- The 19th annual New Zealand Fashion Week is back and better than ever, with a packed schedule of 54 events occurring between Monday 26th August – Sunday 1st September.
- NZFW has relaunched in 2019 with a renewed focus on diversity, inclusivity and business success.
- The event is going back to its original venue in the heart of Auckland at the Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square precinct.
New Zealand’s most fashionable week is upon us, with the annual New Zealand Fashion Week kicking off on Monday 26th August and this year it’s expected to break constraints around prevalent social issues.
The international event has unveiled three new themes for 2019:
- Sustainability: NZ Fashion Week is encouraging the industry to commit to ethical design and manufacturing standards – and will launch its first Sustainability Seminar. On Friday, August 30th the Ministry of Social Development will host its Socially Sustainable Business conversation, with a best-in-class panel including Kate Sylvester and designer Emily Miller-Sharma.
- Inclusivity: NZ Fashion Week is encouraging the fashion industry to adhere to the highest level of inclusivity and has recruited 100 disabled volunteers, unveiled a commitment to diverse modeling policies and will stage its first diversity seminar. It will also hold the world’s first fashion show for people with intellectual disabilities on Saturday, August 31st, with a Dance for Abilities shows at the Auckland Town Hall.
- Business Success: NZ Fashion Week has created an environment that allows local designers to shine on the global stage. With over 100 designers set to partake throughout the duration of the event, international buyers like David Jones arriving, and celebrities such as Natalie Suarez, Dylana Suarez and Kaitlyn Ham gracing New Zealand’s shores – the event promises to be bigger than ever.
Dame Pieter Stewart, NZFW founder, and managing director, commented: “I am so proud of this year’s event and there is a wave of renewed energy at New Zealand Fashion Week. It’s exciting for the event to be doing some many ‘firsts’ in 2019. When you live in geographic isolation you develop a unique perspective and style to match. This attitude is demonstrated in bucket loads here in New Zealand; our world-class designers are set to make their respective international marks at New Zealand fashion Week 2019.”
Iconic brand Kate Sylvester will open the event, a favorite nationwide Kate’s distinctive sentimental designs will be the first to walk on the Runway Stage of Aotea Square.
Sustainable luxury brand Maggie Marilyn will debut its first-ever runway show globally. Nodded as a leader in the sustainable fashion conversation, designer Maggie Hewitt is a firm believer that fashion is circular, regenerative and inclusive.
Paris Georgia is the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer for 2019. Paris Georgia, known for its contemporary and creative aesthetic, is set to be a showstopper.
Contemporary collective brands Havilah and Starving Artists Fund are ones-to-watch, both up-and-coming brands have an idiosyncratic flare that is fresh, exciting and forward-thinking.
And finally, fashion heavyweight Zambesi is marking 40 years of magic with two must-see shows at NZFW. Zambesi’s winter collection will be displayed offsite on the Thursday 29th August and a retrospective show at Auckland Town Hall on August 30th will present four decades of Zambesi favorites pulled straight from the archives.
This year at New Zealand Fashion Week you can clear your wardrobe and your conscience by donating clothing and accessories to Dress for Success Auckland. For 20 years DFSA has evidenced sustainability in action by giving donated items to women in need and empowering them towards employment and self-sufficiency.
New Zealand Fashion Week runs from Monday, August 26th until the close of Fashion Weekend on Sunday, September 1st with select shows across the weekend available for the public to purchase. See iTICKET for details.