Zara Wong from Vogue Australia chooses her 2018 Flaunter Emerging Designers
The Flaunter Emerging Designer campaign showcases collections by 100 top graduates from Australia’s leading fashion schools. The 2018 participants are an incredibly talented bunch, making it the toughest year ever for our judges to pick their top 5 ‘designers to watch’.
Today, we can reveal the finalists as selected by Zara Wong, the Fashion Features and Content Strategy Director at Vogue Australia. With over 10 years of experience working in editorial with a focus on women’s luxury fashion, Zara has worked at Vogue Australia, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Lane Crawford, WWD and American Vogue. At Vogue Australia, Zara oversees written fashion content across online (vogue.com.au) and print. This includes writing trend and social commentary story, cover interviews and designer profiles as well as shaping Vogue’s social media strategy, which now boasts one of the largest followings for an Australian media brand. Zara is also the woman behind the Vogue Codes (a much-loved initiative here at Flaunter, being a summit supporting women in technology).
SARAH MOORE (FDS TAFE NSW)
“The cut of the designs are well-executed and flattering. While many students delve into Rick Owens-inclined designs, few deliver it cleanly and effectively with a fresh, Australian take.”
HANNAH SCHOEMAKER (UTS)
“She fuses seemingly casual elements (tie-dye, fraying and denim) with more formal, tailored shapes. It can easily look wrong, but the balance makes it work.”
YANNY YU (UTS)
“A freshness and gaiety in sports-influenced fashion – there’s a lightness in silhouette and fabrics which makes it particularly appealing.”
MADISON HISLOP (UTS)
“Reinvented knitwear and other weaving techniques are deftly used to create interesting yet wearable shapes.”
HANNAH BUDGE (NORTH METRO TAFE WA)
“Witty, feminine and inventive, many of these ideas can be overly tricked up and challenging, but there’s a restraint here that makes it work. It is quite beautiful as well.”
A huge congratulations to all the finalists! Stay tuned for the next announcement featuring The Australian Fashion Council.
For more on Flaunter Emerging click here.