NZFW is upon us and Fashion Quarterly is your all-access pass, bringing you exclusive backstage videos, the very best street style, interviews with top fashion designers and models, runway reviews and beauty breakdowns – 24/7.
Want to meet the team making it happen? Introducing our features editor, Phoebe Watt.
You can find her @phoebewatt.
What’s your role at Fashion Quarterly?
I’m responsible for the words in the magazine — writing a great deal of them myself and briefing other talented journalists in to take care of the rest — and I play a pivotal role in getting the mag out the door looking as finessed as possible. I flex these skills (and a fair few others) as associate editor of Miss FQ, too.
What will your focus be at NZFW?
Socialing up a storm, and making a mental note of any emerging talent I could potentially profile in our forthcoming issues, as well as veteran designers whose forthcoming collections have feature-worthy stories behind them.
When did you attend your first NZFW and what’s your standout memory from it?
2015 was my first rodeo, and the memory that haunts me most at this point is of my 25-year-old abs in the Camilla and Marc two-piece I wore to the Zambesi show/after party (RIP).
What for you has been the ultimate NZFW show/collection?
As my inaugural NZFW outing, Mercedes-Benz Presents Kate Sylvester AW16 (for which the designer showcased a collection inspired by Picasso’s muses) will always be very special to me.
What show(s) are you most looking forward to this year?
I love cats. I love queens. I love Rachel and Anjali. Suffice to say the Instagram teasers for Twenty-seven Names’ ‘A Cat May Look at a Queen’ are ticking a box for me.
What trends are you hoping to see in the AW18 collections?
Based on this year’s line-up I’m expecting a lot of contemporary-luxe, which is something New Zealand designers and followers of fashion do so well. Being less casually inclined however, I’d love to see some drama and romance on the runway, whether that’s by way of exaggerated silhouettes, intricate fabrics or elaborate details (just recreate Dolce & Gabbana AW13 for me ok, fine).
What’s something that people don’t know about attending NZFW?
Our day jobs don’t stop, we just have to do them at night.
What’s your key to surviving the week?
The past two years I’ve wound up in hospital either during or immediately after, so clearly I haven’t figured this out yet. If anyone has any tips HMU.
What ensembles will we be seeing you in/what’s your NZFW style?
I still love me a Camilla and Marc look but with less and less skin on display as the years go by. Slightly TMI (soz) but this year an unfortunately timed laser appointment means I can’t even rely on the airbrushing effects of a spray-tan, so I’ll be layering mini-dresses (haiii red PVC Ruby number)with black stockings and long-sleeves and with the extra insulation, maybe actually making it through the week in one, healthy piece (see above).
What song will have you chair dancing like no other?
I’ll go Apes**t for The Carters or Ariana Grande.