Unless you've been hiding under a rock the last week, You'll have heard the incredible news - which means the NZ Fashion community FINALLY have something tangible to sink their teeth into regarding the return of NZFW: It's back baby!
Thank GOODNESS! With all the hardship our little country has gone through the last few years, it's wonderful to have something to look forward to - and bring several communities together.
On a much lighter note, let's take a look at the very first big designer announcement:
Alongside fashion icon Kate Sylvester, who has already committed to participating in New Zealand Fashion Week this year, Kiri Nathan, Kathryn Wilson, Campbell Luke, Juliette Hogan and NOM*d are also confirmed to be showing collections on the runway in 2023.
“The Kiri Nathan collection for New Zealand Fashion Week 2023 is based on the haerenga of fashion for Māori, from kākahu muka through to today and a look into the future. It's an honour to be the first Māori designer to open NZ Fashion Week and we’ll be showing our respect to the Māori makers and weavers of kākahu and clothing based on environmental impacts.”
Kathryn Wilson says, “New Zealand Fashion Week is considered the pinnacle event for guests who love fashion and want to support local brands, so we’re thrilled to be back again this year bringing our footwear to life with beautiful styling, up-lifting music and diverse models to create memorable experiences for customers.”
Campbell Luke, conceived by Dr. Bobby Luke (Ngati Ruanui, Taranaki) will once again be taking to the runway in 2023. Unapologetic about the promotion of Kaupapa Māori led design, Dr Luke aims to promote a greater understanding of indigenous design culture, and to challenge the dominance of Western design paradigms and pedagogy. With his brand Campbell Luke, he traverses practices of moving image and photography, as a means to visually communicate and disseminate his research.
Dr Luke says, “New Zealand Fashion Week has become both nostalgic and opportunistic. Fashion Week has enabled designers a platform to showcase their work. Particularly, being able to share what is important to me and the narratives presented through a presentation of Collections.”
Juliette Hogan is known for striking the perfect balance between luxury and simplicity, creating effortless and elegant collections that demonstrate an intelligent understanding of colour and texture and will once again take to the runway this year.
Juliette Hogan says she is thrilled to be showing at fashion week this year. “I really appreciate the way a show pushes me and my team to be more creative, and it is so rewarding when all the hard work comes together with the energy and magic that only a show can really achieve.
“New Zealand Fashion Week has definitely played an important part in the Juliette Hogan story, and we are excited to be showcasing a summer collection at Fashion Week for the first time.”
Tickets for the 2023 event will be on sale from early July 2023. For more information, please visit www.nzfashionweek.com.
Pictured: Juliette Hogan.
Pictured: Kiri Nathan.
Pictured: Campbell Luke.
Pictured: Kathryn Wilson.