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AllBird’s Merino Trainers Wow WIRED

AllBird’s Merino Trainers Wow WIRED

AllBird’s new Wool Runners are the brainchild of Tim Brown, 35, a native New Zealander and former All White. And according to WIRED magazine – which rates the sneaker 9/10 – they are “understated”,…

Keda Hurtles onto Big Apple Catwalks

Keda Hurtles onto Big Apple Catwalks

New Zealander Makeda Soper-Wirangi, 20, was browsing a pharmacy in Melbourne in 2013 when her life changed forever. Scout Phoenix Michael Darley spotted Soper-Wirangi and asked if she had ever considered modelling. “I saw this…

Tina Waru Putting Indigenous Design on Fashion Map

Tina Waru Putting Indigenous Design on Fashion Map

Tina Waru organised the recent Global Indigenous Runway event, which was on as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. It was the first time international indigenous fashion made the official…

Michael Ashton is Adele’s Right-Hand Man

Michael Ashton is Adele’s Right-Hand Man

The source of Adele’s elusively perfect cat-eye swoosh is her longtime makeup artist and hairstylist New Zealander Michael Ashton, who has worked with Louise Roe, Hilary Swank, and Chris Pratt. Ashton began his career…

You’ll Always Learn Something New at Karen Walker

You’ll Always Learn Something New at Karen Walker

New Zealand designer Karen Walker “has a knack for transforming obscure, utilitarian references into magnetic clothing that all the cool girls want to wear and Fall 2016 was no different,” according to the Daily…

Emilia Wickstead Goes Puritanical but Luxe

Emilia Wickstead Goes Puritanical but Luxe

“There was a feeling that London Fashion Week finally got started at the Emilia Wickstead show,” Kate Finnigan writes for the Telegraph. “The New Zealand-born designer, now firmly established in London, is an impressively…

Lonely Lingerie Features in the New York Times

Lonely Lingerie Features in the New York Times

New Zealand-based label Lonely Lingerie, which was founded by Helene Morris in 2009, is profiled in the New York Times. Launched as a small partnership between Morris and collaborator Steve Ferguson, Lonely calls itself…

Stylist Lesley Martin Trims her Fashion Budget

Stylist Lesley Martin Trims her Fashion Budget

Invercargill-born Lesley Martin, 61, who is a network stylist for Australia’s SBS, set herself a task to spend nothing on clothes for a year and record her 365 days of outfits, posting the images…

Queen of Eyewear Karen Walker Spearheads New Range

Queen of Eyewear Karen Walker Spearheads New Range

“The reigning queen of cult eyewear, Karen Walker, is back with another sunglasses collection, and yes – the lookbook is just as adorable and the styles are just as lustworthy as we’ve come to…

Lorde’s Second Chapter Is about to Begin

Lorde’s Second Chapter Is about to Begin

Lorde, in Marques’ Almeida, poses together with American singer and actress Zendaya, 19, in Vogue magazine’s January 2016 issue for a “Be Yourself” spread which includes athletes, artists, writers, dancers and models. “As fashion, following…

Karen Walker Hits The Slopes

Karen Walker Hits The Slopes

A surprise return to snowboarding has prompted New Zealand designer Karen Walker to reconsider the beauty of old-school ski suits. Last winter, Walker’s seven-year-old daughter convinced her to strap into a snowboard for the first…

Rebecca Taylor Wraps up for NY’s Cold

Rebecca Taylor Wraps up for NY’s Cold

Growing up along the beaches of New Zealand, designer Rebecca Taylor didn’t need a closet full of coats, she tells the Chicago Tribune. But when she moved to New York to build her brand…

Lili Sumner Joins Saint Laurent Model Girl Gang

Lili Sumner Joins Saint Laurent Model Girl Gang

Originally from Auckland, 21-year-old model Lili Sumner, who took to the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week this month, is one of the “Saint Laurent model girl gang”, according to Vogue. “The Saint Laurent model crew…

Claudia Li Makes NY Fashion Week Debut

Claudia Li Makes NY Fashion Week Debut

Before her official New York Fashion Week debut, New Zealand-born designer Claudia Li was unexpectedly peaceful – aside from the preshow jitters. “Everything was done two weeks before the show,” Li told news site Fashionista…

