Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


NZ's Frances Howie Wins Smirnoff Fashion Award

Frances Howie of New Zealand wins URBAN FUSION Smirnoff International Fashion Awards 2001



TORONTO, Nov. 30 /CNW-AsiaNet/ --

Frances Howie of New Zealand was awarded the prestigious title of Smirnoff Designer of The Year at the 17th annual Smirnoff International Fashion Awards. This spellbinding multimedia Smirnoff Urban Fusion experience showcased eleven young designers from countries across the globe at Kool Haus in Toronto, before a crowd of more than a thousand people.

The Urban Fusion designs, models, music and dance performances assailed the senses creating a fantastic club experience more expansive than traditional fashion pageantry. The high energy level prevailed throughout the night, with headlining dj David Morales, pioneer of NYC house, closing the party down at 4:00a.m.

The most sought after student fashion award in the world, the Smirnoff Awards involve students from every continent competing to win the Grand Prize including a cash bursary of pnds stlg 15,000, automatic acceptance into the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, England, sponsorship of the student's graduating show and public relations representation for one year, a prize totaling pnds stlg 50,000.

Howie's winning designs are a virtual patchwork of contrasting cultures and identities. She incorporated tribal prints, graffiti, bolded stripes on Lurex knits and woven textiles, a stunning combination that reflected the New Zealand culture fused with global urbanity.

Smirnoff's URBAN FUSION second prize was awarded to Estabiliz Pecharroman from Spain and third prize to Colette Moore from the Republic of Ireland.

All of the participants affected the judges with the purity of their creations, and the final decision was difficult to make. "We are proud and thrilled for Frances as we are for all the other finalists who have displayed outstanding creativity," said David Racicot, Director, Global Marketing, The Smirnoff Company.

The esteemed panel of judges included Haydain Neale, lead singer for jacksoul, Lana Ogilvie, model/actress, Todd Lynn, designer, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg interior design team of Yabu Pushelberg, Bonnie Brooks, General Manager for Dickson Concepts, and Jeanne Beker, Host and Voice of Fashion Television and the Fashion Television Channel.

Smirnoff funds and wholly owns the Awards, providing ongoing support and contribution to the international fashion industry. Net proceeds from last night's Smirnoff's URBAN FUSION event will go to the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

For further information: Clara Northcott/ Antonella Giannone, Northcott Communications Inc. (416) 504-4405

SOURCE: Smirnoff International Fashion Awards;


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news