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NZFW 2019: Our Top Hair and Makeup Picks

New Zealand Fashion Week is the highlight of the year for many of NZ’s designers and fashion fanatics. This year, the event brought together a multitude of designers, models, cultures and styles to create a vibrant 7 days of fashion celebrations. Although this is a festivity of fashion, we can’t neglect what aided in bringing all the looks together – the hair and makeup. To give some spotlight to the beauty aspect of the event, these are some of our favourite looks of the week…



Celebrating 40 years of its iconic label, Zambesi’s show was held at Auckland Central City Library. This created a three-dimensional spectacle, where models strolled between the aisles of books and travelled smoothly up and down the building’s escalators. For this show, the makeup featured bold, Black Swan inspired eyeliner and purple eyeshadow. This look, created by the team at MAC (led by Senior Artist, Kiekie Stanners), was one of the standouts of the week. In terms of hairstyling, many of the models’ hair was formed into a voluminous beehive-esque style – just as bold as the daring makeup. (Photo credit: Karen Ishiguro / Together Journal)


Kathryn Wilson Footwear

Drawing inspiration from her muse, Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw, the Kathryn Wilson show at NZFW this year was a vibrant, 90’s inspired event. That meant big hair, bold outfits and, of course, dazzling footwear. The hair was created by D&M Hair Design’s Danny Pato and his talented salon team. With the use of wigs, Danny cut and coloured the hair prior to the event, then fitted them backstage before the show. The result? Curly, dramatic locks which stunned on the runway. The Lancome team (led by Director of Artistry for L’Oreal, Lochie Stonehouse) were responsible for the makeup and also drew inspo from Sarah Jessica Parker’s iconic character; barely-there makeup, with subtle hints of pinks and nudes on the lips, eyes and cheeks. (Photo credit: Stefan Gosatti /Getty Images)


Resene Designer Runway

The Resene Designer Runway is at the core of NZFW, giving a taster of the collections from each designer featuring throughout the week in four, 40-minute shows. Loving the sleek braids? That’s thanks to our brilliant hairdressing students and team creative leads, Erin and Arama. The hair brief for the RDR shows was inspired by Sam McKnight’s styling for the Max Mara SS19 show at Milan Fashion Week. The look was achieved by straightening the hair, followed by a sharp, middle part and a tight braid, running down the back, tied with elastic. The colourful array of makeup looks were done by Kristen Stewart School of Makeup. The overall result was a fun-filled assortment of colours and textures, that showcased a range of styles and designers. (Photo credit: Molly Bullock / Servilles Academy)


Stolen Girlfriends Club

The Stolen Girlfriends Club show ‘Stolen Romantics’ brought out all the stops for their grungy feature. The Avondale Racecourse was transformed into a backstreet alley, with barrel drums set alight down the centre of the walkway and a rain machine pouring down on the models at the conclusion of the show – a stunt which showcased their collab with Blunt Umbrellas . The makeup (led once again by Kiekie Stanners) was rock’n’roll-esque, featuring bold eyeliner and dark lips. Following suit, models’ hair was styled in a grungy manner; predominantly un-brushed and wet-looking (featuring a lot of clip in fringes). (Photo credit: Karen Ishiguro for MAC Cosmetics)


Campbell Luke

Taranaki-based designer Bobby Campbell Luke made his return to NZFW with a highly nostalgic and beautiful show. The show commenced with with projected images of his niece on the walls, followed by a live Kapa Haka Roopu performance which continued throughout the show. Whites, nudes, creams and soft greys made up the palette of the linen-made pieces. The hair team (led by former academy student and L’Oreal ambassador, Zoe Clark of Inco Studio Ponsonby) produced two styles – a classic milkmaid braid and a more undone, textured look. To complement the delicate tones and flowy garments, Kristen Stewart School of Makeup created one of the most natural looks of the week, enabling freckles to peek through.  (Photo credit: Getty Images)


Maggie Marilyn

Maggie Marilyn’s show was one to watch. Despite her pieces been worn by the likes of Kendall Jenner and the Duchess of Sussex, this was her first runway show at NZFW. As one of the only shows to promote a wholly sustainable image, the venue reflected the environmental and natural theme of her garments; the show was held at the Glasshouse in Morningside, which was decorated in a whimsical garden-party like setting. The hair, created by the team at Inco Studio Ponsonby, played to the airy theme, with effortless-looking soft waves. As for the makeup, the team at Mecca created a soft, minimalist look, featuring glossy skin and gently blushed cheeks. (Photo credit: Mindfood)



The Miromoda show was once again led by Warren Dion Smith, with assistance from our academy team. The hair brief for this show was essentially ‘BIG’. Our hair team worked tirelessly in pairs, crimping, backcombing and volumizing (then volumizing a little more) the models’ hair. For the show’s makeup look, our makeup students, with their MAC kits ready to go, worked together, creating a “really glowy, dewy skin with a little bit of a smokey, warm eye. The skin is really flawless – bronzed and highlighted as well, to enhance the natural features.” –  Paige Dyer, Servilles Academy Makeup Artistry student. (Photo credit: Molly Bullock / Servilles Academy)

Check out our backstage photos in our Gallery, or head to our Instagram NZFW highlights reel for more.