After the show it was time for the Fashion Week Opening party. There were a few familiar faces in the crowd, such as journalists Heather du Plessis-Allan and husband Barry Soper. I also spotted entrepreneur and fashion fan Terry Serepisos in the rabble.
There were beautiful garments on display from Philippa and Alice and Jesssica Bloom . It was great to be able to see some of the coming seasons fashion up close.
I had a great time sipping away on Daniel Le Brun and chatting to other revellers. Though some people I spoke to were a little disappointed. One girl I chatted to was sure there were meant to be a live mannequins modelling some fashion from the weeks upcoming shows. Another was sure there was meant to be live music. Neither of which eventuated. Those who had just attended the Moochi show were able to sidle into the opening party for free, where others had paid $28.00 a pop just to attend the party. From the looks of things that $28.00 didn't get them much more than the privilege of attending the party.
There were plenty of amazing refreshments on offer and lots of very helpful staff. If you were teetotal you could enjoy beautiful drinks for free. But if you were after anything stronger than San Pellegrino, you had to pay. Same goes for snacks. While they looked very tasty, they came at a price.
Though it was a relatively good turn out, most people left quite promptly, heading elsewhere for dinner. I'm not even sure if there were any speeches, though I too left rather early.
How could it be improved for next year? Firstly, if people are paying to get in, they should get something for their money other than the chance to stand around drinking drinks and eating snacks that they have to pay for on top of their ticket purchase. At least one free drink on arrival would be nice. And a coat check! One woman I spoke to was very surprised that there was not a coat check. It is after all Fashion Week in Wellington, where poor weather and woolly coats are notorious for ruining outfits.
There should be live mannequins! Like most average height gals I usually hate standing next to models. But it's kinda like going to the zoo, it's nice to stare at models in real life and ogle their strange and wonderful beauty.
Music! Live music. A band even. Surely there is a DJ somewhere who would love to play at fashion week. Surely.
Oooh a photo booth! I love photo booths. A photo booth would have made this party.
It all comes down to funding really, and if you don't got the dosh for it in the budget you just don't have it. I get that. But I'm sure I couldn't saved this party with my party planning skills. Or better yet, they should have got Nanette (Mariana's mother and total party planner extraordinaire!) onto this. She is a star!
One thing is for sure, everyone looked amazing!