New Zealand Labels to Know Before Everyone Else

New Zealand Labels to Know Before Everyone Else

According to Vogue Australia there are six New Zealand names in fashion you should know before everyone else and these are: Georgia Alice, Eugénie, Harman Grubisa, Lucilla Gray, Stolen Girlfriend’s Club and Twenty Seven…

Emilia Wickstead Delivers Her Best Collection Yet

Emilia Wickstead Delivers Her Best Collection Yet

New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead, who has dressed the Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron, carpeted the foyer of an unfinished office block in King’s Cross in sugar-almond pink at London Fashion Week, and…

Laura Myers Is Reimaginging ’90s Minimalism

Laura Myers Is Reimaginging ’90s Minimalism

While Laura Myers’ influences are all-American – she cites Carolyn Bessette and Lauren Hutton as totems – the collection has Oceanic roots. Myers, now based in London, was born in New Zealand and spent…

Meet NZ’s Youngest Fashion Blogger Harley McVicar

Meet NZ’s Youngest Fashion Blogger Harley McVicar

Harley McVicar from Christchurch has holidayed with actress Pamela Anderson, made her catwalk debut at the age of two and runs a popular fashion blog – and she’s only eight-years-old. Harley has attended every New…

Emilia Wickstead Wins British Fashion Council Prize

Emilia Wickstead Wins British Fashion Council Prize

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, a favourite of Kate Middleton, has been named one of nine winners of the British Fashion Council (BFC) annual trust fund. The financial prizes, which total about £300,000, are…

NZ Eco Fashion Week Launches in Lower Hutt

NZ Eco Fashion Week Launches in Lower Hutt

New Zealand’s third Eco Fashion Week has launched on June 09 at the Dowse Art Centre in Lower Hutt with mayoral reception and a speech from Denise Anglesey, the founder…

Jeweller Jessica McCormack Adopts Consignment Policies

Jeweller Jessica McCormack Adopts Consignment Policies

In recent years the jewellery industry has experienced a surge of growth, with an explosion of new designers, as well as outlets offering their creations. Some designers have chosen to differentiate themselves by forgoing…

Aucklander Lila Kuka Reclaims Old School Hip

Aucklander Lila Kuka Reclaims Old School Hip

In a bid to be hip, flask manufacturers are turning to their feminine side creating items with pink, glitter and jewels. New Zealander Lila Kuka is a big fan. Kuka began collecting vintage hip flasks…

Nadeesha Godamunne – a Fashion Illustrator with Many Styles

Nadeesha Godamunne – a Fashion Illustrator with Many Styles

An interview with Nadeesha Godamunne, a full time in-house fashion illustrator/colorist at Ralph Lauren in New York has been featured in the Huffington Post. The fashion illustrator from New Zealand constantly reminds herself “to keep…

Failepou Peni’s Label Lapou to Unveil New Collection

Failepou Peni’s Label Lapou to Unveil New Collection

New Zealand-born designer Failepou Peni’s resort wear label Lapou will showcase new collections at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival on 17 October. Lepou specialise in figure flattering resort pieces, luxurious kaftans, swimwear and…

Rebecca Taylor Forgoes the Runway for Digital-Marketing

Rebecca Taylor Forgoes the Runway for Digital-Marketing

After 15 years of runway shows at New York fashion week, New Zealand-born Rebecca Taylor cancelled her autumn 2015 show. She used her roughly US$500,000 annual show budget to deploy a marketing strategy she…

Karen Walker Recalls Favourite Australian Fashion Week Shows

Karen Walker Recalls Favourite Australian Fashion Week Shows

In the lead-up to Australian Fashion Week, New Zealand designer Karen Walker shares her early memories of the event, and the perks of a silent runway. Walker, first delivered the prints, patterns and pop colours…

Vlogger Lisa Eldridge Transforms Digital Beauty

Vlogger Lisa Eldridge Transforms Digital Beauty

New Zealand make-up artist Lisa Eldridge has been featured in the Irish Examiner’s top 20 – vloggers that transformed digital beauty. The professional make-up artist is one of 20 women, who have mastered the art…

Brent Pope’s Shirt Range for Stylish Rugby Types

Brent Pope’s Shirt Range for Stylish Rugby Types

Though New Zealand-born rugby analyst and RTÉ broadcaster Brent Pope, 53, only launched his range of shirts in October 2014, it is now stocked all over Ireland. Pope wanted shirts in premium quality fabrics that…

