Top Kiwi designer Karen Walker has just been announced as one of the judges of the International Emerging Designer Awards in May.
Walker has garnered a cult international following for her ready-to-wear, eyewear, jewellery, bags and perfume and will join the prestigious iD International Emerging Designer Awards judging panel as a special guest this year alongside fashion success story Maggie Hewitt (of Maggie Marilyn) and Benny Castles (of WORLD).
The brand has an international celebrity following that includes Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Lorde, Florence Welch, LeBron James and Adele and has been consistently ranked in The Business of Fashion’s powerhouse BoF 500, reflecting her position as a global industry figure shaping the future of fashion. The Karen Walker brand is available in 42 countries, 200 cities and more than 1000 stores worldwide including Barneys New York, Liberty London and Harvey Nichols.
“I’m very excited to be part of the judging panel for this year’s iD International Emerging Designer Awards,” says Walker who is looking forward to seeing the collections up close.
Walker will also be involved in three public events including a talk and a group panel discussion at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. She will also attend the Breast Cancer Cure show in her role as Ambassador to be held at Emerson’s Brewery on Saturday 5 May.
Other special guests to the iD Judging Panel include Director and Designer Benny Castles from iconic New Zealand fashion house WORLD, and 23-year-old Maggie Hewitt.
Hewitt's luxury label Maggie Marilyn, launched in September 2016 with a collection sold exclusively online at Net-A-Porter before quickly gathering pace to now being sold in over 75 stores internationally including Saks, Neiman Marcus, Moda Operandi, Intermix, Shopbop, FWRD, Selfridges among many others.
Benny Castles and Maggie Hewitt will also join the panel discussion on Saturday, while Castles will present a talk at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on Thursday 3 May and will also run a perfume master class the same day.
The three guest designers join Viva editor Amanda Linnell, Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and head judge Tanya Carlson to complete this year’s judging panel.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have such a prestigious judging panel for this year’s new-look iD International Emerging Designer shows,” says iD Creative Director and iD Board chair Dr Margo Barton.
“Our 42 designers from around the globe have an opportunity to be critiqued by some of our most successful and popular designers. Each designer brings a very different aesthetic, while Amanda brings an extremely valuable insight into what the media are looking for – something every designer needs to be aware of.”
Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster to the iD International Emerging Designer Shows to be held at the Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday May 3 and Friday May 4 where 44 designers from 19 countries will show 42 collections.