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The Fashion Festival has Begun

The Fashion Festival has Begun
Pictured : Faraz Ali (Fashion Council of Fiji and Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival Chairperson), Sydel Whippy (Event Manger), Dylan Kava (PR Manager), Mercy Naulu (Show Caller), Jorja Naidu (Social Media Manager), Alipate Sowane (Assistant to Chairman), Duane Lee Wai (Graphics Manager), Sova Vulawalu (Volunteer Manager), Ilai Jikoiono (Designer Manager), Phillipa Steele (Model Manager).
June 01
11:41 2018


The Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festi­val kicked off last night withthe Char­ity Gala dinner in aid of the Loloma Foundation at the home of the festival at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva.

Today is the first big day of the fashion fes­tival.

Saturday there will three individual shows and 11 group shows.

The Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival, is Fiji’s first industry owned, not for profit national trade and consumer fashion plat­form.

Fashion Council of Fiji president Faraz Ali said: “Our team is dedicated to the cause of ensuring that every fashion related business that is a part of the Festival grows as a re­sult of the Festival. SME development in the creative sector is central to our focus, which is why our “Designer Mall” trade space and Fashion Lounge will be open to the general public on Friday and Saturday free of charge to allow consumers to engage directly with our fashion businesses.

“The Festival is committed to diversity and inclusivity, particularly in our model line up. We do not feel the need to reflect the stand­ards of global runways (which are all dif­ferent anyway), and instead are setting our own.

“We have to have the confidence to bring global eyes to us and our uniqueness.

“As such, we have a roster which includes standard size and plus size models, models of different gender expressions, and models with disabilities.

“We have chosen to be the global leader for diversity and we are excited to take up this role.”The Festival is also committed to excel­lence. The national platform should be an aspirational platform where designers go to grow their businesses. We have therefore carefully selected only the best Legendary, Blooming, and Budding talent to showcase their new season collections at the Festival, with a lineup including Fiji’s most elite fash­ion talent, as well as those we believe are soon to occupy that same territory of respect in the creative sector. The Festival will also for the first time in our region feature three individual designer shows. Hupefeld Ho­erder, Aisea Konrote (Hefrani), and Zulfikar Ali (AZA) will transform the runway into a space that reflects their vision and aesthetic to present, again for the first time, full new season collections to be viewed by select au­diences, and of course through live stream­ing. This is not only exciting for our Festival, but for our industry as a whole.

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