"I found it limiting to restrict myself to gendered shapes and designs when I could communicate and create for everyone." — we speak to Ryan Turner about his latest collection: a colourful celebration of life, confidence and strength. 

Photography - Thian Benton-Fieulaine 

NZ Fashion Week is on again with its usual display of glitz and glamour. However, for the first time in its 18-year history, the creations of a Māori fashion designer have featured on day one.

There is always a sense of excitement when a designer shows at NZFW for the first time – and designer Ryan Turner is no exception to this. As a young man who is almost entirely self taught, his afternoon show in The Studio was one that many were watching with interest.

Innovative garment maker Ryan Turner favours family reminders and things that keep him young

Frayed, tattered, shredded, or torn — whatever you want to call it, less-than-perfect iterations of slip dresses and over-sized silhouettes are the style du jour for one of NZFW’s freshest talents

Ryan Turner founded his eponymous label in 2015 and the designer is known for his clever take on androgynous dressing. He will make his solo debut at  New Zealand Fashion Week  next week in a show that will showcase his unique style and flair for innovative garments. Ryan aims to redefine gender roles with his clothing and offer the wearer garments that push the boundaries but are still functional and great to wear.

Up-and-coming brands Georgia Alice, Wynn Hamlyn, Jarrad Godman, Rachel Mills and Ryan Turner are all run by young New Zealand-based designers who are looking to take  the country, and the world, by storm

Zakk d’Larté sat down with Auckland-based Māori designer Ryan Turner ahead of the upcoming New Zealand Fashion Week.

Inspired by androgynous European and Japanese styles, Turner’s designs originate from the combination of these two opposing cultures. His label offers unisex clothing and apparel to people of all genders, age and size.

“One of my goals is to redefine gender roles set by modern society,” he says, “and offer new and innovative garments that push the boundaries of commercial fashion, whilst maintaining a high level of comfort and functionality.”

Androgynous fashion has featured strongly on the local and international runways the past few seasons and Turner delivers his own version of it.

SHOP/SLOW is a pop-up store featuring local emerging designers from 19-25 February. Located in Ponsonby Central, Auckland, the store will highlight nine brands including Blue Blank, Courtney Pellow, Elisabeth Kwan, No Work To Do, Ryan Turner and Jason Lingard. Showcasing their artisan clothing and accessories, Shop/Slow is a natural recreation to modern day over-consumption and fast-fashion. "The idea to hold a pop-up grew from our desire to support each other and encourage local creativity and ethically-made products," said designer Jason Lingard. "Getting together as a group and having pop-ups like this means we can test our products, meet our customers face-to face while gaining valuable feedback and exposure." 

A few years ago, Ryan Turner wasn't sure where he was headed in life. 

Now at 23, he's on to his seventh clothing collection and dreams of growing his business beyond the scope of his garage-based studio.

Next month, the West Harbour fashion designer will be putting out his spring/summer collection and travelling around the country to promote it.

Mid. brought five independent fashion brands together for a runway event which was billed as a 'mid-season collaborative fashion show' in West Auckland recently.. The show featured labels Pinch & Punch, Jojo Ross, Ryan Turner, Petra Benton and Jason Lingard who are all small, independent brands, many of whom are in their first couple of seasons of ready to wear production. There is something particularly exciting about seeing fresh talent and new ideas on the runway so there was a full house gathered for the show at Arkade Hire in Avondale.

A great line up of new Auckland designers showed their current collections at mid., an independent fashion show held on Wednesday 1st of June at Arkade Hire in Avondale. It was so-named as mid. is a mid-season collaboration featuring New Zealand emerging labels including – Pinch & Punch, Jason Lingard, JoJo Ross, Petra Benton, Ryan Turner


Held at Arkade Hire on June 1st, the Mid Fashion Show launched collections by some of Auckland’s most talented and up and coming designers. The crowd was treated to a stunning display of varying aesthetics, looks and styles, all with a clearly distinctive vision and all locally (New Zealand) made.

There were five amazing designers that showcased their collections on the night: Pinch & Punch, Jojo Ross, Ryan Turner, Petra Benton and Jason Lingard.