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New Zealand Fashion Week

At New Zealand Fashion Week, I chose people to chat to who stood out from the crowd and looked self-assured in their style. Each of these lovely individuals took the time to give us a little insight into who they are and what fashion means to them. Having great fashion sense is about developing your own style - one that makes you feel good.

Greta van der Star

Age: 27

occupation: Freelance stylist.

What are you wearing? Vintage 1950s skirt, mohair top knitted by my mum and Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes.

What is your favourite New Zealand label? The new Liam range is beautiful. I love clean lines – the range is very streamlined and clever, very Phoebe Philo. I also love Ingrid Starnes – very feminine with beautiful detailing.

How would you describe your style? It’s eclectic and changes with my mood.

Do you have any body trouble areas? No one has trouble areas, you just have your body. Everyone is different – love it.

What fashion advice can you offer? Have fun.

Di Armstrong

Age: 61

occupation: Retailer at Jaimie Boutique.

What are you wearing? I’m wearing Jaimie blouse and trousers, Repetto Michael Jackson loafers, and an Acne jacket. The handbag is from Kyoto, Japan, from Jaimie Boutique.

What is your favourite New Zealand label? oy favourite Kiwi label is Jaimie. It’s timeless, ageless, relaxed and sophisticated all at the same time. The garments make you feel as if you are up with the top designers when you are in Europe.

How would you describe your style? Casual and comfortable, perhaps a little edgy and directional – that’s the type of label that interests me out of Europe or Japan.

Do you have any body trouble areas? I cannot and do not wear anything small-waisted.

What fashion advice can you offer? Do not dress exactly the same as your girlfriend or boyfriend. Show your own personality. Dress for yourself so that you feel good about how you present yourself to the world.


Di GoldsworthyAge: 68

occupation: oembership manager at the Newmarket Business Association.

What are you wearing? The black dress I’m wearing underneath is Armani – it was a lovely gift from my husband. The orange dress and my accessories are vintage pieces I have picked up over the years.

What is your favourite New Zealand label? I love New Zealand fashion – I couldn’t choose just one. I like the high quality of New Zealand clothing.

How would you describe your style? I like to dress up and be glamorous. I think this has come with maturity. I feel comfortable being dressed up.

Do you have any Body trouble areas? I have a very small frame and when I was younger I had trouble finding garments to fit me properly. I used to try very hard to put on more weight, but it’s just the way I have always been. It’s great that lots of stores now go down to a size six.

What fashion advice can you offer? Be true to yourself. Always wear clothes that you feel comfortable in, not just what others tell you is in fashion. My tip is always look after your clothes, never put things away with a mark on it or a missing button. This way you will keep special items for many years.

Kama Scretching

Age: 19occupation: Fashion design student.

What are you wearing? Vintage jacket, Lonely Hearts dress and Vivienne Westwood for Melissa shoes.

What is your favourite New zealand label? oy favourite Kiwi label would probably be Lonely Hearts. They always seem to have a good balance between femininity and edginess in their collections. **

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How would you describe your style? oy style is quite eclectic. I love to mix the old with the new in interesting ways. When it comes to fashion, I don’t care about what everyone else is wearing, I just do my own thing.

Do you have any body trouble areas? I have really curvy hips, something it took me a while to get my head around. I try to find styles that compliment them without exaggerating them. I’ve gained a love for waist belts which really help me. A-line styles work for my shape, but I feel they are better suited for more mature women.

What fashion advice can you offer? Yves Saint Laurent said, “Fashion fades. Style is eternal,” and my philosophy is that as long as you like it and feel good wearing it, who cares if it’s not on trend? If you believe in your outfit enough, you are more than likely to pull it off.


Courtney Harper

Age: 19

occupation: Fashion design student.

What are you wearing in your photo? Vintage coat I altered, oexican shorts I made, vintage necklace, top from Sydney, orange fabric (worn as bow) from a vintage textiles market.

What is your favourite New Zealand label? I’m still getting to know them, so don’t think I could pinpoint one yet. But so far, my favourite show was Lonely Hearts – I loved the jackets and the orangey colour tones. The oisteR show was quirky, unique and memorable.

How would you describe your style? Personal and very diverse. I find clothing very artistic and expressive. I prefer to make my own clothes, or pull apart and adapt things that I buy. I like to dress to match how I feel – which usually involves a lot of colour.

Do you have any fashion vices? I love heels over flats. They are much more fun and exciting, but also highly impractical and somewhat inappropriate in most daytime situations, so a lot of the time I tend to opt for low, comfortable wedge heels that add some interest, but I can still run around in.

What fashion advice can you offer? Dress for yourself and not for anybody else. You’ll find it a lot harder to feel happy, comfortable and confident if you’re constantly conscious of what other people are thinking about you, so just be yourself.


Amy Louise Bailey

Age:23

occupation: Lifestyle editor at Yahoo! and freelance stylist.

What are you wearing? Top by Ruby, dress by Karen Walker, shoes by Kathryn Wilson and bag and necklace by Marc Jacobs.

What is your favourite New Zealand label?I love all of our local designers, but I wear Ruby and KarenWalker most often. It’s easy to find feminine, stylish pieces from both of these designers.

How would you describe your style?I generally have a classic dress sense. I like things to match – colours, proportions, textures.

Do you have any body trouble areas? Not all styles will look good on everyone. The most important thing is to feel comfortable in what you wear.

What fashion advice can you offer? Dress for yourself. If you dress for anyone else, you are laying the foundations for failure. Be comfortable presenting yourself as who you are and wear something reflective of your personality.


Bev Robinson

Age: Not telling

occupation: Café owner in Wellington.

What are you wearing? A very cheap dress from Primark in London, tights from Farmers and my favourite shoes from Number one Shoes. As you can see, I am very low budget.

What is your favourite new zealand label? I don’t have a favourite.

How would you describe your style? oy style is definitely individual. I go with what I want to wear and don’t always follow what is in the main street shops. I love vintage clothing too.

Do you have any body trouble areas? Not really. I am pretty lucky. I like wearing shorter lengths as I don’t have bad pins for an old duck!

What fashion advice can you offer? It doesn’t matter who made the clothes or what label it is, get it because you really love it. I can buy expensive clothing, but also love rummaging around second-hand shops. Don’t worry what other people think – go for what you think.

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