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Raina Ticks All the Right Boxes at NY’s DNA

Raina Ticks All the Right Boxes at NY’s DNA

Nelson teenager Raina Masters has signed with top New York agency DNA, which launched the careers of supermodels Linda Evangelista and Alessandra Ambrosi. Nelson photographer Storm Tuiva scouted out the Nayland College student for her…

New Bridal Collection Celebrates Less Is More

New Bridal Collection Celebrates Less Is More

Couture and bridal wear New Zealand designer Johanna Johnson – whose Vaudeville gown Chanel model Kendall Jenner wore as bridesmaid to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s May wedding – has launched a new affordable…

Stylish Emilia Wickstead the Embodiment of Her Brand

Stylish Emilia Wickstead the Embodiment of Her Brand

New Zealand-born, London-based designer Emilia Wickstead has gone from toting a clipboard at Prince Harry’s favourite nightclub to dressing his sister-in-law. The Telegraph’s Ellie Pithers met Wickstead, 30, at her Cadogan Place atelier. “Wickstead makes…

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

Sunglasses Are an Intrinsic Part of the Look

High-end sunglasses used to be about the logo, but now designers, like New Zealander Karen Walker, are making them an integral part of their seasons’ collections, the Independent reports. Walker has shown her eyewear…

Business Is Booming in Made-to-Measure

Business Is Booming in Made-to-Measure

When Kate Middleton first started stepping out in New Zealander Emilia Wickstead’s ladylike pastel concoctions, it’s fair to say that most of the fashion world’s reaction was: “Emilia … who?” the National’s Libby Banks…

Trademark Taylor Encompasses All Seasons

Trademark Taylor Encompasses All Seasons

“Rebecca Taylor, the hip New Zealand-born designer whose collections appeal to a young, fashion-forward customer, is among the designers who are turning upside down the notion of what to wear when”, Clifford Pugh writes…

Fabric Store from NZ a Natural Fit in LA

Fabric Store from NZ a Natural Fit in LA

The Los Angeles location for The Fabric Store, a New Zealand-based business that also has four retail stores in its native country and three in Australia, offers “a more edgy, fashiony focus…

MAC Makeup Range in Lorde’s Name

MAC Makeup Range in Lorde’s Name

Lorde’s signature dark purple lipstick and sweeping eyeliner has landed the Grammy award-winning singer, 17, her own MAC range, following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Ru Paul and Lil’ Kim. Lorde said: “I have loved…

Crane Brothers One of Australia’s Top Suiters

Crane Brothers One of Australia’s Top Suiters

Sydney clothing store, the New Zealand-owned Crane Brothers, founded by former Zambesi menswear designer Murray Crane, is included in a Sydney Morning Herald feature on the best places in Australia to buy a suit. “No…

Twilight Star Dons Dul’s Eco-Tux for Oscars

Twilight Star Dons Dul’s Eco-Tux for Oscars

New Zealand was once again represented on the red carpet at the Oscars with Twilight star Kellan Lutz wearing the Academy Awards first sustainable tuxedo created by Jomnarn Dul, 23, lead designer at iconic…

At Home in Manhattan with Makeup Artist Valery Gherman

At Home in Manhattan with Makeup Artist Valery Gherman

New Zealand makeup artist Valery Gherman moved to New York 11 years ago and now lives in Manhattan’s famed Peter Cooper Village where he shares a two-bedroom apartment with Canadian photographer Derek…

Women in Walker Strut Faster Better and Stronger

Women in Walker Strut Faster Better and Stronger

Karen Walker’s suffragette-inspired fall 2014 collection was shown at New York Fashion Week; “a modern and tongue ‘n cheek nod to women on the march”, the Daily Mail reported from the catwalk. “Our collections are…

Boy from Russell Turn Couture Designer for the Stars Returns

Boy from Russell Turn Couture Designer for the Stars Returns

After leaving New Zealand 23 years ago for the lights of London, can-do eccentric artist Lyall Hakaraia is back this month for Auckland’s Pride festival. The nightclub owner, event director, fashion designer, DJ and…

