Fashion in the Capital – Buy NZ Made Designer Collections Showcase

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I’d just returned to Wellington after spending an entire week up in Auckland at NZ Fashion Week and had to dive straight back into work (not blogging, but my real cash money job).

Needless to say I was exhausted (the fashion flu didn’t help), and feeling rather fashioned out. While it was great catching up with people at the launch party (hi Maily, nice to finally meet you), I just wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy the events after the week just been.  Click on any of the photos to see more from the show by the way.


I arrived early backstage at the first show of Fashion in the Capital (FITC) firstly to say hello to the models/stylists/makeup artists and to grab a couple of backstage pics before heading to the show. The first thing that struck me was how relaxed everyone was backstage (backstage being the Mojo Coffee shed right next to Shed 11 where the shows were held this year. What a cool space. I’d love to do a photoshoot in there actually. I digress.)


Olivia Wild the director of makeup for FITC 2013 mid-conversation with Andy (Buoy Hairdressing), who was directing the hair.

What I love about fashion events in Wellington is that it feels like (and is) a group of friends (who happen to be industry experts in their chosen field within the fashion industry) who are passionate about their work putting on a show together. I don’t mean relaxed in the sense that it’s slack or unexciting – you just get a sense that everyone is there to pull off a stunning show, but is having fun in the process. All in all, I think a relaxed behind the scenes crew meant the models were more comfortable and it showed on the runway when the lights went up. Always a good thing.

Becca and Blaire

Becca (62 Models) and Blaire (Kirsty Bunny Management) – post hair/makeup before fittings.

In between taking photos and videos (coming soon…ish) I ended chatting to Becca and Blaire for a bit – planning on doing a separate post on that too cause everyone loves knowing what it’s like to be a model (myself included).

The first FITC Show was the Buy NZ Made show, featuring both local and national designers who showcased their Spring/Summer 2013/14 collections which are just starting to hit the stores now. In a way, consumer events make more sense – with industry events it’s a little surreal being shown cotton dresses when it’s freezing cold outside and vice versa, so it was actually nice to see in-season clothing for a change. There were lots of designers but here were some of the ones that I enjoyed seeing.

First up in the show was Robyn Mathieson. Her first outfit on the runway showcased her trademark bright prints, combining a flow dress with a more structured cropped jacket (bright colour – of course). Robyn’s clothing always seem to flatter the wearer’s body. They are tapered in all the right places, and her clever use drawstrings, and other ingenious ways of drawing the dress in around the waist makes for some interesting draping as well. There seemed to be a bit of a nomadic theme with some of the prints, with zigzags and what looked like tapestry patterns on some of the designs.


Favourite piece? The digital print dress. The colours capture spring/summer so well, and it looked great paired with the espadrille wedges with the pastel yellow straps.


deNada is a local Wellington label with their own boutique on Featherston Street. The words that first come to mind are wearable and effortless. For her spring/summer collection, designer Nada uses a combination of interesting prints/patterns and block colours to create relaxed and effortlessly elegant looks. Maybe it’s just me, but desert print, the slightly oriental-looking crane print and the paisley evoke images of travellers visiting exotic places back when travel was a luxury.


My favourite dress was this one – the print is refreshingly summery and love the chevron shaped obi-like folds around the waist.


Millicent’s SS13 collection uses a combination of rich floral brocades, combined with playful pastels to create a luxurious yet playful look. Perhaps it was inspired by those movies set in picturesque Italy in the 60s. Roman Holiday anyone? A definite crowd favourite.


It’s hard to pick a favourite out of this collection, but I really liked this look. Not sure what the pencil skirt is made of, but the slight stiffness gives it a really nice shape.


Wilson Trollope is a designer that I had heard about but hadn’t actually seen before. I loved the way she used seersucker (or at least a seersucker looking pinstripe) that is traditionally associated with menswear and incorporated it into her collections. I liked the clean aesthetic of their collection – the designer clearly has a solid dressmaking background as the tailoring was great too.

wilson trollope

I had quite a few favourites from this collection but if I had to pick one:



Finally we had a selection of clothing from Kirkcaldie & Stains. Not actually sure who the designers were but here were a few outfits that I liked:


The designers in this first group show at FITC were generally targeted towards a mature audience that was young at heart, and the audience loved the experience of watching a runway show as well as seeing the outfits.


Author: Chris Park

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