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Walker Goes Dotty in NY

Walker Goes Dotty in NY

New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker “gets next summer spot-on with a fun polka dot-filled collection at New York Fashion Week,” the Daily Mail’s Olivia Fleming reported from the runway. “Walker went completely spotty for spring/summer…

Back to the Eighties

Back to the Eighties

New Zealand fashion label Zambesi’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, which previewed at New Zealand Fashion Week “harkened back to the 1980s … focus on a colour palette of black, grey, silver … with a touch…

Shameless Self-Promoter

Shameless Self-Promoter

New Zealand fashion journalist Isaac Hindin-Miller is currently blogging for The New York Times. Hindin-Miller says trends move much faster in New York than New Zealand. “Fashion stores will bring jumpsuits out…

What This Hotelier Wore

What This Hotelier Wore

New Zealand-born Sean MacPherson, 47, proprietor of the Bowery, Jane and Maritime hotels and an owner of the Waverly Inn restaurant, is revamping the Crow’s Nest Inn in Montauk, New York. MacPherson…

Reputation Grows in UK

Reputation Grows in UK

“We’ve always thought we’d love New Zealand-born New York-based designer Rebecca Taylor, but meeting her yesterday to talk through her holiday collection it became official — Grazia’s got a girl crush,” Grazia Daily says…

Dress Them Like Children

Dress Them Like Children

New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor, Metro’s “go-to designer for pretty, feminine ensembles perfect for first dates, anniversaries and meet-the-parents moments, just launched a line for another important part of a woman’s life:…

Palatial Pretty in Wickstead

Palatial Pretty in Wickstead

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton chose another New Zealand designer to wear this week, stepping out in an Emilia Wickstead pink coat dress for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee lunch at Windsor…

Royal Dons NZ Designer

Royal Dons NZ Designer

An indigo tweed skirt suit designed by New Zealander Rebecca Taylor was recently worn by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton when she stepped out for an event at Goldsmiths’ Hall in London. When…

Little Aliens Land in LA Stores

Little Aliens Land in LA Stores

New Zealand eyewear, clothing and jewellery designer Karen Walker – who was recently in Los Angeles to show her 2012 Little Aliens sunglasses collection at the West Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont – talked to The…

Far Flung Fashion Report

Far Flung Fashion Report

Dunedin’s distance from the rest of the fashion world “does not stop it being far-thinking in creativity”, reports the Telegraph’s fashion director New Zealand-born Hilary Alexander, who was front row at the iD Emerging Designers Award…

Women Standing Out in Walker

Women Standing Out in Walker

Karen Walker eyewear is impressing the likes of singers Florence Welch and Rihanna with both stars recently spotted in her frames. “They are for girls who have a fun and flashy style and don’t…

Learning the Ropes

Learning the Ropes

Seventeen-year-old Auckland model Yasmin Bidois was scouted at the mall, the cinema, and then the airport before she gave in to the calling. After doing the modeling circuit in New Zealand, Bidois signed with…

Why We’re Mad On Knitwear

Why We’re Mad On Knitwear

Six movers and shakers from the booming New Zealand fashion industry, including communications director at Post Adam Bryce, share their knitwear passions. “When it comes to dressing for weather that can include snow, sun…

Dubai Strut For Top Model

Dubai Strut For Top Model

New Zealand’s Next Top Model’s newest winner Brigette Thomas made an appearance at Dubai Fashion’s Longest Catwalk on 3 February. The event featured 100 models walking a ramp at The Dubai Mall showcasing the…

Hi There To The United States

Hi There To The United States

Fashion designer Karen Walker’s Hi There clothing range will sell in up to 164 Anthropologie stores in the United States from February. Landing in stores for the American summer, the deal has a retail value…

Store Openings In California

Store Openings In California

New Zealand-born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor is “on a roll” according to the Los Angeles Times’ Melissa Magsaysay who was at the opening of Taylor’s West Coast flagship store on Robertson Boulevard. “The designer just celebrated…

Manawatu Teen Makes It Big

Manawatu Teen Makes It Big

Palmerston North model Jessica Clarke, 18, is the first New Zealander to feature in a Victoria’s Secret show, which was held at New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory on 10 November. Father, Shaun Clarke said:…

Go-to Rebecca Taylor

Go-to Rebecca Taylor

“New Zealand designer Rebecca Taylor is known as the go-to girl for laid-back quirky looks for everyone from Cameron Diaz, Rachel Bilson and Alessandra Ambrosio, to Reese Witherspoon, Rose Byrne and Alexa…

Provoking Perfumed Luck

Provoking Perfumed Luck

Aucklander Isaac Sinclair is New Zealand’s sole perfumer and one of only 500 official perfumers worldwide. Sinclair, who grew up in Laingholm and Blockhouse Bay, trained in Milan and found his olfactory feet in…

