I am feeling more than a bit excited right now about my very first iDFW. I have never been to Dunedin (and that is just plain embarrassing lets be fair) so I am seriously expecting my time in Dunedin to be full of iD events and a whole heap of shopping (or looking depending on my wallet). I am, of course, going to visit Plume. Margie Robertson’s curated mix of Nom*D, Zambesi, Comme Des Garcons, Zambesi, Jimmy D and Palladium to name a few, is a must-visit for me. As is Company of Strangers who are releasing their collaboration with Chaos & Harmony, the Schiele Boot – while we are down there for iD. Some of my favourite fashion people are heading down there with me so it looks like it will just be fabulous fashion and people the whole time! I think my family is hoping that I actually come back at some point…
The International Emerging Designer Awards have some very prestigious judges this year with internationals Paris based Martin Grant and UK fashion lecturer Lucy Jones. The panel is rounded out by our very own Margi Robertson, Tanya Carlson, and Francis Hooper. This year makes its 10th anniversary (really ten years?) and I think other than seeing Martin Grant’s collection on the runway, it is the IEYDA that I am really looking forward to seeing.
For more information on iDFW click here, with plenty to see and do – many of which are free events. Meeting designers Martin Grant (3pm 3 April Golden Centre Mall), Francis Hooper (12pm 4 April Dunedin Public Art Gallery, gold coin donation entry). There are special screenings of Diana Vreeland – The Eye Has To Travel (3pm 5 April Dunedin Public Art Gallery) and especially LA Frock Stars (10.30 & 5.3o 3 April Dunedin City Library). Exhibitions to watch out for Tanya Carlson’s Not All White – a collection of wedding dresses (runs til 29 April Dunedin Public Art Gallery)Emerging Talent 2014 with a selection of garments on display (4-6 April Dunedin Public Art Gallery). Events to go to are The Darnell Collection (7.30 2 April Golden Centre Mall $50) iD International Emerging Designer Awards Show (7pm 3 April Dunedin Town Hall $50) Oh Cult – Jeweller Kelly O’Shea, plus Company of Strangers and Chaos & Harmony Schiele Boot release (5pm 4 April Company of Strangers) and of course iD Dunedin Fashion Show (4 & 5 April 8pm The Dunedin Railway Station) – I can’t wait to see that fantastic venue for the first time!
Richard McCoy iDIEDA 2013
Last years winner Rakel Blom
International judge from 2013 UK milliner Stephen Jones
Margi Robertson from NomD
Sara Aspinall from Company of Strangers