Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Oversew Fashion Awards

World of Wearable Arts (WOW) began in Nelson, and trust me when I tell you that this years inaugural Oversew Fashion Awards (TOF) held in Carterton last Saturday night is going to prove just as successful.

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.

In fact I found them 2 outfits each in the end, under time and well within budget. These brave first time models then strutted their stuff on the catwalk on the night while I talked through why I had chosen the colours and styles that best suited their body shape.

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.

Stay colourful!