On the evening of Saturday 13th June, a select number of guests arrived to Whitespace Gallery to find the artistic space transformed. Calm, white, soft tones ran from the walls across the tables, adorned with seashells filled with salt and pepper, and old silverware with faux-ivory handles. Tea light candles warmed the mood to a relaxed, friendly, weekend bach getaway atmosphere. Matched perfectly to this atmosphere, guests were greeted with light yet delicious truffle and brie canapé toasts.
Emcee for the evening, and director of Bintang Models, Patric Seng addressed our esteemed guests for the evening. He spoke briefly on the East meets West nature, and values of the agency, but stepped back to let his well-orchestrated evening of food, fun, friends and models do the talking.
As an entrée guests were served by Auckland's unique pop up dining and catering company - Gourmet A Gogo, a verenne of salmon, 3 ways with salmon, smoked, gravalax + creamed, set in a sparkling vermouth + lemon jelly.
Guests visual appetites were not disappointed by the first serving of fashion. Designer Jessica Greetham's collection 'Bilateral' mixed the concepts of gothic architecture and the rare insect condition known as gynandromorphism. As perpendicular as these concepts may seen, Jessica blended them perfectly, with well executed, subtle, but necessary detailing, with powerful colour contrast. Guests were so taken with her garments they were trying to convince her to sell them, but were unsurprised to hear they were not the first to ask!
Punctuating the two up and coming designers of the evening was Gourmet A Gogo's main meal - lamb cutlets with salsa verde, golden vegetable ragout, saffron angel hair pasta, cucumber and cos mint salad. Perfectly cooked lamb for a large number of guests was impressive enough, but the salsa verde, according to some sneaky, peckish models, really brought the dish to the next level.
'Blurred', by designer Lilja Viggosson drew the contrast of silhouette and structure together to produce striking and incredibly powerful garments. The power of these garments came from selectively concealing and revealing particular parts of the body. Just the right amount of detailing drew your attention to every aspect of the garment, whilst cohesively coming together to present a sexy, powerful presence. A large number of guests took to their cameras and enthusiastically interacted with the models for a photo opportunity with the work of NZ's soon to be leading designers.
The night was brought to a warm, cosy end, as the lights were replaced with tea-light candles upon each guests dessert plate, adorned with chocolate, raspberry and vanilla flavours for guests to let their creativity flow into. The Bintang models came out to join the guests and show them that Bintang models are skilled with not only with all aspects of modelling, but poise and social engagement also. Skilfully made up by the talented crew of Face Me Makeup, they shone throughout the evening as professional models. The Gourmet A Gogo time could finally wipe their brows and give themselves a well deserved pat on the back for a well executed and intriguing menu, with minimal kitchen facilities.
Guests wound up the evening visually stimulated, comfortably full of wonderful food, dancing away to the mixes of DJ Matt.
Article ⎮ Adrian Pearce. Photos ⎮ Suki Zhang.
Our Special Thanks to:
Gourmet A Gogo ⎮ Whitespace Gallery ⎮ Designer Jessica Greetham & Lilja Viggosson ⎮ Backstage Manager Jo McAteer ⎮ Head of Artistry Elizabeth Canales-Ron (Face Me Makeup) and stylists Camila, Monica, Kurt ⎮ MUA & Stylists Adjoa, Ruth, Samara & Rhea ⎮ Event Photographer Suki Zhang ⎮ DJ Matt ⎮ Media Photographer Norrie Montgomery ⎮ Lucky Draw Sponsor 247HealthBeauty