Introducing your new #MBStyleStar fashion muse

For a country the size of America’s Colorado state, we punch well above our weight when it comes to fashion. New Zealand has produced innumerable fashion designers, stylists, pattern makers and fashion bloggers, known across the globe for the care and attention we place on how we present ourselves to the world.

With this in mind, we’re absolutely itching for New Zealand Fashion Week next week.

Every year, Mercedes-Benz partners with a prominent fashion designer to open NZ Fashion Week with a hiss and a roar. This year, Zambesi were named as the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Presents designer, and will open this year’s fashionable festivities with their runway show on Monday 28th August.

Why Zambesi, you ask? The Mercedes-Benz Presents accolade is a global initiative, recognising the designers who demonstrate dedication to their craft through the use of high quality materials, innovative design principles, and cutting-edge style. The Kiwi label satisfies this brief entirely, as one of the country’s most recognised and respected labels. Since 1979, Zambesi continues to use local suppliers to produce garments that reflect the realism and imagination of their designers.

Presenting their 2018 Autumn/Winter collection at the Flooring Foundation Runway will be a sure highlight of NZ Fashion Week. No doubt the front row will boast the who’s who of New Zealand fashion, as well as some international fashion bloggers.

One such fashion aficionado is Patrick John Paredes, the winner of this year’s Mercedes-Benz #MBStarStyle competition. The luxury car brand challenged the New Zealand public to show them their #MBStarStyle on Instagram, and out of the thousands who entered, named Patrick as the winner of the luxurious VIP NZ Fashion Week package.

Patrick will enjoy two VIP tickets to Mercedes-Benz Presents Zambesi at New Zealand Fashion Week 2017, one night of luxury accommodation at the Grand Millennium Auckland for him and a friend, and a $500 Zambesi voucher.

Boasting 26,000 followers on Instagram, the Auckland-based fashion stylist counts Vetements, Acne, Comme des Garcons and Balenciaga as some of his favourite luxury fashion labels, and is a mainstay at the front rows of prominent fashion shows.

Embodying the epitome of street style, Patrick’s style is an eclectic mix of ‘90s throwbacks, ripped knee jeans, flashes of Coca-Cola red, zip detailing, and a sneaker collection we can only dream about having.

Check out some of our favourite style moments here:



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someday I'm gonna eyeroll myself into another dimension.

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Destined for NZ Fashion Weekend? Make sure you head to the Mercedes-Benz activation for the chance to win an incredible prize!

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