'How Laura Brown is making fashion fun again' sums up how the Editor-in-Chief of America's highest-selling fashion magazine has gone about her business in her incredible rise through the ranks over the past 20 years. Now at ease with a circle of friends and collaborators including the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Laura Dern, Rebel Wilson, Rihanna, Kate Hudson, Emily Ratajkowski and many more, Brown has positioned herself as one of the industry's most magnetic, honest, fun and down-to-earth creators today. Murray spoke to her from her home in NYC during the Covid-19 lockdown to hear about her outlook on fashion, women in business, the myth of celebrity and how fashion needs to build stronger communities based on honesty, bravery and 'under-thinking it'.
After 10 years in business, New Zealand womenswear label Ingrid Starnes has recently re-built the business based on a 'less is more' model, encouraging media and customers to celebrate value in fashion, and providing additional transparency into the size and scale of their operation. The business duo of Ingrid Starnes and her husband Simon Pound have also recently launched a crowd-funding scheme to allow lovers of the creative arts to buy a piece of the brand, and help it survive and thrive after the Covid-19 crisis. Murray spoke to Ingrid and Simon on May 1st as their crowd-funding campaign started to take off.
It's April 20, 2020, and Fashion Revolution Week has just started around the world. The week-long event to commemorate the Rana Plaza collapse where 1132 garment factory workers died has united fashion companies and customers alike in a march towards greater sustainability, transparency and ultimately accountability within the fashion industry. Murray Bevan talks with Jacinta Fitzgerald of Make.Good about the very complex landscape of fashion sustainability and what's next on the global agenda.
Los Angeles-based Jaime Ridge has carved out a path in fashion that has seen her become a magnet for luxury brands around the world. Her role as freelance stylist, influencer, creator and fashion ambassador has cultivated priceless relationships with the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, H&M and adidas and at the same time Jaime has represented New Zealand fashion labels in her work, helping many to get invaluable global exposure. Murray chatted with Jaime as she settled in to life in LA in the latest chapter of her career.
London-based New Zealander Greta Villiger is succeeding on the global fashion stage and making it look effortless. Starting with 1st Class Honours from design school in Sydney, Greta landed roles with Christopher Kane and Chloe before senior positions at Jonathan Saunders and J.W. Anderson. Greta now spends her time between Paris and London working for Spanish luxury house LOEWE. Greta spoke with Murray over Zoom during the Covid-19 lockdown to talk about her love of fashion and her work at some of the world’s most prestigious fashion houses.
As a special birthday treat, we are incredibly proud to welcome Mr. @timblanks to the Fashion In Focus podcast. Today Showroom 22 turns 18, but our time in the industry is nothing compared to the decades Tim has spent reviewing shows, interviewing designers and trend setters and writing for the world’s most influential fashion media. After he left Auckland, Tim hosted CBC’s seminal fashion TV show Fashion File out of Canada for 17 years, before stints at Style.com and of course now as Editor-at-Large for The Business of Fashion. In this episode, Tim recalls the people and brands who’ve set the tone for fashion as we know it, and he proposes some meaningful and mindful ways the fashion industry can come out of the Covid-19 lockdown with purpose.
Georgia Alice is the brand that has come to epitomise New Zealand's newest wave of internationally-focused young designers. Launched in 2013 with the help of Showroom 22, designer and founder Georgia Currie has gone on to refine the brand into an award-winning, aspirational, ready-to-wear trailblazer with stockists around the world. Georgia sat down with Fashion In Focus host India Leishman to talk about her career to date, industry pressures, life as a working mother and what drives her.
One of New Zealand’s brightest fashion talents, Wynn Crawshaw arrived in the industry through a less-than-typical path and now finds himself at the helm of a brand making waves around the world.
India speaks with Sally-Ann Mullin about her role as a leading stylist in New Zealand fashion and film, and her journey out of film and into print media. As Bauer Media NZ announce their decision to shutter the doors at their NZ head office, Sally's insights about the state of the industry and a potential move back into film are perfectly timed.
Kiekie Stanners has truly forged her own path through fashion, keeping true to her style along the way and being rewarded with one of Australasia's most prized jobs. India Leishman speaks with Kiekie about the big, bad world of beauty and what it takes to stay on top.