Ardern models Island's styles

GEORGE GARDNER
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2012
Jacinda Ardern
Lenka Tengblad
MERINO MOMENT: Jacinda Ardern takes a break from the beehive to model the latest merino collection by Avoca at Island Styles 2012 at The Dunes.
Eileen Evans and Nacho
ELEGANT ENTRANCE: Eileen Evans, wearing Elizabeth Skelton, dances up the catwalk with ‘‘Nacho’’.

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Jacinda Ardern didn't have to ''Zip it, sweetie'' to put on her merino outfit.

The 32-year-old MP took a break from the Beehive to strut her stuff at the Island Styles 2012 fashion event at The Dunes in Onetangi.

Just the day before in Wellington, ructions had broken out when Social Development Minister Paula Bennett directed the ''Zip it, sweetie'' quip at Ms Ardern after an interjection by the Labour MP over youth issues.

But that wasn't bothering Ms Ardern on Friday night as she slinked up and down the runway, modelling two merino collections by Avoca and some We'ar Yoga Clothing designs ahead of its shop opening in Oneroa village this week.

Ms Ardern was delighted to take part in the event after she was approached by organiser Lou Mills to ''support Waiheke designers''. She was also glad to be modelling merino.

''It's a cold night - I've got my Ugg boots on!''

Island Styles 2012 featured a number of established and up-and-coming Waiheke designers' collections as well as a trade fair.

It also attracted other politicians, with former Waiheke Community Board member Eileen Evans was whisked up the runway by dancer Juan Ignacio Gonzalez, known to his friends as Nacho.

Ms Evans represents the ''over 70s'' but says age is irrelevant as long as energy and attitude are there.

''To me, strong co-ordinated colour and good line is important, and these clever Waiheke designers had all of that. All age groups should be represented and our talented organiser Lou Mills was aware of that. I enjoyed working with everyone.''

Ms Mills was stoked with the turnout to her second show and says it will become an annual event on the island.

''We also want to show off our designers to a wider audience and would love to take the show to The Cloud.

''Many thanks to everyone for a truly innovative night - we blew everyone away,'' she says.

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