From March 29th until April 1st this event pulls together a schedule of exciting live performances, runway shows, installations and events that bring fashion to the streets. There are over 25 events on the full calendar for the four days with the precincts of Britomart, High Street, Queen Street and Wynyard Quarter all taking part in the fashionable fun. I have narrowed down my top picks below:
If your into fashion photography then you won’t want to miss Hyperreal, presented by the AIPA, an exhibition of contemporary fashion photography and film featuring the brilliant work of over a dozen of New Zealand’s leading fashion photographers. Accompanying the exhibition there will be live fashion shoots on Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April with visitors able to see top photographers creating editorial fashion spreads using the latest Sony cameras and Profoto lighting equipment. The exhibition is open between 10am and 6pm on weekdays and 9am and 6pm on weekends from 29th March – 1st April.
The New Zealand Fashion Museum’s Walk the Walk features guided walking tours of the central city detailing its fashion history and a live runway show on Elliot Street on April 1st at 1.00pm and 2.00pm.
The next event is aimed at men (which hardly any fashion events are) with RJB Design hosting an evening of whiskey and cigars while they present their new collection and offer grooming tips for the man who is keen to look more dapper.
Thursday night will see Zambesi, Kate Sylvester and WORLD take to the runway on Tyler St under a marquee for what will be an fabulous group show.
On Friday Huffer will be offering an in-store ‘Winter Warm Up’ with drink, food, and a showing of their latest collection. Later on Friday, Trelise Cooper will present a grand scale, open air show across Takutai Square which will no doubt be a show-stopper.
On Saturday taylor will feature an imaginative installation that presents a clever behind-the-scenes approach to fashion with their special show on three times throughout the day. Fabric will also be presenting a wonderful vintage market with curator Simon Miller offering specialty Japanese denim pieces and other one-off finds for display with many also available for sale.
If you love fashion and fancy a day or night with a girlfriend in the city, then I would definitely recommend attending one of the Fashion Sessions.