NZ Designers Inspire Student Collections at Debut Fashion Show

CPIT’s ‘Debut’ mid year fashion show, on Saturday the 26th of June, showcased the budding talent and hard work of third year fashion design students. Held at Burnside High Schools Aurora Centre seats were packed out and the lively crowd was buzzing with anticipation. The show, which lasted close to an hour, displayed some stand out talent emerging through the students highly promising design flair and aptitude.

Each of the twelve up-and-coming fashion students worked long and hard in preparation for the show, coming fresh from two-week long individual work placements with well-known designers and companies. These included Kate Sylvester, Sakaguchi, Lonely Hearts, Nyne, Adrian Hailwood, Karen Walker, Duncan & Prudence, Dual, Huffer, Mark V.Roosmalen, Sera Lily and lastly Mister.

Students were required to make everything from scratch in their collection as well as find appropriate models, hair and makeup, music and choreography for the catwalk. They were also designing with the aspiration to produce a collection that correlates with their work placements trends and themes. This was intended for the purpose of appealing to the individual clients target market, a reflection of that brand with their own style injected within.

Kicking off the show with a stand out chic style was Sighle Illston, with ‘Far From Home’ having worked with Kate Sylvester her range was inspired by the old fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. Sighle’s garments incorporated the use of tartan materials, beanies, cosy hooded capes and coats, feminine dresses, slouch knits, boots with ankle socks, pleating and relaxed tailoring. This attributed her range a youthful, casual and playful air, while also coming across as very wearable, I couldn’t help wanting to snag some of the garments for my own wardrobe.

Sighle Ilston / Kate Sylvester

Sighle Ilston / Kate Sylvester

Sighle Ilston / Kate Sylvester

Sighle Ilston / Kate Sylvester

Sighle Ilston / Kate Sylvester

Sighle Ilston / Kate Sylvester

‘Bike Me’ the collection of Jay Vatananan, who was placed with Huffer, put the emphasis on minimalist cool. Her range heralded effortless, everyday street funk, with a touch of biker added to the mix. Prominent was acid-washed denim, splashes of red, leather patches, curved panel lines and lace trimmings. Every outfit was complimented with sunglasses, funky footwear and a range of accessories and props.

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay’s overall projection was injected with funk and plenty of attitude. Her menagerie of models, nine in total, all put on a show of their own, comprising hip hop style dance, impressive synchronisation, fun use of props, sultry strutting and personality. Definitely an audience favourite with heightened cheers and applause all around.

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jay Vatananan / Huffer

Jessica Lily Britten’s polished collection, for Lonely Hearts, titled ‘What is Your Damage?’ was clearly evident of sophisticated and sleek design thinking. Inspired by the 1989 cult hit film ‘Heathers’, a bright awareness of classy yet restless femininity and schoolgirl authenticity filtered through her various pieces. With use of furs, floaty sheer silks, clean lines, plaid, light dresses, long school girl plaited ponytails, tailored slouch jackets and blazers, cropped trousers and multi layering the overall effect was impressively beautiful and sleek. No doubt she will be one to watch in the future.

Jessica Lily Britten / Lonely Hearts

Jessica Lily Britten / Lonely Hearts

Jessica Lily Britten / Lonely Hearts

Jessica Lily Britten / Lonely Hearts

Jessica Lily Britten / Lonely Hearts

Jessica Lily Britten / Lonely Hearts

Nikki McAllum’s collection ‘Twisted Geezers’ contained a mix-matched combination of quirky colours and tailoring. She used natural fibres such as British wool, clashing colours and textures, tailored cuts, funky props, canes, braces, top hats and velvets. Working with MisteR, Nikki was exposed to high end men’s wear, specialising in tailored but modern styles.

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Her male models wore the styles well just as the gentlemen they appeared to be. The climax of her display was reached when her only female model entered to Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’ dressed in a striking bright red pleated saloon style dress and preceded to lace her way through all the men, polishing off the performance.

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Nikki McAllum / MisteR

Overall this years ‘Debut’ show with out a doubt showcased some budding exceptional designer talent, some that will be well worth looking out for in the future…can’t wait for Pitch!

Review: Chloe Woffenden
Images: Paul Thelin

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2 Responses to “NZ Designers Inspire Student Collections at Debut Fashion Show”
  1. judy says:

    From what I can see, Nikki McAllum’s collection appeals to me the most. According to the finale of Nikki’s show, it is indeed well thought of. My personal view is that, although the collection have to appeal to the commercial market and the design criteria has to meet the brief, it needs to excite. It is a fashion show after all.
    Are we too scared these days to express our true feeling? The “feeling” of the art and design world in general is somewhat, tamed. Is this mood a reflection of society in which we live in nowadays? I wonder.

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