Fashion show set to rip
It's game on for three generations of an Alexandra knitting family who are expected to dominate the entries at the WoolOn Fashion Show this year.
For the next two months any spare time Daphne and Shar Randle and 11-year-old Brie Davidson have will be spent on completing the finishing touches to their competition garments.
Daphne is no stranger to competing in the fashion event, entering every year in the event's nine-year history.
And every year she has taken out the knitwear section.
In 2011 she took home the most lucrative prize - the Supreme Award - with her garment Tribute to Christchurch Cathedral.
The inspiration for the garment came from seeing an image on television of the cathedral taken from a helicopter.
Pausing the television she used a image on the screen as the basis to her garment.
"We have a concept for each of our garments. The best garments have a story behind them," Shar said, whether it was inspired by an event, a scene, someone's personality or nature.
"Something sows the seed," Daphne said.
"It's a challenge thinking of a design and putting it together. I don't follow a pattern.
"There is a technical challenge
you have to overcome if you're not making something conventional," Daphne said.
Brie said her favourite part of the design was that it was colourful and with this being the first time she has entered the event, she was looking forward to seeing the garment she produced on the runway.
"Brie's is definitely youth-inspired," Shar said.
Daphne will be entering the Knitwear, Special Occasion, Streetwear, Menswear and Accessories sections of this year's event.
Shar will be entering the Knitwear, Streetwear and Accessories sections, while Brie will be trying her hand at the Young Designer's section.
Entering the competition was the family's way of supporting the Alexandra Blossom Festival.
Event organiser Martin McPherson said the Mirror-sponsored WoolOn was gaining an international reputation, with last year's event attracting entries from Australia and India, but this year numbers were slightly down.
Entries to the Young Designer section would remain open in a bid to attract more competition from young people from around the region until September 28, Mr McPherson said.
This year the event will follow the same format as previous years with a general admission show on Friday, October 11, and the gala event is on October 12.
- The Mirror