De­signer’s dream run

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

“In­cred­i­ble” was how lo­cal res­i­dent Stephanie Sax­ton de­scribed her experience at New Zealand Fash­ion Week last week. The 24-year-old de­signer from Athen­ree staged a run­way show at the event. She says it went bet­ter that she could have imag­ined. “The pos­i­tive re­sponse was over­whelm­ing and I am so grate­ful.”

New Zealand Fash­ion Week was bet­ter than she had en­vi­sioned, de­signer Stephanie Sax­ton says.

The young Athen­ree de­signer was se­lected to be part of the 2018 week-show held in Auck­land be­tween Au­gust 27 and Septem­ber 2.

She pre­sented her ac­tivewear and swimwear col­lec­tion from her Sal­ty­sea Design com­pany she cre­ated in her West­ern Bay home.

Her run­way show lasted only 10 min­utes but it was well-planned.

“The en­tire experience came and went so quickly. There is a huge build-up and a lot of work to pre­pare for the show, as well as fol­low­ing our show,” she says.

Look­ing back on the experience, Stephanie says she feels a sense of ful­fill­ment.

“Down to the very de­tails of how the en­trance would look when the run­way filled with smoke and my good friend and model Ash­ley Shore took that first step when Black Betty by Ram Jam dropped the beat . . . and it was ex­actly how I en­vi­sioned, but bet­ter.

“I never knew how I would re­act, or what it would feel like to fi­nally see all the hard work in ac­tion — but it felt great!” she says.

With Sal­ty­sea be­ing an ad­ven­turein­spired life­style brand, the de­signer col­lab­o­rated with other tal­ents for the show.

“Brin­ing to­gether peo­ple from our com­mu­nity with Matt Bear, Founder of BearBones Surf Co sit­ting in the front row watching his cus­tom-made surf boards come down the run­way, to Zoe Davies, Founder of Caja Jew­ellery see­ing all her pieces on each of the mod­els was not only an in­cred­i­bly spe­cial feel­ing for me, but also the peo­ple work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with us.”

Stephanie says she also re­ceived sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses with staff from Waihi Beach’s Farm Gate Deli, Soul Beauty salon, lo­cal builders and friends.

“I am so grate­ful to ev­ery sin­gle one of them.

“There’s some­thing spe­cial to be said that the great­ness of our com­mu­nity is ac­cu­rately mea­sured by the com­pas­sion­ate ac­tions of its members, and here in the Bay of Plenty that shows,” she says.

Stephanie is now look­ing ahead to bring more Sal­ty­sea cre­ations into the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fash­ion scene.

PHOTO / STE­FAN GOSATTI FOR GETTY IMAGES.

All smiles, Stephanie Sax­ton at the end of her show at New Zealand Fash­ion Week.

A model walks the run­way show for Sal­ty­sea as part of the swim and ac­tivewear col­lec­tion dur­ing New Zealand Fash­ion Week.

PHOTOS / STE­FAN GOSATTI, GETTY IMAGES.

Model Ash­ley Shore opened Sal­ty­sea’s show.

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