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iD Fashion Week Delivers Inspiring Runway Shows

iD Fashion Week Delivers Inspiring Runway Shows

Fashion fit for royalty, bicycles, bachelors, Air New Zealand flight crew, demi-couture collections, and the latest high-end fashion from New Zealand’s best-loved designers impressed audiences at iD Dunedin Fashion Week’s stand out shows held at the Railway Station on Friday andSaturday nights.

The 17th annual iD Dunedin Fashion Week culminated in the final iD Fashion Show with a stunning collection from international guest and go-to designer for Kate Middleton, UK-based Kiwi Emilia Wickstead, alongside a collection from national guest Kate Sylvester, a demi-couture collection from Carlson which opened the show, and exceptional winter collections from popular iD favourites NOM*d, Mild-Red, Company of Strangers, Charmaine Reveley, and DADA Collection. New to iD this year – Julian Danger and Huffer – showed impressive full collections, while Zambesi, a previous iD national guest designer, returned to amaze iD crowds.

Hosted by television personalities Mike McRoberts and Paula Penfold, the annual iD Dunedin Fashion Shows were the culmination of a week-long celebration of fashion events in the city. The shows followed Thursday night’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards, where new talent from around the world vied for top prizes, judged by Emilia Wickstead, Stefan Siegel from emerging designer platform Not Just a Label, Australian fashion writer Patty Huntington, and New Zealand designers Kate Sylvester, Margi Robertson and Tanya Carlson..

Last night’s show highlights also included capsule collections from DEVáL, Jane Sutherland and newcomers Steve Hall (winner of last year’s iD Awards), New Lands, Kwok’s Revolution, Christopher Duncan and THYEN, Amelia Boland and Perriam, and eco fashion label Melanie Child. On Friday night, Air New Zealand flight crew dressed in uniforms through the ages wowed audiences while on Saturday, the original Bachelor NZ Art Green and girlfriend Matilda Rice led out the Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall capsule collection – Rice making her catwalk debut as a guest of the Mall.

“What a fantastic week of fashion,” says iD Committtee Chair Cherry Lucas.

“We wanted to mix things up this year and we’ve delivered with an exciting Awards show complete with live music, live streaming, new AV features and 38 international designers, while our Railway shows have attracted a whole new look on the catwalk – from couture to streetwear.”

Last night’s show also included six 2015 graduate collections from Otago Polytechnic – Sharlee Ghent, Andrea Short, Brittany Pooley, Kenya Quin, Amy Dunn, and Joseph Hollebon – alongside the winners of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards. During the show the Otago Polytechnic People’s Choice Award from the iD International Emerging Designer Awards was announced, going to Otago Polytechnic graduate Shelby Tuinman-Bell, for her collection Half-Sleep.

Aart on St Andrew took charge of the runway hair creations led by David Hollick, Rachelle Gourley and Esther Luscombe, with a team of stylists. A Revlon sponsored makeup team, led by Christal Allpress, worked backstage to create beauty looks.

Images from Friday night’s iD Fashion Show, Dunedin Railway Station can be found here: (Picture credit: Chris Sullivan)

Images from the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, Dunedin Town Hall, Thursday March 17 can be found here: (Picture credit Chris Sullivan)

Images of Art Green book signing (Saturday March 18 at Dunedin’s Golden Centre Mall) can be found here: (Pictures: Chris Sullivan)

Images of Art Green and Matilda Rice on the runway on Saturday, March 19 at the iD Fashion Show, Dunedin Railway Station can be found here: (Pictures: Chris Sullivan)

Emilia Wickstead talk – Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Backstage and behind the scenes: (Photos: Luke Foley-Martin):

Margi Robertson exhibition:


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