Fashion Film Night 'FIRST MONDAY IN MAY' on Tues 22 May, Damodar

A one-time-only exclusive screening in Fiji this coming Tuesday 22 May at 7:30pm to 10 pm (screening starts 8:30pm Running Time 90 minutes). $25 incl. hospitality for Tickets please email tickets@fijifashionweek.com.fj 
Phone 708 8898 or visit ROC Dolphin Plaza or Shopaholic

The First Monday in May is the most lavish fashion film of the decade.  Presented by Fiji Fashion Week 2018 supporting Emerging Designers.

This delicious documentary goes behind the scenes of the ‘Met Gala’, held on the First Monday of May every year.  This highly-anticipated glamorous event, chaired by Dame Anna Wintour,VOGUE Editor in Chief, raises millions of dollars for Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Only the worlds highest profile stars of film, arts and fashion are invited.  Starring Rihanna, Karl Lagerfeld, George Clooney, Madonna and many more.
Link to trailer: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRFCVG85X_s

Resort Wear is the Focus at FJFW18

THERE is sometimes nothing more perplexing than when fashion throws us a curveball and starts naming things that we wear on a regular basis with new and often crazy names.

Think for example, jeggings — jeans and leggings — when really they are just tights made to look like jeans. Or what about "The Meghan" — a simple white wraparound coat made by LINE that became famous because it was worn by a soon-to-be-royal? And let's not forget "the puffer", the name synonymous with those down filled winter jackets that look "puffed". There is no rhyme or reason as to why trends take on new names — except perhaps, to reinvent a genre or an idea that should never really go away.

Resort is somewhat like that as well. Is it a season, is it a look, is it clothing you only wear when you're on holiday at some exotic resort in Fiji for instance?

Resort as a fashion trend started long ago when wealthy fashionistas in the Northern Hemisphere embarked on their annual escape from harsh winters to a more idyllic climate during the post Christmas and New Year period — a spot of Caribbean hopping, a dash to Florida, a quick trip to the Maldives, or a sojourn to the Spanish riviera.

Travel to these destinations was characterised by a period of time onboard a cruise ship, which begged the question "what do I wear?" — quite a legitimate question when you are wrapped in a "Meghan", topped by a "puffer" and wearing three pairs of "jeggings" to escape the cold. And so began the modern era of RESORT - "cruise", Summer ready-to-wear, weekend dressing, beach wedding. Transeasonal dressing at its best.

Overseas travel has become much more prevalent for many of us and idyllic resort locations still maintain their appeal as an escape from the daily grind of works, school, home, kids, pets — in whichever combination works for you.

Designers pick up on this, they have the same daily challenges and need the same respites as us all. Not that they are thinking in the back of their mind what they would like to pack for themselves when they vacay — but more what would I like my customers to be wearing when they are on their holidays. Designers are definitely thinking about destinations as they conceptualise their next collection. What would you wear to go to Isla Mujerres? Noosa? Bahamas? Wakaya?

And even if we are not packing for a quick trip to the Maldives, but more a weekend in Deuba, we are still thinking about what we will wear that will give that floaty, free feeling of being on holidays.

Fiji's climate is ripe for resort — it is what we wear and what we love. Loose kaftans, floaty dresses, palazzo pants, halter neck tops, bright floral print shirts and even the sulu allows that feeling of air around your ankles and the revelation in keeping cool in the summer heat.

Of course any summer holiday or weekend away features a decent swimsuit — it's a given. But Resort is more than that. Think long evening dresses, dinner jackets, nautical stripes, sandals, tropical colours and muted minty pastels, anything made from natural fibres — silk, cotton, linen. Think Lilly Pullitzer, Camilla, Gucci Cruise, Albus Lumen.

And what about our local designers? Fiji does resort well. Think Tiki Togs, Robert Kennedy, Samson Lee, Zilda Collection, ZUBER's new foray into Resort, RAKO, Mausio, Hefrani, Stylosophy, Baby Boo by Sonam Sapra and Naina who are all some of the standouts.

And in the region? Some of the stars are TAV, Hani Haring, DMF, Proton Creation, PNGianKALA, and MENA.

What will be in your collection croisiare this vacation? Come along to the Fiji Fashion Week Resort Collections Show 2018 to get inspired.

Both shows are Resort Collections only — Friday night is Resort Cruise (essentials for any wardrobe) and will feature:

  • Guilty by Samal Singh
  • Mausio by Michael Mausio
  • Nic's 6 Pack — JLEW by Jackie Whippy, Turaga by Jofus Turaga, Aleir by Kess Baleirara, Ro'Zak by Rosie Isaacs, Timbal by Alice Timbal
  • Proton Creation (Solomon Islands)
  • RASA by Rafa Lee
  • Robert Kennedy Design Fiji
  • Seewaa by Seewaa Seth and
  • Guest international designer Chen Bin (China) and a retrospective from the FJFW Ambassador Australia, Nicholas Huxley.

