To Joe and Jane Smith Air New Zealand Fashion Week may come across as an over the top, pretentious four days. A time for the socially inept to further scale the Auckland social ladder by dressing in snappy attire and nodding their heads to over-styled, unwearable garments sashaying down the catwalk. And they'd be spot-on. But who are they to judge, it's a damn good time!
Favourites would have to include the (all you can drink) Air NZ lounge. Super friendly hostesses passing around freshly cooked canapés and catering to your every whim... Well almost! (Not that I tried.)
The offsite shows were a highlight. Jaeha and Zambesi get extra props for being two of the best organised and run shows of the week. I'll leave the critiquing of the clothes to my fashion editor but from what I saw it all looked Veeeeery Nice! (Adopt Borat accent for full effect.)
And despite the judgmental ups and downs being dished out during the week, everyone was in high spirits and intermingled like troopers. Magazine editors bonded over their disdain for dangling participles, photographers swapped tips on how to best capture aging socialites, designers attended other designer's shows, and models managed to string together more definitive sentences than ever before.
If one thing can be said about the week it is that it definitely makes the industry closer and stronger and that's a big thumbs up in my book.