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Kathryn Wilson

Runway for Ronald: Q&A with Kathryn Wilson


It’s that time of the year again, the time of the year when we get to see all the latest and greatest sartorial selections hit the runway for the M Factor Fashion Show for 2019.

 

Kathryn Wilson

 

What attracted you to become involved with Ronald McDonald House?
It’s a cause that is important to me. I remember hearing first-hand about what they’re dealing with in terms of lack of funding and thought ‘how can we help?’
I’ve been an ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities for six years, so we align our brand with the house with several events throughout the year. We support the house with proceeds from our public ticketed shows and our head office team recently did a cooking evening for some of the families staying there.
For anyone who hasn’t visited the houses before, it’s quite neat to know you’re always welcome to cook or volunteer there. It was so awesome for our team to see, not just the kids staying in Starship, but the impact for their siblings as well that are living away from their homes.
Once I heard there was the catwalk show, it was an easy decision. I had to be involved.

 

What are you most looking forward to about the Fashion Show in April?
We don’t often get to do events outside of where we are based. Our head office and retail stores are in Auckland, so it’s amazing to have an opportunity to connect with customers and stockists throughout the country. It’s a really well run event; I’ve worked with Maree from M Factor Events before and she makes it easy for us to be involved because she’s such a professional.
We’re due to have a baby very soon, so I won’t be able to personally attend, but I’ll be there in spirit. It’s great to be able to share our collections on the catwalk and see our products come to life.

 

You released your Autumn/Winter footwear range last month, can you tell us a bit more about that and where you drew your inspiration from?
The winter collection is a return to the ‘90s, with pointed toes; red and black and white; textured and printed leathers. They’re bold and make the wearer feel super confident and like she can take on the world, whether they’re in the boardroom or at home with two toddlers.

 

What other exciting things can we expect from the brand this year?
We’ve got Fashion Week in August and our annual Queenstown show, which is in its eighth year in August.
Lola is four now, so she’s going to school soon and we have our new one on the horizon for the family, so it will be challenging times ahead.
Timed in with the arrival of our new baby, we have Baby Wilsons on the cards – a collection of toddler and baby shoes. We’re also moving head office with new space for the team and we’re looking at retail opportunities outside of Auckland, which is all part of our expansion plans for the next five years.

 



 

M Factor Fashion Show

A decade of fabulous fashion


Ready, set, fashion – designers and celebrities are set to hit the catwalk wearing the latest New Zealand fashion to support families with a child in hospital on Thursday 4 April.

 

M Factor Fashion Show

 

In its tenth year, the annual M Factor Fashion Show will bring together some of the most talented designers from across the country to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island.
Guests at the family-friendly fashion show held at The Tannery for the first time will see collections from the likes of Trelise Cooper, Kathryn Wilson, Repertoire, Working Style, Ruby Six, Kilt and the usual favourites such as Annah Stretton, Augustine and many more, including children’s clothing labels such as Alaska Tees and Scarlett and Victor.

After the success of last year’s Fashion Show at The Transitional Cathedral, Maree Lucas, Owner and Events Organiser at M Factor Events is looking forward to bringing more glitz, glamour and fashion to the event’s tenth anniversary show.
Ronald McDonald House South Island CEO Mandy Kennedy says she is humbled by Maree’s dedication to supporting the charity year after year and cannot wait to see what’s on the catwalk this year.

The event will be held at 7pm on Thursday 4 April at The Tannery. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.co.nz and are priced at $75 for VIP, table $750, adult $55 and $30 for children and students. Funds raised from this event will go towards taking care of the thousands of families who walk through the doors of a Ronald McDonald House each year.