Auckland teen Natalia Donald is about to go to New Zealand Fashion Week for the first time – not just as a spectator but a designer whose silk showstopper will grace the runway at the pinnacle fashion event.
The 18-year-old is the youngest of 16 students from the New Zealand Institute of Fashion Technology, selected to open three shows at Fashion Week in late August.
Thousands of fashion-savvy eyes and hundreds of cameras will capture the moment, giving Natalia and the other designers an exciting career break.
“It’s pretty exciting to be able to have so many opportunities so early,” Natalia said.
Her sophisticated design features a fire-engine red silk bodice and pleated skirt, paired with a robe in the same colour.
It’s the culmination of the 2017 Resene NZ Fashion Tech Colour of Fashion project, an education-meets-color collaboration staged every year in the lead-up to Fashion Week.
This year’s project saw 36 diploma students from the fashion institution inspired by a brief that transported their imaginations to the fashion capitals of the world.
All 36 lengths of silk used for the project reflect a new Resene paint colour central to the student’s design rationale. Natalia’s colour was called “Smashing”.
“I love [the colour]. My favourite colours are the primary colours, so red is definitely one of my faves.”