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My Heels Are Killing Me

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New Zealand's foremost fashion podcast where Sonia Sly goes behind the scenes of the fashion industry to find out what exists beyond its glamorous façade.

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Rise of the Y-Front

May 11th, 2019


Jockey launched the Y-Front in the U.S. in 1935 and five years later the product landed on our shores, and it's been a favourite for Kiwi men ever since. In this final episode of RNZ podcast My Heels Are Killing Me, …

The Business of Underwear: Flesh is More

May 4th, 2019


"On the red carpet Kim Kardashian wore a slip that I designed and it was designed to be worn in the bedroom," says Kiwi lingerie designer Chloe …

Ahead of her time

April 27th, 2019


From a pair of hand-knitted baby booties to a fully-blown business two-decades on selling not one, but two lifestyle brands, seems a far cry from …

A share of wardrobe

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of My Heels are Killing Me, Belinda Watt Head of Fashion at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, shoe designer Kathryn Wilson and …

Championing change in a volatile marketplace

April 11th, 2019


It might be hard to imagine life without the internet and the ease that technology has brought to our lives.
In this episode of My Heels are Killing …

Karen Walker - 'The gate keepers have gone'

July 6th, 2018


In this final episode of My Heels Are Killing Me for Season 4, Karen Walker talks to Sonia Sly in front of a live audience at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery about nurturing new talent, the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange …

Sharing the love - The Aloha Shirt

June 29th, 2018


In this installment of My Heels Are Killing Me, Sonia Sly heads to Te Papa to find out about historical and contemporary views on the Aloha shirt.

Will the bricks come tumbling down?

June 22nd, 2018


Surviving in the retail industry is tough, and today, it's a battle for stores to keep their cash registers ticking over. 

Olivia Fleming - the highs and lows of a New York dream

June 14th, 2018


The fashion industry is a hungry beast and beyond its glossy facade are people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. But what is it like to be in the thick of it as an editor for a top international publication in one …

Dictating the terms of ageing

June 7th, 2018


The beauty and fashion industries have long dictated what's deemed acceptable or desirable. And now that we're in an age of inclusiveness where does that leave women and the question of ageing?

Hip-hop, B-boys and kicks

June 1st, 2018


DJ Sir-Vere's sneaker obsession has seen him amass an impressive 500 pairs of kicks, some worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Reimagining the future of fashion

May 26th, 2018


Turkey tail mushrooms, subverting the male gaze, a story of migration and hidden circular forms inspire the work of emerging designers at iD Dunedin …

The garment that changed the fashion landscape

May 18th, 2018


Jeans are a ubiquitous staple in many wardrobes. And today, jeans are big business with street wear denim brands competing against premium labels. 

Benny Castles: Carving out a career in high end fashion

May 12th, 2018


Benny Castles from WORLD addresses the changes in the New Zealand fashion industry and the challenges of local production and more in this episode of My Heels Are Killing Me recorded live at iD Dunedin Fashion Week.

Cutting through the noise

May 3rd, 2018


Fashion photographer David James talks about the challenges of cutting through the noise in the online space, why he learnt about the commerce of fashion during an experience in New York, and why grit and extracting …

New season of Heels coming soon!

April 7th, 2018


Season four of My Heels Are Killing Me starts 6 May with a new look show that explores sub-cultures and the social contexts that inform the fashion …

Allbirds - The right amount of nothing

November 17th, 2017


Former World Cup soccer player Tim Brown on finding the right amount of nothing in an overcrowded market and why launching his sustainable footwear …

A new eclecticism

November 10th, 2017


New Zealand's design landscape is starting to reflect our multiculturalism. Four designers discuss how their cultural heritage inspires and …

Defusing fashion's ticking time bomb

October 29th, 2017


Today there are a multitude of pressures placed on designers in the fashion industry as consumers increasingly demand transparency in the …

Dan Roberts: Capturing a mood in street style

October 29th, 2017


The international fashion week circuit has become more like a circus than ever before. In this episode of My heels are killing me Sonia Sly chats to a Kiwi street-style photographer who shares the ins and outs of what …

Fashion’s inclusive new mood

October 20th, 2017


Fashion is often a signal of a change in the air, reflecting societal norms and values. On RNZ podcast My Heels Are Killing Me Sonia Sly meets designer Jason Lingard who says being gay and growing up in a small farming …

Bridging the gap on fur in fashion

October 13th, 2017


Fur is controversial in the fashion industry and wearing it today is a statement of nothing more than excess. The controversy lies not only in the hands of the designers producing it, but also those who are buying …

Kathryn Wilson lets her shoes do the talking

October 6th, 2017


Designer Kathryn Wilson has thoroughly tread the boards of the Kiwi footwear industry. She talks to Sonia Sly about her naïve passion launching a label 15 years ago, how bumps in the road serve as milestones and... moon …

Working Style part of a 'perfect storm'

September 29th, 2017


A rising interest in menswear is a global trend and New Zealand label Working Style have experienced the ebbs and flows of what it means to be in the suit game. Sonia Sly heads to Auckland to meet founder Chris Dobbs …

'Everything has to be unmistakably NOM*d'

September 22nd, 2017


NOM*d founder Margi Robertson talks about her iconic 30-year-old brand, the one thing she would save in a fire and why summer is a season that never …

Changing the game

September 15th, 2017


What are the game-changers for fashion buyers and influencers? And why is Instagram booming in Asia? Sonia Sly chats to David Jones buying manager Teneille Ferguson and influencers Mary Seng and David Wong.

