id Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards on Thursday Evening

One of the highlights of id Dunedin Fashion Week is the Emerging Designer Award. Hundreds of entries were received by the committee from young designers in their last year of fashion school or recently graduated from around the world. 27 designers were selected as finalists and each of their collections were paraded on the catwalk: some were striking, some dark, others flirty and even more were sleek, floaty and elegant. I was seriously impressed as was Akira who had flown out from Paris to attend as the International Guest Judge. There is great hope for the fashion industry with designers like the ones seen in Dunedin.

Akira and Carol Hirschfield from TV3 NZ

The winner: Kate Bolzonello from RMIT, Melbourne