July 2018 ... The new Lower Hutt Events Centre & Refurbished Town Hall open for business ....
The competition was to be part of the Hutt Winter Festival and knowing the Mix Team well, I set about to do a little marketing via my online networks to help them spread the word about the event, all while designing two jackets for the competition myself. One being a team entry for MP Chris Bishop and the other entry being my own.
Seeing Mayoral entry featured on the front page of the Dominion and the Local Hutt News featuring local mp's Chris Bishop and Ginny Andersen was really the topping on the cake so to speak in bringing back the show. The Pimp my Jacket Competition was a fantastic event held in the new events centre and event attracted 90 entries for their inaugural show with plans in the pipeline to bring the show back bi-annually. The standard of the jackets was exceptional, far exceeding whatever expectation I had and the show was a fun event that attracted a large audience.
Bringing back the Eco & Ethical Runway ....
Almost immediately with the announcement of the show on facebook, the old excitement around the show began to permeate and applications from designers, requests from young people wanting to model, photography inquires and requests to be part of our makeup and hair team on the night began to filter through to my email account.
The Eco & Ethical Runway Show 2019 in Association with Hutt Winter Festival
Part one will comprise of the "Upcycled Challenge" - this is the competition part of the event for hobbie, home and student designers. Designers can enter all or one of the four categories available.
Part two will be "The Eco & Ethical Runway Show" for emerging and existing designers. This is an opportunity for designers to showcase their collections with a maximum of eight individual looks. A pop up shop will conclude the evening and the audience will be able to view up close the designs from runway as well as have the opportunity to purchase mostly one of a kind ensembles.
The ticket price for the attending audience will be very affordable with the aim of the show being to highlight and make available environmentally friendly fashion in a much more accessible way.
Applications for designers are now open and modelling auditions will be underway shortly.
We look forward to bringing back this loved show in a more accessible way for our local and regional designers and communities as well as those who live a little further away.
Director NZ Eco Fashion Runways
All designers please see our application process here:
All runway and sponsorship enquiries to: