Elle Macpherson will be a key speaker at NZ Fashion Week’s first gala this month. Image supplied.
New Zealand Fashion Week is hosting a gala inspired by New York City’s Met Gala that will see supermodel and entrepreneur Elle Macpherson as a key speaker. The glamorous event will take place on September 27th at Sky City and has been created in collaboration with Duco Events and is presented by key sponsor General Capital.
It’s set to be an annual event with the gala offering a sophisticated evening full of fashion and inspiration curated by the NZFW team. A highlight of the night will be a discussion with Elle Macpherson who really needs no introduction having been a high profile supermodel and entrepreneur over the last 35 years.
“I’m honored to be appointed as the inaugural host for General Capital Presents: New Zealand Fashion Week Gala,” says Elle Macpherson. “New Zealand is so innovative and holds a special place in my heart. I think it’s fascinating that a country with such a generally relaxed attitude to life and a strong sense of community, also achieves so much on the world stage.”
The gala will also be raising funds for The Rising Foundation – a New Zealand charity that believes in the ‘raising’ of self-esteem amongst New Zealand youth will be. The foundation unlocks the potential of kids through an ongoing programme of intervention and support to some of the most vulnerable New Zealanders.
“Over the last 19 years, New Zealand Fashion Week has grown from a fledging trade event to a major stable on the New Zealand fashion calendar. The addition of Fashion Weekend in 2009 was a fitting extension for everyday fashion fans, and we believe the time is now right for an event that celebrates the true movers and shakers of New Zealand society. There is no one in New Zealand who can stage a Gala like this to a higher standard than Duco Events, and we’re confident they’ll create a night to remember,” says Dame Pieter Stewart, NZFW founder and managing director.
David Higgins, founder and director of Duco Events, says “Duco Events is delighted to be working with Dame Pieter Stewart and the whole New Zealand Fashion Week team to bring this new, innovative event to life. A shared vision for the future has seen a multi-year partnership deal struck, and we couldn’t ask for a more fitting face to launch the inaugural Gala. Elle is an astute businesswoman and entrepreneur, having founded several successful companies in the fashion, beauty and wellness sectors.”
No doubt it will be an exciting night and tickets are available now from www.ducoevents.com.