Westfield Style Pasifika Goes To Fashion Week
22 October, 2004
Westfield Style Pasifika
Brings 'Our Place' To Fashion
A rare collection of designers came together for the Westfield Style Pasifika Show on the final day of Air New Zealand Fashion Week. They presented collections that reflect our place in the world.
Paula Coulthard, King Kapisi aka Bill Urale, and Nadine Freundlich all celebrated New Zealand and the Pacific in their own special way.
Paula Coulthard's range, Coulthard Ltd, was inspired by the pioneering spirit of all New Zealand's colonizers both Maori and Pakeha. Her showpiece was an extraordinary carved wooden skirt softened by tulle which celebrates our history as a seafaring nation. This theme was the major influence on the collection.
Her very original garments all have a memory with vintage details and added layers of history and are a mixture of art and fashion. King Kapisi show an energetic collection of streetwear from his Overstayer range and added his music to the mix. He was joined on stage by sports stars including Steve Fergusson (NZ Olympic Kayaker), Isa Nacewa (Auckland Rugby), Ben Atiga (Auckland Rugby) modeling for OverStayer.
Nadine Freundlich used sumptuous fabrics for 05 Cider MacPherson Collection which was a playful anthology conveying the diversity of New Zealand's many cultures. Her opening garment was a stunning mens semi tailored coat with pleats and suit with a twist in Bremner merino tartan.
At the end of the show there was a standing ovation.