Curves cut even more of a dash

11:31, Sep 24 2009
Sally Anne Moffat
ANIMAL INSTINCT: Sally-Ann Moffat wearing a 'Claire Barker' dress and Max heels.
Trelise Cooper
DOUBLE UP: Trelise Cooper, who was judging the Couture Challenge with Fashion Week's Pieter Stewart, had to race home and change because TVNZ's Michiko Hughes was wearing the same dress.
Sew-off
COUTURE CHALLENGE: At the Deutz 'sew off' between three Auckland designers - Huffer, Stitch Ministry and Sera Lily, and a TVNZ amatuer team. They had two hours to complete a garment inspired by Moet and Scarlett Johansson. The Stitch Ministry team is reflected in a mirror.
Dan Carter
HELPING HAND: Dan Carter pours a glass for his skipper Richie McCaw from a magnum of Moet champagne at a NZ Fashion Week function.
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FITTING APPROACH: Women from Wellington's Basquesse Design, from left, Emily Villiers, Veerle Janssens, Viviana Pannell and Cheryl Brennan, set to fly to Auckland for Fashion Week wearing Liz Foreman hats.
Cybele
VICTORIAN FARE: A model wears an outfit from Cybele's Winter 2010 collection.
Cybele
ORGANIC SHAPES: A model wears an outfit from Cybele's Winter 2010 collection.
Cybele
INKY BLUES: A model wears an outfit from Cybele's Winter 2010 collection.
Cybele
UNSETTLING BEAUTY: A model wears an outfit from Cybele's Winter 2010 collection.
Cybele
FEMININE AND DRAMATIC: A model wears an outfit from Cybele's Winter 2010 collection.
Denise Keller
PULLING POWER: Model and MTV host Denise Keller at the launch party for Air New Zealand Fashion Week.
First ladies of fashion
FIRST LADIES OF FASHION: Sara Tetro from New Zealand's Next Top Model, Honor Dillon, Janetta MacKay and Fashion Quarterly editor Fiona Hawtin at the launch of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Keisha Castle Hughes
TEA PARTY: Keisha Castle Huges at the Sable and Minx show.
Sable and Minx
WATERCOLOUR DREAM: An outfit from the Sable & Minx Winter 2010 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Sable and Minx
LADYLIKE PRINT: An outfit from the Sable & Minx Winter 2010 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Sable and Minx
BELLY-BARING: An outfit from the Sable & Minx Winter 2010 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Sable and Minx
PURE ELEGANCE: An outfit from the Sable & Minx Winter 2010 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Sable and Minx
GRAND FINALE: Outfits from the Sable & Minx Winter 2010 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Juliette Hogan
SCHOOLGIRL CHIC: A model wears an outfit by Juliette Hogan at New Zealand fashion Week 2009.
Juliette Hogan
BOWING TO PRESSURE: An outfit from the Juliette Hogan Winter 2010 collection.
Juliette Hogan
WARM AS TOAST: A model takes to the runway at the Juliette Hogan Winter 2010 show.
PRETTY PICTURE: An outfit from the Twenty Seven Names collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
PRETTY PICTURE: An outfit from the Twenty Seven Names collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Juliette Hogan
LADYLIKE LUXE: A model takes to the runway at the Juliette Hogan Winter 2010 show.
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MILITARY INFLUENCE: An outfit from Twenty-seven names.
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PEACE MAN: An outfit from Twenty-seven names.
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YOKO-INSPIRED: An outfit from Twenty-seven names.
Annah Stretton
GOLDEN TOUCH: Annah Stretton pays tribute to a New Zealand erotica legend in Freda Stark with gold painted models in her New Zealand Fashion Week show.
Annah Stretton
TRIUMPH IN GOLD: Freda Stark inspired design by Annah Stretton, right.
Basquesse
PURE CHIC: Outfits from Basquesse at Air New Zealand Fashion Week.
Basquesse
SLINKY LADY: An outfit from Basquesse at New Zealand Fashion week.
Basquesse
ELEGANT EVENING WEAR: A model wears an outfit from Basquesse at New Zealand Fashion Week.
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BACK IN BLACK: A model displays a creation by Kirrily Johnston during the Little Black Dress show.
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CHECK IT OUT: A model displays a creation by Alice McCall during the Little Black Dress show at Air New Zealand Fashion Week.
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ALL ROUGHED UP: A model displays a creation by Yvonne Bennetti during the Little Black Dress show at Air New Zealand Fashion Week.
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ROUGH NIGHT: A model displays a creation by Yvonne Bennetti during the Little Black Dress show at Air New Zealand Fashion Week.
Zambesi
TAILORED CHIC: An outfit from the 2010 Winter Collection from Zambesi.
Sera Lilly fashion
SHIMMER SHIMMER: A model displays a creation by Sera Lilly.
Sera Lilly fashion
FUR SURE: A model displays a creation by Sera Lilly
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LADY IN RED: A model displays a creation by Sera Lilly.
Nom*D
TURNCOATS: Outfits from the Nom*D Winter 2010 collection.
Nom*D
CHILDHOOD MEMORIES: Outfits from the Nom*D Winter 2010 collection.
Sera Lilly fashion
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS: A model displays a creation by Sera Lilly.
Sera Lilly fashion
RED ALERT: A model displays a creation by Sera Lilly.
Sera Lilly fashion
SEEING SPOTS: A model displays a creation by Sera Lilly.
Zambesi
SHARP TAILORED: Outfits from the Winter 2010 Zambesi collection.
Alexandra Owen
BRIDLE SHOWER: Equestrian aristocracy was the inspiration behind Alexandra Owen's 2010 Winter collection.
Andrea Moore
ORANGE CRUSH: Bright colours added zing to Andrea Moore Winter 2010 collection.
Andrea Moore
GREEN DREAM: A model wears an outfit by Andrea Moore.
Andrea Moore fashion
WRAPPED UP: Cosy wraps and bold prints feature in the Andrea Moore Winter 2010 collection.
Trelise Cooper
FRUITY FASHION: An outfit from the Trelise Cooper show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Trelise Cooper
FLORAL FLAIR: An outfit from the Trelise Cooper show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Trelise Cooper
DEMURE DRESS SENSE: An outfit from the Trelise Cooper show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Carpenters Daughter
CURVES ON CATWALK: Outfits from the 'Let them eat cake' collection from The Carpenter's Daughter.
Carpenters Daughter
PLENTY OF SASS: An outfit from the 'Let them eat cake' collection from The Carpenter's Daughter.
Kate Sylvester
DIAMOND DOGS: A model takes to the runway at the Kate Sylvester Autumn Winter 2010 show.
Kate Sylvester
MODEL SLIP: A model takes to the runway at the Kate Sylvester Autumn Winter 2010 show.
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SLIPPING AROUND: Pamela Anderson narrowly avoids a wardrobe malfunction at her first New Zealand press conference.
Barbara Lee
ALL DRESSED UP: An outfit from the Barbara Lee Winter 2010 collection.
Barbara Lee
HOT IN ORANGE: An outfit from the Barbara Lee Winter 2010 collection.
Starfish
ECO WARRIOR: A model wears an environmentally friendly piece by Starfish at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Starfish
ALL NATURAL: A model wears an environmentally friendly piece by Starfish at New Zealand Fashion Week.
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'STRANGELY EROTIC': Former rugby player Karl Te Nana gives Pamela Anderson a hongi.
Pamela Anderson
FUN-SEEKER: Pamela Anderson at the New Zealand Fashion Week press conference.
Hailwood
CHINA BLUE: A model wears an outfit from the Hailwood 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Hailwood
ELEGANT DESIGNS: A model wears an outfit from the Hailwood 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Stolen Girlfriends club
BRONZED BEAUTY: A model wears an outfit from the Stolen Girlfriends Club 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Stolen Girlfriends club
OUT ON THE RANGE: A model wears an outfit from the Stolen Girlfriends Club 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Stolen Girlfriends club
PRETTY IN PINK: A model wears an outfit from the Stolen Girlfriends Club 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Stolen Girlfriends club
FAIR IN THE ISLE: A model wears an outfit from the Stolen Girlfriends Club 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Stolen Girlfriends club
DREAM CATCHER: A model wears an outfit from the Stolen Girlfriends Club 2010 Winter collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Stitch Ministry
TAKING A BOW: Kylee Davis of Stitch Ministry at the end of her show.
Stitch Ministry
GOOD IN GREY: Part of the Stitch Ministry Winter 2010 collection.
Stitch Ministry
RED IS BEST: Part of the Stitch Ministry Winter 2010 collection.
Hailwood
BLUE SUITS YOU: Sharp tailoring at the Hailwood Winter 2010 show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
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HELPING HAND: Keisha Castle-Hughes takes to the runway with her daughter Felicity-Amore during the Trelise Cooper Kids show at Air New Zealand Fashion Week.
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THREE'S A CROWD: Models display creations during the Trelise Cooper Kids show at Fashion Week.
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CONFIDENT WALK: Models display creations during the Trelise Cooper Kids show at Fashion Week.
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HOW'S THE HAIR? Models display creations during the Trelise Cooper Kids show at Fashion Week.
Michell Yvette
PUTTING ON THE RITZ: A model takes to the runway at the Michelle Yvette show.
Federation
FAME FLASHBACK: An outfit from the Winter 2010 Federation show.
Federation
ROCK AND ROLL: An outfit from the Winter 2010 Federation show.
Federation
IN A BAND: An outfit from the Winter 2010 Federation show.
A*Muse
PARTY TIME: A model takes to the runway at the A*Muse show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
A*Muse
FASHIONABLE FUN: Models hit the runway at the A*Muse show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
A*Muse
PERFECT PAIR: Richie Rich and Pamela Anderson take to the runway at the end of their A*Muse show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Pamela Anderson
COMFY IN HER SKIN: Pamela Anderson at the end of the A*Muse show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Nicky Watson
PULLING POWER: Nicky Watson on the runway at the A*Muse show at New Zealand Fashion Week.

