By HAZEL REID.

The 16th New Zealand Fashion Week has kicked into Day Four of back-to-back shows with national and international designers taking to the runway!

Day Four saw showcases from Carena West, Miromoda, NZFW Graduates and Malaysian Initiative. TEARAWAY was there to capture all the action…

Carena West
This was one of my favourite shows last year, and this Kiwi designer didn’t disappoint with this year’s collection. Carena’s swimwear for the upcoming summer season has epic prints that will have you strutting to the beach in style this summer! The finale piece was a polka dot burkini – there was definitely something for ladies everywhere.

NZFW Graduates Show
NZ Fashion Week have teamed up with Brother to present a brand-new show on the calendar; an opportunity for up-and-coming designers to showcase their talents.

The special show began with the presentation of the Brother Design Star awards, which involved students aged from 12 to 20. The Supreme winner, Sophie Parsons, was crowned on the day for her creative outfit.

Following on, recent graduates from Massey University, Otago Polytechnic and Fashion Tech took to the runway to showcase eight of their designs.

Grace Redgrave had her menswear Soap Box Derby range on display, while fellow Massey University graduate Megan Stewart jumped out of the box with her designs, inspired by modern television – the colours and textiles really popped on the runway. Joining the Massey clan, Sarah Parker had her bright ideas come to life in the Adorned in Fantasy collection.

Em & Cait from Fashion Tech created a line of ready-to-wear pieces that were versatile for any occasion, including their silk tops and pants. Not for You is a range from Wellington for the men in your life – from ‘bulletproof’ vests to big hooded capes and long coats, this was a great collection. Also a Fashion Tech graduate, Venin had elegant pieces all featuring a draped scarf in his outfits.

Otago Polytechnic’s Ariane Bray showcased with a range of menswear and womenswear, all featuring a distinctive belt to give the clothes that extra special touch. Winifred by Kenya Quin had a great variety of dresses and made embroidery look awesome! Wrapping up the show, JPalm brought her dark-coloured outfits to life – the collection is inspired by involvement in the punk culture.

Miromoda
The Indigenous Māori Fashion Board’s successful annual competition of the Miromoda Fashion Design Awards brought together 11 talented designers to showcase at this year’s show.

Reremoana Sheridan’s Life Blood featured statement colours and unique weave hats, while Keri and Brooke Wanoa’s Legacy from their label Wanoa Four showcased how full-black outfits really work!

Alana Cooper’s Whatu had a brilliant tassel piece. Tauranga designer Glen Maclachlan showed his Autumn/Winter 2017 line – Vicious By Style 101. Tihi King’s Beauty Behind the Pain captured the audience with an eccentric headpiece and beautiful patterns.

Queensland-based Kylie Mangan’s Down to the Wire had bright patterns and Anastasia & Leilani Rickard’s Science Nature had co-ordinating accessories that captured the unique flax-inspired collection.

Pania Greenaway’s Alpine Stress took denim to the next level, while Nicola Mackintosh’s Form of Symplicity outfits were simple yet effective and ready-to-wear. Len Houkamau’s Te Tai Tamawahine was inspired by waterfalls and the ocean because of its ‘irregularity’. The diversity in the designs were stunning and would have anyone turning their heads!

The guest designer, Sonya Elspeth Withers, debuted for the first time at NZFW with her menswear collection Harford ft. Sewithers – the Wellington talent wanted to provoke traditional suits, and she sure did that!

Malaysian Initiative
Through the exchange program with Fashion Diplomacy International, four Malaysian designers showcased at NZFW.

Pearly Wong created dresses in pastel colours, while Kittie Yiyi’s collection had an ‘Under the Sea’ theme with frills and even a Disney soundtrack.

Ardana Haran put together bold colours and headpieces that held everything together nicely. Fairuz Ramdan was last up on the catwalk and his menswear line was all about the white, as well as a gas mask as an accessory… (not so sure about that!)

Kittie Yiyi with two of her models

Kittie Yiyi with two of her models

That’s Day Four of New Zealand Fashion Week done and dusted, I can’t wait to share the rest of the week here at TEARAWAY Magazine with all of my fellow fashionistas!

Have you checked out our coverage of NZFW Day Two and Day Three?

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