Saturday night is Resort Luxe (luxury fabrics and exquisite details) featuring collections by:

  • 8 Mountains by Moira Solvalu John and David Solvalu
  • ACW by Anton Conway Wye
  • Elaradi by Laisiasa Davetawalu
  • Haus of Koila by Adi Koila Ganilau Lee
  • Hupfeld Hoerder
  • Jadeine Whiteside
  • Kakali by Robert Verebasaqa
  • RES Fiji by Rosie Emberson Semisi
  • Stylosophy by Ana Rabuka, and
  • International Designers Manpreet Singh (India), South Sea Sinners (Australia) and Tung Va (Vietnam).

FJFW2018 is on Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26 at the FMF Gymnasium. Tickets are on sale now by calling 7088898 or emailing tickets@fijifashionweek.com.fj

Photo Credits: Sonny's Photos


 

 

 

 

 

FJFW models have that certain something

A MODEL'S work is not simply to walk, but instead to embody the vision which an artist has put into a garment they have worked on for months.

Fiji Fashion Week 2018 model co-ordinator Epeli Tuibeqa said people who wanted to showcase designer wear on the runway needed to understand the role they played in executing a creative dream.

"From a performer's perspective, it really takes a lot of work.

"Some may think modelling is about putting one foot in front of the other for 20-30 metres or so. But it takes a lot of energy, character and presence and you face a lot of pressure as well to carry months and months of work which we have put into a garment," Tuibeqa said.

The man behind Kuiviti Collection said: "From a designer's perspective, we spend a lot of time putting the pieces together and we put a lot of trust in the models, knowing they will carry the designs on the runway in a very amazing way."

He said he was looking for specific characteristics at this year's show, adding that weight was never an issue for the organisation.

"I'm looking for individuals who have that high fashion look, a certain something unique to them.

"What makes a great model is their ability to carry on a persona, a certain quality to their walk, the unique way they look, the difference in the way they pose in a long dress or short dress, or a bikini for instance."

Models who wish to be part of the two shows should attend the casting on Saturday 3 March at 2pm at De Vos on the Park in Suva.

More information about the show can be found on www.fijifashionweek.com.fj

"Modelling takes absolute focus because apart from the fittings a few days before, you are actually seeing this garment for the first time and you are not there to put on a garment to grace the catwalk but rather to bring that garment to life in the vision of the designer."

Fiji Fashion Week will be held over two nights, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May, at the FMF Gym in Laucala.

Tickets are on sale soon.

 

 

Fiji Fashion Week joins the Executive of Commonwealth Fashion Council

Fiji Fashion Week joins the Board of Commonwealth Fashion Council
Tuesday February 20,  2018 (Fiji Time)

 Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) became a Board Member of the Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC) in London this week, during the annual London Fashion Week.   

FJFW Managing Director, Ellen Whippy-Knight was one of eight Commonwealth Fashion Council members to attend a private audience and be formally presented to Their Royal Highnesses, Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge; and Sophie, The Countess of Wessex (TRH), at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 20th of February, Fiji Time. The private audience took place prior to the main reception for Commonwealth Fashion Exchange (CFE) hosted by TRH on behalf of HRH Queen Elizabeth 11, to bring together designers, artisans, business leaders and others from 53 Commonwealth countries.

 “At Buckingham Palace last night, it was an honour to represent the Fiji Fashion industry as well as Fiji Fashion Designer, Mr Hupfeld Hoerder, who asked me to represent his extraordinary creation at the CFE launch, in his absence.  Hupfeld’s masterpiece, impressed everyone there.  The extraordinary garment was created in an exchange with Tousong Kalsong, Liza Garo and Marie Rorou, 3 talented artisanal women from Vanuatu.”

“Not in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be at Buckingham Palace one day promoting Fiji Fashion, conversing with HRH Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge (glowing in an Erdem dress that showed off her baby bump); chatting with Dame Anna Wintour - the queen of fashion; and being in the same room with Stella McCartney, Karen Walker, Naomi Campbell, Nadja Swarovski and many others.

“Being formally presented to Their Royal Highnesses was truly a moment I will treasure all my life and witnessing the reaction of the esteemed guests to the work of art created by Hupfeld and  Tousong Kalsong, Liza Garo and Marie Rorou of Vanuatu, was overwhelmingly rewarding.

About the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange
For the first time The Commonwealth comes together, culminating in a reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday, February 19 (UK) to showcase a wealth of design and artisan fashion talent from established and emerging designers across its 53 countries.  A key CFE focus is on partnership, as some established designers with artisanal craft.  Other Pacific nations represented at CFE launch were Samoa, PNG, Nauru, Cook Islands, Tonga, Solomon Islands as well as our neighbors Australia and New Zealand. It was a true Commonwealth get-together to present the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability; objectives shared by FJFW and FDAF.

Other designers, selected by CFE, included Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Bibi Russell for Bangladesh and international label Burberry plus Stella McCartney representing the UK.

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange is an ambitious project, with long term aims, is being developed in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM, who will launch an edited collection in September this year.