One British Fashion Influence on Another

One British Fashion Influence on Another

Coveted New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead has hailed the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, as a credit to British fashion. Talking to CNN’s Max Foster, Wickstead said: “I am always designing with the idea of…

Atea Setting Itself Apart with Considered Minimalism

Atea Setting Itself Apart with Considered Minimalism

A dress designed by New Zealand-born Laura Myers, founder of the London-based brand Atea, is included in a Wall Street Journal feature about new midprice labels setting themselves apart from their trend-chasing…

Kenyan Artisans Team Up with Walker for Visible Campaign

Kenyan Artisans Team Up with Walker for Visible Campaign

Designer Karen Walker has taken her sunglasses to Kenya shooting her latest campaign in association with the United Nations’ International Trade Centre Ethical Fashion Initiative, which works with artisans in “urban slums and…

Icebreaker Launches Product Modelled on Snowshoe Tracks

Icebreaker Launches Product Modelled on Snowshoe Tracks

New Zealand-based clothing designer Icebreaker is collaborating with British artist Simon Beck to launch the brand’s new “The Art of Nature” product series, an ongoing, annual collaboration with artists who use objects found in…

Keep an Eye on Catwalk Star Holly Rose Emery

Keep an Eye on Catwalk Star Holly Rose Emery

Aucklander Holly Rose Emery, 17, is one of “Three Models to Keep An Eye On” this year, according to New York’s Metro US newspaper. “For spring/summer 2014, Emery took on almost 30 shows, pretty good…

Orphans Gather for Alternative Melbourne Christmas

Orphans Gather for Alternative Melbourne Christmas

New Zealand-born jeweller Welfe Bowyer was one of a number of creative Melburnians the Age’s Kylie Northover interviewed this December who spent Christmas less traditionally, banishing baubles and putting holly on hold. “Being a Kiwi,…

All We Want for Christmas Is Bespoke Couture

All We Want for Christmas Is Bespoke Couture

Emilia Wickstead, having now secured her couture clientele (alongside Alexander McQueen, the New Zealander is one of the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to designers for foreign visits), wanted to offer a service that was exclusive…

Talent Pool Something to Write Home about

Talent Pool Something to Write Home about

From Lorde to Gin Wigmore, to chef Matt Lambert and model Ashleigh Good (pictured), New Zealand punches above its weight, writes fellow New Zealander Kirsten Matthew for the New York Post. It’s not just pop…

Vogue Spies Twenty Seven Names

Vogue Spies Twenty Seven Names

Street fashion blogger and Vogue Australia style blog contributor, Xssat, took a visit to Wellington-based label twenty seven names, to take a look at the brands 2014 autumn/winter collection and to find out a…

Vogue Writer WOWed by New Zealand

Vogue Writer WOWed by New Zealand

Vogue Italy contributor, Stefan Siegel, made the most of his recent visit to New Zealand for the World of Wearable Arts, deciding to use the time to get know the country’s landscapes, towns, and…

Wickstead Nominated for UK Fashion Prize

Wickstead Nominated for UK Fashion Prize

New Zealand fashion designer and royal favourite, Emilia Wickstead was one of four nominated for the fourth annual Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize, established by the hotel group in 2010 to discover and support emerging…

Bespoke Diamonds for the Jet Set Available at the House

Bespoke Diamonds for the Jet Set Available at the House

Rihanna, Madonna and Carine Roitfeld love New Zealand-born designer Jessica McCormack. But there’s only one way to buy her show-stopping jewels, the Telegraph explains, and that’s the old-fashioned way: visit her shop. Popstar Rihanna bought McCormack’s…

Walker and De Mey Are the Fashion Business

Walker and De Mey Are the Fashion Business

New Zealander Karen Walker has been named as one of the world’s most influential designers by leading industry website The Business of Fashion. Walker was one of 118 designers included on the site’s annual Bo500…

Building New Zealand’s Fashion Profile Online

Building New Zealand’s Fashion Profile Online

The New Zealand Fashion Museum is a very modern affair with a strong online presence, organising exhibitions around the country but without a physical location of its own. It is only one of a score…

