All smiles af­ter awards wind up

Newslink - - NEWS - By RACHAEL KELLY

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.

PHOTO: JOHN HAWKINS/FAIR­FAX NZ

Happy: Hokonui Fashion De­sign Awards di­rec­tors Heather and Wade Pater­son back­stage at the Satur­day night gala evening.

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