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Kennedy To Launch Baravi Collection In Sydney Show

The Coral Coast beaches and sea have inspired Robert Kennedy’s new Resort Collection 2016, which he has aptly titled ‘Baravi’ (Fijian for ‘sea–shore or coast’). This year there is a
12 May 2016 09:32
Kennedy To Launch Baravi Collection In Sydney Show
One of The Baravi 2016 collection being modelled. Photo: Tappoo

The Coral Coast beaches and sea have inspired Robert Kennedy’s new Resort Collection 2016, which he has aptly titled ‘Baravi’ (Fijian for ‘sea–shore or coast’).

This year there is a new sensitivity in Robert’s use of prints, which all have references to common shells, corals and other sea creatures found along the foreshore of his Korotogo home. The prints are smaller and more delicate than his usual fare, with Damask and Baroque twists referencing the early European impact on the Pacific shores.

His colours too, are more muted, with new hues of mulberry, grey and latte.

“I loved how some 18th Century European artists painted the newly discovered Pacific Islands,” says Robert.

“Their paintings often have a very muted tone to them compared to the reality of Pacific colours.

“I wanted to emulate this, as I am aware that this more subtle use of colour in fashion, will also translate well into markets outside of Fiji.”

Nonetheless, Robert still has plenty of his customer’s favourite colours like, turquois, lime green and hot pink to keep them happy.

With his vision of seeing his fashion reach out past the shores of Fiji, Robert will be launching this new collection at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) on May 20 in Sydney.

He and four other Fijian designers will head up the team selected by Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW).

“I feel very excited about this amazing opportunity,” Robert said.

“This will be the most prestigious Fashion Show that I have ever participated in.

“MBFWA is the same calibre as MBFW New York/London/Paris/Milan etc!”

Robert Kennedy Fiji is sold exclusively through Tappoo Limited. The Baravi 2016 collection will be available in Tappoo department stores in Suva, Sigatoka and Nadi in September 2016.

Source: Tappoo

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