Edgy Offerings Without Being Trendy

Edgy Offerings Without Being Trendy

“New Zealander Liam Bowden began making one-off leather goods and jewellery in his garage. Today, his brand Deadly Ponies has earned a global cult following for its famously supple bags, all of which are…

Top of the Class in Stylish at London Fashion Week

Top of the Class in Stylish at London Fashion Week

“It’s rare to find a designer who sticks to her style guns through thick and thin but Emilia Wickstead isn’t your average fashion creative,” the Daily Mail’s Ruth Styles writes from London…

Feminine in Work Wear at NY Fashion Week

Feminine in Work Wear at NY Fashion Week

New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor “put old-school American work wear to work” in her Spring 2014 show at New York Fashion Week on 7 September. “Never mind that she normally dresses young women who…

Kiwis Take the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Kiwis Take the Runway at New York Fashion Week

Karen Walker took to the runway at the Spring 2014 New York Fashion Week, with a collection Style.com described as ‘easygoing’.  According to The Department of News, the collection, titled Utopia, looked to…

Fashion Forward Wedding Attire

Fashion Forward Wedding Attire

A “delicate crochet trouser suit with chiffon ruffled sleeves” created by 50-year-old New Zealand label Vinka Design “stole the show among an assortment of flowing gowns”, Irish Independent writer Aishling Phelan reported…

South Sea Treasure Available Online

South Sea Treasure Available Online

New Zealand-born London-based Laura Myers, creative director of new fashion brand Atea, says she wanted her collection to be fashionable, “but not shout-y”. “Think more Emmanuelle Alt than fashion blogger,” Myers says. With the launch…

Pre-schoolers Star in Karen Walker Eyewear Campaign

Pre-schoolers Star in Karen Walker Eyewear Campaign

Iconic New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker has launched a new campaign for her Spring ’13 eyewear collection featuring four pre-schoolers – Alice-Rose, Claudia, Elise and Tyler – as the models. The images follow…

Drive Your McLaren Supercar in Retro-Chic

Drive Your McLaren Supercar in Retro-Chic

From the world of Formula One and Can-Am racing, to road-going supercars like the 3-passenger F1 and current MP4-12C, New Zealand-founded McLaren has been amongst the world’s best for five decades, Nick Kurczewski writes…

Moore’s Los Angeles Runway Show a Hit

Moore’s Los Angeles Runway Show a Hit

New Zealand designer Andrea Moore’s American debut was a “highlight of the evening”; the runway show part of Los Angeles clothing boutique Stylehaüs’ two-year anniversary celebrations held at the Sofitel Hotel. Dunedin-born Moore said…

Invitation to Jump the Ditch and Get Hitched

Invitation to Jump the Ditch and Get Hitched

New Zealand fashion designer Annah Stretton is celebrating the fact that same-sex marriage in New Zealand is to be legalised from 19 August by launching ‘Come on Oz, Say “I do”’. The

All Bronzed Up for Bondi Beach Vogue Shoot

All Bronzed Up for Bondi Beach Vogue Shoot

Seventeen-year-old Miss Vogue cover model Holly Rose speaks about how she went from an “ordinary girl from New Zealand” to one of the most in-demand models in the southern hemisphere within a year. “I…

Skincare Made Beautiful by the Bees

Skincare Made Beautiful by the Bees

New Zealand actress and founder of Kalon Skincare, Anna Wilding, talks with The Times of Northwest Indiana about the benefits of bee venom as a beauty treatment. “We make a premium grade…

Sending the Right Message About Age

Sending the Right Message About Age

“Karen Walker Eyewear is worn by the style conscious and coveted by a youthful market, yet their latest campaign showcases women aged between 80 and 93 from Cohen’s

Viennese Fashion Line Intrigues

Viennese Fashion Line Intrigues

New Zealand-born model and designer Mark Stephen Baigent’s line, Mark & Julia, created with Austrian Julia Rupertsberger, is stocked at Vienna retail fashion collective Faux Fox in the historic Naschmarkt area. The “intriguing”

