Fashion in the Chapel with Rachel Hunter

It’s not very often a supermodel hangs out in Maori Hill but last night, at the John McGlashan College Chapel, Rachel Hunter wowed us with her girl power. The event was organized by Arthur Barnett to showcase their spring/summer fashion collection and also raise money for The Cancer Society of NZ (Otago Southland Division).

Items from the goodie bag: Trelise Cooper cuff bracelet and Elle Macpherson Intimates rose fragranced candle.

Items from the goodie bag: Trelise Cooper cuff bracelet and Elle Macpherson Intimates rose fragranced candle.

A packed John McGlashan College Chapel

A packed John McGlashan College Chapel

The most riveting part of the evening was the ‘Interview with Rachel Hunter’. She came across as strong, brave, candid, sincere, down to earth and with her Kiwi identity firmly intact despite living overseas for many years. She handled, with dignity, some inappropriate questions about her personal life, and was keen for audience participation.

Rachel being interviewed by Damian and Nicky from MoreFM

Rachel being interviewed by Damian and Nicky from MoreFM

One of us asked Rachel what advice she had for women to stay in shape given how amazing she looks. We could all relate to her response that we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over a bit of weight gain or loss due to the rollercoaster of life events. She admits to enjoying Cadbury’s chocolate but would balance it out by doing some Bikram yoga or pilates. Being skinny is not the be-all-and-end-all; more important is feeling sensual and healthy. It was surprising to hear that her likely career as a dancer was cut short by catching the infection toxoplasmosis in her teens. She last visited Dunedin in July and described it as “beautiful” – brownie points there!

Items from various lines by Trelise Cooper

Items from various lines by Trelise Cooper

After Rachel’s interview, the main fashion parade proceeded with models from Ali McD Aart Model Agency. We’ve never seen the girls look so beautiful as they did in Trelise Cooper’s feminine floaty dresses. The parade also featured other NZ labels such as Ricochet, Icebreaker and Gregory.

From left: Ricochet, Noa Noa, Sandwich

From left: Ricochet, Noa Noa, Sandwich

Trelise Cooper Boardroom

Trelise Cooper Boardroom

From left: 'Enchanted Garden' dress and 'Check Her Out' dress, both by Trelise Cooper

From left: ‘Enchanted Garden’ dress and ‘Check Her Out’ dress, both by Trelise Cooper

Tinker dress by Coop

Tinker dress by Coop

From left: Trelise Cooper, Loobie's Story

From left: Trelise Cooper, Loobie’s Story

The Finale

The Finale

Thanks so much, Rachel, for coming down to Dunners!

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