Scrumptious Colours in NY

Scrumptious Colours in NY

New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor was aiming for something “modern, ethereal and angelic,” at this month’s New York Fashion Week where Taylor previewed her spring 2012 collection. The angelic part was evident in filmy…

Fashion Blogging Self Love

Fashion Blogging Self Love

New Zealander Gala Darling, 27, is making a big name for herself as a fashion blogger and is one of only ten to fly to Barcelona in October as a guest of…

Made in New Zealand

Made in New Zealand

Zambesi’s 2012 collection shown at the recent New Zealand Fashion Week was a fusion of sportswear, workwear and tailoring with unexpected pops of electric blue and acid yellow amid the brand’s signature black. Models…

Annual Fashion-off Impresses

Annual Fashion-off Impresses

New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) was held at Auckland’s new Viaduct Event Centre this month and showcased the latest collections by the best fashion talent in New Zealand, including Stolen Girlfriends Club, Lonely Hearts,…

Hippy Hippy Sheik

Hippy Hippy Sheik

Auckland-born model Zippora Seven stars in Australian fashion label MyPetsQuare SS11/12 Marrakesh-inspired ‘Feast of the Hunter’s Moon’ look book. Seven, “at her wild, tousled finest”, was shot by Sydney-based photographer Amanda De Simone. Seven…

New Zealand in Vogue

New Zealand in Vogue

New Zealand is known for its edgy fashion exports such as Kate Sylvester and Zambesi, but a retrospective exhibition on now at Te Papa reveals a lesser known secret: the land of the long…

Adventurous Disguise

Adventurous Disguise

New Zealand designer Karen Walker’s sunglasses line — her “newest collection rang from some seriously oversized, rounded mad-scientist-type specs to something that looks like a more stylized, larger pair of Wayfarers” —…

Holy Grail of Inspiration

Holy Grail of Inspiration

Auckland-based online fashion diarist Marcella of Fashion Distraction tells trend-spotting site StyleCaster about her inspirations and icons, and gives advice to the would-be style blogger. StyleCaster reporter Kelly Mullins writes: “Coming across…

Board Made Bespoke

Board Made Bespoke

Wellington-based tailoring firm Working Style will make 1 bespoke suits for the management team of the International Rugby Board this year after winning a six-figure contract normally reserved for European companies….

Strike a Pose

Strike a Pose

Fresh on the fashion scene is 17-year-old New Zealander Emily Baker — “undisputedly, this season’s top new face” — featured in NYMag.com’s The Cut blog. This rising star made her debut on the…

Girlfriends in Sydney

Girlfriends in Sydney

A gallery of the Stolen Girlfriend’s Club show at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week features on Vogue Australia’s website. The label collaborated with Wellington artist Karl Maughan using his paintings of gardens, bright…

Love Letter to Outsiders

Love Letter to Outsiders

New Zealand fashion label Lonely Hearts’ designer and co-founder Helene Morris is interviewed in the May issue of Australian magazine Frankie about their new collection ‘Little Bandits’ — “a love letter to outsiders.” “We…

Indefatigable Portable Style

Indefatigable Portable Style

The contents of New Zealand designer Karen Walker’s handbag are perused in NBC New York’s weekly ‘Purse Purge’ feature. Walker is “one of few fashion folks creating clothing in two time zones…

Interior Feelings of Happiness

Interior Feelings of Happiness

The Auckland home of New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker she shares with her husband Mikhail Gherman, features this month on the American fashion site StyleCaster. “ known for her sweet, quirky ready-to-wear…

Celebrities Love Taylor

Celebrities Love Taylor

“The fashion event of the week was definitely the celebration of designer Rebecca Taylor’s second boutique in New York’s Meatpacking District,” according to the Examiner’s Shea Peters. “Despite rain, snow, sleet, and slush celebs…

Jerry Hall-Inspired

Jerry Hall-Inspired

New Zealand-born designer Rebecca Taylor, who is celebrating her label’s 15th year, is collaborating with Citizens of Humanity jeans and Porselli shoes on special capsule collections and opening her second New York store in…

Getting Noticed in NY

Getting Noticed in NY

Matamata’s Emily Baker and Palmerston North’s Jessica Clarke took to the catwalks at New York Fashion Week recently with Baker named one of the top 1 newcomers of the season by online fashion bible…

Musical Fashion

Musical Fashion

Fashion designers Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker are among a wave of labels turning their hand to costume design in 2011. Cooper has created costumes for the Victorian Opera and NBR New Zealand Opera’s…

