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iD Fashion Show promotes Christchurch designers

Jan '12
iD Dunedin Fashion Week will show its support of Christchurch designers with three special 'Celebrate Christchurch' capsule collections to feature on the runway of this year's iD Fashion Show held on Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March 2012, in Dunedin.

High profile and popular Christchurch labels MisteR, Barbara Lee and Caroline Moore were approached by the iD Fashion Week Committee to showcase their Winter 2012 collections in the iD Fashion Shows.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week Committee Chair Susie Staley says the committee felt the opportunity to show at iD may be welcomed by these designers who, along with many others in Christchurch, have experienced considerable hardship personally and professionally over the past 16 months.

“We're thrilled that these three Christchurch-based designers will join our 'Dunedin' designers and enjoy the fun and excitement that being part of the iD Fashion Show is all about. It also gives the public a chance to see their latest winter collections, available in retail outlets across New Zealand directly after the shows.”

MisteR, a boutique menswear label known for its distinctive international outlook, combines the heritage of British tailoring and the experimental fun and quirkiness of Asian fashion, while Barbara Lee has been at the forefront of fashion since opening her signature store in 1978. She is famous for designing sexy, fabulous city wear for high-flying women. New Zealand's leading label of high fashion leather garments, Caroline Moore, features collections designed and tailored in the company's Christchurch premises by expert seamstresses using the finest lambskins selected from tanneries in New Zealand and Italy.

Also featuring in this year's iD Fashion Show, with an exceptional capsule collection, is a joint showcase by the Cooper sisters, Tamsin and Emily, with their respective labels Tamsin Cooper and Silkbody. The collection will feature Silkbody garments styled beautifully with Tamsin Cooper accessories and velvet coats creating synergies of silk and luxury.

These four capsule collections will join the 18 other participating labels selected to show their winter collections, including many of Dunedin's much-loved designers such as Nom*D, Carlson, Mild Red, Charmaine Reveley, and Company of Strangers alongside some of the hottest new labels in the country.

Fashion lovers can also enjoy other fantastic events during the week, including a 'Darnell Renewed' fashion show hosted by author and fashion guru Charlotte Smith at Dunedin's Golden Centre Mall at 6.30pm during Starlight Shopping on Wednesday 28 March. Charlotte Smith was a popular international guest at iD Fashion Week in 2011 and the show will feature a variety of international vintage couture items not seen previously, mixing vintage alongside current season pieces from local designers and retailers.

The iD International Emerging Designer Awards will take place on Thursday 29 March 2012, starting at 7pm. The event will be held at the Lion Foundation Arena, Edgar Stadium, Dunedin, in front of an audience of more than 1200. Doors will open at 6.15pm.

The 2012 iD Dunedin Fashion Show will take place on Friday 30 March and Saturday 31 March, starting at 8pm, in front of an audience of 1500 each evening.

The 'Darnell Renewed' fashion show will take place on Wednesday 28 March, at 6.30pm in Dunedin's Golden Centre Mall.

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