If you told me this time last year that change was in the offing, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s been a manic and anxiety-inducing year, and by all accounts, I’ve heard that it’s been a crazy time for a lot of you.
But time doesn’t stall, unless your batteries are completely flat. I’ve been catching up after a touch of more than the winter blues. Now I’m arriving at a state of equilibrium; I like being focused and busy (to the point of being stretched), and to know what’s coming next. Right now I have my sights set firmly on the week ahead.
Yep, it’s that time again… New Zealand Fashion Week is here! Last year I met some great people. The days were long — as were the nights — not because I stayed up partying to the wee small hours, rather, I was in a hotel room trying to write with a head full of images that blurred from one show to the next.
This year I have a different kind of pressure. I’m producing a mini-podcast series with an intensive turn-around. I’ll be racing from shows to interviews, editing and mixing audio and returning to see more shows. I know I’ll miss a few in the process, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do…I know. Life is so hard!
I love designers who can tell a story from the moment the lights go down, to the choice of their opening track and the first model strutting their way down the runway. What awaits them is a dark pit, full of photographers clambering for the money shot. NB: Blue Steel is a real thing!
There is definitely more to life than fash-un, but NZFW is the equivalent of the Arts Festival or the Film Festival coming to town. It invigorates the industry and offers a sneak peek into what’s in store for the year ahead…and we all want to know what the future looks like, right?
Most importantly, it’s a celebration of homegrown talent that many of us are proud to support. And hey, it’s also the one place that you’ll never EVER feel over-dressed, where it’s more than okay to indulge — unashamedly — in all things fashion.
Style File: ASOS WHITE midi dress (version in white) : I’ve worn this dress all winter and I love the balance of the oversized sleeves and heavier textured fabric which gives it form / Kathryn Wilson boots (bought last year). Similar style here with a shorter shaft.