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Frederica Elbourne
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

INTERNATIONALLY renowned fashion designer Hupfeld Hoerder continues to rub shoulders with the world as he joins other top global designers tonight for a show in New Zealand.

And he happily admitted from Auckland yesterday that he was relaxed.

"I sent everything before I got here," he said.

"We don't have to go back stage for fitting because everything has been prepared by them, even the models, so I can relax."

Mr Hoerder will join 19 other top designers from each of the participating member countries of the Rugby World Cup for the Pacific's best and the world's only indigenous fashion show.

The show, which will be held at Vector Arena today and tomorrow is part of New Zealand's national carnival Real New Zealand Festival.

His participation at the show follows a personal written invitation from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

The designers show involved the use of New Zealand Merino wool.

For the outfit he prepared, Mr Hoerder mixed masi and New Zealand Merino wool in a black spandex dress that he named My Hanua, Fenua and Vanua. Mr Key told Mr Hoerder in the invitation letter that his garment would be part of a global promotional campaign linked to the New Zealand Government's promotion of the event.

"As a member of the International Designer Collection produced by Style Pasifika, you will receive global exposure for you and your brand."

"New Zealand would be delighted to have you in this collection and know your participation will touch the hearts and minds of many around the world," said Mr Key in the letter.