Talented teens rule the catwalk
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.