Bridalwear chilled to perfection

September 15th, 2017


Trish Peng is a designer who creates show-stopping wedding gowns. At last year's NZ Fashion Week her 25-metre long train broke a world record and this year she created a dress that had to be kept in the chiller.

Fashion's front-row dramas

August 28th, 2017


Murray Bevan, founder of fashion PR agency Showroom 22, on what happens when the claws come out at New Zealand Fashion Week, working with Karen Walker and facing a female-dominated industry 15 years ago.

Stolen Girlfriends Club: Beyond the rock n' roll facade

May 8th, 2017


Being in the fashion industry is like trying to stay in control of a car that’s about to veer off the road, according to Marc Moore the founder of …

Karen Walker: The changing tide of fashion

May 1st, 2017


What does it take to run a global brand and continue to grow a business in a cluttered market? Karen Walker talks about the changing tides of fashion, the global marketplace and sleepless nights in an industry that has …

A Fashionable Ambition

April 24th, 2017


Caitlan Mitchell is the editor for one of the longest running industry magazines in the country. She speaks to Sonia Sly about ambition, modelling, fashion photography and the relevance of print in the digital age.

Prop styling in New York

April 18th, 2017


New York-based Kiwi Rachel Stickley knows all about styling props. When she's on the job her art tools are at the ready and she could be doing …

Young visionaries and the future of fashion

April 11th, 2017


If you want to know what the future of fashion looks like it pays to keep an eye on emerging designers who create without boundaries. Sonia Sly meets emerging designers from around the world to find out what their …

Making the modern gentleman

April 4th, 2017


What does it take to make the modern gentleman? With a love of art and design New Zealand menswear label, French 83, provides a twist on classic …

Creating a career in the Big Apple

March 28th, 2017


When Jonathan Thai moved from New Zealand to New York to get his dance career moving, he never would have imagined that be styling editorial shoots …

From the runway to the great outdoors

March 22nd, 2017


Headhunted to work for Tom Ford's eponymous label just as it was getting off the ground was like watching history in the making, according to designer Quentin Hart who worked with Ford for 3 years until he decided to …

Yu Mei: East meets West

December 6th, 2016


Jessie Wong, 23, is taking the fashion industry by storm with her luxury leather accessories brand, Yu Mei. She explains why a good bag should …

'I try to mix it up a wee bit'

November 29th, 2016


Anabela Rea talks trends, landing a job in fashion and the importance of promoting cultural diversity and clothing that works for all types of women.

Growing a brand in a fickle digital world

November 22nd, 2016


Kelly Thompson is the ultimate multi-tasker. The former Wellington makeup artist and photographer is based in Melbourne and is best known for her …

Wynn Hamlyn: striving for perfection

November 15th, 2016


Wynn Hamlyn Crawshaw is a young designer who moved from a career in construction to developing his own womenswear label.

The Importance of Well Made Clothes

November 8th, 2016


Courtney Sanders is a Melbourne-based Kiwi and co-founder of Well Made Clothes. She talks to Sonia Sly about setting up an online ethical clothing business and a movement towards slow fashion.

Jimmy D: There's more to life than fashion

November 1st, 2016


Auckland-based designer James Dobson talks about life before the internet, meeting the needs of a clientele that range from 15-60, and why he has to remind himself that there is more to life than fashion.

Pearly Wong's International Minimalism

October 25th, 2016


Pearly Wong is a fashion designer based between Malaysia and Berlin. She talks to Sonia Sly about catering to an international market place and the realities of the industry for Malaysian designers.

Model Talk

October 18th, 2016


Sonia Sly meets two New Zealand models to talk about life on and off the runway.

NZ Fashion Week 2016 - Day Five

August 25th, 2016


What lies behind the facade of Instagram and outfit shots? Fashion blogger Alison Gordan chats about her website Modesto and keeping up appearances while being a country girl at heart.

NZ Fashion Week 2016 - Day Four

August 25th, 2016


Day Four was all about the group shows, with a side of racy swimwear... Sonia Sly catches up with Assia Benmedjdoub, editor of Australian publication, Ragtrader.

NZ Fashion Week 2016 - Day Three

August 24th, 2016


Sonia Sly and Simply You editor Naomi Larkin discovers the secrets to blending music with storytelling on the runway and finds out why coats made of carpet may be your ticket to AW17 style.

NZ Fashion Week 2016 - Day Two

August 23rd, 2016


Sonia Sly and  fashion blogger Vlad Tichen dissect the good, the bad and the "mind -blowing" from day two of NZ Fashion Week.

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