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New Zealand Fashion Week’s grand opening


September 21, 2009/21.51

The opening celebration was held at the New Zealand Fashion Week sheds at the Viaduct in Auckland. Moët and Ned wines were the sponsors of drink, though only Moët seemed to be drunk—it flowed like a river, poured over-excitedly by untrained waiters. Needless to say there were a few Moët-drenched Jimmy Choos about.
   Speaking of shoes, one could have had a great time that night staring only at the floor—the shoes were fabulous and fiercely competitive. And the snobbery rivalled the shoes, with the Auckland “it” crowd residing in one corner of the room only. Woe betide anyone who overstepped their line without the latest SGC piece on.

   The best piece of the night, and possibly the entire week was seeing this LV leather link necklace in the flesh. After dribbling over images of it on the runway for so long I was quite star-struck to meet it in the flesh. I just wish I could have shook its hand.

   Congratulations to Rachel and Anjali of Twenty-Seven Names who won the big prize for their Runway to Runway Air New Zealand Entry. The squeal of surprised delight from behind us when they won was immense—what a well-deserved win from the hardest-working girls in fashion.

   Speaking of Twenty-Seven Names, I met the famed Rumi of Fashion Toast blog who has been brought over from America to attend NZFW this year. She raves about their collection and tells me she is already wearing their pieces. This can only mean good things for New Zealand fashion. The fact that she is already a big fan of Stolen Girlfriends tells us we are on the right track, as anything that girl wears becomes the next big thing—make way for New Zealand designer world domination.

   And who can forget the lovely Keisha Castle-Hughes, spotted at Process showing off Lonely Hearts’ video installation. I have one thing to say about their upcoming winter collection: must buy. Who ever thought of pastels, blues and yellows for winter? Genius.—Bronwyn Williams

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