Te Koanga Fashion Show 2013
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Friday, September 6, 2013
Te Koanga Fashion Show 2013
A mixture of eight international and up and coming fashion designers, along with 11 fashion design students, will present new collections at this year’s Te Koanga Maori Fashion Show, held as part of the National Waiata Maori Music Awards next week.
The show will be held at the Hawke’s Bay Opera House in Hastings on the evening of September 12, 2013.
Te Koanga means new beginnings and represents the change into the new spring season and the designers are encouraged to embrace the theme.
The show aims to mix Maori fashion with Maori music and there will be a number of guest artists performing between collections.
Designers returning to Te Koanga include Auckland label DOMINIC INTENT, which showed under the Miromoda section of New Zealand Fashion Week today.
Also from Auckland, fashion designer Jeanine Clarkin returns to Te Koanga after a successful show at the Melbourne Spring Festival Collection in Australia this week.
Self-employed Maori fibre artist, Shona Tawhiao, designed costumes for the theatre show, Crossfire, which runs from September 4-7 in Auckland and she now heads to Hawke’s Bay to make her second appearance at Te Koanga Fashion Show.
Wellington designer Louise Stichbury has been working the trade shows leading up to Hawke’s Bay and again will show at Te Koanga after a successful 2012 appearance.
She will stay in the Bay after the show on September 12, to launch her label at Onyx Hair and Beauty in Hastings, on September 14, and the shop will become exclusive stockists of Stichbury Designer Clothing in Hawke’s Bay.
Design house Aroha & Friends, based at the trendy Ahuriri Business Park in Napier, will return to the Te Koanga Fashion Show with a new spring collection under the guidance of founder, Rakai Karaitiana.
Hawke’s Bay designer Wayne Skipworth showed at Te Koanga in 2010 and returns this year with a sportswear collection under his merchandise company, IronMaori.
Skipworth’s wife, Heather, also a designer, is the founder of the popular IronMaori Half Ironman event which is run out of Ahuriri, Hawke’s Bay every year.
International label Pelle d’arte, by Nairana Ormsby, makes its debut at Te Koanga 2012. Ormsby is originally from Hawke’s Bay but now based in Bali, Indonesia.
Her Pelle d’arte label includes luxury leatherwear. It is inspired by Ormsby’s international travel, and has captured a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic in every piece.
Hawke’s Bay designer Tory Tiopira was with the EIT Hawke’s Bay Certificate in Fashion Apparel Year 2 course when he first showed at Te Koanga in 2012. He returns this year to present his first official collection.
This year there will be 11 students from the EIT fashion course showing garments at Te Koanga, under the guidance of designer and tutor, Christine Rhodes.
Guest artists this year include The Rezpect Dance Company, The Morrell Whanau (vocal quartet), Talitha (soloist) and Hamilton duo, Kees.
Te Koanga Fashion Show will be held in the Hawke’s Bay Opera House Assembly Room from 7pm, September 12.