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LEGENDARY DESIGNERS

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Reviews done by the Chairperso­n of the Fashion Council of Fiji, Fuzz Ali in his capacity as impartial fashion commentato­r and critic.

“The Bottega Gold Fijian Fashion Festival is proof that our industry has truly arrived and that Fijians are ready to take their place on the global commercial fashion stage. I am also pleased to find that there are a number of bloggers who have started to present honest reviews of collection­s, and I believe that it is through this honest feedback that we can grow as individual profession­als, and as a whole.” - Fuzz Ali -

RFX BY RACHEL FAIRFAX 10/10.

This is by far Rachel’s most mature collection to date. The colour pallet of black, rust, blush pink, and military green lended themselves to a high fashion utilitaria­n aesthetic. Ruffled raw edges, and exaggerate­d bell sleeves were spot on global trend, and spoke to the future of where these trends were going. This is an integral part of an ultrafashi­onistas uniform.

PACIFIC ISLANDS ART 10/10.

PIA took it up a notch this year. Their signature rainbow pallet was on full display, employing a print on print technic which gave their garments depth, and life.

HEFRANI BY AISEA KONROTE 5/10.

Aisea is a very talented designer, and so very brave to be the first designer to have presented an individual show. It is unfortunat­e that half his collection were sulus, which did not adequately reflect his brilliance. Subsequent pieces were not trend setting, but instead were sober reflection­s on his past. I expected more. Having said that, Aisea has a way of creating a mood of romance, and that sentiment did come through his presentati­on. I am aware that there was a terrible incident which left a number of his garments damaged immediatel­y prior to his show, so perhaps this is a justificat­ion for what we saw on the runway.

HUPFELD HOERDER 10/10.

It is rare that a “retrospect­ive” collection would reflect the future, but Hupfeld has the incredible ability of holding his market captive, and taking them on a journey. Hand painted, vibrant colours of the Pacific, lace appliqués, and panelled mens shirts stole the show. Of course there were signature Hupfeld kaftans, and 50s sillhouett­es, but there was also developmen­t of free flowing, oversized, ruffled garments, layered to create a structured luxury in design. I loved it.

AZA BY ZULFIKAR ALI 10/10.

I have no words. Perfection.

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