Fashion Art

Fiji Fashion Week: Cherish takes fashion to a new dimension

When danger was close, Cherish Prasad took off to his hometown, the hidden paradise of Savusavu on Vanua Levu to be safe from the second wave of COVID-19. His fashion talent could not be kept away though, so when he found out Fiji Fashion Week was turning virtual and managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight asked designers...

Breaking the mould – Friends pair up to pursue fashion outside of professional careers

At first glance, they are your stereotypical young professional woman pursuing careers in the civil service after having completed years of training and qualifications as expected from home. But Vedika Rathod, a nurse at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit and Nikhaat Akbar Khan, an environmental officer with the Fijian government had a...

Fashion Week: Hoerder begins fashion doctorate

The value of academic research is unrivalled but the link between academic and lifestyle sectors like fashion, is not always easily made. Though glamourous and seemingly far removed from academia, the Fiji fashion industry has needed the backing that research can make into charting a more structured way forward for those who work in the...

Local brands graced London stage

Fijian designer Eferemo Ramokosoi officially introduced his fashion brand – Ramokosoi Fiji – during the London Pacific Fashion Week (LPFW) earlier this month. Launched at the Royal Horseguards Hotel in Whitehall, London, UK, the exhibition also included the works of other local designers such as Hupfeld Hoerder, Niurua Creatives and Vulagi Design. LPFW director Ana...

Hupfeld to do PhD in Fiji fashion

Hupfeld Hoerder is a name many associate with fashion firsts and innovation in this country and news of another huge opportunity announced last week wasn’t a surprise to the industry. Now soon to be Fiji’s first ever recipient of a scholarship to conduct doctoral studies in fashion, he will someday go by Dr Hoeder. Announcing...

Bulou’s guiding light

SHE had always enjoyed looking and feeling good and so style and clothes were important to the way she expressed herself. But when Bulou Caeway’s life took a dark turn just over two years ago, fashion became her guiding light. The young mum is one of the freshest faces in the line-up of the Resort...

Palmolive is FJFW’s official sponsor

Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) received a timely boost after Colgate-Palmolive Fiji (CP) renewed its sponsorship, making Palmolive the official partner of the Pacific’s premier fashion event for the 2021 and 2022, yesterday. CP general manager, Hiten Lal and FJFW managing director, Ellen Whippy-Knight sealed the deal virtually reaffirming the oral, personal and home care giant’s...

Konrote to host first solo fashion show

Fashion designer Aisea Konrote will be hosting his first solo-fashion show at the Yue Lai Hotel in Suva today. He said this fashion event would be unique because he would be highlighting the importance of respecting women. “I’ve done many fashion shows, participated in Fiji Fashion Week, represented Fiji abroad for a couple of years, but this year,...

Tough love Samson’s strength

Entrepreneurship came easy because as a child Samson Lee learned that every part of the business process costs something. Growing up in Nadi, Samson was the youngest of four children and was always trying new things and pushing boundaries and while his parents were very supportive, they charged him for everything the leading fashion designer...

Designer shifts base

Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, popular with surfers, holidaymakers and health conscious people who go to enjoy the dramatic scenery. Nadi-based Tracey Farrington brings that vibe alive in the resort wear she has produced for over 25 years that the fashionable holidaymakers can pick up at some of Australia’s...

Oceans Gala fashion event a success

Acknowledging the United Nations Decade of Oceans, the Oceans Gala Fiji Fashion Week which took place over the weekend was a success. In her address, FFW’s managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the show acknowledged the ocean as a life force for Fiji and other Pacific Island countries. “The ocean is what connects us to the...

Aisea’s gypsy dreams

Glamour stirred his fashion interest but it’s really the challenge and difficulty of getting a collection from vision to the runway that drives Aisea Konrote. Trading under the Hefrani label, this is a designer whose garments have been on all the major runways of the Fijian fashion industry. While he has shone on other out-of-Suva...

Bridal dreams to cherish

Many young women grow up dreaming of looking beautiful and feeling special on their wedding day. It’s a fairytale that Cherish Prasad has listened to women tell him enough times to inspire his newest collection. The collection the Savusavu designer plans to showcase at the Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) Oceans Gala Show that will take...

Tribute to beauty queens

Paying a tribute to former Hibiscus Queens appeared as an obvious component of the evolution of Fiji Fashion Show. The organising committee started looking for them with the idea to have at least one beauty queen per decade. Because of a hectic world situation, many won’t be able to attend the show on November 7...

Celebrating resilience through fashion

The Haus of Koila launched its inaugural Sustainable Fashion in Suva yesterday celebrating resilience and sustainability through fashion and culture. HOK director and established Fijian fashion designer Adi Koila Ganilau said the event was a culmination of resilience, adapting fashion to the new normal and embracing changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Coronavirus has...

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