As part of a special VIP weekend I had with Swiss-Belsuites, I was spoilt with an exclusive, private viewing of Hailwood’s upcoming collection with the designer himself! It all happened on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, where a bunch of my friends and I arrived at Adrian Hailwood’s store (which is normally closed but opened up just for us!) to hear his story, try on some of his stunning clothes for fun, all whilst being served the most delicious canapes and champagne!
Hailwood is a fashion heavyweight that has been in the industry for 20 years, so when the opportunity came to chat about all things fashion, I was over the moon! I found out Adrian Hailwood’s designs have graced the red carpet worldwide on superstars such as Tilda Swinton, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Celine Dion, Paloma Faith, and Lorde. In fact one of his proudest moments was in 2013, where pop superstar Lorde picked a Hailwood gown to wear on her first big international magazine cover BILLBOARD USA.
With all his success, it’s hard to believe that Adrian started sketching at the age of five, but got into fashion by mistake. His wealth of creativity has meant he has never missed a New Zealand Fashion Week, with his clothing ranging widely from street and printed tees, dresses to tailored evening wear and even suits. A fan of classic cuts with a bit of a twist, he does fall for trends and instead insists on making wearable clothes for women.
Adrian was so lovely to chat with, full of humour and was so much fun to hang out with we all ended up staying over time without realising. If that isn’t an indication of his energy, I don’t know what is! Adrian was also kind enough to gift me a crop jumper from his upcoming collection which I wear in the photo below – how cool is this?!
The Hailwood range is stocked throughout New Zealand, Australia, United States, Japan, Philippines, China, and the United Kingdom, with a flagship store open at 516 Karangahape Road, Auckland. Go check it out and say hi!