30 Jul New Zealand Eco Fashion Exposed
Photography wise, the event was a challenge; very low light, no flash, high ISO and moving subjects. This is usually a recipe for lots of blurry images and a lack of sharpness. I was shooting with 2 cameras (sometimes at the same time), but I am really happy with the results. The biggest pat on the back for me, is being asked to come back next year!:)
It was such a perfect event for me to be photographing, mixing my previous role (4 years ago) as Resource Exchange Coordinator, where I was helping businesses and members of the community recycle and look at alternative ways to re-use and reduce waste in the Waitaki District.
The event was founded by Denise Anglesey to provide a platform for designers who produce Ethical, Ecological and Up Cycled Fashion. This type of fashion is becoming more and more popular; as people start to understand the strain the clothing industry can take on the environment! Collections on show ranged from Casual Street wear through to high-end fashion pieces and models from Panache Modeling Agency presented the garments, with style and personality. Plush Studio used SANTE Naturkosmetik make up the models to create a fresh and natural look. The event was super inspiring for me, meeting loads of new people and viewing some creative design talent from New Zealand and Australia. Designers works included;
- Director of NZ Eco Fashion Denise H
- Stansborough Ltd, better known for their work in costuming for blockbuster movies “Lord of the Rings”, “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and “The Hobbit” presented its own very first in house collection
- Dunedin locals Melanie Child & Senorita AweSUMO.
- Wellington Designers, Dane Dagger, Tishrei Designs & HIX each presenting the audience with their amazing local talent.
- Hand Sewn by David Roil celebrating the muscular male silhouette
- New and simplistic designers by Amelia Boland
- Mushama & Me unique raincosts with one-off vintage prints.
- Waikato based Merino Basewear
- Bea Lorimer of Heke Designs manufactured on Waiheke Island.
- Perth based designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy who has recently featured in a string of international fashion weeks and is about to showcase in World Fashion Week in Paris September 14.
- Julia Mclearon from the UK with her unusual luxurious silk scarves & By Stamo also from the UK.
- Ron Tekawa teamed up with The Hutt Valley Dance Class with his cultural & super artistic designs.
- The Underclass Merchant with gritty attitude.
- Lilyrose up cycled gorgeous children’s wear, a local from Lower Hutt and Earthlink apparel suppoting others to recoginse the importance of a triple bottom line – environmental, social and financial.
- Juli Hunter vintage and retro creations with a unique look
- Deranged Fashions unique hand sewn re-cycled cocktail dresses.
- RAD – Round Again Designs, incorporating crochet & reuse fabrics
- Piccadilly shoes with their environmentally shoes complementing, Kila’s Style showcasing outfits using only recycled clothing.
Watch this space for some collaborative projects with a few of the Designers in the future!! (Yes, pretty excited about that!! Bursting actually!!)