THE HEIGHTS OF FASHION
Trelise Cooper, Kathryn Wilson, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Huffer, Edmund Hillary... there are some big names and a few unexpected ones on the designer list for New Zealand Fashion Week 2018, which opens on August 27 (nzfashionweek.com).
Making its debut is a new outdoor range inspired by the clothing Sir Edmund Hillary wore on Everest, including a replica anorak and exact copies of his handknitted sweaters. Designed for “soft adventure”, some of the pieces are being produced by the same company that supplied his expedition in 1953.
Founded by Sir Ed’s son, Peter Hillary, and Aucklander Mike Hall-taylor, the brand “has social enterprise sewn into every seam”. A percentage of profits will go to support schools in the Himalayas and outdoor education programmes in countries where the range is made and sold, including New Zealand. At Fashion Week, Sir Edmund’s grandsons, Alex and George, will be among those modelling the kit.