It was size 18, not size zero, on the catwalk at The Carpenter's Daughter show at Air New Zealand Fashion Week.

The Kiwi label, designed for curvy women, made Fashion Week history by featuring larger-sized models. The label's summer collection, entitled "Let them eat cake", was modelled by women sized 18 to 24, and aged 14 to 66.

The label's founder, Caroline Mar, said the average model in the show was size 18 representative of a big number of New Zealand women. Sixty-five per cent of Kiwi women are believed to be size 16 or bigger.

Carpenters Daughter
PLENTY OF STYLE: An outfit from the 'Let them eat cake' collection from The Carpenter's Daughter.

Mar is all for women celebrating their curves and said she wanted to "show normal everyday women that they are also part of fashion because they get left out a little bit".

"There are a lot of big girls out there and usually at Fashion Week you don't see them. Our customers are so hard on themselves and are their own worst critics. My idea is to make them into cheerleaders when they look in the mirror every day."

The atmosphere in the packed-out show, held in the biggest Fashion Week venue, was also different. The usual impassive front-row expressions were replaced with smiles.

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Wellington actress Geraldine Brophy, a front-row guest and the label's official ambassador, clapped and cheered enthusiastically throughout. "I thought it was splendid and a celebration of beauty and I think that is what fashion is all about," she said.

Auckland great-grandmother Rae Trewartha, 66, was the show's oldest model, and said she was passionate about fashion.

Size zero is a United States measurement, equivalent to a size 6 in New Zealand.

