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Miromoda is a showcase to display upcoming Māori fashion design and show the talent of the young people of this nation. Since it’s debut in 2009 Miromoda has become a highly regarded show at New Zealand Fashion Week, acting as a display of local talent with a real family vibe.MIRO is the technical term used in traditional Māori weaving for twining fibres.
MODA is Italian for fashion.For the hair, stylists worked to create two pony tails pushed back off the face. Originally their design was sleek and gelled back, but instead they went for chic, lighter look which softened the model’s faces.Talking to Aries from Pink Lady, she discussed the need for the makeup to compliment the designers clothes without drawing attention away from the collections- as well as creating a look that fitted the Miromoda feel. She described the look as one of natural beauty, being very reflective and dewey while representing joyness. This was achieve with very neutral colours and a slight enhancement of the lip. To recreate this look you should pop into a Pink Lady store, there are 11 nationwide and the team is very friendly!
It’s Mitchell Vincent’s third time at New Zealand Fashion Week and yet he’s still feeling those pre-show nerves. This year he is showing garments focused on his consumers, featuring customer favourites in a classic black and white palette. The collection is titled MVPM, relating to his concept of taking day garments and transferring those special pieces into night outfits. His models will also be wearing some of Thieves & Co beautiful jewellery, created by Grace Hodge.
Kylie Mangan is also putting her own spin on a black and white palette, inspired by her mixed heritage growing up in a Pakeha and Maori family. Kylie’s pieces are the sort of clothes you want to put on, feeling comfortable and welcoming. A standout are also her amazing acrylic, transparent, laser cut tote bags, including totally legit draw to stick your makeup in.
Steve Hall told of the influences in his collection, Abandon Man, being that of ninja and samurai, using Japanese style blended with his androgynous, gender fluid street-style look he has created a collection with lots of pleats and texture.
Dmonic Intent by Kristin Leitch, Maxine and Samara Wooldridge and Joe Walker, reflecting on their show earlier in the week have restyled their favourite looks to show the versatility of their products. They believe in people having the ability to pick-and-choose how to wear their clothes, being able to “wear it your way” and Habit is a great collection to show this.
Hori and Mimi is the collaboration created by Hohepa Thompson and Mia Brennan, The Hangi Collection has an interesting story. Hohepa tells of the process of creation where the fabric was used to cook food in a Hangi, when they dug it up the resulting patterns on the fabric were cut up to create the collection. Hohepa may have also proposed on the runway.
Aj Bradley told us she was feeling kind of sick before the show, poor thing. Her collection, The Hungry Years reflects her interest in DIY. She loves deconstruction and clothes which are hand made- no machinework. The sheep skin vest in her collection is completely hand-made. The fusion of nature in her collection really sets the tone for her work.
Bobby Luke’s label Campbell Luke showed a collection which was nostalgic and beautifully tailored. Bespoke Memeories of a Pā kid reflects identity politics and matauranga-a pathway to knowledge, showing this through clean lines and neutral tones.
AHO by Kristy Bedi, designer of Aho Manawa really created a beautiful collection. Drawing on kōwhaiwhai- the intricate and elegant designs which embellish the wharenui. Each piece is hand dyed and incorporates bold colour, my favourite being a brilliant red.
Aaliyah Jobe of SYRE says even though it’s her first time showing at Miromoda she is feeling relaxed after her show on Tuesday. She discussed being excited to show with so many amazing designers.
Hiako by Tasmyn Roach, designer of brand Hiako, created a sportswear collection which reflects her previous experience of being in the Miromoda showcase. She discussed her Māori/Pakeha heritage and how this shows in her designs- mixing Māori print and contemporary print.
Adjust 2.0 as a collection represents Jordaine Brogan’s journey. Her first collection, Adjust 2.0 shows Jordaine’s personality with a reflection of the Christchurch earthquake. The clothes being comfortable and minimal- it’ something I’d wear.
Darlene Gore’s A/W 2016 collection reflects the climate and setting of the south island. You can really feel this through the colours, fabrics and delicate tailoring used. The collection collects a vision of the south island but also builds off this idea to create something cohesive and wearable.
M V P M by Mitchell Vincent fuses international influence and national culture. Bringing together key looks from streetwear and combining this with the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand to create a natural balance.
Shona Tawhiao’s collection Battle Cry was super unique and turned heads. Using modern material and native flat, Harakeke. Having showed in Paris, London and Melbourne Shona says Miromoda is a very different feel from overseas but really is something special.