Top trends from iD Dunedin Fashion Week

AIMIE CRONIN
Last updated 11:29 08/04/2014
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DYNASTY INSPIRED: A piece from emerging designer Chin Hau Tay's collection Bewear Bear.
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DENIM MADE NEW: Emerging designer Roxane Chan does denim with a twist.
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WINNING LOOK: Mahshid Mahdian's climactic piece from the collection Shadow that won the iD Emerging Designer Award.

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In the wake of iD Dunedin Fashion Week, we bring you the top styles straight from the runway.

Check out our top trends in the gallery above.

ANDROGYNY

Dunedin labels Nom*D and Company of Strangers epitomise the androgynous look, and this season they showed no sign of abating. A Nom*D black coat would be a winner on even the most masculine of men, and the military inspired coats and vests from Company of Strangers can be cleverly layered with soft fabrics to soften the look and work both ways.

Note: Dunedin labels Carlson and Charmaine Reveley were also proof that classic and feminine will always have their place in the fashion world. Carlson dazzled with sequin detail and Reveley's floral prints and full-length dresses are pieces that one could pull out of the wardrobe and wear to any occasion.

MIXING IT UP

There were no rules on the catwalk when it came to colour and pattern combinations. Designers were styling looks that mixed fabrics and prints - and individual garments had interesting details like slices of leather in the knee, leather panels and sequins toned back with wool.

LEATHER

There were hints of it everywhere in this season's collections. If you don't own a leather jacket, a pair of leather pants - basically a leather anything - the time is now.

COVER IT UP

Women over 30 will be pleased hemlines appear to be lowering and trouser fits loosening (there was barely a hot pant in sight). The look of the day is ankle length and oversized coats that not only cover a multitude of sins, but are bang on trend in fashion land.

Dunedin's Dada Vintage has done a magnificent one, but get in quick, because she's hot property in her hometown and her collections don't stay long in her store on Moray Place - just down from Mazagran Espresso (the best coffee in town).

3 REASONS WE LOVED iD DUNEDIN

- The crowds go wild

iD Dunedin Fashion Week is a public event and clothes on the catwalk are current season. Dunedinites wear their finest to the evening shows and the events on during the day are packed out.

While New Zealand Fashion Week is all about industry, iD is all about the public. People who flock to see the shows can see something they love on the catwalk and buy it in-store the next day - and judging by the crowds filing through the city's shopping streets - many people do just that. 

- The emerging designers

The 26 collections from this year's entrants were thrilling to watch. Their ranges varied from avant garde to commercial and everything in between. Men walked the catwalk dressed top to bottom in red plaid, with jackets that put Game of Thrones dynasty to shame (Chin Hau Tay).

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And who would've thought denim could be edgy again? Roxane Chan's collection made it so with screen-printed plaid patterns and oversized coats.

Tehran-born and Italy-trained Mahshid Mahdian won $10,000 cash for her collection after a trip to Venice. Colourful buildings exploded from the garments and dreamy silk pieces were printed with buildings reminiscent of a reflection in the water. 

"We had everything there," said MC Carol Hirschfeld at the end of the show. "The architectural, the whimsical and thought-provoking." She was right.

- The heavyweights

Anyone who gets the chance to see a WORLD show should take it. Paris-based designer Martin Grant announced that he would take one of the emerging designers (Vaibhav Singh from India) as an intern at Thursday night's show - that was exciting enough - but his collection of classically beautiful pieces that would undoubtedly break the bank, were something else.

And where better than the Railway Station to see Nom*D, Company of Strangers, Carlson, Mild-Red and the other Dunedinite designers?

- Stuff

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