Olivia Lefebre’s Modeling Career Takes Off

Olivia Lefebre’s Modeling Career Takes Off

From being discovered while shopping, at St Luke’s mall in Auckland, New Zealand, to strutting on the Paris catwalk– Cook Islander Olivia Lefebre is making a name for herself in the tough world of…

Mayfair Salon Opening for Designer

Mayfair Salon Opening for Designer

A brief internship with the jewellery department of Sotheby’s in London at the age of 25, has brought New Zealand fine jeweller Jessica McCormack to opening a 465-square-metre salon – The House –…

Harking back to Harlow

Harking back to Harlow

New Zealand-born bridal designer Johanna Johnson owns a storeroom in SoHo, New York, where she has built a following for her glamorous old Hollywood styles, part bohemian flapper, part Jean Harlow. Johnson’s designs will…

Hope the shoe fits

Hope the shoe fits

New Zealand designer Kathryn Wilson, with the help of Sarah Hutchings of Auckland’s Orsini Fine Jewellery, has created the most expensive shoe in the world. The fairy tale classic court-heeled shoe features more than…

Rising Star of Artisan Dressmakers

Rising Star of Artisan Dressmakers

New Zealand fashion designer Emilia Wickstead – “already one of the best-kept secrets in the upper echelons of London society” – has been recruited by Selfridges as a bespoke tailor for the department…

Effortless Chic

Effortless Chic

Since the launch of her ultra-feminine, eponymous line in 1996, Rebecca Taylor has become, without a doubt, one of the most prominent New Zealand-born fashion designers in the business, according to ELLE correspondent Kelsey…

Rachel Hunter Belle Donne

Rachel Hunter Belle Donne

Rachel Hunter, New Zealand former supermodel and TV presenter, ‘stole the show’ at the Italia Film, Fashion and Art Festival, in Los Angeles, according to The Daily Mail. ‘Rachel Hunter certainly isn’t about to…

Walker’s Youthful Sophistication

Walker’s Youthful Sophistication

‘Karen Walker pits arty school girls against working women for a youthful but ultra-sophisticated new fall collection,’ writes Olivia Fleming in The Daily Mail.  Walker’s fall 2013 collection is called New Rose. The inspiration…

Architectural Designs

Architectural Designs

Feminine beaded tops over boy shirts were paired with punky skinny pants adorned with zippers on the New York Fashion Week runway of New Zealand fashion designer Rebecca Taylor as she…

Challenging Perceptions of Beauty

Challenging Perceptions of Beauty

This week, designer Karen Walker will show her 14th season at New York Fashion Week. And then there’s her jewellery collection, homeware, a range of paints for Resene and the diffusion label Hi There…

Get Out The Velvet

Get Out The Velvet

Fashion blogger New Zealander Laura Allard-Fleischl’s take on velvet makes her one of MTV Style’s ‘Bloggers of the Week’. “, is getting back to velvet’s roots in her dark…

Hong Kong’s Fashion Heroine

Hong Kong’s Fashion Heroine

New Zealand-born fashion writer Jasmine Webster, 29, who is based in Hong Kong and is the face of Dress Me blog, talks to the South China Morning Post about her obsession with dressing up…

Everyday Finery

Everyday Finery

Designer Karen Walker caught up with Vogue Australia to talk about her new Diamond jewellery collection. “The inspiration behind all our jewellery designs is jewellery for modern occasions,” Walker said. “Karen Walker Jewellery…

Decades of Aisle Style

Decades of Aisle Style

With Air New Zealand celebrating its 30th anniversary of flights between London and Los Angeles, British lifestyle magazine Female First looks at the fashion of the airline over the decades. “Air New Zealand’s heritage can be…

Entrepreneurs in the Making

Entrepreneurs in the Making

“Many third world countries have incubators, often to try and utilize and preserve local skills” like weaving, dying and sewing, says Tracy Kennedy, (right) manager of the Dunedin Fashion Incubator, started in 2001. Like…