Teen de­sign­ers hit the run­way

Great Southern Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Saskia Adysti

From ca­sual wear to themed fash­ion, glam­orous de­signs filled Katan­ning Se­nior High School last Fri­day as stu­dents from Wa­gin, Nar­ro­gin and Katan­ning com­peted in The Apex Aus­tralia Teenage Fash­ion Awards and Youth Fes­ti­val Heat.

The fes­ti­val was held at Katan­ning Se­nior High School Li­brary with more than 100 peo­ple in at­ten­dance to watch as stu­dents com­peted in four de­sign cat­e­gories.

En­trants were judged by a panel of three, with the ca­sual wear and for­mal wear cat­e­gories as­sessed tech­ni­cally ear­lier in the week.

The other two cat­e­gories were so­ci­ety and en­vi­ron­ment and wear­able art, where stu­dents had to tie a so­cial theme into their de­signs, and wear­able art where cre­ativ­ity was the only limit.

Katan­ning stu­dent, Chloe Why wore her ele­gant black lace dress on the run­way and claimed the for­mal wear cat­e­gory.

Last year’s State win­ner, Kolbi Ed­wards’ ex­trav­a­gant merino ram head­piece and dress not only stole the au­di­ence’s at­ten­tion, but earned her a win in the so­ci­ety and en­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory.

There were four win­ners in the wear­able art cat­e­gory with Belinda Baker, Chantelle Baker, Zaki Jes­sica Pedis and Shakira Buck claim­ing the top hon­ours.

Mean­while, Hse Ku, Kate DrakeBrock­man, Han­nah Kingston and Char­lotte Why won the ca­sual wear cat­e­gory.

Jor­dan Lady­man-Palmer and Syd Hid­dle­stone from Katan­ning Se­nior High School pro­vided live mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment dur­ing the fes­ti­val and en­ter­tained the au­di­ence dur­ing the break.

Win­ners from the fes­ti­val were in­vited to the State fi­nal, which will be held at the Man­durah Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre on Septem­ber 16.

KSHS stu­dents Han­nah Kingston, Htoo Rah Htoo, Chloe Why, Char­lotte Why, Cin­tami Turiya, Tria Andi Alibe and Kate Drake-Brock­man.

Zaki Jes­sica Pedis from Wa­gin with her Wear­able Arts de­sign.

Wa­gin’s Kolbi Ed­wards was last year’s State win­ner.

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