Hawke's Bay Today

Deco delights, let the fun begin

- Georgia May

Dazzling dresses, feathered headbands, red lipstick, striped shirts and bow ties will be the focus of this year’s Art Deco Festival. The fashion-themed fiesta runs from today until Sunday and Art Deco Trust relationsh­ip manager Vicky Rope says organisers are “pumped and raring to go”. “It’s been pretty chaotic around here and there’s been loads of logistics on this side, the weather forecast is looking great, people are starting to roll into town now which is fantastic.” The festival officially opens at 9am this morning with a po¯whiri at Napier’s Soundshell. From a dainty lunch to a bustling navy band to a spot of plane spotting, Rope says the opening of the festival will not disappoint. Although most events are already sold out, remaining tickets can be purchased on the day from the Art Deco Trust. “There’s just so many great events to choose from, I’m really looking forward to Fashion on the Foreshore on Saturday night which is our hero fashion event. “We’ve got Art Deco old and new inspired pieces that are being showcased on a 15m catwalk off the Soundshell. That will just be a really exciting event for people to bring their families and friends with a picnic rug and a hamper.” Kiwi socialite Erin Simpson and partner Zac Franich will also be lighting up Hawke’s Bay’s red carpet at the Art Deco Festival. Although they don’t arrive until Friday it will be their first time partaking in the iconic festival. “She’s just really excited to be here,” Rope said. Festival director Glenn Pickering said the final touches were finalised yesterday. “The weather is looking great for the most part.” For the full Art Deco programme visit www.artdeconap­ier.com

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 ?? Photo / Paul Taylor ?? Art Deco relationsh­ip manager Vicky Rope is ready and raring to go for the 2019 Art Deco Festival in Napier.
Photo / Paul Taylor Art Deco relationsh­ip manager Vicky Rope is ready and raring to go for the 2019 Art Deco Festival in Napier.
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