First-year fashion student at Wollongbar TAFE Samantha Parkinson of Byron Bay is ready to embrace autumn.
First-year fashion student at Wollongbar TAFE Samantha Parkinson of Byron Bay is ready to embrace autumn. Jacklyn Wagner

Students' season for fashion

TODAY is the first day of autumn and fashion and design students from North Coast TAFE's Wollongbar campus are setting the trend when it comes to looking good this season.

First-year applied fashion and design technology student Samantha Parkinson, 31, said autumnal fashion is all about colour and texture.

"Red is in but not just because it's autumn but also because the trend is raw energy. So anything that's red or very rustic or textured, such as bags that look rustic instead of polished," Mr Parkinson said.

Head teacher Marianne Wade said it's smart to wear layers in autumn.

"Classic autumn fashion is layering so you can layer as you go through the day, putting interesting colours together and something that matches that crisp autumn air," Ms Wade said.

Teacher Glenda Pierce said the students are learning how to create cutting-edge designs.

"It's about looking two years ahead, not at what's in the shops now because what's in the shops now is been and gone and dead," Ms Pierce said.

She said this season's style will be all about contrast.

"The big thing for the season is combining different fabric textures, things with stripes and generally things your mother always told you not to put together," Ms Pierce laughed.



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