Look by Nichola Te Kiri at Miromoda NZFW 2019. Image by Getty Images.
It’s always a real pleasure to see our Māori designers sharing their talents in the MIROMODA showcase. With 2019 being the tenth anniversary of MIROMODA at New Zealand Fashion Week, it was clear this year was going to be a special one. Including both emerging and established designers, this was a real celebration of Māori fashion design.
AJ Bradley / Motel Bible
Ethically designed and made Motel Bible opened the MIROMODA showcase, with a collection that was “punk meets high fashion”. It featured moody blacks, check fabric and generous silhouettes with lots of interesting detailing.
Erana Kaa / Tutū
We saw beautiful colour blocked linens and hand painted fabrics that were very wearable. The whole collection from this emerging designer was absolutely stunning – this is one to watch for sure.
Nash Karaitiana / UNCO
The Emerging and 2019 Supreme Winner was third down the runway with a streetwear collection that included graphic prints of his own original design. The relaxed loose fitting designs were a mix of dark tones and pops of colour incorporating his detailed graphic prints throughout.
This avant garde collection showcased garments that moved and flowed as if they had a life of their own. We loved the red earth tones, hand painted gold elements, and the use of different black materials including feathers and tulle which provided a beautiful textural element to the pieces.
Mitchell Manuel / Dobre
Koru prints in kaleidoscope patterns were the key feature of this collection, which included a number of eye-catching pieces including an orange coat with tailored back detailing and a really fun pair of turquoise overalls.
Tash Sinclair / FLAX
This very well tailored woollen collection was inspired by the square and Japanese design. The whole collection had a quiet but confident elegance, with the stand out piece being the black culottes with orange-red inserts.
With a very wearable athleisure vibe, this range featured some great details with lacing, zips and domes.
Paulette Teatai-Ariki / Lettey
With a real focus on sustainability, this collection utilised scrap textiles and water-soluble fabric to create a very unique fabric. Once the water-soluble fabric was washed away, what was left was beautiful one of a kind textiles that were heroed in this collection.
Te Orihau Karaitiana / MATU
This gender neutral collection had an abundance of fabric with beautiful draping, and the use of plant based dyes created an interesting natural colour palette.
Taongahuia Maxwell / Kahu Huia
Kahu Huia fused Māori design elements with sophisticated style in striking red tones with aqua green detailing. There is an understated elegance to this range that makes it an incredibly wearable collection.
Nichola Te Kiri
Established designer Nichola Te Kiri’s Empress Mahuika collection combined inspiration from a trip to China with her signature use of metalwork complementing soft flowing red and black fabrics.
Glen Maclachlan / Mac Vicious Society
Closing the MIROMODA showcase, Mac Vicious Society’s collection included lots of texture, with leather, lace and coated denim all featuring.
Congratulations to Miromoda on an amazing 10 years, we can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.
Images by Getty Images.