Fashion / Art

2018 Hibiscus Festival: Navara masters the courage to advocate

TO be in the limelight, one must have the initiative and boldness to speak. According to Manasa Navara this is a personal characteristic or quality that is worth showing on the national stage. Mr Navara,...

At the edge of fashion

AT 21, Alipate Sowane has shown what he can do with the amazing talent he has. We met the Tubou, Lakeba, Lau native at The House of Design Fiji shop in Suva earlier this week, where he works part-time while he completes his final year at the Fiji School of Nursing (FSN). It’s a place...

The Rotuman traditional weaver

WHAT made Elsie George easily noticeable during the National Women’s Expo held last week at the FMF Gymnasium was her huge smile, vibrant character and of course bright red and white dress with matching earrings and necklace. Elsie is from Tuakoi Village in Rotuma and is one of the 12 women who were selected by...

Feakes: Fiji has cutting edge fashion industry

FIJI is the only country in the Pacific which has a viable textile fashion industry that is cutting edge, says Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes.

APTC holds fashion parade with climate change theme

THE Australian-Pacific Technical College held its fashion parade with the theme based on climate change and the importance of reusing and recycling. The parade was held at the residence of the Australia High Commissioner to Fiji in Tamavua yesterday. It featured the designs of 17 students from this year’s Certificate III in Applied fashion design...

Student designers in action

STUDENT designers around Fiji showcased their collections at the Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) Student Designer Show held at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva last Friday and Saturday.

Tongan hunk to grace Fiji fashion show

TONGAN Summer and Winter Olympian Pita Taufatofua arrived in the country yesterday morning to be a part of the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival this weekend. Taufatofua has been in the spotlight since walking in the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics all oiled up and muscles bulging. He repeated that at the Pyeongchang Winter...

Taufatofua highlights value of Pacific culture

TONGAN flag bearer for the 2016 Olympics and 2018 Winter Pita Taufatofua  is in the country as a model for the country’s newest fashion platform – the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival.

Bottega Gold to offer unique fashion platform

THE Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival is ready to offer a unique fashion platform for Fiji and the region. This was highlighted by the chairperson of the Fashion Council of Fiji and trustee of the Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival, Faraz Ali, earlier this afternoon. Mr Ali said it would be the first fashion platform...

Tiki Togs founder passes on

FOUNDER of fashion label Tiki Togs, Lawrie Gavin Whiteside has passed away.

Plans for art gallery

IN a country where the art sector is at a fledgling state and where local artists continue to face challenges to have their own space, it was a great welcome when the Government announced that there would be a National Gallery of Contemporary Arts (NGCA) in the country. In September 2017 Government, through the Ministry...

Amazing turnout at FJFW 2018

THE response by the public that attended the two-day Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) show that took place on Friday and Saturday at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva was positive.

Students showcase designs

TWO student designers showcased their unique collection at the Fiji Fashion Week (FFW) Student Designer Show at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday.

Turaga keeps bula alive in corporate wear

TURAGA, the name seemed almost a cliche but Jofus is anything but common, something he ensured was loudly said at last nights Fiji Fashion Week Resort Cruise show. Having helped to retail the work of another FJFW great, Robert Kennedy, Jofus Turaga clearly had some idea what fabrics works in the tropical. Combining Pacific colours,...

Jacque brings her own

A MASH of colours on free-flowing fabrics yet set against some fancy patterns, Jacque Whippy was always going to be noticed. As the name suggests, Jacque is niece to outgoing managing director of Fiji Fashion Week Ellen Whippy-Knight. Her older sister is a bula wear designer. Despite those connections, the younger Ms Whippy is not...

Tebara meke leaves fashion

WITH the aim of showing the world what indigenous women draw their traditional dance inspiration from, Rosie Isaac had a lot of challenges to overcome in order to bring her collection to Fiji Fashion Week 2018. Showing at its Resort Cruise show last night, Ms Isaac said she was very excited about this seasons work,...

Rapha’s RASA collection pops the WOW factor: FJFW

RAPHA Ganilau Lee’s collection “RASA” led last night’s Resort Cruise show on the first night of Fiji Fashion Week. Barely a teenager, the boy is a member of The Haus of Koila run by his mother and chairperson of the Fashion Designers Alliance of Fiji, Adi Koila Ganilau Lee. Daring to mix up stripes, florals,...

Nature inspired Sigatoka high school students’ designs

INSPIRED by nature in Sigatoka, two male designers came out to show their collections at the Fiji Fashion Week (FFW) Student Designer Show at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva today. Mohammed Ali and Jone Foraete who are current Year 13 students at Sigatoka Methodist College were part of the 30 young designers who brought out...

Resort wear on show

THE FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva was a hive of activity last night as 15 designers showcased their resort wears during the Fiji Fashion Week’s Resort Cruise 2018 show. Designs from the likes of Robert Kennedy and Australia’s swimwear Aqua Blu were among the lines that graced the runway last night. The newly-introduced seven-lane...

NTPC continues partnership with Fiji Fashion

THE Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) has continued its partnership with Fiji Fashion Week. This after NTPC has provided its training facilities in their Nadi and Nabua campus to organisers of FFW with no charges to use for workshops for their emerging designers, which is part of their sponsorship of this...

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