A Nod To The Iconic Era Of The 80s | Rachel Mills at NZFW

A Nod To The Iconic Era Of The 80s | Rachel Mills at NZFW

One of our favourite young, new zealand designers RACHEL MILLS showcased her collection as aN interactive installation of light, colour and fashion; paying homage to the everlasting influence of the 80's. love love love.


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Rachel Mills is a young Auckland-born fashion designer. Graduating AUT in 2012 Mills went onto gain extensive experience in the New Zealand fashion scene before starting her own label of the same name. Mills’ keeps to an eponymous women’s fashion label which creates polished, functional, ready-to-wear garments. The label, based in Auckland, and locally sourced and manufactured, enforces getting dressed as a ritual rather than a chore. 

The Rachel Mills installation show shaped an interactive environment in a collaboration of light, colour and fashion all influenced by the iconic era of the 80’s.  The walk through show found you up close and personal with Mills’s new collection experiencing the fabrics, cuts and detail of every piece. Following the lay out of the installation each look was presented in a storey like manner, large lights and other props complimented a captivating scene taking you into the world of Rachel Mills. 


RACHEL MILLS, DESIGNER OF RACHEL MILLS: “Neokind takes a hint from one of the most self indulgent underground movements of the 80s, but in a much more socially conscious way. I set out to create something that had a similar essence of indulgence, yet within certain limitations. I have used fabrics sourced locally from suppliers who purchase unused remnants from larger fashion houses, as well as introducing some organic fabrics sourced from India, and repurposed textiles collected second hand. Bold reds and oranges in the form or silk taffeta and ribbed viscose, create varying textures. The outfit of my dreams in both comfort and style appears as a sportswear influenced pantsuit made from vintage wool, complete with visible selvages. Jumpsuits, coveralls, matched suits and colour blocking make for visually complete all-in-one outfits, making the ritual of getting dressed a contented undertaking.”  


LISA MATSON, MAKEUP DIRECTOR OF L'ORÉAL PARIS NZ: “My Rachel Mills look pays homage to the 80s – the more is more school of thought. A time when vibrant colour and overly accentuated facial features ruled. Rachel’s A/W18 collection takes inspiration from the New Romantic movement of the 80s and is filled with strong red and orange fabrics, so it was an easy choice to come up with a look that echoed these things. To keep the look current, I went for a modern dewy skin finish and made a point of blending and softening out all coloured edges; otherwise it was 80s all the way, starting with an overdose of blush on the cheeks and eyes. For the cheeks I used L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Nectarine, liberally applied along the base of the cheekbone then up through the temples in a wash. True Match Blush in Rosewood was also applied overtop of the first half of the contour; followed by True Match Illuminator Powder in Golden Glow along the upper cheekbone for extra skin radiance. The eyes were a blend of L’Oréal Paris Infallible Sculpt Trio Ombre Blush in Nude Beige and True Match Blush in Rosewood – the latter was only applied to mid lid and along the bottom lash line. The Brooke Shield-esk brows were created using L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Xpert and L’Oréal Paris Transparent Brow Artist Plumper and lashes were intensified with L’Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll. The dynamic vivid red lip, with its intentional pointed cupids-bow, was a combination of L’Oréal Paris Matte Lip Paint in Red Actually 204, applied as a stain only, and L’Oréal Paris Lacquer Lip Paint in Red Fiction 105 which was brushed over top specifically to the middle area of the lips, keeping within the stained edges.” 


Video & Stills | Amazir Aknine
Interviews | Zeenat Wilkinson
Write-up  | Bella Williams




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Her work as a fashion producer, writer, and freelance stylist can be seen in the likes of Vogue, Grazia, Nylon and Black Magazine. 100% dog person.