iD international emerging designer awards pt 2

The catalogue of works was so large (twenty six in all), that I decided to write about the collections that caught my eye during iD International Emerging Designer Awards this year. I got the amazing opportunity to roam backstage before the show and got to see the individual collections up close and personal. The details of some of the collections are just so exquisite so I grabbed some close up shots.

Georgia Ferguson’s Lights On sportswear collection with its fabulous super chunky knitwear, fun little felt backpack, and knitted panels – and vibrant colour palette was a standout. Even down to the knitted sandals made for the collection.  Great detailing.



Edwina Sinclair’s POP with an entirely playful take on knitwear with its raised dots on dresses, bags and hats. With a knitted lemon playsuit and an oversized tulip print dress, the collection was incredibly cohesive. We saw the designer later in the evening out in Dunedin and she was wearing an incredible vintage Comme De Garcon velvet pink coat.  And she was as sweet to talk to as her collection was.


Roxane Chan worked with denim, printing it with pink and yellow plaids for her Dreamriders collection. With frayed edges, and patch working – all the denim trademarks, as well as zips, studs and double stitching, Chan worked all the denim trademarks. I felt it to be a very commercial collection.



The Long Stitch wool tapestry detailing on Hannah Louise Heslop’s Freaky Princess, Ocean Princess was impeccable.  Mixed with glitter skirts and knitted jerseys the sea-coloured palette of dark greens, light blues and aquas floated down the catwalk.



I had previously seen Sophia Hattingh’s Slip Into Skin at the AUT ROOKIE show in Auckland at the tail end of last year. The punch detailing on simple leather sheaths in bronze and black.  The sexy plunging necklines revealed bias cut satin silk dresses underneath in bronze and pewter. Sleek, sharp and sexy.



I also got to see Sarah Morovic’s Visual Vandals with it’s incredible three dimensional context.  With an intense palette of greens and pinks, the raised skulls worn like epaulettes on the shoulders of the biker jackets and knee detailing on the jeans was a strong, quirky statement. The colour palette really was exceptional.



La Maison by Tess Gard with its Mondrian-inspired geometric feeling collection was deceptively simple. With its tight palette of navy and white and clean, unfussy lines, it was a joy to watch.  The perspex accessories were quite simply the best for the evening.


The most murmured about (in my circles) for the evening was Victoria Thaniotis with her RE.FORM collection. Using a textural wool process over an almost neoprene-like fabric, the collection had a beautifully muted palette in soft greys, white and navy. The shot of orange was an unexpected pop of colour. Beautifully executed.



I loved Jayla Chin’s INTANGIBLE with amazing multi-layered fabrics produced for the collection. The colour use was some the strongest and most confident in the entire evening. Up close the textiles were exceptional with reverse cutaway dots layered over fabrics and chunky knitwear.



All in all it was a fantastic evening and I can’t believe I have never made it down for iD before.  I will, most definitely, be back again next year.



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