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Today was my first taste of NZ Fashion Week.

Having lusted from afar, longing to be part of the chic clique for far too long, today my alarm was set for 5am, to dress and tress in time for a 7am Auckland-bound flight.

After a brief coffee catch up at the Auckland Fish Market and a swoon through the window of newly opened Baduzzi, I arrived at the Viaduct events centre in time to bump into the lovely Rachel and Paul Donaldson from Pegasus Bay and a welcoming glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne.

NZ Wine people: Paul and Rachel Donaldson from Pegasus Bay, Nick Nobilo, Yvonne Lorkin, Andrew Parkinson (Negociants New Zealand) and James Kennish (Mt Beautiful), Bronny Skuse and NIck Nobilo, (Vinoptima)

NZ Wine people: Paul and Rachel Donaldson from Pegasus Bay, Nick Nobilo, Yvonne Lorkin, Andrew Parkinson (Negociants New Zealand) and James Kennish (Mt Beautiful), Bronny Skuse and NIck Nobilo, (Vinoptima)

Laurent Perrier is a great Champgane. Less mainstream than Moët or Veuve, less bling than Dom or Cristal, less shoulder pads & 80s perms than Bollinger, less try hard than Taittinger, LP is in fact the epitome of classy champagne. Roederer is the only other “grande marque” champagne to equal the understated style & undeniable quality of this sophisticated fizz.

After a brief introduction we were whisked away for a “backstage tour” of fashion week. We then returned to our hospitality suite for the main event: to sample sponsors’ wines and delicious canapés from caterers Mint Kitchen while wine writer and all round gorgeous chick Yvonne Marie Lorkin talked the guests through each of the wines. It was a tricky audience made up of winemakers (dressed in fleece & farm boots, highly technical wine knowledge & slightly skeptical looking faces) and fashionistas (neon & black, sunglasses inside & looking much more relaxed in their surroundings although starting to look slightly uncomfortable when the talk veered towards soil types and clonal mix ), yet Yvonne managed to tread a tricky line with the poise of a catwalk model. Highlight wines included Pegasus Bay Riesling, Stoneyridge the Airfield & of course the close-to-my-heart Nautilus Pinot Noir.

My first “runway show” experience was Miromoda which showcased indigenous Maori and Australian designers. This was the fifth year the collaborative has exhibited at NZFW but the designs were very much forward-looking. Find out more about the Miromoda show and NZ Fashion Week at the NZ Fashion Files