Tal­ented teens rule the cat­walk

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A teen fash­ion show tak­ing place at Auck­land’s viaduct to­mor­row is set to im­press.

The show has sold out for two years in a row.

YMCA Auck­land is hold­ing the Walk the Line show as part of New Zealand Fash­ion Week.

It’s or­gan­ised by YMCA Auck­land’s youth de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme Raise Up n Rep­re­sent.

‘‘Last year we had 45 teen de­sign­ers from North Shore schools show­ing on the run­way,’’ pro­gramme co­or­di­na­tor Ben Rogers says. Around 60 de­sign­ers from all over Auck­land will take part in to­mor­row’s event.

But the youth-cen­tric na­ture of the event doesn’t end there – in ad­di­tion to the de­sign­ers, there will be 60 mod­els, 40 crew mem­bers, 30 makeup artists, three pho­tog­ra­phers and 15 per­form­ers.

‘‘There are a to­tal of 238 peo­ple in­volved, and ev­ery sin­gle one of them is be­tween 14 and 18 years old,’’ Mr Rogers says.

‘‘By par­tic­i­pat­ing in Raise Up n Rep­re­sent, crew mem­bers de­velop their skills in lead­er­ship, team­work, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, events man­age­ment and pre­sen­ta­tion skills. They break down bar­ri­ers be­tween each other and their fel­low teens, and their self-con­fi­dence blos­soms at the same time.’’

Mr Rogers says the im­pact of the Walk the Line show ex­tends far be­yond one night.

‘‘We’re em­pow­er­ing young peo­ple to de­velop both con­fi­dence and tal­ent – and now that ap­plies to all Auck­land teens.’’

Fash­ion Week brand man­ager Myken Ste­wart says a strong lo­cal fash­ion in­dus­try needs tal­ented peo­ple with a pas­sion to suc­ceed.

‘‘That’s ex­actly what Walk the Line is all about – a big team of tal­ented hard work­ing young peo­ple, putting on a very well run fash­ion show.’’

Goodie bags will be given away at the show.

Walk the Line takes place to­mor­row at 10.30am at the West­pac Shed, Viaduct Events Cen­tre on Halsey St, Auck­land.

Tick­ets are $20 from iticket.co.nz.

Fash­ion state­ment: Jaimie Ad­shead was the win­ner of the 2011 open cat­e­gory as part of the Walk the Line teen fash­ion show.

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