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Come To The Party

Come To The Party

Chanel, Pool Parties and Martini Cocktails inspire winners of
the 25th Annual Invista Lycra Student Fashion Awards 2005


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Photo credit: Brendan O’Hagan. Hair: Phillip Heketoa – Cut Above. Make Up: Emma Hollis – Cut Above. Models: Nova Models - Victoria Eremeeva, Sandi Wester, Ryan Cooper.

The winners of the 25th Lycra® Has It™ Student Fashion Awards came to the party this year full of innovation and creativity.


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The theme for this year’s Awards was COME TO THE PARTY: Now is the time to dress to impress at the party of the year, working the floor and being inspired by the music and mood of the event. Garments had to comprise of inventive mixtures and cosmetic qualities, with dazzling contrasts of patterns and proportions coming together to capture attention.


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Activewear Winner - Ana Walsh - Moto Chic

The awards attracted an outstanding number of entrants from design students throughout the country which made judging no easy task.


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All garments, which must feature fabric made with Lycra®, were judged on originality, creativity, construction and quality of presentation. The judges were looking for original and exciting designs combining eclectic and decorative influences aimed at the social party exhibitionist.


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The Awards were judged across five categories: Swimwear, Intimate Apparel, Activewear, Streetwear and Menswear, with the Supreme Award being judged across all categories.


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Intimate Winner - Sarah MacDonald - Lillie

The judging panel of RJC designer Claire Kingan-Jones, Television Presenter Nickie Omer and NZ Herald Viva fashion editor Fiona Hawtin were unanimous in their decision to award Sue McArthur of Bay from Plenty Polytechnic the overall Supreme Award for her design titled Karl’s Pool Party.


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Sue’s entry combined fun and innovation in design matching knee-length swim shorts with a ‘chanel’ styled jacket complete with detailed braiding and chain trim. The judges were impressed with the originality of the design and its beautiful construction. Sue was also awarded first place in the Menswear section for her unique design.


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Runner up position in the Menswear category went to Shanell Jarvie from Otago Polytechnic with her two piece outfit of wrap pants and top titled Oh So Sexy. Highly commended went to Hannah Hiatt for her impressive duo design entitled Kinetic Cloth. The judges were impressed with Hannah’s new-age use of devore: a technique where cotton fibres are burnt out to create a web-like texture.
“The devore two-piece would have to be one of the stand-out pieces of the awards,” said Claire Kingan-Jones.


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The Activewear section attracted a variety of entrants, from roller blade chic to sequined tutus. The winner was Ana Walsh from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic whose motocross inspired entry was praised for innovation. Titled Moto Chic this was a well thought out piece of design which highlighted a combined knowledge of function and style.


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Supreme Winner & Menswear Winner - Sue McArthur - Karl's Pool Party

Runner up in the Activewear section was Sue McArthur from Bay of Plenty Polytechnic with her design Chanel in the Running. This runner's ensemble evoked the style of Coco Channel, with her signature turban, checks, pearls and white camellia. The perfect garment to ‘come to the party’ in and celebrate the runner’s Olympic gold medal. Kristie Broad from Otago Polytechnic was highly commended for her one piece leotard Summer Hits, featuring elastic binding details front and back with mesh side inserts.


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Taking out first place in the Swimwear category was Selena Ounsworth from Wanganui UCOL with her playful one piece titled When the Boys are Away. Made from Nylon Lycra® knit this combination playsuit come strapless swimsuit included a scalloped bust at the front with a black sashed waist.


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Runner up went to Stephanie Scott from C.P.I.T. Fashion School for her design Miss Bling Bling. This two-piece suit was decorated with Rhinestones giving it a dose of high voltage glamour perfect for a poolside party. Highly commended went to Caroline Anderson from Massey University for her Seabreeze halter-neck swimsuit in a dyed deep ocean green and Sheree Parker from AUT with her one piece Glitz and Glam swimsuit.


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Streetwear Winner - Juniper Hull - Martini Girl

Inspiration for the winning garment in the Streetwear section came from the ultimate in party cocktails, the Martini. Wanganui UCOL Juniper Hull’s aptly named design Martini Girl reflected the design brief perfectly - combining eclectic and decorative influences aimed at the social party exhibitionist. This bolero jacket with gloves in candy stripe is worn over a yellow dress gathered at the waist topped off with a black neck tie. Runner up in this category went to Mingwei Li from Massey University for her design A Date in Double Denim. The impressive Lycra® dress worn over leggings was hand printed by the designer using the sublamat process.


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The winner of the Intimates category was Sarah Macdonald from Otago Polytechnic with her 1920’s inspired piece titled Lillie. Featuring a boob tube worn over briefs layered with frills, this beautifully constructed garment incorporated nylon and Lycra®. Haley Morrison of Otago Polytechnic was runner up with her intimate halter neck evening gown Art Deco Glamour. This body hugging garment presented the perfect silhouette for any fashionable party goer. Highly commended went to Casey Brown of C.P.I.T. Fashion School for Spots and Stripes an intricately designed bodice and pants ensemble worn with suspenders.


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The judges were impressed with the high standard of entries and the variety of ways in which Lycra® had been incorporated into each of the garments.


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“You could tell that for a majority of the garments a lot of work and creativity had gone into them,” said Fiona Hawtin. “There are clearly a lot of talented design students in New Zealand and it is exciting to see them up and coming.”


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The five category winners receive a cash prize of $1000 each the overall Supreme Award winner will receive a special trophy and an additional $500.


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Swimwear Winner - Selena Ounsworth - When the boys are away

This is the 25th year that Invista has supported the Awards and the evolution of the use of Lycra® in design has been truly reflected in students’ garments throughout this period. Today we see Lycra®, a product world renowned for bringing high quality, comfort and freedom of movement to fabrics, as an integral part of NZ fashion design.


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ENDS

2005 LYCRA® HAS IT™ Student Fashion Design Awards

Supreme Winner

Name: Sue McArthur
School: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Garment title: Karl’s Pool Party

Swimwear

WINNER
Name: Selena Ounsworth
School: Wanganui UCOL
Garment title: When the boys are away

RUNNER UP
Name: Stephanie Elizabeth Francis Scott
School: Christchurch Polytechnic (CPIT)
Garment title: Miss Bling Bling

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Name: Sheree Parker
School: Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Garment title: Glitz & Glam

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Name: Caroline Anderson
School: Massey University
Garment Title: Seabreeze

Streetwear

WINNER
Name: Juniper Hull
School: Wanganui UCOL
Garment title: Martini Girl

RUNNER UP
Name: Mingwei Li
School: Massey University
Garment title: A Date in Double Denim

Intimate Apparel

WINNER
Name: Sarah Joy MacDonald
School: Otago Polytechnic
Garment title: Lillie

RUNNER-UP
Name: Haley Ann Morrison
School: Otago Polytechnic
Garment title: Art Deco Glamour

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Name: Casey Brown
School: Christchurch Polytechnic (CPIT)
Garment title: Spots and Stripes

Menswear

WINNER
Name: Sue McArthur
School: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Garment title: Karl’s Pool Party


RUNNER-UP
Name: Shanell Jarvie
School: Otago Polytechnic
Garment title: Oh So Sexy

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Name: Hannah Mary Hiatt
School: Massey University
Garment title: Kinetic Cloth

Activewear

WINNER
Name: Ana Louise Walsh
School: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Garment title: Moto Chic

RUNNER-UP
Name: Sue McArthur
School: Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
Garment title: Chanel in the Running

HIGHLY COMMENDED
Name: Kristie Broad
School: Otago Polytechnic
Garment title: Summer Hits

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