Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The awards focus is on up-cycling and the environment and it was all about taking pre-loved clothing and re-modelling them into new street wear styles. I can't remember the last time I gasped at the creative talent that I witnessed on that stage last weekend.
The reworked garments from 32 finalists from around the country were put into Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter categories. The models - many of them first timers and some absolutely terrified backstage - were all amazing. I saw them enter the stage with shaking legs and was thrilled to see them coming off the catwalk completely buzzing with excitement.
Robyn Cherry-Campbell and Chris Tracey (wife of the Mayor of Carterton) and a huge team of locals put together an absolutely magnificent sell-out show that I was very proud to be a part of.
My part in the evening had started two weeks earlier out at Porirua Savemart, a dedicated pre-loved clothing shop.. My challenge was to find two ladies who I had never met, an outfit each that would flatter their colouring and shape, within a timeframe and with a minimal budget.
I hope to be part of the event in the future and applaud all those involved from behind the scenes, to the amazing designers. This proved once and for all that old clothes can be given new life and what may not suit one person, can be brilliant for another. Lets give three cheers for being good to ourselves, good to our wallets and good to the environment all in one go.