If there was ever a designer brand collaboration made in heaven then today’s announcement that Zambesi is to be the Mercedes-Benz Presents designer at New Zealand Fashion Week this year certainly fits.
It's worth noting that to date Zambesi have never not participated at New Zealand Fashion Week. The fact that the event turns 17 this year highlights that wonderful legacy and commitment from what we can celebrate as a truly New Zealand brand. Since 1979 Zambesi has been committed to creating quality garments from gorgeous natural fibres all proudly made in New Zealand while taking on the world with its distinctive design signature and edge. Zambesi truly is a household name.
What does being the Mercedes-Benz Presents Designer mean? Well, it means Zambesi will premiere its 2018 Autumn/Winter collection as the debut evening show at New Zealand Fashion Week, effectively opening the event. The Zambesi show is always an exciting and highly anticipated highlight of the week and this announcement makes it even more so.
“The integrity of both brands brings a harmonious partnership,” says Zambesi co-founder and designer Elisabeth Findlay.
To celebrate the partnership, Zambesi have created two bespoke ensembles which will feature in the runway show.
“Innovation, quality and craftsmanship are at the core of our design process, so we are very excited to be partnering with Mercedes-Benz who share those same values,” says Zambesi menswear designer Dayne Johnston.
It’s truly great that Mercedes-Benz has committed to ongoing support of fashion designer worldwide too. It’s the fourth year that Mercedes-Benz New Zealand has been an elite partner of New Zealand Fashion Week.