Elle Macpherson to host first NZFW gala

Elle Macpherson.
Elle Macpherson. Photo credit: Reuters

Modelling legend Elle Macpherson will host New Zealand Fashion Week's (NZFW) inaugural gala event.

The "sophisticated, luxury event celebrating the best and brightest of New Zealand’s fashion and social scenes" will be held at SkyCity in Auckland on September 27.

"The modern Gala Ball setting will include fashion shows curated by the team at New Zealand Fashion Week, extravagant venue dressing, a four-course gourmet dinner and live music and entertainment," organisers said on Sunday.

"The pinnacle of the event will be a discussion with Elle Macpherson on her career, personal fashion style, entrepreneurialism and philanthropy."

Macpherson, dubbed 'The Body' by Time in 1986, said it was an honour.

"New Zealand is so innovative and holds a special place in my heart.  I think it's fascinating that a country with such a generally relaxed attitude to life and a strong sense of community, also achieves so much on the world stage."

The gala is "inspired by the likes of New York City's Met Gala or London's GQ Men of the Year Ceremony", and will be run in conjunction with Duco Events.

"There is no one in New Zealand who can stage a Gala like this to a higher standard than Duco Events, and we're confident they’ll create a night to remember," said NZFW founder Dame Pieter Stewart.

Organisers say each year will see a different "A-List celebrities from the world of fashion and high-society" host the gala.

Tickets for a 10-seater table at the first gala start at $3392.50. Money raised will go to The Rising Foundation, which helps at-risk youth.

Macpherson has recently made headlines for her relationship with Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced former doctor behind the deadly anti-vaccination movement.