New Zealand Fashion Week SS22 | What to Expect

New Zealand Fashion Week takes over the fashion spotlight and it’s their 20th anniversary! Even though it was planned to start next week, the latest New Zealand update on COVID-19 restrictions will make the event wait a little longer. However, if everything stays the same after this period of restrictions, the event will most likely take place in Aotea, a suburb of Porirua in New Zealand. In fact, the FW is returning to the iconic Aotea Square and Auckland City Corridor in the city's core.

Additionally, the committee of the FW will have live stream the whole event and anyone can buy a ticket. Isn’t that super exciting? If you are really into it, we recommend buying one of iTicket hosting packages that will allow you to choose different shows including Kate Sylvester, Kathryn Wilson, Hailwood, and Zambesi, as well as a unique 20-year Retrospective Showcase.

NZFW is also expanding its visiting list to include more from every Designer. Throughout the week, the interactive hub in Aotea Square, which is available to everyone – from fashionistas to fun-loving passers-by – will include a large display broadcasting most exhibitions. There will be lots of on-site choices for soaking up the scene before or after the event, including premium bars and cafés, all around the Aotea Square.

Finally, NZFW has prepared three live performed seminars in the Chamber which will also be open to the public:

  1. 'Kowtow presents: Single Use Planet' will include Gosia Piatek from Kowtow, Emma Lewisham (Skincare entrepreneur), and Liam Bowden from Lethal Ponies Inventive Director to disrupt fashion's future trajectory from sustainable conversation to current motion.
  2. ‘Aware Vogue presents: Constructing Manufacturers for a Higher Future' will cover sustainability, vogue, and utilizing business for good by displaying how some of New Zealand's top growing current brands cope with sustainability and how they work towards a just and inclusive fashion system.
  3. The event, titled ‘Ministry of Social Improvement Presents: Moving the Dial on Variety,' will take the form of a panel discussion, with the goal of highlighting the importance of diversity in the workplace. The panel will offer their thoughts, experiences, and statistics to urge organizations to pursue bigger range, from researching the methods of scope to giving insights on how workplaces may acquire larger diversity.



ZAMBESI – Womenswear

After celebrating their 40th anniversary at NZFW 2019, Zambesi will return for 2021, bringing their distinct design stamp to the main runway at Auckland Town Hall. “The New Zealand Fashion Week is returning for its 20th anniversary, and we at Zambesi are thrilled to be a part of it again,” says Zambesi co-founder Elisabeth Findlay. “As we prepare for our Spring-Summer in-season collection display at the historic Auckland Town Hall, excitement is building.”

Zambesi believes in producing long-lasting artworks. Each collection builds on the last, creating a timeless wardrobe for its loyal clients.



Hailwood, which debuted in 2000, has grown to become one of the week's most popular shows.

The renowned name is carried in boutiques and department shops throughout New Zealand, the United States, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Australia, with items ranging from jeans to fitted evening dress and exquisite jewellery. It's also a red carpet favourite, with Lorde and others wearing it.

Adrian Hailwood hasn't missed a New Zealand Fashion Week since his debut in 2002, and his casually cool but oh so exquisite looks will bring the Hailwood charm to the catwalk.



Kate Sylvester's innovative collections encapsulate intellect, wit, refinement, and modern femininity. Kate has been a famous New Zealand fashion industry personality, recognized for her thoughtful, feminine designs since the brand's debut in 1993. What the public loves about Kate Sylvester is her skill to blend sportswear and couture, menswear and womenswear, pop culture and history, high art, and punk rock.

Kate Sylvester is dedicated to helping New Zealand's garment industry by creating high-quality, locally manufactured clothing that are meant to last a lifetime, not just a season. In 2019, Kate Sylvester co-founded Mindful Fashion New Zealand, a non-profit organisation that brings the New Zealand apparel and textile industries together to build a more inventive, full-circle, and flourishing future.

Kate Sylvester adds, "We are delighted to be presenting at New Zealand Fashion Week this year and to be a part of the 20th year of this significant event showcasing New Zealand fashion."



Kathryn Wilson, New Zealand's best footwear designer, will no doubt bring great energy and a killer music to NZFW to present the latest footwear from her SS21 and AW22 collections, which is a strong favourite for her joyous shows.

We want to create unique experiences for our customers to engage with our brands, and catwalk shows are a brilliant way of bringing our footwear to life with gorgeous style, up-lifting music, and varied models,” says Kathryn Wilson.


If you like the Mina Heel from Kathryn Wilson, we recommend you the The Italian Secret Crystal Heeled Pump.



Benjamin Alexander is a personal vision of curation and lifestyle that prioritizes quality, comfort, and an ethically responsible experience. Benjamin Alexander offers garments and accessories that are proudly made in New Zealand and disrupt the established clothing manufacturing process.

Benjamin Alexander will return to New Zealand Fashion Week for the second time after a dazzling debut in 2019. Along with designing luxurious pieces, Benjamin is also committed to artisanal processes, and the brand's vision of luxury clothing takes into account the impact on the future of design as well as the environment.


Finally, four rising designers, including Jakob Carter, Cylée, Society Apparel & Society Hats, and a group of Pacific Island designers, will be included in this year's New Generation Show. Kneufermann, Miromoda, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Jockey, Havilah, Elusive Lingerie, White Silk Bridal Couture, Jaqueline-Anne, and Wild & White Bridal and Bendon round out the NZFW 2021 designer lineup.

Are you watching this year’s NZFW? Let us know which one is your favourite!