As Cybele has already worked with cast members, Anna Coddington and L.A. Mitchell; and MisteR a huge proponent of kiwi music, picked cast member Aaron Tokona’s (AHoriBuzz) song as part of their New Zealand Fashion Week soundtrack, the fit couldn’t be more perfect.
-Imagery Olivia Hemus
"Dressing the female cast of the Fly My Pretties 2011 tour is a fun project to be involved in. Working with each of the artists, getting to know them individually and seeing everything come together as a whole is an exciting process," says Cybele Wiren about the collaboration.
Regarded as one of New Zealand’s foremost fashion labels, Cybele, created by designer Cybele Wiren, is noted for its signature exploration of contrasts: wearable, feminine lines coupled with a bold graphic edge, innovative cuts and striking use of pattern.
Established in 2003, Cybele has caught the attention of many with her cohesive and multi-faceted collections. Impressively, Cybele garments regularly feature in major fashion titles in New Zealand and father afield, and the label has been officially recognised with awards such as the Air New Zealand Export Award at Air New Zealand Fashion Week 2008.
Like Cybele, relative newcomers and boutique menswear label, MisteR, designed by Mickey Lin and Ra Thomson, possesses a distinct and unique aesthetic.
An artful collision between the heritage of British tailoring and the experimental fun and quirkiness of Asian fashion; the label’s international outlook yet locally made garments, structured cuts, expert use of fabric and colour has seen their profile quickly rise.
Carefully creating each range with limited quantities of hand numbered pieces, MisteR places a strong emphasis on quality, locally sourced fabrics, locally manufactured garments, and is equally passionate about local products.
"MisteR is all about NZ Made goodness, whether it's clothing, film or music, Kiwis always do it from the heart and with a point of difference," says Ra Thomson.
Most recently, MisteR made headlines when Next Top Model judge, Colin Mathura-Jeffree picked them as a label to watch and inspired them to make their debut showing at Fashion Week with their Winter 2012 collection, Not So Grim.
Needless to say, Colin was right – MisteR’s show received a standing ovation and was voted ‘Best Show’ of New Zealand Fashion Week 2011 by The Dominion Post.
Set to create an exciting and contemporary new look for Fly My Pretties, Cybele will be designing costumes for the female cast members; while MisteR will be taking care of the male cast member’s tailoring.
To inspire the designers and ensure the costumes have a sense of fluidity, both labels will be informed by a confidential theme while designing, which will tie into the show’s overall aesthetic.
Because details of the new show are not set for release until the shows themselves are performed, audiences can look forward to having their imaginations set alight by a brand new Fly My Pretties experience.
Led by Barnaby Weir, the latest Fly My Pretties family will combine an exciting and diverse mix of established and up-and-coming New Zealand talent, with performances in Dunedin, Christchurch, Melbourne, Wellington and Auckland.
Once again, all shows will be filmed and recorded live for later release in early 2012.
Dunedin tickets on sale via TicketDirect
Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch tickets on sale via Ticketek
See http://www.loop.co.nz for direct links
-Imagery Pat Shepherd
FLY MY PRETTIES TOUR DATES 2011:
Dunedin: Saturday 29 October
– The Regent Theatre
Christchurch: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 October
– Geo Dome, Hagley Park
Melbourne: Saturday 5 November
Auckland: Thursday 10, Friday 11 & Saturday 12 November
– The Mercury Theatre
Wellington: Saturday 19 November
– St James Theatre