This year’s Air New Zealand Fashion Week launched in unique style, with a catwalk show aboard one of its primary sponsor’s commercial aircraft. More than 120 passengers watched a sneak preview of the 2008 collections on a flight from Sydney to Auckland, including supermodel Rachel Hunter, who launched her swimwear range at the festival. “We’ve all had the experience of walking in heels in difficult situations and this would have to be one of them,” said Hunter. Models showed outfits from 30 designers, including Zambesi, Cybele and Karen Walker. 60 designers are showing at this year’s event, which runs from 17-22 September.