NZFW-- a breakdown.
In the four years I have worked as a Makeup Artist, my schedule has never lined up with the (arguably) most exciting event of the NZ Fashion Calendar, New Zealand Fashion Week.
This year for the first time I was very fortunate to be up in the big smoke to attend a few shows and tune into some of the upcoming season’s hottest looks.. for your face & your bod.
I thought I’d do a quick breakdown of the main shows I attended this year, as well as any other tiddly bits I’d love for you to know.
*all runway imagery credit to Getty Images, unless stated otherwise
WEAR : MAGGIE MARILYN
Easily my pick of the shows from the week, I was very fortunate to be hosted by L’Oreal Professionnel at the MMSS20 showcase. A first for Maggie and her team, the show was held at Glasshouse in Morningside, arguably one of the most beautiful locations in Auckland. Set in a backyard heaven, the atmosphere was dotted with fresh fruit and flowers, hand picked daisies on ready lawn and washing drying in the sun. Hair and makeup was paired back to allow both soft silhouettes and structured key pieces to shine. But fashion aside, I was the most warmed by Maggie opening words which touched on our current sustainability landscape, how our planet is fighting for survival and why her brands footprint is so important to her. Goosebumps were evident throughout.
BEAUTY : DIFFUSED
The hair team for Maggie Marilyn deserves a honourable mention. With Zoe Clark for L’Oreal Professionnel leading the charge, all models walked with their natural beauty shining through. Diffused curls, lots of movement and a soft shine let the clothes do the work.
WEAR : JOCKEY
A HOOT. Jockey brought the fun as expected. Between a Japan inspired set, a mid way drumming spectacle and brief adorned professional rugby players, we had a bloody good time. The show was Tokyo themed in preparation for the RWC which shone through from the invites all the way to the closing time confetti canons for that final promo shot.
BEAUTY : CHEEKY
One of the most striking parts of the Jockey show had to be the gorgeous cheek work on the casted models. A coral shade was washed from the apples right up to the temples, catching the light on the edge of the runway and bringing a well loved trend back to the light that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine.
BEAUTY : SAVIOURS
After 3 huge, long, tiring and very intense days I have a few products I’d love to thank for getting me through it all. On complexion, the L’Oreal More Than Concealer provides much needed coverage but worked its wonders in the longevity department for a whopping 12+ hours each day. It’s also a perfect handbag touch up. Another noteable mention is Evo’s Haze. A favourite of mine for years now, I drop a pinch of this into the roots of my hair to give it grip and volume— perfect for a pre-photo fix.
EAT : COTTO
Among all the madness, I found some time to celebrate a beautiful friend and we dined at Cotto on K Road, which was just DELISH. The dishes were on the smaller side and if I was to visit again I would recommend sharing a few, but the Pork Belly & Fermented Fries come highly recommended from this gal. The remainder of the party (hyperbole but pretty much) all ordered the ‘Dumplings’ and couldn’t rave higher.
WEAR : STIRLING WOMEN X DESIGNER WARDROBE
I was very kindly dressed by the wonderful teams at both of these NZ based brands, pairing DW’s Realisation Par with a pair of trusty Adidas from SW. The sneaks quickly became a saviour after a day in heels and I haven’t taken them off since.
WEAR : WITCHERY
If I had to pick a favourite outfit, this would be it. A fan of blazers for a long time, I squealed a little finding this silky blush gem and the skirt was a happy accident that I loved (in fact the whole outfit was, with the hair being a perfectly imperfect shower bun).
WEAR : STOLEN GIRLFRIENDS CLUB
To end a few days of excitement I was stoked to be front row at SGC, who really did put on a show. The venue was outside which got me a tad worried, but between a fire fuelled runway, blunt umbrellas and a late rain shower that conveniently missed all of the guests, I am very glad I went. Three things I would do again- order the Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum & Tropical Red Bull combo, make friends with two of the best lads in the fashion biz, and take inspiration from the high high waisted denim greatness.
BEAUTY : ORANGE RED
After attending SGC I took my inspiration cue and rocked a orange red for my last day at Aotea Square. If you’re finding it difficult to branch out into these brighter shades (fear not summer is coming) then use your finger to blur the edges, or a darker lip liner to define the shape. I’m wearing L’Oreal Signature Rouge in I DON’T.
To sum it up, I am still tired. It was a hoot and a half and I 10/10 would do it again (and will).
Till next year x