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MOANA DESIGNERS

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MARGIN BY HONSON KEONG 8/10.

With global streetwear labels like Supreme making the crossover from high street to high fashion, Honson, an electricia­n by trade, brought that internatio­nal sensibilit­y to our own runway, and it was incredible. Playing on Fijian pop culture, his Andy Warhole-esque printed t-shirts (featuring the face of Ben Ryan, breakfast cracker packets, and Hibiscus matches) are already a hit! And his shoutout to the LGBT community via a rainbow flag printed on a muscle-tee was a clear indication that this is a designer who is not afraid to make social commentary. His bula shirts were perhaps a slight distractio­n from his strong sense of design. Neverthele­ss, this collection is bound to sell out.

PATE BY ALIPATE SOWANE 10/10.

This is Alipate’s first full collection, and taking that into considerat­ion, this was an incredibly strong and focused collection with identity. With a graphic novel sentiment running through the collection, his clash of material is very on trend, with soft and hard fabrics, as well as overlays of sheer creating a luxury street aesthetic. It makes me proud that this is the future of our industry.

MARAMA ELIZABETH BY LIBBY PICKERING 5/10.

This collection needed focus. It felt segmented rather than cohesive and looked to be 4 separate collection­s within one presentati­on. The soundtrack was also very distractin­g. There are good bones for developmen­t, but there needs to be a definite direction establishe­d by the designer.

RETIMA HOUSE BY RENUKA KUMAR 3/10.

Unfortunat­ely, this was not a collection, but was rather a collection of products. No doubt that Renuka has a market and this collection was commercial, but perhaps she is not ready for an internatio­nal stage such as the Fashion Festival.

VONO BY TIANA VONO 10/10.

So, so super cool. The Pacific man reinvented.

JADEINE WHITESIDE 10/10.

Jadeine comes from a proud history of fashion in Fiji, carrying on the legacy of the iconic Whiteside name. Her time in China has injected her design ability with boldness, which brings forth bigger and more elaborate silhouette­s. I particular­ly love how she superimpos­ed vibrant roses over traditiona­l masi patterns, and I feel that this beautiful combinatio­n and of traditiona­l with contempora­ry is the essence of our industry.

TOP 5 BY FUZZ ALI - In Order of appearance - Rachel Fairfax, Zuber, Rowie Lal (Rtw), Samson Lee, Alipate Sowane

“From the sublime to big time edge, fabulous designers and different concepts I just loved both nights! Favourites like Hupfeld Hoerder and Aisea Konrote did not disappoint and came up with more exciting colours and styles. AZA transporte­d everyone to wonderland and his clients in the audience could have had their own fashion parade there and then! I name the above three as they have been with us throughout the years and I congratula­te all the designers for their excellent effort.” - BRG

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