Tuiketei’s head­piece: A fu­sion of Pa­cific blue­print

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - ASHNA KU­MAR Edited by Ranoba Baoa ashna.ku­mar@fi­

The Mel­bourne Cup side event, the hat and fash­ion com­pe­ti­tions are filled with as much craze as the pres­ti­gious event it­self. About 4000 kilo­me­tres away from the home of Mel­bourne Cup, Ana Tuiketei was an­nounced the win­ner of the Suva Ro­tary Club event at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel. The le­gal con­sul­tant for AP Le­gal, had her lo­cal de­sign­ers Epeli Tuibeqa and Joanne Ali to thank for her unique head­piece, a fu­sion of Pa­cific blue­print.

“I wanted the lo­cal de­sign­ers to de­sign my hat be­cause I want to pro­mote the tal­ent we Fi­jians have within us,” Ms Tuiketei said. “My hat is in­clu­sive of masi and jew­ellery, throw­ing ideas and con­cept of the Pa­cific fu­sion. “My idea was to use and pro­mote lo­cal de­sign­ers so I can give back to the com­mu­nity. “I want to show­case that we Fi­jians are tal­ented in many ways whether it be mu­sic, dance or style while host­ing in­ter­na­tional events,” Ms Tuiketei said. She also en­cour­aged her friends from overseas to in­vest more into Fi­jian lo­cal de­sign­ers and help our com­mu­ni­ties. Best dressed cou­ple was awarded to Nathan Kirk and Erin Ad­di­son-Smith. Many of the rev­el­ers at GPH in­cluded those from Canada, Ja­maica.

Nathan Kirk and Erin Ad­di­son-Smith, the Best Dressed Cou­ple dur­ing the Mel­bourne Cup 2016 fash­ion event yes­ter­day at the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel, Suva. Photos: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Ana Tuiketei shows off her win­ning head­piece yes­ter­day. Photos: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

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