The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, says: “The modern Commonwealth is young and creative. It represents a third of the world's population, 60% of whom are under the age of 30. So fashion, alongside music and sport, represents a powerful common language and platform through which to influence young people around key issues. The Fashion Exchange has collaboration and partnership at its heart, forging new networks and making the Commonwealth Summit themes of prosperity, sustainability and fairness very real and tangible."

About Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC)
The CFC is a not for profit organisation uniting over 20 nations from across the Commonwealth Fashion Industries and aims to deliver programmes that focus on adding value to fashion industries through advocating business development, sustainability, education, trade, youth and gender empowerment (these are values shared by Fiji Fashion Week and Fiji Designers Alliance of Fiji, Chaired by Adi Koila Ganilau-Lee). 

FJFW linked with CFC in 2012, when CEO, Daniel Hatton, reached out to let FJFW know of his plan to develop a peak fashion council. In October 2017, Daniel recommended FJFW as the body to assist the CFE to identify Pacific Island Designers to participate in the event.

FJFW, recognised as a global ‘Fashion Week’ brand, joins similar international fashion events, promoting trade and business development segments of local fashion industries.

FIJI FASHION WEEK  “RESORT COLLECTIONS 2018”
Fiji Fashion Week celebrates its 11th year in 2018, with an exciting collaboration with Fashion Designers Alliance of Fiji (FDAF), chaired by Adi Koila Ganilau-Lee. 
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th of May, at FMF Gymnasium, Suva.

MORE INFORMATION:
Fiji Fashion Week: https://www.fijifashionweek.com.fj
Commonwealth Fashion Exchange: http://eco-age.com/commonwealth-fashion-exchange/
Commonwealth Fashion Council: http://thecommonwealth.org/organisation/commonwealth-fashion-council and http://commonwealthfashioncouncil.org/

FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL:  
Diana Goulding, c/-
PR@fijifashionweek.com.fj  or Phone:  + 64 21 33 11 03

 

 

Fiji Fashion is at Buckingham Palace

Ellen Whippy-Knight, MD of Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW), is in the UK for London Fashion Week and The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange (CFE).   A garment by Fiji designer Hupfeld Hoerder will represent Fiji at CFE.  The 'looks' created through the inaugural Fashion Exchange will be showcased at a special reception at Buckingham Palace next Monday February 19 UK time, where Mrs. Whippy-Knight will attend as a guest, with Commonwealth Fashion Council, as well as represent Mr. Hoerder at his request.  The ‘Looks’ are under wraps until the reception.

“As we announce FJFW’s 11th year of events today at home, it’s also a privilege to attend this auspicious occasion in London.  FJFW, as a whole entity, has always aspired to “Think Globally – Act Locally’, working hard to achieve this over the past ten years with many milestones and business relationships, still evident today.  Attending CFE really is one of the “jewels in the crown”, said Mrs. Whippy- Knight,  “In 2017, I signaled my swan-song during FJFW’s 10th anniversary with the vision of FJFW continuing without me, it didn’t quite work out, so here I am back in the drua announcing FJFW 2018, this time in an exciting new collaboration with Fashion Designers Alliance of Fiji (FDAF), chaired by Adi Koila Ganilau-Lee .  It feels like it was ‘meant to be’.  I’m so proud for Hupfeld Hoerder, one of Fiji’s most esteemed, established designers and FJFW Alumni.  We’ve come a long way but ‘watch this space – we haven’t finished yet.

For the first time The Commonwealth comes together to showcase a wealth of design and artisan fashion talent from established and emerging designers across its 52 countries.  A key CFE focus is on partnership as some established designers such as Mr. Hoerder, are partnering creatively. Hupfeld Hoerder Designs partnered with three artisanal women from Vanuatu, being Tousong Kalsong, Liza Garo and Marie Rorou.  Other Pacific nations at CFE are Samoa, PNG, Nauru, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands as well as our neighbor Australia.  A get-together that presents power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability; objectives shared by FJFW and FDAF.

The designers have been selected by CFE and include Karen Walker representing New Zealand, Bibi Russell for Bangladesh and international label Burberry plus Stella McCartney representing the UK.

The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange is an ambitious project with long term aims, is being developed in partnership with Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM (www.matchesfashion.com), who will launch an edited collection in September this year.

The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, says: “The modern Commonwealth is young and creative. It represents a third of the world's population, 60% of whom are under the age of 30. So fashion, alongside music and sport, represents a powerful common language and platform through which to influence young people around key issues. The Fashion Exchange has collaboration and partnership at its heart, forging new networks and making the Commonwealth Summit themes of prosperity, sustainability and fairness very real and tangible."

FIJI FASHION WEEK in association with FASHION DESIGNERS ALLIANCE OF FIJI

Present
RESORT COLLECTIONS 2018

Friday & Saturday, 25 & 26 May
FMF Gymnasium

Tickets on Sale Soon

www.fijifashionweek.com.fj