Fashion Festival highlights

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Don't miss your chance to get an update on the latest trends being shown off at the Fashion Festival. Photo / Steven McNicholl
Don't miss your chance to get an update on the latest trends being shown off at the Fashion Festival. Photo / Steven McNicholl

Front row action

Join the glamour and excitement of the fashion shows that will be on each night of the week during the Fashion Festival. This is your chance to see the models strut their stuff in this season's hottest looks - so you can see it on the catwalk, then buy it the next day! For full show details see nzfashionfestival.com. Tickets are only $50 and on sale now, via iTicket, ph (09) 361 1000.

Meet M.A.C 's top makeup artist

Tuesday evening in Shed 6 the catwalk will be transformed into a beauty wonderland for product junkies as M.A.C take over to present the latest trends for the coming months and beyond in makeup. M.A.C Senior Artist and member of the M.A.C international backstage team Amber D will talk about what she's seen hitting the runway in Paris and Milan and how that translates to what you'll be seeing on the streets come Winter 2011.

Tickets cost $75 and are available through iTicket.

Newmarket gets fashion festive

On March 26 the Newmarket Business Association is presenting 'Winter fashion on the streets'.

Stolen Girlfriends Club joins the party

For fans of the super cool Stolen Girlfriends Club label, the boys will be holding a one-off event showcasing their A/W 11 collection "Last Night's Party" at the brand new Britomart Country Club (next to 1885 bar) on Wednesday, March 23 at 9.30pm.

Cheers to that

Chambord is a premium black raspberry liqueur with a rather fine French heritage, and the official drink of NZFF. According to legend, Chambord was inspired by a luxurious raspberry liqueur produced for King Louis XIV during his visit to Chateau Chambord in the 17th century. Today, Chambord continues to inspire cocktail and culinary creations around the world including the Chambord French Martini, which is our pick for the week.

Chambord French Martini

45ml Finlandia Vodka
15ml Chambord Black
Raspberry Liqueur
30ml Pineapple Juice

Shake ingredients with ice and strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

Hailwood in store

Much-loved New Zealand designer Adrian Hailwood will be styling in his store at 516 K Rd, Newton every day during NZFF. Pop in between 12pm-1.30pm and 5pm-6.30pm to meet the designer, and if you spend over $100 you'll receive a fabulous 20 per cent off!

The Designer Garage Sale

Every year at New Zealand Fashion Week the Designer Garage Sale is one of the hottest tickets in town, with good reason. This month it will be returning to the NZFF as well, taking place over the weekend of March 27-28 in Shed 6. There will be scores of bargains to be had, with designer names signed up so far including Sabatini, Chaos & Harmony, WesC, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Kathryn Wilson and Turet Knuefermann. Go to nzfashionfestival.com to see more names as they come to hand.

The search is on

Working backstage at NZFF will be the eight finalists in TRESemme's national search for New Zealand's next top stylist, called the TRESemme Dream Team.

The global hair giant is then offering the stand-out stylist from the bunch an exclusive opportunity to work with the brand on a 12-month contract, as well as play a role in a Next magazine makeover.

TRESemme Dream Team judge, NZFF magazine editor and beauty writer Helene Ravlich says the New Zealand Fashion Festival is fast gaining recognition as one of the hottest events to hit Auckland, showcasing the country's best creative talent, and the hair-styling team is no exception.

It's time to give the unsung Kiwi hair-heroes a chance at the big time, and placing them alongside cutting edge designers provides an ideal platform to shine from, she says.

Ravlich is joined on the judging panel by creative director Dan Awha, ACP Media's fashion and beauty director Trudi Brewer and TRESemme group brand manager Rachel Beattie, with all decisions carefully guided by Eithne Curran who is managing the TRESemme Dream Team on-site.

There is no doubt the Dream Team wannabes will be scrutinised in this process, says TRESemme's Rachel Beattie.

"We are a professional company and we have to expect 200 per cent of somebody who will potentially represent the brand in New Zealand long-term." The heat is on.

Trelise Cooper gift with purchase

Stained glass windows, sacred hearts, divine intervention, Baroque grandeur ... the Trelise Cooper 2011 winter collection is now in store. In celebration of the NZFF, make any purchase at the Trelise Cooper boutique at Princes Wharf between March 21 and 26 and receive a gift.

Styling - learn more from an expert

Angela Stone's Styling school - Styleyou - has training courses for those who want a career in fashion styling, and are holding free half-hour presentations on how to get into the industry at Ponsonby's Mod's Hair Paris during the NZFF. There will be two sessions a day at 3pm and 7:30pm, held Tuesday to Saturday. Call 0274 343 699 to reserve your place or email info@styleyou.co.nz.

Key looks for winter from NZFF hair partner, TRESemme

This year's NZFF has TRESemme as its official hair sponsor, and the global brand has assembled a team of crack stylists to work on the runway looks for the event's nightly shows. Here they give us their picks for winter 2011, and how to achieve them.

Braids

Braids are a huge trend this season, and a fishtail braid is versatile and easy. Try a side-swept fishtail braid starting from below the ears, or the crown of the head. For a more elegant look, try working two fishtails from the crown around behind the ears and finish with a bun at the nape of the neck. For a more relaxed casual look, braid a small section of hair and leave the rest loose with soft flowing volume.

How to: Use TRESemme No Frizz Creme in the hair first to give you a little bit of control while braiding. Work it through the length.

Start with two strands, take a section of hair from the inside and start wrapping it into a figure 8, ensuring you keep the tension tight.

When you run out of hair take another section from the inside and start wrapping. Continue until you run out of hair or reach the end, then fasten with an elastic band.

Finish with TRESemme Salon Finish Hairspray to keep the look in place.

The up-do

The high pony and high bun will also be a classic look for this winter, with the high pony being a look that can take you from day to night with ease.

How to: To create slight volume and texture, start by applying TRESemme Dry Shampoo to dry hair. Brush out completely.

Using a round boar bristle brush, pull hair back into a high ponytail.

Wrap the ponytail around the base and pin into place.

Smooth a 10c-size amount of TRESemme No Frizz Creme over the style to add shine and keep frizz at bay and finish with the TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray to hold this style in place all day.

- NZ Herald

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