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That’s Right! It’s New Zealand Fashion Week now!

New Zealand Fashion Week has taken their name back and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead as we celebrate 10 years of New Zealand Fashion Week and promise to make this year one to remember.

We would like to thank L’Oreal and Air New Zealand for supporting us over the past nine years as naming rights sponsors of New Zealand Fashion Week, and we now invite you to check out and join our new Facebook Fan page to keep in touch with New Zealand Fashion Week from now on.

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Air New Zealand Fashion Week Opening Night Through The Eyes of Chloe Bartlett

Fashion Week isn’t all about fashion shows and cat walks for some people it can be an experience that you remember for a lifetime. This was the case for New Zealand’s up and coming singer/song writer Chloe Bartlett.  Chloe Bartlett came to our attention earlier in the year and from the moment we, here at the NZFW office heard about her we knew that she had to play at the Air New Zealand Fashion Week Opening Party. Below is Chloe’s account of the event;

“I’ve decided there must be a time when every musician stands back and wonders how their music left entertaining their bedroom walls and ended up some place completely unexpected. For me, that happened this year at Air New Zealand Fashion Week. I’ve been writing/performing music for some time now, playing gigs on cigarette-butt strewn pavements through to guitar shredding/boys-with-long-hair band competitions, but ANFW undoubtedly has been the best event I’ve been apart of to date.

Like all opening night’s, you are intoxicated by the hype and can taste the excitement, the Moet & Chandon was flowing and my band of local boys; Steve Harvie, Nathan Collings and Jarrod Bayly couldn’t help but feel slightly overwhelmed by flashing lights and the All Blacks (I think I was definitely more excited about the All Blacks, but I cannot be sure). Fashion Week has been an absolute highlight in my musical career to date, and I have been pinching myself for months to remind myself that it did actually happen.

So where too now after such a mountain top experience? Well towards the end of this year I am playing a few local gigs with up and coming artists around Auckland city, I also have a summer residency at Stony Ridge vineyard and am playing Parachute Music Festival 2010.

To check out what I’m doing, where I am, please feel free to find me at or”

We recommend that you have a look at Chloe’s website and MySpace pages and check her out on the new Apollo Stage at Parachute Musical Festival 2010 in January if you are heading down that way.

We have received such great feedback about Chloe and her performance at Air New Zealand Fashion Week Opening Party 2009 and wish her all the best for the future.

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Mega Prize Winner

After 300 entries lucky Vicki the winner of the New Zealand Fashion Week Mega Prize pack not only won a bottle of bubbles from Moet and delicious wine from The Ned, but a GHD, goodies from Rationale and L’Oreal, pink Ray Bans from The Sunglass Hut, a Audi sports bag, a Sony walkman, beautiful books from Allen and Unwin, a night at The Quadrant, travel with Air New Zealand, subscriptions to Webbs, Remix Magazine and the New Zealand Herald, taxi vouchers from Alert Taxis as well as a cut, colour and style from Paul Serville at Sevilles!   

That one lucky lady and she is definitely in store for some pampering.

We here at New Zealand Fashion Week would like to thanks all of the companies that helped us create such an amazing Mega Prize and check out their links below, as well as photos of Vicki with all her prizes.


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Smashbox at Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2009

Neisha Henry of Smashbox Cosmetics has sent us this great profile of the company’s work at ANZFW this year:


Whether it’s the creation of products and tools or artistry tips and tricks, Smashbox Cosmetics is always looking at beauty through a new lens. It’s no secret their inspiration comes from their own creative compound known as Smashbox Studios where the world’s top makeup artists, photographers, celebrities, and models meet to shape and inspire future trends. From magazine photo shoots to fashion shows, Smashbox believes their knowledge is your biggest beauty tip and they continue to enhance and revolutionize the industry by sharing the secrets they’ve learned along the way through backstage-tested products that take the heat—on set and in real life. Better still it’s made by brothers Davis and Dean Factor, great-grandsons of cosmetics legend Max Factor.

 This year Smashbox took on Air New Zealand Fashion Week 09 with five shows.Debuting at NOM*D’s show, reinforcing the labels dark and brooding reputation, the Smashbox team created a flawless foundation, teamed with well groomed brows and a brown glossed eye, some clean and soft, others with a random smear of color in the eye area, taking the meaning of wolf to a new level.

For the two GHD New Generation Group shows and a line-up of twelve designers, two new looks were revealed. First, a bold, daring look using both sooty and shimmery shadows, creating a metallic smoky eye with hero product “Smashbox Jet Set Water Proof Eyeliner” applied to water line of eye making the white of the eye sparkle and warm peach blush for perfectly contoured cheeks.

The second look, barely there nude used the new Reign Collection “Monarch” eye palette of soft and shimmering gold’s. Key to the look was liquid liner and false eye lashes to accentuate the eye.

The other key favourite look was with hip fashion label “Stitch Ministry.” The team worked with designer Kylee Davis to come up with a sexy take on the smouldery eye with a variety of red, denim blue or Smokey grey shadows applied heavily in the lid finishing with a black liner across lash line, balanced with a natural and lightly glossed lip.

Neisha Henry, Brand Manager for Smashbox pick of the products are:

  •  Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It keeps makeup looking fresher for longer.
  • Smashbox Brow Tech.  This product is amazing, brow colour on one side and a wax on the other to keep brows perfectly groomed all day long.
  • Smashbox Sheer Focus tinted moisturizer in LUMINOUS. An aluminizing crème that is perfect on any skin color that will leave the skin gleaming and youth full.
  • Smashbox Anti Shine- This is a must have for anybody that suffers from excess shine throughout the day.

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Text and Images courtesy Neisha Henry, Smashbox NZ Brand Manager.

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The Quadrant & NZFW

The Quadrant in Metro Sept 09

The Quadrant in Metro Sept 09


Here are a few snippets of what hot hotel The Quadrant were up to during Fashion week. Adrian Hailwood has designed the new uniforms – which were featured in the Sunday Star Times on 27th September.


They were also featured in Metro magazine in September as one of the hotels to stay at. I can see why – the Penthouse looks amazing. Check it out here .

The Quadrant had fantastic specials for Fashion Week and Weekend attendees. They also have many other great tie-ins with Auckland events.
Adrian Hailwood and The Quadrant uniforms

Adrian Hailwood and The Quadrant uniforms

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ANZFW 09 Designer Selection Playlist

Bionic Pixie in a Serena Fagence costume

Bionic Pixie in a Serena Fagence costume

We have had a few requests for the Designer Selection Show music playlist, so here it is:

Air New Zealand Fashion Week Designer Selection Show playlist 2009
By Matthew Crawley and Sophie Findlay

Toss the Coin – Bionic Pixie
No Time – The Juan Maclean
Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode
Billie ‘Wildcat’ Jean – The Hood Internet/Michael Jackson
Now’s the Only Time I Know – Fever Ray
Dog Days Are Over – Florence + The Machine
Bells – Naked + Famous
Chick Habit – April March
Winter Night – Scott Walker
I Wanna Kill – Crocodiles
Heads Will Roll – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Pop Goes The World – The Gossip
Bonkers – Dizzee Rascal

I have linked to some of the artist’s sites. I am hoping to get a few more playlists from the shows over the week. Help me out if you can!


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