The Dressing Room in Garstang, Lancashire, has been shortlisted for a UK national wedding boutique award. Competing in the Best Bridal Retailer section against some much larger boutiques…

Rising Fashion Star Claudia Li on Forbes Top 30

Rising Fashion Star Claudia Li on Forbes Top 30

New Zealand fashion designer Claudia Li, 28, is included on the Forbes annual “30 Under 30” list in the Arts & Style section. “Li debuted her fall collection in New York Fashion Week in 2015….

Karen Walker Shapeshifts For New Eyewear Campaign

Karen Walker Shapeshifts For New Eyewear Campaign

Karen Walker is stepping into the spotlight in her latest campaign for Karen Walker eyewear, reports Georgina Safe in The Australian Financial Review. For her new Transformers eyewear campaign she “takes on…

Shoe Designer Carrie Cooper’s Heritage Brand

Shoe Designer Carrie Cooper’s Heritage Brand

Offering women extremely versatile footwear was an early goal of New Zealand-born designer Carrie Cooper who studied fine arts before moving to London, Vogue Australia reports. “I always wanted to have a really chic little…

London’s Regal Fashion Designer Emilia Wickstead

London’s Regal Fashion Designer Emilia Wickstead

London-based fashion designer New Zealander Emilia Wickstead, 32, talks to Luxury London about motherhood, the royal wardrobe and styling the Duchess of Cambridge. Wickstead found huge success with her whimsical yet regal dresses – her…

Zippora Seven’s Croatian Dream Comes True

Zippora Seven’s Croatian Dream Comes True

Model and It-girl Auckland-born Zippora Seven, 25, talks to Harper’s Bazaar about her recent four-day trip to one of Europe’s hidden gems, Dubrovnik in Croatia. Travelling with boyfriend, filmmaker Terence Connors and some friends, Seven…

Black is Goth Briana Sullivan’s Happy Colour

Black is Goth Briana Sullivan’s Happy Colour

Auckland University graduate Briana Sullivan, 22, aka Gothic Metal Fairy, is the first New Zealander to be announced 2017 spokesmodel for DarkestGoth, a US-based, online magazine. Originally from New Plymouth, Sullivan says she loves black…

Ariel Pearse Crowned Miss Tourism International

Ariel Pearse Crowned Miss Tourism International

Aucklander Ariel Pearse has beaten 59 other contestants to win the Miss Tourism International 2016/17 crown, presented at the New Year’s Eve final in Putrajaya, Malaysia. According to local publication, The Star, the 24-year-old blew…

Model Georgia Fowler at Home in Manhattan

Model Georgia Fowler at Home in Manhattan

Walking in the Victoria’s Secret runway show has been a dream of New Zealand-born model Georgia Fowler’s since the beginning of her career, when, at 12 years old, an agency in Auckland signed her…

Rebecca Taylor Says Logoff and Buy in Store

Rebecca Taylor Says Logoff and Buy in Store

Rebecca Taylor started her fashion line two decades ago, cutting and sewing at a kitchen table in New York that she had built herself. Since then, the New Zealand-born designer has established stores in…

New Zealand Fashion Magazine Lands Naomi Campbell

New Zealand Fashion Magazine Lands Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell will feature in New Zealand magazine Remix December “ICONS” issue, as reported in Adweek. “I sent Naomi a copy of Remix through her manager, who happens to be a friend of…

Victoria’s Secret Welcomes Georgia Fowler

Victoria’s Secret Welcomes Georgia Fowler

Every year a brand-new set of models is given the opportunity to walk the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and this year’s class, including Aucklander Georgia Fowler, 24, is bolder than ever. With the girls taking…

Rebecca Taylor Talks Breezy Autumn Denim

Rebecca Taylor Talks Breezy Autumn Denim

New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor, who recently launched her new Parisian-influenced line La Vie, talks with Stuart Magazine about the collection, a lot of denim, and her inspirations. “It’s been a long-term goal of mine…