As we emerge from the depths of winter and into spring’s decidedly warmer embrace, a celebratory mood is certainly in the air. After all, summer is around the corner. Taking this idea and running with it in a big way is Commercial Bay, where this Saturday, the Downtown shopping and hospitality precinct will play host to an incredible festival of fashion and music, as well as a month-long celebration of the season via installations, designer meet-and-greets and more. Called ‘Solstice’, the free-ticketed event will comprise an impressive fashion show and live performance by renowned music duo BROODS, and is just the beginning of what is shaping up to be an exciting few weeks for the popular precinct.
Set to take place this Saturday, the 23rd of September, Solstice will see Commercial Bay’s ground-level laneway turned into a spectacular 26-metre runway, as ticket-holders are invited to witness a preview of the upcoming season’s latest trends and collections from the likes of Elle & Riley, Wynn Hamlyn, Maje, Sandro, Aje, Superette, Kate Sylvester, Twenty Seven Names, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, RM Williams and more. There is a selection of limited-release, allocated tickets to the fashion show, which will start at 8pm, with BROODS’ performance kicking off at 7:30pm, followed by a very fun after party at Reign & Pour, boasting DJ sets by Rain and China Katayanagi from 9:30pm and limited edition Solstice cocktails made with Malfy Gin.
Those eager to shop the runway can do so at certain Commercial Bay retailers who will be opening their doors after the show, or via a digital lookbook complete with in-store discounts and special offers for ticket holders. And if all that wasn’t enough, every Thursday evening in October, there will be opportunities for fashion enthusiasts to get up close and personal with some of their favourite designers via special meet-and-greets. From Wynn Hamlyn to the duo behind Aje and more, see here for dates and times of these exclusive sessions.
Tickets can be secured here, and for anyone who wants to make a night of it, Commercial Bay’s Harbour Eats and its various restaurants offer the perfect places to start with a satiating meal, either pre- or post-show. Origine will even be offering a special pre-show menu comprising two snacks and three courses for $90, available for bookings between 5:30pm and 6pm on show day.
And even when the unmissable runway extravaganza is over, Commercial Bay will be adorned in spring-worthy Solstice decorations and activations until the end of October, including a temporary photobooth that will be set up on Little Queen Street in which visitors can snap unforgettable memories.
So, why not mark spring’s long-awaited arrival with a festival of fashion, food, music and more at one of Auckland’s favourite destinations? Solstice is shaping up to be the celebration of the season, so gather your friends, book in a pre-show dinner, secure your tickets and enjoy a front-row seat to all the action.