Trilogy Gets the Kate Effect with Royal Using Skincare

Trilogy Gets the Kate Effect with Royal Using Skincare

Sisters Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs may have started small, establishing their business from their father’s Upper Hutt shed in 2002, but they are now experiencing big success after their beauty product brand…

Ashleigh Good in Dolce & Gabbana’s Tribute To Mothers

Ashleigh Good in Dolce & Gabbana’s Tribute To Mothers

New Zealand born model Ashleigh Good came down the catwalk holding her baby daughter Emily at the Milan Fashion Week. The duo was part of the Dolce and Gabbana show, which had…

Emilia Wickstead on BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Shortlist

Emilia Wickstead on BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Shortlist

New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s go-to for gowns, has made the British Fashion Council (BFC)/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund shortlist. Wickstead also made the shortlist in 2013 and 2014. The…

That’s ‘70s for Karen Walker in New York

That’s ‘70s for Karen Walker in New York

For spring 2015 it was photographer Valerie Finnis. For autumn 2014 is was New Zealand’s suffragettes. This time around, for her autumn 2015 collection presented at New York Fashion Week, Karen Walker focused on…

Emilia Wickstead’s Trademark Polish Gets a Bit of an Edge

Emilia Wickstead’s Trademark Polish Gets a Bit of an Edge

The Duchess of Cambridge and Samantha Cameron are regular clients of fashion designer Emilia Wickstead and would have been able to pick something straight off the catwalk from her morning show at London Fashion…

Karen Walker Taps Instagram Sensation Toast the Dog

Karen Walker Taps Instagram Sensation Toast the Dog

New Zealand designer Karen Walker and four-legged Instagram sensation Toast the Dog, the droopy-tongued pup rescued by American comedian Josh Ostrovsky and wife, Katie Sturino, both don shades for Walker’s spring 2015 eyewear campaign. “A…

Atea Oceanie a Cool Brand of Insouciance Hard to Beat

Atea Oceanie a Cool Brand of Insouciance Hard to Beat

In just two years of being, the London-based womenswear label Atea Oceanie, founded by New Zealander Laura Myers, has risen through the ranks with its clever fusion of sportswear and fashion, Wallpaper magazine reports. Armed…

Lucas Hugh Gym Clothing Transcending the Treadmill

Lucas Hugh Gym Clothing Transcending the Treadmill

New Zealand-born Anjhe Mules, founder and creative director of luxury activewear brand Lucas Hugh, designs gym gear for “busy women with busy schedules” who are “committed exercisers”. Mules, a successful swimwear designer in her homeland,…

NZ Designers Gain Entry into Lucrative Singapore Market

NZ Designers Gain Entry into Lucrative Singapore Market

Ten top New Zealand designers, including Zambesi, NomD, Kate Sylvester, Juliette Hogan and Stolen Girlfriends Club (pictured), are gearing up for a fashionable collaboration in Singapore, Kim Knight writes in the Sunday Star Times. Brokered…

Lisa Walker’s Unconventional Jewels Make Italian Vogue

Lisa Walker’s Unconventional Jewels Make Italian Vogue

Wellingtonian Lisa Walker’s “large, colourful jewels … are ‘food for art’, according to Vogue Italia, and “it’s the colour that first strikes the observer”. “This designer from New Zealand is constantly seeking to offer an…

Karen Walker Says Collaboration Key to Growth

Karen Walker Says Collaboration Key to Growth

Launched in 1989 with two t-shirts and the paltry sum of $100, Karen Walker – often called the designer for “anti-It Girls” – has grown into a globally recognised fashion brand, worn by Natalie…

Makeup Artist Amber D Has the Dream Job

Makeup Artist Amber D Has the Dream Job

For aspiring makeup artists, New Zealand-born Amber D has the dream job. Now based in Australia, she has an extensive background in makeup artistry: with clients including Lorde, Steven Tyler and Rita Ora. She…

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

Sean Kelly Wins Project Runway

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has won reality TV show Project Runway in New York. The Wellintonian who now lives in Brooklyn was one of four finalists who were given a budget to prepare a…

NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright

NY Inspiring Fashion Illustrator Natasha Wright

New Zealand fashion illustrator New York-based Natasha Wright, who has 47,000 Instagram followers a day, is working for well-known illustrator Dallas Shaw on projects such as clothing prints and promotional work for brands like…

