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New Zealand Fashion Festival day one of five | Wed 29 Feb 12

by Bianca Fallon, Auckland
Walking through the iron gates of Shed 10 on Auckland viaduct the venue looks great with two bars and a long Orly nail stand with thier custom blended fashion shades presented by Magic Tan and Beauty and our favorite Verdo Nails in Parnell, you can get your talons perfected for $15:00 and recieve a free Orly mani mini worth $12:00.
 
TRESsemme is also on hand to rescue your afternoon mop of hair by delivering an eight strong hair styling team lead by Chetan Mongia, with a free style station where their professional stylists will make your hair runway ready in ten minutes, yay! TRESsemme are also presenting a masterclass this Thursday at 7:00pm for only $25:00 and a travel sized sample to take away with you, it is a bargain.
 
The makeup is provided by Mac cosmetics and they have three seminars for the public with their first tonight, tickets are $60:00 with $50:00 redeemable on Mac products.  
 
1. Femme to Feline: February the 28th at 7:00pm, presented by Ocea Ferber, Mac trainer Australia.
2. On Trend: February the 29th at 5:30pm. presented by Ocea Ferber
3. Back to Basics: March the 3rd at 10:00am, presented by Kiri O'Brien Mac NZ trainer 
 
C4 is filming highlights of the festival all week and there is lots of comfy seating for you and your crew to sit back and have a Perrier water, Peroni beer, Cloudy Bay wine or Old Mount Cider and people watch.
 
The shows begin each evening at 8:30pm and the hustle for seating this time has was done with decorum, hair and makeup was not a stand out for the evenings show and I look forward to the loos for the rest of the week. The sound was very clear and the lighting was good. Our models were delicious with one silver haired male model a total stand out, he actually said hi to me on the way in and I didn't think much of it but when I saw him on stage his presence really popped.


Back to the garments, COOP was the winner on the night for me, showing a cropped egg shell blue leather jacket that was such a unique colour against all of the black, white, tan and navy that was previous on the runway. More colour in shades of a fuchsia cocktail dress and purple hot pants with a lace trim, wet look biker pants which made me giggle out loud and sheer dresses with lace cut outs with about 10 models strutting down the runway.
Skull and Bones delivered stove pipe pants, printed T-shirts, beanies and scarfs, hoodies and varsity jackets with their logo on them and a love theme.
 
Salasai also took on a little punk theme with Doc Martin boots, knee high length stockings, blue and red tartan floor length dresses and pinafores with little white lace collars, with baggy crotches & ling T-shirts for the gentlemen.
 
The other designers showing were
Moochi
We'ar with the best branding I have seen in a while.
Blakluxe
Neverblack
Starfish
Espirit
Storm
 
Each designer made and appearance at the end of their show and the crowd had a good vantage point with seating six rows deep and in four large sections it was a full house, lucky the catwalk was a metre off the concrete floor.
 
I think that the venue is easier this year and the way that it has been produced is similar to a mini mini Fashion Week and I am looking forward to tomorrows seminar and show.
After each show a different inner city bar is hosting an after party with your ticket redeemable for a free drink and the clothes are available in store now with discounts of $40:00 off, or 20% off, or a gift with purchase on a huge range of labels, so with those kinds of perks the tickets practically pay for themselves!
 
It wouldn't be fashion without a good wrap party and the official wrap party will this year be hosted by The Nathan Club in Galway St, Britomart from 8:00pm till late this Saturday March the 3rd and tickets are only 420:00 from www.iticket.co.nz or you can go to www.nzfashionfestival.com for more information.
 
 
See you at the shows Snapstar fans.
 
Bianca dressed by www.nkd.co.nz and Ketz-ke
Bianca's hair and makeup by Media Makeup
 
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