Show the big­gest yet

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The fi­nal fit­tings are done and the dress re­hearsals are un­der way as makeup artists, hair­dressers and cloth­ing de­sign­ers primp mod­els to take to the cat­walk for the 2012 Mir­ror WoolOn fash­ion show. Event or­gan­iser Martin McPher­son said tick­ets were sell­ing out fast for the gala event of the Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val, be­ing held on Fri­day and Satur­day night. It is set to be the big­gest in the eight-year his­tory of the event. More than 60 en­tries have been re­ceived, and this year’s event has at­tracted eight en­tries from In­dia and Aus­tralia. Mod­els from Queen­stown-based ICAN Mod­els and Tal­ent will strut their stuff in the gar­ments on the cat­walk. Their hair will be styled by Ur­ban Edge Hair De­sign and makeup done by Pol­ish’d Stu­dio. The Mir­ror news­pa­per is the of­fi­cial spon­sor of the event. Open­ing night of the show will take place on Fri­day. Satur­day night’s show will fea­ture In­ver­cargill band Lip Stick, back by pop­u­lar de­mand, pro­vid­ing en­ter­tain­ment once the show has fin­ished. ‘‘The gala is shap­ing up to be the glamour night in Alexan­dra’s so­cial cal­en­dar,’’ Mr McPher­son said. The event has eight dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories in­clud­ing street wear, felted and menswear, and a Supreme Win­ner will be se­lected by the judges as the over­all best gar­ment of the show. For­mer win­ners Otago Polytech­nic de­sign school lec­turer Joan Leach, of Dunedin, and wear­able artist and Clyde hair­dresser Carolyn Laing will team up with Cromwell de­signer Anne Lyon to judge the event. Mr McPher­son said each of the judges brought dif­fer­ent ex­per­tise to the judg­ing panel. Ms Leach was last year’s win­ner of the menswear sec­tion of WoolOn, and Mrs Laing de­signed the win­ning cre­ation in the ac­ces­sory sec­tion. Mrs Lyon, who helped judge the event last year, said it had been a ‘‘very dif­fi­cult job’’ but she was ex­cited to re­turn.

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