When goody bags go bad:

They might be using plus-size models on the runway but the Fashion Week goody bags have gone size zero.

Instead of the usual hair products, makeup, scarves, T-shirts, costume jewellery, chocolate, water and skincare, the freebies this year have included chewing gum, a bite-size piece of chocolate, belgium biscuits, teabags, second-hand books, a tea towel, a packet of 14 hair pins and an apple. In place of full-size designer cosmetics, guests have received 10ml pots of Nivea cream and mini pots of lip gloss.

Many designers including Zambesi, Nom*D and Alexandra Owen have dispensed with goody bags entirely.

"New sponsors have been very hard to come by this year. We had a lot of noes before we got some yes," said Francesca Bowden, the Auckland PR assistant of fashion agent Process. "Sponsors now want more for their money. In the past they've been happy to give us the money and have their logo on the invitation and press release. Now they want to spend less for more benefits."

Good Morning's Sally-ann Moffat said: "The plus side is that we don't have to lug around heavy bags."

Carolyn Enting's Diary: Be-twext and Be-tweet:

WHAT'S HOT: The collaboration between Wellington labels Andrea Moore and Silverdale. "It was like Vivienne Westwood but not as crazy," Alexey Oleshov, creative director of Moscow boutique Cara & Co, said after the show.

WHAT'S NOT: Tweeting and texting in the front row during a show. "I want someone to get a bucket, go along the front row and collect up all the BlackBerrys," Auckland Canvas fashion editor Alice Rycroft said. "It's just rude."

QUOTES OF THE DAY

Linlee Allen, V Magazine and writer for Style.Com, commenting on VIP Air New Zealand lounge manager Vicki Bretherton: "I love that woman, she is so nice. She is just so helpful and wants nothing in return. Africa needs her. I walked in and she said, `Linlee, would you like a glass of Champagne?"'

Petra Bagust, who has attended nine shows this week, wearing clothes from designers Alexandra Owen, Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester and Helen Cherry: "I'm a friend of New Zealand designers or a designer whore, depending on how you look at it, but I like to think of myself a friend."

WHISPER: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is tipped to be the front-row guest at Adrian Hailwood's show. Not only that, but she will be wearing his clothes, and it's believed the Lower Hutt-born designer's show is the only one she has agreed to attend.

CELEBRITY FRONT ROW: Keisha Castle-Hughes (Sera Lily, Trelise Cooper); Petra Bagust (Nom*D and Sera Lily); Josh Kronfeld (Nom*D); Jaquie Brown (Nom*D and Kate Sylvester); Geraldine Brophy (The Carpenter's Daughter); Outrageous Fortune's Antonia Prebble and Robyn Malcolm, Marcus Lush and Honor Dillon (Kate Sylvester); Habitat for Humanity "Nail It With Love" Fashion Week house build Kate Hawkesby, Greer Robson, Liz Mitchell and Kerre Woodham; Bagust, Dillon, Castle-Hughes, Hawkesby, Woodham, Denise Keller and Miriama Smith (Trelise Cooper).

BEST GOODY BAG: Trelise Cooper show Black cameo necklace, sample of her new perfume called Trelise, jandals from Telecom XT, Whittaker's Peanut Slab, can of Stella Artois beer, sample size of L'Oreal Tec hair product for curly hair, bottle of water, little pot of La Mer moisturising cream and Karajoz coffee.

ON THE CATWALK TODAY: MiroModa Awards showcase, including Wiremu Barriball of Porirua and Tutina Pasene of Otaki, Starfish, Barbara Lee, Mild Red, United Constructions, New Generation Group show, Adrian Hailwood and Stolen Girlfriends Club.

WHO'S SHOWING TOMORROW: Stitch Ministry, Michelle Yvette, Trelise Cooper Kids, Federation, A*Muse by Richie Rich featuring Pamela Anderson, Karen Walker and Huffer.

 

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