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Talented Cairns teens stand out in style world

by Caitlin Guilfoyle | Cairns Post September 13th, 2012

Best Emerging Designer and Milliner award winner Mackenzie Eaton

Inspiring: Best Emerging Designer and Milliner award winner Mackenzie Eaton, 17, is making an impact in the fashion world. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS

Winner of Best Emerging Designer and Milliner at last Friday’s fashions on the field, Peace Lutheran College student Mackenzie Eaton, 17, is one of two talented Cairns teenagers making a splash in the fashion industry.

He said his creations were inspired by his surroundings, including the standout bleached skull accessory that he found on the family farm at Millaa Millaa.

“I got most of the fashions on the field fabrics from the upholstery section of Spotlight,” he said.

“I look at everything as, ‘Could I make an item of clothing out of that?’

“I was at the hospital yesterday, I took some gloves and I’m going to make an outfit out of that, I use everything.”

In contrast, St Monica’s student Michaela Paron will compete in the state final of the Apex Teenage Fashion Awards on Sunday in Toowoomba.

The 15-year-old’s designs are formal and delicate, including a Grecian inspired dress with a diamante belt.

Michaela said she was excited at the prospect of advancing to the national final in Melbourne, after Channel 7 personality Natalie Bassingthwaighte said she would wear a dress like Michaela’s to the Logies.

“I don’t really get nervous, I just get keen, it should be really fun,” she said.

Cairns sewing teacher Sajeela Jamie, who taught both Mackenzie and Michaela to sew and make patterns, said both teenagers had great potential.

“I’m very proud of both of them and feel privileged that I’ve been able to help them,” she said.