Not only is she a model, a mentor, a journalist, TV host and brand ambassador, Charlotte Dawson has taken the leap from the red carpet to the fashion design studios again.
Collaborating with Howard Showers for her second season designing a limited edition Autumn Winter 2011 collection as well as being the brand ambassador, Charlotte’s relationship with the brand goes back to the days of her friendship with the label’s then-designer, Charlie Brown.
She says, “I have an affinity with the brand as I have been associated with it during my years as a fashion reporter. I was approached by the Discovery Group to launch the re-birth of the label with a brand new design team… it has been so exciting since”. Even though the design process was something new to Charlotte, she found working with the “exceptionally tolerant team” a great experience. ‘
Howard Showers is about celebrating a woman’s body through versatile clothing. “I want women to feel as glamourous as I does when I walk the red carpet. Wear stylish clothing that takes you from your office to cocktails,” says Dawson.
With her personal wardrobe favourite being her gym gear, Dawson’s other winter wardrobe staples are a black lace dress and a paint brush stroked gold jacket. “I have worn (the jacket) to death. I also love loose comfy knits for winter”.
Dawson is also on the judging panel of the much awaited show, Australia’s Next Top Model, and she is very proud of her decision making on the show. “Some of the other judges watch my selections and go â€˜huh?\’ and then I show them what I see, I usually get it right. I\’ve been scouting models for nearly two decades,” says Dawson.
She has already picked her personal favourites so far, but the journalist-turned-designer isn’t spilling any beans. “I have a few girls that I really love from the audition tour, but it’s going to be a surprise to see who Sarah and the producers pick for episode one … will have to wait and see.”
One hundred girls have been chosen from the audition tour. The actual show will start filming in May and we will have to wait until then before we can learn more.
But for now, Charlotte’s new designs for Howard Showers are in-store now nationally atMyer and selected boutiques. For your nearest stockist visit www.howardshowers.com.au or call (02) 8344 0999.
Courtesy of Howard Showers
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