Nelson’s Amy Toughey revelled under the spotlights at the High Low Fashion Show on Saturday at the Trafalgar Centre. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

High Low shines spotlight on local fashion


Local talent turned heads at the High Low Fashion Weekend as it returned for its second year.

With more designers, models, and over 250 people in the audience, organiser Sarah Brennan says the event surpassed expectations.

“It always looks so relaxed and poised when the girls walk out but it is frantic behind the scenes, we had a dozen designers and around 55 models so there were clothes everywhere backstage.

“We definitely had a lot more hype this year because people had heard about last year. We even had a lot of people travelling from out of town.”

Sarah says High Low is an awesome way to show the rest of New Zealand what Nelson can do.

“It’s incredible being able to showcase local designers, this year’s designers were all awesome, they were all very unique, enthusiastic and great to work with.”

Nelson designer Brooke Strang launched her label Wanoa Four with her three sisters at last year’s High Low Fashion Weekend, this year they returned on the back of a successful New Zealand Fashion Week show, creating a collection in three weeks, and getting an invite from New York Fashion Week.

The sisters have already earned a reputation for their unique streetwear and hand-drawn prints but they managed to turn heads once more at High Low, launching ‘Side Hustle’, their latest summer collection.

“Our previous collections have been generally quite tailored and not as colourful, so we’ve really showed quite a different side with this collection, it is fun, there’s quite a lot of colour, we’ve got several dresses. Overall this collection is a lot more summery.”

Brooke says all the different collections at High Low showed the talent and dramatic growth of Nelson’s fashion scene.

“There are more and more emerging designers in Nelson and our fashion scene is getting stronger and stronger. It’s great to have High Low in Nelson, we’ve got so many people who are really fashion forward and it gives models and designers an incredible launching platform.”