All smiles after awards wind up
The organisers of the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards are hailing the weekend’s event a success.
Event co-ordinator Wade Paterson and wife Heather, who is the award’s executive producer, were delighted with how the weekend went.
‘‘We were very, very happy with the turn-up on Friday night; there were 600 there and just on 700 on Saturday night,’’ Wade Paterson said.
‘‘The shows ran flawlessly; both nights went well because the committee really stepped up this year.’’
The overall winner was Simone Montgomery of Dunedin for her entry in the steampunk category.
Gore woman Viv Tamblyn also starred, picking up a win in the menswear section, the machineknitted award and highly commended placings in the streetwear and wool awards.
Tamblyn said she was humbled by her success because there were so many ‘‘fabulous designs’’ in the competition this year.
‘‘I was hoping to get into the top three in one section so I feel very privileged.’’
Tamblyn has featured in the winner’s list for several years with her woollen creations and said it was a fabric she preferred to work with.
‘‘I’m not what you would call a fabulous knitter. This year I used a loop stitch I got inspiration off from YouTube and for the menswear award I went on TradeMe and saw some 100 per cent wool and knew straight away what I wanted to do with it.’’
‘‘I like sculptural, 3D-type designs.’’
The judges – Donnah Tulloch of Mild Red, fashion and hair stylist Luke Bettesworth and CEO of World, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – were particularly impressed with the high standard of work in the schools sections.
Happy: Hokonui Fashion Design Awards directors Heather and Wade Paterson backstage at the Saturday night gala evening.