Local fashion designer scoops major wins

Antoine Ogilvie with model Greta Van Den Brink inhis winning outfit. Photo by: @lukefmphotography

Antoine Ogilvie with model Greta Van Den Brink inhis winning outfit. Photo by: @lukefmphotography

Former Pukekohe High School student, Antoine Ogilvie, has taken out two major wins at the recent New Zealand Fashion Week, after being involved within the industry for only seven months.

The last time the Post caught up with Antoine he was making a name for himself in the equestrian scene. Now, studying at New Zealand Fashion Tech, the 18 year old budding designer was not only the winner of the High Fashion category, but the overall winner for Walk the Line. We were able to catch up with Antoine to learn more about his winning entry, and to hear about his future plans.
How did you break into the Fashion industry?
In May I launched
my website, www.antoineogilvie.com which has since become the platform upon which I carry out my fashion and lifestyle blogging.
Since then I’ve been approached for collaboration by industry names as well as businesses and tertiary providers and am currently interning with NZ Fashion Label, Lonely Hearts. I’m also a contributing fashion editor for the Men’s fashion and lifestyle platform, SI Empire.
Did you have to apply for a position at NZ Fashion Week?
One of my friends from Fashion school actually informed me about the Walk the Line competition at fashion week and he sent me a link.
After some investigation I ended up successfully applying online for the competition.
Tell me about your model I understand she is Franklin resident as well?
My model, Greta Van Den Brink, 16 years, is one of my best friends.
She’s been signed for just over a year with Red11, New Zealand’s most successful agency. I was really lucky to have her walking for me before she got snapped up by the bigger designers! Greta is also a Franklin local and lives in Karaka.
Tell me about your entry, what made it a winner?
My design was a simple pair of high-waist, button up, charcoal culottes, tailored to hug the waist and hips, but wide on the leg. The second element of my design was a stark white crop top with a Vslit in the front. A wideneck charcoal collar with bleached ostrich feather filaments was the centre of focus on the crop top, as I felt it added a feminine edge to the design.
While the design process took two months, the actual construction of the garments only happened over a two week period and involved a lot of trial and error. I believe the reason my design won was possibly due to the realistic wearability of the outfit in respect to the brief.
What made you change your career direction from horses? Are you still involved?
As I began studying at New Zealand Fashion Tech my interests and priorities slowly changed and gravitated more toward fashion industry focused ventures. Riding was super fun and taught me so much, but at the end of the day the Fashion and Equestrian scenes are massive industries which don’t coexist well. Because of how much time needs to be invested and I had to come to a decision to choose between the two.
What are your future plans? Where to from here?
I plan on launching my label late September/early October 2015 which will silently operate throughout the next two years of study. It will be a lot of hard work to add to the juggling act, but I know how long companies can take to become profitable so I’m determined to get it out there, and into the market.

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