NZ Designer in Project Runway Final

NZ Designer in Project Runway Final

New Zealand designer Sean Kelly has made it to the finals of American reality TV show Project Runway. Kelly was named as a finalist in an episode which aired on Thursday in the US. The competition…

New Zealand Fashion Stars Amongst World’s Most Influential

New Zealand Fashion Stars Amongst World’s Most Influential

Three New Zealanders have made this year’s Business of Fashion 500 list, a professional index of the people shaping the global fashion industry, based on nominations. They are: Style.com editor-at-large Tim Blanks (pictured), fashion…

New Plymouth Teen Eden Bristowe Opens Vivienne Westwood Show

New Plymouth Teen Eden Bristowe Opens Vivienne Westwood Show

New Plymouth teenager Eden Bristowe has opened Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label show at London Fashion Week wearing a “Yes” badge, in support of Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. The 16-year-old was the first model…

That Little Emilia Wickstead Point of Difference

That Little Emilia Wickstead Point of Difference

Over the past half decade, New Zealand-born Emilia Wickstead has emerged as London’s go-to designer for occasion dressing. Her ability to find inspiration in 1950s and 1960s couture salons and the candy-coloured society ladies…

Makeup Artist Aaron De Mey Minimalist at London Fashion Week

Makeup Artist Aaron De Mey Minimalist at London Fashion Week

New Zealand-born, New York-based makeup artist Aaron De Mey was backstage at Irish designer J.W. Anderson’s show for London Fashion Week crafting pure looks and “matte fragility”. “We’re really trying to amplify a no-makeup state…

Denim Designer Simon Miller Reshaping Californian Brand

Denim Designer Simon Miller Reshaping Californian Brand

Wellington-born designer Simon Miller, men’s creative director at premium denim brand Citizens of Humanity in Los Angeles, talks to Monocle about his new role and plans for the label’s future. “I’ve been living my life…

Possums Adding Value to Elver’s Backpacks

Possums Adding Value to Elver’s Backpacks

“When Kiwi footwear and accessories start-up Elver launched last year the brand faced a dilemma: manufacturers can’t produce small batches without extraordinary costs. The firm decided to capitalize on the availability of…

Hairdressing a Terrific Career for Beijing-Based Bill Watson

Hairdressing a Terrific Career for Beijing-Based Bill Watson

Former Wellingtonian Bill Watson, international education and artistic director for Toni & Guy China, is loving life in Beijing. “It’s where things are happening,” he tells New Zealand Herald journalist Janetta Mackay. Watson says working…

Lingerie Designer Manuka Clarke Reinvigorating US Company

Lingerie Designer Manuka Clarke Reinvigorating US Company

When New Zealand-born designer Manuka Clarke purchased Californian lingerie company Farr West in January, she wanted to reinvigorate the company’s classic designs while keeping all production in the United States at the highest quality…

Designer Annah Stretton to Show at London Fashion Week Event

Designer Annah Stretton to Show at London Fashion Week Event

New Zealander Annah Stretton is one of five international designers selected to showcase their collections at this year’s London Fashion Week opening event – Splendours of the Commonwealth 2014. At the September event,…

How World War Changed Women’s Fashion

How World War Changed Women’s Fashion

An exhibition called The Way We Wore – In Service and On The Street, which has begun online at the New Zealand Fashion Museum, is one of many such exhibits on now throughout…

Lagerfeld’s Bride Steps out in Maternity Chanel

Lagerfeld’s Bride Steps out in Maternity Chanel

Maternity wear just got a whole lot chicer – and more expensive – thanks to Auckland-raised model Ashleigh Good who closed the Chanel Haute Couture show in Paris during what appears to be her…

Project Runway Spot for Taranaki Designer

Project Runway Spot for Taranaki Designer

Fashion designer Sean Kelly, 25, from Hawera, is the first ever New Zealander chosen to compete on hit American television show Project Runway, hosted by German supermodel Heidi Klum. Kelly’s mother Margaret said he was…

I Love Ugly to Open Store in LA

I Love Ugly to Open Store in LA

Founders of menswear label I Love Ugly have reluctantly stepped into the spotlight as they prepare to go global. The New Zealand entrepreneurs are about to open their first international store in LA on…