Jacket Sarah Parker, stylist's own earrings. 

a new zealand adolescence

We caught up with a few of the kids making clothes and impressions, and asked them about being young in New Zealand and their own (very recent) teenage years.

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16 February 2016, 1:30am

Jacket Sarah Parker, stylist's own earrings. 

Maybe it's all that fresh air, but something over the water is producing waves of impossibly young and exciting Kiwi designers. When we look at Nicola Luey's varsity jackets we wanna re-enroll in high school, while peeping Sarah Parkers' puffers has us planning a trip to the snow. After all this we thought we better catch up with this latest batch of creatives to talk about being young, free and Kiwi. Photographer Rebecca Zephyr Thomas captured their sweet efforts—just don't get a toothache. 

What's your name?
Sarah Parker.

What were you like in high school?
Focused.

Who did you love?
My friends and Stevie Nicks.

Right now, what's inspiring you?
Japanese pop culture.

What are you excited about?
Developing a new collection—and the Gilmore Girls revival!

What song can't you stop listening to?
Grimes, California.

Last YouTube clip you watched?
Beyoncé, Formation.

@sarahparker_____

Jacket Nicola Luey, shorts vintage from MagicHollow, stylist's own clips.

What's your name?
Nicola Luey.

Who did you love in high school?
I was forever crushing on Danny Zuko from Grease.

If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?
Go to the My Chemical Romance concert, they will break up and you will cry about it.

Since My Chemical Romance, how have you changed?
I've grown out my side fringe.

How is being a young designer in New Zealand unique?
We have the opportunity to be apart of the generation that shapes NZ (especially Auckland) into the exciting and established place it will be. People often aspire to run away to big cities, but they often already have so many layers of history that your voice could get lost in. Auckland is still young but it's growing up fast, and we can be apart of that history!

If you weren't making clothes, what would you be doing?
I'd like to think I'd make a good florist, but in reality I've always known I've never had an second option after making clothes.

What was the last thing you Googled?
"Did Hilary Duff really break up with her husband?"

@notnicola

Jacket and Pants Zoey Radford Scott, top Lily Van Buskirk, shoes Georgia Bretnall, stylist's own earrings. 

What's your name?
Zoey Radford Scott.

What were you like in high school?
A lot of things: I was a cheerleader thinking I was in Bring it On, then addicted to surfing thinking I was in Blue Crush.

How have you changed?
I think I'm more confident maybe and a bit more on to it, but still very care-free

If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?
Don't drink Passion Pop.

How is being a young designer in New Zealand unique?
You can do whatever the fuck you want and it's all good.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
So many wishes, but i think to forever be happy.

What are you excited about right now?
My move to New York—no house, no job and everything is new.

@zoeyradfordscott

Top Beach Knickers, jeans Emma Mulholland, shoes Vans, stylist's own clips, belt and earrings. 

What's your name?
Rose Ackland.

When you were in school, who did you love?
My older sister! I thought she was pretty cool. I loved Brittany Murphy too, and watched Uptown Girls probably 122 times.

What about heroes?
My parents, I come from a family of five kids.

If you could tell your teenage self one thing, what would it be?
There is so much to look forward too and you will have the best boy friend ever.

When did you know you wanted to be a designer?
I always loved fashion but wanted to do something more to help people, like nursing. I went to fashion school because it's all I knew and what I was always interested in. In my last year of uni I finally realised how much impact the fashion industry has on the world and how much it needs to change.

That's awesome. Tell us about being a young designer in New Zealand.
It's easier to meet people and have people see your work because we are a small country and not everyone has a go at it.

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
To live a happy and full healthy life.

Last thing you Googled?
What side a zip goes in on a dress.

Last YouTube clip you watched?
Models falling over—so sorry, so mean!

@beachknickers

Shoes Georgia Bretnall. 

What's your name?
Georgia Bretnall.

What were you like in high school?
I was totally the kid that lived in the art room. I like to think of my art teacher, Mrs Elliott, as my fairy godmother. There is no way I would have left school early for fashion design without her!

Besides Mrs Elliott who were your heroes?
Tavi Gevisnon—still is!

How have you changed?
I think I haven't changed a whole lot in terms of who I am, but what has changed is that I have found the confidence to be unapologetic about who I am especially in a creative sense.

With that in mind, what's one thing you'd like to tell your teen self?
It's only been a year since I was a teenager and still feels like I am so not too sure yet!

Right now, what's inspiring you?
The huge movement of young female creatives and all of the amazing groups and networks that are being formed everywhere around the globe!

@georgiabretnall

Bonnie (L) bikini and shorts Emma Mulholland, Libby (R) vintage bikini, Emma Mulholland shots, stylist's own clips. 

Jacket and tshirt Nicola Luey, bikini bottoms Lonely, stylist's own clips.

Jacket Nicola Luey, shorts vintage from MagicHollow, stylist's own clips.

Top and skirt Cocurata, stylist's own earrings and clips.

Jacket Karen Walker, shorts Stolen Girlfriend's Club, stylist's own clips.

Top Bape, pants Dickies from Good as Gold stylist's own belt.

Top and hat Emma Mulholland.

Credits


Photographer Rebecca Zephyr Thomas
Stylist Imogen Wilson  
Stylist Assistant Rose Morgan
Photo Assistant Lola Rose
Hair, Makeup and Nails Tanya Barlow  
Models Libby and Bonnie at Unique Models