Walk­ing a mile in his Choos

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion - FASH­ION with Des­mond Eddy

CURTIN Uni­ver­sity de­sign stu­dent Mal­lory Maduka-Ike will have the chance to fol­low in the stylish foot­steps of Pro­fes­sor Datuk Jimmy Choo af­ter win­ning a 12-month men­tor­ship with the iconic shoe designer at Fash­ion Tank.

Maduka-Ike was one of ten Curtin Uni­ver­sity de­sign stu­dents to pitch their de­signs and brand con­cepts to the Fash­ion Tank judg­ing panel when Choo was in Perth ear­lier this month.

The panel con­sisted of Pro­fes­sor Datuk Jimmy Choo, designer Il­izia Ho, Ae’lkemi designer Alvin Fer­nan­dez, Hawai­ian direc­tor Kate O’Hara and Curtin de­sign and art lec- turer Anne Far­ren.

Choo said ed­u­ca­tion had be­come a strong fo­cus for him and he was proud to fol­low in his fa­ther’s tra­di­tion to share his skill and knowl­edge.

“I am grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to pass it on to a young designer such as Mal­lory who is fol­low­ing her pas­sion for the craft,” he said.

Along with the men­tor­ship, third year Maduka-Ike will join sec­ond and third prize win­ners Kelsey Ashe Gi­ambazi and Chanelle Gibbs for an ex­hi­bi­tion of their de­signs at Clare­mont Quar­ter and Car­il­lon City later this year.

O’Hara said this was one way Hawai­ian had sup­ported emerg­ing WA de­sign­ers over the last decade.

“This project al­lows us to con­tinue to share with our shop­pers the cre­ative de­sign abil­ity of our very promis­ing emerg­ing de­sign­ers,” she said.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Kelsey Ashe Gi­ambazi, Pro­fes­sor Datuk Jimmy Choo, Mal­lory Maduka-Ike and Chanelle Gibbs.

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