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New Zealand Fashion Week: All the goss from opening night

Woman's Day Style Director Leigh Matheson dishes on all the action from New Zealand Fashion Week.

By Leigh Matheson
Petra Bagust at New Zealand Fashion Week Opening Night 2017

NZ Fashion Week kicked off with a bang last night with founder Dame Pieter Stewart on stage, later joined by Auckland mayor Phil Goff. Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye and newly minted leader of the Labour Party Jacinda Ardern were also in attendance. Various VIPs and fashion designers celebrated the launch of the 17th year of NZFW.

Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern hit the festivities at the opening night of New Zealand Fashion Week. Photo: Carmen Bird
Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern hit the festivities at the opening night of New Zealand Fashion Week. Photo: Carmen Bird

Starting the biggest week in New Zealand fashion was Mercedes Benz Presents Zambesi - with the catwalk filled with futuristic inspired collection from one of NZ's leading fashion houses. Shiny silver metallics, bright marigolds, earthy hues, shearling pieces and abstract print quilting dominated the catwalk to a pounding retro soundtrack. With stunning yellow eye makeup and Dr Martens to complete the looks - that's how to start the week off on style.

Models walk the runway at Zambesi.
Models walk the runway at Zambesi.

Celebrity Spotting

New Zealand Fashion Week kicked off with plenty of stars in attendance. Here are just a few we spotted out and about on opening night looking all glammed up!

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