Join Us Backstage With Company Of Strangers At NZFW

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A shed tonne of activity creates a fashion show, and that’s after the designers have created their collections. This means that behind the scenes there’s a whole army of people making everything happen. With New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) now in its 17th year, its crews are exemplars at bringing together every component to create a solid, smooth operation.

And thank goodness, because fashion shows are a cumulative explosion of talent, vision and beauty. It’s a spectacle worthy of celebration and we at TSI have been lucky to catch it in action.

Backstage Business

Yesterday, we managed to sneak backstage to get a peek of everything that created the Company of Strangers NZFW show, presenting its autumn/winter 2018 collection, ‘Revenge’.

Above: Coffee started the day with call times starting at 8am, and the Keep Cup is the mainstay of people planning to have a lot of coffee to power through.

Above: M·A·C Cosmetics national artist Kiekie Stanners working her magic on a model backstage.

M·A·C Cosmetics national artist Kiekie Stanners created the look for Company of Strangers with the lips almost stealing the show. She used M·A·C Brick lip pencil, Russian Red and Ruby Woo lipsticks, with Sketch eye shadow applied to contour the outer edges of the lip. Lauren Gunn and the team from Colleen styled the hair using Kevin Murphy products creating a youthful, fresh look.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the NZ Post crew bumped in the clothes in its bespoke vans kitted out ready to haul each designer’s collection from studio to show and back again. It’s a no-brainer that no clothes equals no show, so this partnership is critical to NZFW success. With 83 designers showing in 41 shows at the ANZ Viaduct Events Centre and seven off-site shows, that’s a lot of clothes to handle!

The NZ Post Concierge Scott Bensley makes it all happen getting the clothes onto racks, then into wardrobe where the wardrobe team put their steamers to work.


Lights, Camera, Action

And the Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection didn’t disappoint. Pops of silky cherry spot jacquard, blush satin (the colour that, thankfully, never goes away), and gorgeous pink wool were standouts on the runway. Textures and variations in lengths gave a sophisticated edge to the collection, with cummerbund inspired ties trailing from the waist.

We loved the reversed shirts with buttons at the back and raw trimmed cuffs. Infinitely wearable and we’re sure it’ll be the stand out theme of 2018.

Knitwear fans can get excited, too, with deconstructed looks with chunky cable knits and slouchy turtlenecks. Winter snuggliness!

And it wouldn’t be Company of Strangers without its seductive, bias cut slips and drapey dresses in sorbet and blush silks, with a stunning ‘Drip’ print created by artist Ella Harrington-Knapton. Loved this collection and can’t wait to see it in store.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.

Above: Company of Strangers ‘Revenge’ collection at NZFW.


Now it’s your chance to enjoy all the fun of the runway!

Thanks to NZFW, we have a double pass to attend the fab Adrian Hailwood show at 2pm on Sunday 2 September as part of upcoming NZ Fashion Weekend. This show is always a spectacular celebration of Adrian’s collections and an absolute must-see at NZ Fashion Weekend.

To win, simply tell us in the comments below who you’d bring as your date, tag them in and you’re entered!



Thanks to everyone who entered to win. I’m thrilled to announce our lucky winner is:

Dale Harris

Congrats Dale! Please email us at to arrange your tickets.


Above: Company of Strangers goodie bags at the ready for guests.