Elle Macpherson to launch NZ Fashion Week Society Gala!

It’s time to dust off those glad rags as New Zealand finally launches its own glittering, society Gala inspired by the likes of New York City’s Met Gala or London’s GQ Men of the Year Ceremony!

Duco Events, in conjunction with NZFW, has announced plans for an NZ Fashion Week Gala that will become a regular fixture in the society and fashion scene. The gala will be a 700-seat black tie dinner at SkyCity on September 27th, raising funds for The Rising Foundation.

Sponsored by General Capital the 2019 event will feature world-renown businesswoman, supermodel and actress Elle Macpherson. Elle’s early modelling career led to a record-breaking five Sports Illustrated covers – providing her with global fame when she was dubbed ‘The Body’ by Time Magazine in 1986.

Over the last 35 years Elle has developed a high profile in international fashion, film and television – and has built an enviable business empire through her sheer entrepreneurial flair and determination.

The Gala will be a sophisticated, luxury event celebrating the best and brightest of New Zealand’s fashion and social scenes. The modern Gala Ball setting will include fashion shows curated by the team at New Zealand Fashion Week, extravagant venue dressing, a four-course gourmet dinner and live music and entertainment.

The pinnacle of the event will be a discussion with Elle Macpherson on her career, personal fashion style, entrepreneurialism and philanthropy. Plans are underway for the event to be held each year, with the host rotating amongst A-List celebrities from the world of fashion and high-society.

The event will raise funds for The Rising Foundation – a New Zealand charity that believes in the ‘raising’ of self-esteem amongst New Zealand youth. The foundation unlocks the potential of kids through an ongoing programme of intervention and support to some of the most vulnerable New Zealanders.

Dame Pieter Stewart, NZFW founder and managing director, commented: “Over the last 19 years, New Zealand Fashion Week has grown from a fledging trade event to a major stable on the New Zealand fashion calendarThere is no one in New Zealand who can stage a Gala like this to a higher standard than Duco Events, and we’re confident they’ll create a night to remember.”

Elle Macpherson added: “I’m honoured to be appointed as the inaugural host for General Capital Presents: New Zealand Fashion Week Gala. New Zealand is so innovative and holds a special place in my heart.  I think it’s fascinating that a country with such a generally relaxed attitude to life and a strong sense of community, also achieves so much on the world stage. 

David Higgins, founder and director of Duco Events, commented: “Duco Events is delighted to be working with Dame Pieter Stewart and the whole New Zealand Fashion Week team to bring this new, innovative event to life. A shared vision for the future has seen a multi-year partnership deal struck, and we couldn’t ask for a more fitting face to launch the inaugural Gala. Elle is an astute businesswoman and entrepreneur, having founded several successful companies in the fashion, beauty and wellness sectors.”

Attendees at the Gala include influential faces from the world of fashion, corporate, media and society – with tables of ten available from $2950 + GST from www.ducoevent.com

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