New Zealand Fashion Week: Kahuria returned yesterday after four years and it was the very first time ever that a Māori designer opened the show.
The first show collection was by Kiri Nathan, the first Māori designer to open the event in the 20 years since the event started. Kiri presented 'Te Kuneroa - The evolution of Māori clothing'. Familiar faces like Rawiri Waititi and Teeks were also spotted on the runways wearing Kiri.
Sharing photos from the event, Rawiri wrote:
"Today I had the honour of walking in the @kirinathan fashion show who is the first Māori designer to open New Zealand Fashion Week. Her incredible artistry paid respect to the Māori makers and weavers of kākahu and clothing based on environmental impacts."
"I often get challenged on what I wear, be that ties or to remove my hat but we must always be unapologetically māori, proud of who we are and how we are," he added.
The event kicked off with an official opening at Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Marae who had gifted the name 'Kahuria' to Fashion Week.
People who love and breathe fashion can enjoy all these exciting runway shows, events seminars, and workshops of designers from Aotearoa and abroad with sustainability being the key focus.
The event will showcase designers from designers who have just graduated to legendary designers as Kate Sylvest, NomD and Zambsei.