The inner city's celebration of fashion continues this week with a whole host of fabulous events taking place for the Fashion in the BIG Little City festival.
Those in the know were at Britomart last weekend for the free runway shows and to check the autumn/winter collections of designers such as Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester, World and Zambesi.
And this week the action continues. Tonight sees hip label Ruby team up with Cassette 9 in Vulcan Lane for an evening of live performances, designers on the decks and more. This kicks off at 7.30pm and there'll even be a tarot card reader who might be able to predict next season's top trends.
For a taste of pampering, all day tomorrow you can visit Forme Spa, at 5 O'Connell Street, and try out a treatment - from microdermabrasion for the hands through to a facial - from just $10.
Friday, sees a whole host of in-store celebrations including live exhibits at the Downtown Shopping Centre, from 12pm-3pm, and free champagne and nibbles at Agatha Paris in Vulcan Lane, from 4pm-7pm.
Head to Victoria Park, from 6pm-8.30pm for the Designer Garage Sale (tickets $25 from iticket.co.nz) and nab yourself some bargains. Then, as the sun goes down, Silo Park is the place to be for the free outdoor screening of Breakfast At Tiffany's.
Saturday morning head to High Street District Market Day, 10am-4pm, for live music, fashion, food and art. Nearby at 230 Queen St, is the Farmers Fashion & Beauty Special Event Weekend, which runs from 10am-5.30pm on Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday). There'll be makeup artists on hand for makeovers, product demonstrations and styling advice. We also recommend booking in for the midday lunch at the fabulous Hotel DeBrett and enjoying the fashion on show from Pearl and Liz Mitchell.
The Designer Garage Sale is on again at Vic Park (tickets $25 from iticket.co.nz), and at the Auckland Art Gallery the Film Archive presents The Way We Dressed, at 1pm & 2pm. This is free and a fascinating chance to look back at New Zealand style through film and television.
Sunday, and a fun place to be is Silo Park again for Bespoke - Cycle Style, where there'll be a full market, fashion shows and more.
The Farmers Fashion & Beauty Special Event Weekend is on again, as is the Designer Sale at Victoria Park, while at the Auckland Art Gallery, AUT fashion design lecturer Gabriella Trussardi combines art with fashion in a free talk.
George FM DJs will be filling the air with funky sounds at the official wrap party for the Fashion in the BIG Little City at Freyberg Square from 2pm-5pm, while at 3pm, back at the Art Gallery, there will be a free showing of that fab fashion film, The September Issue.
For info on all this and more, go to biglittlecity.co.nz
To celebrate Fashion in the BIG Little City, Viva is delighted to have two fabulous prizes to giveaway. In store at Taylor Boutique at the Britomart is designer Vicki Taylor's fabulous autumn/winter collection and we have a $200 voucher for one lucky reader to take shopping! To go in the draw, go to nzherald.co.nz/vivagiveaways and enter the keyword Taylor on the VIP Viva page, along with your details.
Meanwhile, for our male readers we have a $100 voucher to spend at RJB Design situated on Customs St East. This stylish store is a favourite with our Prime Minister, John Key. To go in the draw, go to nzherald.co.nz/vivagiveaways and enter the keywords RJB Designon the VIP Viva page, along with your details. Entries to both competitions close at 11.59pm on Sunday, March 10, 2013. For terms and conditions see the website.
- This is a VIVA promotion