Fashion in the Capital Launch Party @ St Johns Bar

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Fashion in the Capital kicked off in style last at St. John’s Bar on the waterfront on a typically windy Wellington evening. If you’ve ever wondered how I keep my hair in place in dire weather it’s called my emergency beanie – go get one.  The store owners and designers showing during the week put down the fabric and sewing machines and turned their hands to mixology to create a custom-designed cocktail especially for the week.


I tried the Service Depot – a surprisingly potent mix of Olmeca Tequila, Chambord, Fresh Lime and Bundaberg Ginger Beer, while Vicky tried the Coco Wellington – a smooth and refreshing concoction of Pimms No. 1, Cucumber, Citrus, Fresh Mint, Lemonade and Ginger Ale. I think I preferred the Service Depot – I’m not sure if they are still on offer, but I’m sure if you asked the bar staff nicely they might make you one?

What I particularly like about the Wellington Fashion Week team (who are behind FITC) is their uncanny ability to pull off low-key, relaxed events. It was a good opportunity for people going to some of the events during the week to try the new cocktails and to meet the small army of organisers, artists, stylists, designers, store owners (and media too I suppose) who will be working behind the scenes to bring the events to the city.

It was also a good opportunity for the people behind the scenes to relax and to enjoy themselves before diving in the week’s events.


The team from Buoy Hairdressing & Mine Medi-Spa. L to R: Jacqui, Andy, Phillippa, Jade and Tahni.

Buoy Hairdressing did the hair for all three shows with assistance from other stylists, including seasoned stylists from Willis York, as well as taking the hair part of the health/beauty/hair seminar which took place on Saturday. Picking up hair, beauty, makeup and styling tips from seasoned industry experts for $10? Bargain.


Raffle prize announcer AND makeup director for FITC Olivia.

Olivia Wild directed the makeup for all three shows, and she also took the makeup seminar on Saturday as well. Olivia is a well-respected make up artist, who has worked on a countless number of photoshoots, editorials, runways shows. She is also a makeup artistry tutor at Weltec, so she brought her army of promising students, her MUA friends to create the looks for the shows last weekend.


Cam the director behind FITC and WFW with the winner of the grand prize in the raffle competition – congrats!

Fashion in the Capital is a week of in-season, consumer events and shows. While industry events showcase the following season’s collections for buyers and media, consumer events give everyone an opportunity to see what’s on offer in-store right there and then, and to see what’s going to be on trend for the season ahead. Basically if you want to see what your favourite designer’s clothes look like but can’t be bothered trying it on yourself, Fashion in the Capital is the perfect event for you.

More importantly, runway shows give the designer creative scope to display their collection the way they initially envisaged it, so you also get a better perspective of what the designer was thinking in creating the particular collection on show. I can’t say I get much of that from rifling through racks of clothing so it was fun to watch, despite the fact that I’d seen many of the collections previously.


Josie McKeefry – the face of FITC 2013

Recognise this face? Josie is the face of Fashion in the Capital for 2013 – you will have seen her face plastered all over Wellington. I just met her tonight and she’s absolutely lovely.

The opening drinks were relaxed and friendly – exactly what I was after before diving into (another) week’s worth of fashion events.


Author: Chris Park

One half of the Park Brothers. Purveyor of banter, curator of misc. Manage comms for @BuoyandMine. Read More

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