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The Ones to Watch

NICOLA LUEY

Young designer Nicola Luey has already amassed a handful of impressive accolades: her collaboration with Vietnamese designer Khanh scooped up first place at the Vietnamese and New Zealand Embassy Fashion Collaboration, and she was selected to show as an emerging designer at iD Fashion Week. Luey’s vibrant, playful designs bring a youthful exuberance to New Zealand’s fashion scene.

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KINGKANG CHEN

“I wanted to combine the Eastern zen mood and romanticism, with Western subculture and rebellious spirit to express and vent my emotions,” says Kingkang Chen, talking about his collection, Happening, which was selected to be shown at iD Dunedin Fashion Week as part of the iD International Emerging Designer Awards.

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STEPHANIE FRIG

Stephanie Frig’s designs are hard to miss: think, oversized coats and knits in clashing colour palettes. The Aussie designer pays homage to Spanish director Pedro Almodovar in her A/W16 collection.

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SOPHIE BALL

Recent Otago Polytechnic graduate Sophie Ball, 22, has found her niche designing sportswear-inspired pieces with an offbeat edge. “Textiles are my jam,” Ball says. “I channel my inner child to create quirky characters that I can turn into print and bring to life through textile exploration.”

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BENJAMIN ALEXANDER

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design graduate Benjamin Alexander is bringing a touch of glamour to New Zealand’s up-and-coming designer scene – and this issue of MiNDFOOD STYLE – with his sequinencrusted suits and intricate beaded evening dresses. Alexander’s embellished, ornate pieces reflect the emerging designer’s desire to focus on artisanal techniques, tailoring and structure.

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New Dior AW16/17 campaign stars Aussie model

Australian model Julia Nobis brings the modern Dior woman to life in the French fashion house’s new campaign for the AW16/17 collection. Nobis, who has made a name for herself on the runway of some of the world’s most prestigious brands in fashion, was captured by prominent fashion photographer Steven Meisel. Watch the captivating albeit brief film of the collection below.

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