Last week saw NZ’s hair, beauty, and fashion industries converge on the biggest event of the NZ Fashion calendar: New Zealand Fashion Week.

For the third year in a row, HITO joined NZ’s best hair and beauty professionals for the fashion event, running a competition, a fashion show, and a barbering stand at the NZ Fashion Weekend Beauty Hub.

First up, four of HITO’s brightest young stars jetted off to Fashion Week to work backstage.

Caitlin Key, Savannah Stevens, and Toni Sloan at NZ Fashion Week

HITO Competition winners Caitlin Key, Savannah Stevens, and Toni Sloan

These apprentices were the winners of the HITO x NZFW Hair Apprentice Photo Competition. Each competition entrant submitted a high fashion photograph of their work, with industry judges Laura Williams (Creative Director, Ktizo), Jenny Eastwood (French Revolver), and Stacey Banfield (makeup artist – staceybanfield.com) selecting the four winners. As well as working backstage at NZ Fashion Week, these winners received an amazing prize pack from Beauty Dust worth $585.

The winners were:

  • Caitlin Key (Veronica Jayne)
  • Eilish Mooney (Buoy)
  • Savannah Stevens (Stylexpress The Base)
  • Toni Sloan (VIVO Merivale)

As winners, these apprentices worked backstage on the Graduate Show and the Wonderful Wool Show. Their hair work was so impressive that the apprentices were invited to work on the Wynn Hamlyn show as well! Award-winning stylist and salon owner Sara Allsop directed the hair for all three shows.

Eilish Mooney NZ Fashion Week

HITO competition winner Eilish Mooney

Our apprentice winners returned home on Thursday, but the week was just getting started for HITO. After NZ Fashion Week comes NZ Fashion Weekend, a chance for the New Zealand public to experience their own slice of the fashion and beauty industry.

On Saturday and Sunday, HITO ran a mini-BarberCraft stand as part of the NZ Fashion Weekend Beauty Hub. The qualified team from Maloney’s Barbershop manned the stand, with back to back appointments keeping them busy all weekend. Russell Athletics even sent 5 of their models to get groomed and runway ready for their hugely popular show on Sunday afternoon!

Sunday also saw a team of HITO apprentices, stylists, models, makeup artists, and photographers descend on the NZ Fashion Weekend tent for the HITO Next Generation Spring Fashion Show. HITO visited secondary school students around the Auckland area to invite them to the show giving them a chance to see and hear where a career in hair can take you.

Ashlee van Wijk backstage at NZ Fashion Week

Qualified stylist Ashlee van Wijk at the HITO Next Generation Spring Fashion Show

The spring-themed show highlighted the work of some of HITO’s top apprentices and qualified stylists. As each model walked the runway, the stylists spoke about their hairdressing journey and the looks they created on the models to an audience of Auckland secondary school students, parents, and fashionistas.

This was a huge undertaking. Thank you to the following stylists, apprentices, and models for volunteering your time: Alicia Andrews, Andrew Cobeldick, Ashlee van Wijk, Carew Paki, Charlotte Rawson, Elana McCarrison, Giorgia Bastin-Lindsay, Holly Downer, Jade Scott, Kelly Manu, Laura Williams, Liana King-Biddulph, Michelle Neville, Phoebe Lee, Sharni Melville, Shelby Frankhauser, Sophia Stace, Stirling Walker, and Zhané Morgan.

Shelby Frankhauser and Carew Paki at NZ Fashion Week

Qualified stylist Carew Paki creates a hair look on model Shelby Frankhasuer

Thanks also to our make-up artist Stacey Banfield Makeup Artist and her team, our photographer Sophie Milne, and our videographers Cam and Geoffrey. We couldn’t have done this without you.

NZ Fashion Week 2017 was a great success for HITO. We can’t wait for next year when we will once again elevate apprentices to achieve their fashion dreams, invite secondary school students to learn more about our amazing industries, and showcase to the public how fantastic a career in hair can be.

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