October 13, 2017
New Zealand's premier fashion event made even better with Buoy.Share
NZFW held in Auckland at the end of August 2017 is New Zealand’s premier fashion event celebrating all things fashion. Held predominately in the Viaduct Event Centre with a few offsite shows, it's always an event that Buoy loves to support. Enjoy our behind the scenes blog from Buoy Director and co-owner Michael Beel.
This week is going to be a busy one for me, I’m hair-directing 4 shows and part of a team for 7 shows. For those who don’t know, a Hair Director comes up with the look with the designer beforehand, and then on the day directs a team of around 15 hairdressers to get thru about 20-30 models in about 2 1/2 hours (including makeup and a rehearsal) and if you're just on the hair team, you don’t know what you're doing until you turn up to do the hair and get directed by the Hair Director.
Landed in Auckland and checked into my home for the week … the Quadrant hotel. I literally just dumped my bags, and then my hair-kit and myself head straight to the venue for the opening night show of Zambesi
The show finished around nine so left straight away as tomorrow was going to be a massive day of four shows.
All day today I’m part of a great friend of mine's team, Sara Allsop, she was doing four shows today and needed me to be her 2 IC as some of her shows overlapped backstage ,so while one show was on, we were prepping for the next one, so it was either her backstage making sure final checks were on point while I started the next show for her, or vice versa… started at 8am and finished at 7pm, no break back to back but what a buzz!
The last show of this massive day was Andrea Moore. Four different hair looks for 40 models!!! A massive show with everything from ballet buns to braids, and some cool hair jewellery specifically designed for the show from a jewellery designer based in Sydney. She also had dancers from the NZ Ballet who, once it all started, look absolutely beautiful on the catwalk.
Back to the hotel …. shattered and starving!!!! Room service got a thrashing as we had had no lunch break haha!
Today was another big day. This time I had the support of my fabulous team of Buoys.
The next show was Wynn Hamlyn and I was in charge with the support of L’Oréal and the rest of the Buoy crew (Mathias, Courtney and Eilish). Wynn had his first solo show last year to critical acclaim and there was a lot of media attention on this show. His collection was about trans-seasonal clothing how there is no longer a specific winter or summer and global warming role in that. With a strong knitwear focus it may have been teamed with a summer skirt. Hair needed to look expensive and rich but not too done so I created an almost Paris ‘it’ girl blow wave.
Today was another show that I was in charge of! Miromoda is a collective of Maori designers selected to take part in NZ Fashion Week. This show had nine designers showing about eight looks each. It was amazing to be backstage and see some of the designer's reactions when they saw their looks go down NZFW catwalk for the first time … there were some tears of pride, a pure 'Project runway' moment!
A couple of hours break for lunch and a well-deserved drink before I headed off to the 20-year “party” for Huffer. This also had a fashion show of 50 models held in the massive venue of Vector Arena. A huge party was planned after the show and there would have been nearly 3500/4000 people there.
Once the show finished, the party started … after a couple with the team, I left, as I had my biggest show of the week to do tomorrow and didn’t want a hangover … I am a good boy really!
World… a designer who loves dramatic hair and makeup and actually likes to put on a spectacle of a catwalk show. I had been working on creating 20 glitter bowl wigs at home over the previous six weeks in a variety of colours … I’m still vacuuming up glitter at home, it gets everywhere!!!
Each model had one outfit change, and the designers at World didn’t want the hair to fall off so we literally cut the garments off the model so it wouldn't disturb the hair or makeup… as I said earlier, they love hair and makeup hahaha.
Look out for my 2018 NZ Fashion Week blog - coming to.
Michael Beel - Director & Owner of Buoy Salon & Spa