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HITO heads to NZ Fashion Week

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Mikayla Pupich L backstage at her NZ Fashion Week photo shoot

For the second year running, HITO headed to New Zealand Fashion Week.

New Zealand Fashion Week is a major event in the hair and beauty industry calendar. Hundreds of apprentices and qualified stylists spend the week backstage, creating fantastic looks for the runway. For HITO, NZ Fashion Week was the perfect chance to help more young people kick-start a career in fashion and see the many opportunities available in a career in hair or beauty.

The HITO Hot New Talent Competition gave one hairdresser and one makeup artist the chance to get backstage at NZ Fashion Week. The lucky winners worked on shows, learned from incredible mentors, led a seminar, and took part in their own high fashion photo shoot.

The winners this year were Mikayla Pupich (hairdresser) and Paige Murdoch (makeup). Hairdressing superstar Mana Dave (Redken Platform Artist, former NZ Hairdresser of the Year, and owner of Blaze) mentored Mikayla, while Samala Robinson, makeup guru, head of Samala Robinson Academy, and owner of Samala Cosmetics mentored Paige.

Paige and Mikayla started their week at the New Generation shows on Tuesday and Wednesday. Paige also worked on the BlackEyePeach and Xplain show on Tuesday. They finished their week with the Graduate Show on Thursday, with Mikayla also working on hair for Carena West.

Thursday was a jam-packed day for our winners, who also ran a seminar and created a photoshoot on top of working on shows.

The seminar gave young people and secondary school students in the Auckland area the chance to hear more about a career in hair and beauty and soak up the Fashion Week atmosphere. Seminar attendees watched our Hot New Talent winners prepare for a photo shoot. The attendees also had the chance to ask any burning questions about hair and beauty, hear about all the opportunities available to HITO trainees, and even get up on stage to meet the competition winners and their mentors.

Thursday also saw Mikayla and Paige create a high fashion shoot. Working in conjunction with models, photographers, and stylists, Mikayla and Paige created the hair and makeup for a series of high fashion images. The shoot gave our winners the chance to see what an editorial shoot is like and create some work for their portfolios.

NZ Fashion Week ended on Thursday, but the week didn’t stop for HITO. NZ Fashion Week is followed by NZ Fashion Weekend, a chance for the public to experience, try, and buy the latest fashion and beauty trends.

HITO ran a dry styling bar in the NZ Fashion Weekend Beauty Hub. Former and current HITO apprentices, including HITO Apprentice of the Year winners, staffed the bar. The style bar team worked tirelessly over two days, creating fantastic hair and chatting to their clients about the benefits of apprenticeship. It was the perfect opportunity to help our award winners and apprentices grow, and show the fashion community what's so great about getting qualified in hair and beauty.

Working at NZ Fashion Week is just one of the many opportunities available to hair and beauty professionals. We had a fantastic time at NZ Fashion Week this year, and we can’t wait to see more HITO apprentices and qualified people go on to fashion careers.