Okewa meets the rain in style

Okewa isn’t a household name yet but we predict it soon will be if the prototypes of its stylish range of rainwear are anything to go by.

Okewa’s Wellington-based founders Nick and Nevada Leckie believe they’ve designed “a decent raincoat suited for the urban lifestyle” and we agree.

The couple say the outdoors adventure market is well-supported by highly functional rainwear but many of the options just don’t fit the city, particularly in Wellington where they live without a car.

They have developed a premium range of men’s and women’s raincoats that are lined, completely waterproof (fully seam-sealed), hooded and cut from hi-tech two-layer waterproof fabrics woven in the best fabric mills in Japan and Korea.

The pair have launched a crowd funding campaign on to help with initial funding, which runs until August 23. If you like what you see here, check it out.

NZ Fashion Week schedule released

New Zealand Fashion Week will kick off with an opening party on August 25.

Here’s the schedule, which could change, but if you want to know who is showing when, here’s a peek at the official schedule released today.

We’re excited that Dunedin label NOM*d is back and taking the opening show position.

Andrea Moore (pictured) is one of many designers who will be part of more than one show throughout the week presenting to both media and buyers with a solo show on August 27 and then during NZ Fashion Weekend (open to the public) at the Viaduct Events Centre.

Tuesday 26 August
11am – NOM*d
12noon – Contemporary Salon Show (Shen)
1pm – New Generation Show (Amber Whitecliffe, Wendy Jared and Desiree)
2pm – Lela Jacobs
4pm – Underground Exhibition/Installation (Blue Blank, Jason Lingard, Jimmy D, Jojo Ross, Meadowlark and Thprks)
5pm – Salasai
6pm – Trelise Cooper
7.30pm – Trelise Cooper (Private Show)
8pm – Stolen Girlfriends Club

Wednesday 27 August
10am – Huffer
11.30am – Contemporary Salon Show (Lucy McIntosh Pardon My French)
2pm – New Zealand Weddings Magazine Collection (A La Robe, Alma Wong, Barkers, Crane Brothers, Hera Bridal, John Zimmermann and Vinka Design)
3pm – PIA
4pm – Andrea Moore
5pm – Resene Designer Selection Show
7.30pm – Juliette Hogan
8.45pm – Zambesi

Thursday 28 August
11am – Celine Rita
12noon – New Generation Show (Wilson Trollope, Inhale Apparel, Nomsa Mabuto and ITZME)
1.30pm – Trish Peng
2.30pm – COOP
3.30pm – Resene Designer Selection Show
5.30pm – Annah Stretton
6.30pm – Hailwood
8.30pm – Kate Sylvester

Friday 29 August 4
11am – Miromoda Show (Kharl Williams Wirepa, Adrienne Whitewood, Kylie Mangan, Amber Whitecliffe, Pia Naera, Mitchell Vincent, Hohepa Thompson, Sharmaine Moke, Massey Williams, Tasmyn Roach, Sofia Aroha and Maree McLean)
1pm – Resene Designer Selection Show
5pm – NZ Fashion Weekend Opening Party
6pm – Resene Designer Selection Show

Saturday 30 August and Sunday 31 August
NZ Fashion Weekend events that include YMCA & Raise up Presents Walk the Line; M.A.C Technique Session; and fashion shows featuring Andrea Moore, Storm, Taylor, Yvonne Bennetti, Blak, TK Store, Kowtow and Company Of Strangers.