By MELA KATONIVUAL­IKU Photos by SANDHYA DUSK DEVI media circles of the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Pacific Runway organizer and founder, Jannike Seiuli said the success of last year’s shows proved Australian fashion consumers and fans were ready to know about and wear original Pacific Island fashion labels. “Being acknowledg­ed and hosted by Carriagewo­rks, Sydney reinforces that our Pacific talents is being recognized in the world,” Mrs Seiuli said. Carriagewo­rks, Sydney is the home of the prestigiou­s Mercedes Bens Fashion Week Australia. Tongan 2016 Olympic Games flag bearer in Rio, Pita Taufatofua, who rose to fame when his oiled torso made headline news, applauded the best in Pacific creativity. “It’s about us showing a different side to the Pacific, using a high profile to draw attention to what the Pacific people are capable of doing. Pacific designers have world class skills and creativity and Pacific Runway gives them an opportunit­y to show this,” Taufatofua said. One of Australia’s top cosmetic companies, Harlotte Cosmetics was the cosmetics sponsor of the show alongside You Tube and Instagram star Make-Up by Jah, the lead MUA.

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