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Fijian Fashion Festival Kicks Off this Saturday

The Fijian Fashion Festi­val is looking to set global trends in the coming year with the hype kickstarting this Saturday with a grand launch at the New Zealand High Commis­sioner’s
12 Dec 2018 11:02
Fijian Fashion Festival Kicks Off this Saturday
From left: Models Jorja Naidu, Serenia Raura, Fashion Council of Fiji chairperson Faraz Ali, Victoria Wines director Kate Vusoniwailala, Victoria Wines Nadi Shop manager Emma Faletoese, Komal Kant and Phillipa Steele at the Suva Business Centre on March 8, 2018 during a Fijian Fashion Festival announcement. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Fijian Fashion Festi­val is looking to set global trends in the coming year with the hype kickstarting this Saturday with a grand launch at the New Zealand High Commis­sioner’s residence in Suva.

Chairperson of the Fashion Council of Fiji, Faraz Ali con­firmed the festival is set to take place from June 6 to 9, 2019 at the Grand Pacific Hotel.

The theme for the launch on Sat­urday is Neon High Fashion and Mr Ali said it reflects the fashion industry’s journey into the future.

“Fijian Fashion Festival’s first edition was themed gold and the reason for this was we really want­ed to honour our past and what we were trying to establish was herit­age,” said Mr Ali.

“Globally, heritage is important, that is what adds value and brands like Dior, Loui Vuitton and Prada are all considered heritage brands because they have a history of building fashion in their respec­tive geographic zones.

“Now we have moved on to neon, an electronic futuristic version of ourselves with this idea that we can exist in the islands as Pacific people, but we can also have a very strong urban culture.”

He added that the Fashion Coun­cil is looking towards having more diversity in terms of body shape and size, gender expression and ethnic representation as they pre­pare for model castings, which are scheduled to be held in January.

“Diversity on the runway is so important because models are the face of the industry so we have to make sure the face of the industry reflects what our population looks like, who our market is and that is also our message to the world,” Mr Ali said.

The festival will be casting fresh models and regional models.

He thanked the New Zealand High Commission for sponsoring the launch event through venue, catering and service staff and Vic­toria Wines for their partnership.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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