New Zealand Fashion Week 2023 has confirmed a star-studded lineup of designers to showcase at this year’s event. Featuring a mix of established names from around Aotearoa, fashion lovers can look forward to a spectacular showcase at the reimagined event taking place at the Viaduct Events Centre from Tuesday, 29th August until Saturday, 2nd September 2023. Kiri Nathan, Kathryn Wilson, Campbell Luke, Juliette Hogan and NOM*d are just some of the iconic designers who have been confirmed to be showing collections on the runway in 2023.
As a whānau owned and operated business, Kiri Nathan’s work connects traditional and contemporary Māori fashion with the world, in a way that reciprocates and respects culture, upholding the values of inclusivity through community and collectiveness with manaaki (care) and tautoko (support) to build success for many. Kiri Nathan is set to open New Zealand Fashion Week 2023 as the first Māori designer to do so. Talking about her participation in New Zealand Fashion Week, Co-Founder Kiri Nathan says, “We are committed to social cohesion and the informed wellbeing of people and planet. Our purpose is for intergenerational benefit. Ka ara ake tētahi, ka ara ake te katoa – one lifts, we all lift.”
Kathryn Wilson, New Zealand’s premiere footwear designer, celebrates 20 years of creating innovative, fashion footwear for her loyal fans. She will return to New Zealand Fashion Week and is excited to celebrate her collections on the Main stage Runway at the Viaduct Events Centre. “New Zealand Fashion Week is considered the pinnacle event for guests who love fashion and want to support local brands, so we’re thrilled to be back again this year bringing our footwear to life with beautiful styling, up-lifting music and diverse models to create memorable experiences for customers.”
Campbell Luke, conceived by Dr. Bobby Luke, will once again be taking to the runway in 2023. Unapologetic about the promotion of Kaupapa Māori led design, Dr. Luke aims to promote a greater understanding of indigenous design culture and to challenge the dominance of Western design paradigms and pedagogy. With his brand Campbell Luke, he traverses practices of moving image and photography, as a means to visually communicate and disseminate his research.
Juliette Hogan, known for striking the perfect balance between luxury and simplicity, creating effortless and elegant collections, will once again take to the runway this year. Each Juliette Hogan collection brings a cohesive and fresh offering of pieces crafted predominantly from natural fabrics in a thoughtful palette of neutral tones balanced with statement signature prints. Juliette Hogan says she is thrilled to be showing at fashion week this year.
Finally, NOMd has created an iconic image on the New Zealand fashion landscape. In every collection, NOMd maintains its credibility as a label unaffected by trends and whims, instead adopting the cool, considered gaze of the fashion outsider. Margi Robertson, Creative Director of NOMd, says, “NOMd has been involved with New Zealand Fashion Week since its inception in one way or another. We believe Fashion Week is an important cultural moment on the calendar.” And so do we!
Fashion Week this year runs from Tuesday, 29th August until Saturday, 2nd September.