Our favorite fashion guru, Derek Warburton was VIP at New Zealand Fashion Week and he wasn’t only there to take in the gowns and shoes, honey—he was there to be fabulous and of course, make a difference.
The YMCA Raise Up program was given the chance to launch their second season fashion show for the young talents of New Zealand. The show is called Walk the Line and 46 teenage designers create designs judged by Mr. Fabulous Himself in four categories: cultural, wearable arts, high fashion and open. There were four semi-finalists and one ultimate winner chosen.
Michelle, a Long Bay College student, won supreme winner of the Walk the Line young designers fashion show with her Kuro Creation entry in the open design category. The 18-year-old also modeled on the catwalk in the Sera Lilly show at New Zealand Fashion Week.
D-Fab told the North Shore Times it is a great program to have for inspiring fashion designers.
“I wish I had something like that when I was a kid, I would have loved it. These are the emerging designers, they are the ones who will be leading here. These kids are our future world tastemakers. It is our duty to support our creative youth! They are the future Zac Posens, Donna Karans, Anna Wintours, and even me…. they deserve our love!”
Yes they do! You can read more about Derek’s amazing experience at his blog here, as well as more about his ongoing efforts with his organization The Bottomless Closet, that helps underprivileged women get back into the workplace.
Photos via dereklovesshopping.com/North Shore Times