Excitement is buzzing in the air among nominated designers as the Inaugural Sunshine Coast Design Awards arises. The nominees for 2014 consist of some fierce competitors, all who have their own unique styles and trends. The winners will be announced at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival on October 25, 2014 at the group shows. This year’s nominees are Adrian Norris & Edwina Robinson, Kat Hogg, Leearna Saunders, Alice Jones & Louise Visser, Natalie Miller & Ben Nothling, and Leann Lamb.
Kat Hogg, designer of Hive Swimwear is ecstatic about her nomination in the category of Swimwear. “It is a great honour to be nominated for the Sunshine Coast Designer Awards and Hall of Fame. With Hive, my focus is always on the business principals and making the highest quality sports fashion swimwear, so to be recognised as a designer is very special.”
Designers of Sinerji, Alice Jones and Louise Visser are nominated in the Ethical category. Their label aims to create beautiful, sustainable and ethical clothing which can be worn anytime and are always in style. Jones and Visser are thrilled and feel very honoured. “To be nominated will help us continue to raise awareness about the positive changes we can all be part of within the fashion and manufacturing industry.”
Nominated for Hall of Fame, Resort and Ready to Wear categories are Natalie Miller and Ben Nothling. As designers of the label Holster, these nominations are a wonderful achievement for these hard-working designers. “The holster brand is something we have lived and breathed and worked very hard towards for over a decade so we are very proud to be nominated. It’s great to have an event about Sunshine Coast and for the Sunshine Coast. We are sure it will be a great success.”
Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson are the designers of Aje. This year, they are nominated in the category of Ready to Wear and Hall of Fame and feel very privileged. “It’s amazing news to hear we’re in the running for the Hall of Fame – the Sunshine Coast inspired so much of the Aje label and this is a fantastic initiative to recognise home-grown design talent. We wish everyone involved the best of luck and a huge thanks to the Sunshine Coast Designer Awards for the nomination.”
Lamb & Lamb designer, Leann Lamb, is another designer who has had great success and is nominated in the Hall of Fame and Resort categories. With her quirky label of sleepwear, Lamb has put everything into her label and has done a remarkable job of getting her name across the country.
Leearna Saunders is the designer of Blossom Betty, another designer nominated this year with four nominations in the Hall of Fame, Ethical, Swim and Indigenous categories. Focusing on women’s fashion with a vintage-feel, this label is very unique and expected to impress.
The Awards will be held on October 25, 2014 at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival hosted by Palmer Coolum Resort. Tickets and information www.internationalfashionweek.com.au