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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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