Two men took out the top prizes at the Waikato Times Tempo Fourth Collective fashion show last night in front of a packed crowd of industry and fans.
Fashion Design Graduate Grant Davy was awarded the top prize for his five-look menswear collection that contrasted haute couture with mass produced fabric like plastic and metal hardware.
Davy, 21, said the prize was a validation of his skills and came as a real shock.
He noted that menswear is sometimes overlooked in the fashion scene. Not so last night.
The first year students were given merino wool to work with for their garments and Ari Brown won first prize with his modern pieces that were commended by the judging panel for their commercial viability.
NYNE designer Miranda Scott-Simmonds said the translation from catwalk to stores was strong in the first year collections coming through.
Having worked alongside the graduate students to give feedback and advice as they created their collections, Scott-Simmonds was thrilled to see the final pieces on the catwalk.
"It was nice to see them through the process, and to see the thoughtfulness of their full vision in terms of styling and how they have pulled it all together."