AN up-and-coming womenswear designer has taken first place in a national fashion competition.
Naomi Hatherley, of Purbrook, came first amongst an array of other designers in the UK’s first street-style weekend, Symmetry Street.
Her clothes designs were showcased at London Street Style by models including Made in Chelsea star Tiffany Watson.
The recent fashion graduate from Winchester School of Art, showed six of her dress designs at the event hosted by US smartphone case company OtterBox.
She took the £1,000 prize as well as the chance to design her own limited-edition phone case insert.
Five finalists were tasked with creating looks inspired by ‘street style’, and Naomi won judges over with her use of bold colours and texture.
The 22-year-old said: ‘I was in shock because my friend entered before me and both of us got shortlisted. I was sure she was going to win.
‘The atmosphere on the day was great. It was nice to see my designs up there.’
After learning to sew with her grandmother, Naomi studied fashion design at college and then at Winchester School of Art, where she specialised in womenswear.
On hearing fashion blogger Kavita Donkersley and Tiffany Watson’s announcement that she had won, Naomi said she was ‘so grateful to win the prize’.
She is currently working in retail and is planning on putting her prize money towards her dream of moving to London and starting a professional career in fashion design.
‘The money gives me a head start in moving, which is great,’ added Naomi.
Katriona O’Mahony, head of PR and content for OtterBox Europe, said: ‘It was a joy to see such incredible emerging talent taking part in the UK’s first street style weekend.
‘Naomi’s designs stood out because of her incredible use of colour.
‘We’re proud to be working with her to develop her own limited edition range of MySymmetry series inserts.’
The inserts can be use with clear phone cases to show off the design.