As a platform to support Maori fashion designers Miromoda is one of the most important showcases of the New Zealand fashion week. The Indigenous Maori Fashion Apparel Board holds an awards competition and chooses the designers that will feature in their show from the selection. This year thirteen designers made the cut and got the opportunity to show their collections on the catwalk, some like Jordaine Brogan for the first time.
Jordaine Brogan’s first collection ‘Re: Adjust 2.0′ is all about simple yet beautiful ensembles; with the main colours being pink and white and the fabrics comprising of light mesh and cotton blend. Her range included classy accessories with Panama style hats and clutches baring pink screen printed patterns. The Miromoda showcase opened with the ’2015 supreme winner’ Steve Hall of the label Te Puke with his AW16 collection ‘Abandon Man’. This range is just as its name would suggest; with styles that blur the masculine/feminine line. The most striking of which being an outfit comprised of a simple grey skirt cinched at the waist.
There were many reoccurring trends seen through the showcase; socks with sandals, buckles and straps, checks and quilted fabrics to name a few. These aspects were seen in designers such as Steve Hall, AJ Bradley (Gisborne), Syre and Mitchell Vincent. In addition, this showcase saw the ongoing presentation of culottes, cuffed trousers and turned up hems.
A notable collection was that of designers Hohepa Thompson and Mia Brennan (Hori and Mimi) who won 2nd in the ‘Established’ section of the Miromoda competition after Kylie Mangan. Their ‘Hangi Collection’ is an array of silk pieces in a brown and cream palette that is said to represent “whanau” (family). As a creation of the Miromoda showcase it has a sort of leg up in the pool of designers but their designs are so beautifully timeless that it hardly matters. Key features in their collection included ruffles, tassels and frayed edges.
Winner of the ‘Avant Garde’ section Shona Tawhiao presented a stunningly powerful collection entitled ‘Battle Cry’. This used native flax materials cross-hatched to make accessories, skirts and bodices, though it looked thoroughly uncomfortable to wear that is hardly the worry with this category as it is more about art and innovation than wearability. Contrastingly, designs by Bobby Luke (Campbell Luke) hailed utility and comfort with leather pouches and soft fabrics. Other designers included Dmonic Intent, Darlene Gore, Tasmyn Roach (Hiako) and Kristy Bedi (Aho Manawa) who stole the show for me with gorgeous velour and silk fabrics, caped backs and intricate designs all in striking red and black.
Words and pictures by Lindsey Catherine.