Silk fashion garment wins place on New Zealand Fashion Week catwalk
A Taupo teen's designs will be the first to hit the catwalk at the upcoming New Zealand Fashion Week.
Fashion student Clare Weterings  was the top designer at the fiercely competitive Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion competition, prevailing over other top designers from around the country.
Wetering's winning silk pant suit creation will be the first to hit the catwalk at each of the NZ Fashion Week Auckland shows starting on Thursday at the Viaduct Events Centre.]
Weterings said she was feeling pretty shocked.
"The day I found out, I just came back from running. I was wearing sports clothes and got told 'Congrat's, you've won.' It's pretty overwhelming."
The 19-year-old said the pant suit was typical of her style.
"I really like a lot of structure. I have pants on right now that have panel lines and contrast stitching. I'm quite tall and I like things that are more fitted and show off structure," she said.
Although she doesn't finish her course until November, Weterings has plenty of orders already.
"I love doing menswear, and I make things on the side for the guys in my life. The male friends always say, 'Aw, could really do with one of these, Clare.' They're just as excited to have something made for them as most of the girls are."
Girls were faster to accept tight clothing, she said.
"But guys won't have a bar of that – they want something more comfortable. They don't want to spend too much time trying on stuff, so you've got to get the gist of how they'll fit things pretty quick."
Weterings' best advice to fashion students, on the other hand, was to try everything and see what happens.
"If it didn't work, just go back from that," she said.
"I'm still doing that every day – if I don't know how to do something I'll just try it. The worst I can do is learn something."
The former Tauhara College pupil is in her third and final year of studies at NZ Fashion Tech in Wellington.
To enter the Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion competition, students created silk garments in a Resene colour. Judges selected ten finalists to hit the catwalk at the Fashion Week's Resene Designer Runway show next week. NZ Fashion Week runs August 22 to 28.