Teenage designer among the stars at NZ Fashion Week

New Zealand Fashion Week is the high point of the year for NZ clothing designers, with over 75 designers from Adrienne Winklemann to Zambesi. So what’s 19 year old Havilah Koledoye doing there?

Havilah Koledoye is a second-year fashion design student at Massey University’s College of Creative Arts, and this week is one of the youngest designers to show at Fashion Week.

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However, the week won’t be Havilah’s first time at the haute couture celebration. The 19 year old has been volunteering at the show for the last four years, and now her talent and past experience helping out behind the scenes has earned her a spot at the event’s New Generation show.

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Her experience with fashion shows dates back to the age of 13 when she first entered her designs in a show organised by the YMCA in Auckland. Four years ago, she volunteered at New Zealand Fashion Week as a production assistant, and every year on, the organisers became more familiar with her presence and aware of her work and suggested she show her own designs at the elite event.

Twelve outfits worked up over six months

The New Generation show will see models strutting over the catwalk displaying 12 different outfits, each with its own distinctive look. The collection has taken Havilah six months to prepare.

Fashion design coordinator Sue Prescott says "Havilah shows a maturity with her design practice, not only in defining a clear market demographic for her collection, but also in her ability to put together a cohesive yet versatile collection in a wide range of fabrics."

After she graduates Havilah plans to launch her own label and establish her own fashion business. "I really want to make this into a career."

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