Designer sale in US

Designer sale in US

New Zealand-born fashion designer Rebecca Taylor has sold her label to American apparel company Kelwood. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Rebecca Taylor was founded in 1996 by Taylor and her business partner,…

Seven the song bird

Seven the song bird

Auckland model, the “more-gorgeous-than-ever” Zippora Seven, 18, graces Australian designer Jessie Hill’s SS1/11 look book, the collection taking the title Song Bird 7. She “features with heavy eye makeup and messy waves.” Seven is…

Totally natural

Totally natural

Former Miss Universe Auckland-born Lorraine Downes, 46, is the new face of natural skin care company Living Earth. CEO of Living Nature, New Zealand John O’Toole says: “Lorraine and Living Nature is a match…

Breaking the NY ice

Breaking the NY ice

Actor and comedian Jemaine Clement recently made an appearance at the opening of sporting apparel line Icebreaker’s new Manhattan store. Examiner.com wrote: “While the staff was getting ready for the big grand opening, a…

Jagger’s good choice

Jagger’s good choice

Fashion “It” girl Georgia May Jagger, daughter of Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, chose New Zealand designer Karen Walker for the racetrack at Melbourne’s Crown Oaks Day in November. “Georgia definitely made the right…

Lost in Times Square

Lost in Times Square

Auckland model Zippora Seven, 19, features in an Oyster Magazine fashion spread shot in New York. Fashion blog Dope Ambition describes the shoot: “Seven wanders the streets of Times Square in Oyster Magazine’s editorial…

Dangerous embrace

Dangerous embrace

Auckland musician Zowie (born Zoe Fleury) made the best fashion statement of the day when performing at the opening of New York’s CMJ Music Marathon in October, proclaimed New York Times blogger Jon Pareles….

Best of the vintage

Best of the vintage

Wellington’s vintage clothing store Ziggurat Fashion Emporium on Cuba Street is recommended in the Guardian by readers who name their favourite places to stock up on retro outfits and vintage pieces, in the UK…

Merino for New Yorkers

Merino for New Yorkers

Icebreaker will open its first store in Manhattan, New York in early December. The 25-square-foot SoHo store will be Icebreaker’s flagship. The new TOUCH_LAB retail store will showcase the complete Icebreaker line from its…

Pleasingly solid week

Pleasingly solid week

New Zealand Fashion Week may have lacked in sponsor capital, but it was pleasingly solid in terms of creativity,” The Australian’s fashion editor Georgina Safe writes. “Most of the designers who were in the…

Shrouded statement

Shrouded statement

Wellington designer Alexandra Owen, 28, sent models down this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week catwalk wearing knit shrouds and fencing masks. Styleite writes: “Perhaps the masks were intended as commentary on the lack of…

Delightfully Posh

Delightfully Posh

Auckland-born fashion designer Emilia Wickstead, 26, talks to the Telegraph’s Samantha Cameron about low-key style and “how to do stealth chic”. Wickstead says: “When I was 14 I moved from New Zealand to Milan,…

Fleece Fit for a King: Taking on Cashmere

Fleece Fit for a King: Taking on Cashmere

A Spanish king with a penchant for tactile pleasures; a New Zealand farmer with a passion for curly heads; an endangered species shipped across the world; a suave man stepping out of a plane in an…

Catwalk curves

Catwalk curves

Designer Caroline Marr’s label The Carpenter’s Daughter returns to New Zealand Fashion week this year showcasing her Winter 21 collection for women with curves. Specialising in “Clothing for Curvy Girls”, producing 1 per cent…

Celebrating a decade

Celebrating a decade

Designers NOM*d, Zambesi, Trelise Cooper and Starfish — who will stage the very first Eco Show — all feature as part of the largest ever line up at New Zealand Fashion Week held from…

Off with the polar fleece

Off with the polar fleece

Top local fashion designers will soon be represented in the centre of the French capital at a concept store owned by Paris-based New Zealander Catherine McMahon. Koko, which will stock Trelise Cooper, Karen Walker,…

NZ’s own Moss shines

NZ’s own Moss shines

Eighteen-year-old Remuera-raised model Georgia Fowler, who featured in June’s Harper’s Bazaar cover story titled “The Rise of The Australian Supermodel”, has generated interest from Calvin Klein, YSL, Top Shop and Armani. Represented in New…

Hammering out beauty

Hammering out beauty

Metalsmith and jewellery designer New Zealander Amy Bixby, who is based in Seattle, “grew up on a sheep station with parents who instilled the value of making things from scratch”, freelance writer Kathy Schultz…

Gorizia Beckons

Gorizia Beckons

Otago Polytechnic’s School of Design graduates, Sophie Brooke Hardy and Roxanna Zamani, will travel to Gorizia, in northeast Italy, at the end of June to take part in the Mittelmoda Fashion Award. Their selection…