Kristopher Houser reports on Air New Zealand Fashion Week | Day One

Dear Shaded Viewers, 

I arrived in Auckland, New Zealand two days ago after a quick stint in London for Fashion Week. Right before my flight I did a studio visit with Charles Anastase, who was picking out his music for the finale. I jumped a plane for a 28 hour flight and flew halfway around the world to attend the opening events of ANZFW. My first day was heavily programmed but the two shows that stood out from the pack were:

twenty-seven names who gave us a strong look into New Zealand fashion. The collection had a "boy by Band Of Outsiders" feel to it.  Designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart showed us printed suede jackets, cropped pants and tailor styled looks. 



Second was Zambesi who showed their collection at the Skycity Theater. A needle-shaped skyscraper adjacent to the harbor. The collection titled The Enigma was an artful production using the theaters stage and screen as well as a seemingly complicated choreography. Showing many cropped tailored suits, dark sheer separates and lattice structured coats. The collection was keenly styled mixing wovens and prints.



The day was filled, between shows, with two of my favorite bloggers & purple DIARY's Linlee Allen ( and PAPER Magazine &'s Yale Breslin. We did studio and market reviews along Ponsoby Road and drank tea pots full of fruit-flavored cocktails at the Zambesi afterparty. 


 Me and Yale on Ponsoby Road


Yale and Linlee at Cassette Number Nine on Vulcan Lane for the Zambesi Afterparty 

Cheers, Kris