Monday, April 11, 2011

iD Dunedin Fashion Week wraps up

The 3000 strong audience at the two iD Fashion Shows in Dunedin were kept fashionably warmed by outstanding fashion designer collections on the 110m long runway of the Dunedin Railway Station on Friday 8 April and Saturday 9 April 2011. 

Australian fashion designers, Akira Isogawa, wowed audiences with his collection of exquisite designs that showcased his internationally renowned flair for innovation, intellect and culture. Further highlights included Liz Mitchell’s spectacular couture collection as well as stand-out vintage pieces from Charlotte Smith’s Darnell Collection.

Key points

Sixteen labels showed their winter collections at the 2011 iD Dunedin Fashion Week. Crowd-favourites caught the attention of the audience as the show opened with a colourful collection by Carlson, followed by dramatic collections by Nom*D, Mild Red and sophisticated pieces by Charmaine Reveley. Twenty-seven names, Company of Strangers and Lela Jacobs also graced the stage, alongside footwear designer, Kathryn Wilson, who made her iD debut at this year’s events. 

• The Capsule Collections featured eight mini collections from Elusiv, DADA, Vaughan Geeson, Lou and Ash and a joint showcase by the Cooper sisters, Tamsin and Emily, with their respective labels Tamsin Cooper and Silkbody. Three emerging designers also debuted in the Capsule Collections: Richard Moore (formerly label Dot Com), Maaike (Abbey van Schreven and Emilie Pullar) and Katie-maree Cole. The line-up was completed with collections by five graduates from the Otago Polytechnic School of Design. 

• The iD shows also featured the winners from the iD International Emerging Designer Awards which took place on Thursday, 7 April 2011. First place was awarded to Kate Bolzonello (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia). Second and third place winners, Shenaz Engineer (Queensland University of Technology, Australia) and Sarah Mok (Sydney University of Technology, Australia) and winner of the coveted Mittelmoda prize, Marie Kelly (Massey University, New Zealand).

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