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Wednesday July 27, 2016

From Asia scholarship to New Zealand Fashion Week By Sharnahea Wilson

A budding designer who grew up in Johnsonville is taking the world of fashion by storm after being chosen to showcase his work at New Zealand fashion week. At just 19 years old New Zealand Fashion Tech student Olli Paroli’s innovative design inspired by love and loss will be displayed on the Resene Designer Runway at fashion week in August. The dedicated designer was also one of nine students awarded with a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia where he is spending six weeks on an education exchange in India. Olli delved into the fashion world at 14 which eventually led him to leave high school at 17 and start studying at New Zealand Fashion Tech. His latest garment was inspired by his own writings about a girl who had been through a breakup. “My Resene colour, Permanent Green, is almost a haunting shade. Inspired by the darkness, I created a story about a breakup. In the aftermath, a woman is left with a single shirt from her former lover. It is early morning and she wraps herself in it.” Olli combined a silk camisole with a deconstructed men’s shirt to evoke the separation of lovers in his design. “I have a fascination with gen-

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19-year-old fashion designer Olli Paroli with model Emily Triggs who is wearing the design he will display at New Zealand Fashion Week.

der neutrality and the blending of design elements that lend to typically masculine and feminine silhouettes,” he said. Olli said being chosen to show his garment at fashion week has left him with a mixed bag of emotions. “[I’m] absolutely stoked to have such a large audience be able to see a design that I'm very proud of, and experience a large scale

NZ runway show.” The experience Olli has had in India has been eye opening, despite having a bad case of food poisoning at a yoga retreat in the second week. “The country itself and the culture here is so rich and you can see it everywhere you travel. My jaw has dropped many a time in awe since arriving and I don't expect that to stop any time soon.”


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Independent Herald 27-07-16  

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