Kate Sylvester

A Reflection of NZFW

New Zealand Fashion Week was an experience – from wearable art to high fashion couture looks. I was both backstage volunteering as a dresser as well as balancing my time to attend the most recommended shows. The shows I attended were awe-inspiring, to say the least.

Starting off with kiwi legend Kate Sylvester known for her whimsical silhouettes whilst ending the week with Resene designer runway, the show opened with ‘colour of fashion’ garments designed by NZ Fashion Tech graduates.


The atmosphere of fashion week was both exciting and chaotic in the best of ways. Heading back to the first-ever venue at Aotea Square where, I had to familiarise myself with the new location. I saw a variety of up and coming designers, which had their first debut on the runway including our exclusive September cover girls ParisGeorgia. The must see shows of the week consisted of iconic kiwi fashion houses such as; Zambesi and Stolen Girlfriends Club both shows were off-site and together boasting an unforgettable performance.


Not only does being off-site switch up the aesthetics of fashion week but also nods to the appreciation of Auckland’s heritage. Zambesi brought attention to the well-loved Auckland Central City Library. Their show was directed as a musically satirical set with intermittent ‘elevator music’ whilst models were told to get into character. I witnessed models cruising down the escalators in offwhite and muted-grey argyle prints and others in purple iridescent fabric with a white mesh layer.


Meanwhile, Stolen Girlfriends Club took us to Avondale racecourse where were spoilt with drinks and goodies. They didn’t disappoint by presenting what we know them best for, paying homage to true punk style. Confidently showing their collection in vibrant reds and blacks. Speaking of reds rumours have it that they are releasing a limited edition lipstick with MAC – so keep your eyes peeled.


Thanks to all the NZFW shows I now have a list of new looks I want in my wardrobe moving into the new season.


Overall fashion week was fabulous. I’d recommend to everyone, to not only go to shows but also volunteer next year. I learnt so much, met amazing people and made some unforgettable memories.


Here are a few of my favourite looks from throughout the week…

Words: Freya Reeves  /  Photography: Jeffaloo