Kiwi Fashion Designers Collaborate for You Are Us/Aroha Nui Concert

In Auckland, this Saturday 13 April, and in Christchurch, next Wednesday 17 April, New Zealand will come together to raise money for those affected by the Christchurch terror attacks. The You Are Us/Aroha Nui charity concerts will see some of New Zealand’s leading musicians, performers and speakers take to the stage to remember the victims with all proceeds going to the Our People, Our City Fund. 

To show their support, a handful of New Zealand’s top fashion designers – Harman Grubisa, Karen Walker and Zambesi – and New Zealand artist Ruby Jones, who designed the cover for Time magazine in the wake of the attacks, have designed commemorative T-shirts. A very limited number of the special designs, which have been made with the support of Love Police, will be available to purchase at both concerts. The T-shirts will cost $40 each and all proceeds will go to the Our People, Our City fund. 

Artist Ruby Jones, whose image of two women from two different cultures embracing became a powerful representation of New Zealand’s resilience, explains the meaning of her design.”This design represents us growing closer as a nation, moving forward from the Christchurchattacks. A greater closeness, a greater openness to others, which I hope will not fade into a moment, but instead will bind us to a national identity we can truly be proud of.”

Mike King will host both events and the line-up will vary in Auckland and Christchurch. The Auckland concert will feature Anika Moa, Bailey Wiley, Bene, Bic Runga, Chaii, Dave Dobbyn, Diggy Dupe, The Dilworth Choir, Don McGlashan, Hollie Smith, IllBaz, Jason Kerrison, JessB, Marlon Williams, Mitch James, Seth Haapu, Shapeshifter, Six60, Stan Walker, Soraya Lapread, Swidt, Teeks, and more.

The Christchurch concert will feature The Adults, Amatai Pati & Moses Mackay (SOL3 MIO), Anika Moa, Bailey Wiley, Bene, Bic Runga, Boh Runga, Chaii, Christchurch Combined Choir, Dave Dobby, Diggy Dupe, Don McGlashan, The Exponents, Hollie Smith, IllBaz, Jason Kerrison, a special guest appearance by Lorde, Marlon Williams, Melodownz, Mitch James, Seth Haapu Shapeshifter, Shihad, Six60, Stan Walker, Soraya Lapread, Teeks, and more.

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Jane Daniels Autumn/Winter 2019 Lookbook

For her Autumn/Winter 2019 collection designer Jane Daniels turned to her love of travel for inspiration once again. “On the edge of the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia lie the Mogao Caves,” says Daniels. “As the Eastern gateway to the fabled Silk Road, this area once teemed with grand caravans of camels, sometimes 10,000 strong, laden with silks, spices and exotic treasures. The hundreds of caves were hewn from the sandstone cliff and painted with frescoes by Buddhist monks from as early as the fourth century.”

Daniels says the vibrant colour of the Magao Caves was particularly inspiring. “Calligraphic shapes and old silk banknotes – beautiful artworks in themselves – plus old floral embroideries, gave me inspiration as did local costumes with their unusual curved seams and metal closures. Most of all, the antique patchwork assembly robes of Buddhist monks I saw in Xi’an were so unusual and fresh to me, that I wanted to interpret them into design concepts for this collection. I had a great treasure trove to draw from,” Daniels says.

Take a look at our favourite pieces from the Silk Road collection in the gallery below and shop the collection online here