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:: Spotlight :: Oyster Magazine & Air New Zealand’s first fashion duet in Australia

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Air New Zealand and Oyster Magazine hosted an Australian first - a collaborative event to promote New Zealand fashion in Australia - on December 5 at the Minus 5 Ice Lounge and Bubble Champagne Cocktail Lounge. The event featured an Australian first view of Kiwi design for Winter 2007 from this year’s Air New Zealand Fashion Week. Karen Walker, a mentor in Air New Zealand’s fashion development programme, flew to Australia especially for the event.

The event was held in two parts, the first was an installation fashion show in the minus5 Ice Lounge featuring designs for Winter 2007, from Karen Walker, Huffer, Zambesi and several other renowned New Zealand fashion labels, both established and up and coming. The newly opened Bubble Champagne Lounge located adjoining minus5 provided delectable Canapés and Cocktails and more, post fashion show.

Apart from Karen Walker being the guest of honour, the event was attended by Sydney’s fashion elite, media and a host of Australian celebrities and socialities.

“We approach all our creative challenges individually and the results from this partnership truly reflect the great fashion that is coming out of New Zealand at the moment,” says Monica Nakata, Oyster Magazine Publisher.

Mark Street, Air New Zealand’s Marketing Manager in Australia says the airline’s involvement in the Kiwi fashion show has been good for everyone involved. “This was our third year of sponsoring Air New Zealand Fashion Week and we’ve really been able to help raise its profile nationally and internationally. Oyster Magazine has been a long time supporter of several kiwi designers and so we were excited by the opportunity to collaborate with them in Australia on this activity.”

Monica & Rachael with Jon and Peter Hume from the band Evermore
Jules Lund (right) & his mate James
Laura Richardson & Jo Birleson
Bianca Dye & Eric Bellendir