FIJI has the talent, the creativity and the freshness that the fashion industry needs.
Fiji Fashion Week managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight made this comment to emerging and established designers who gathered to celebrate Fiji Fashion Week's (FJFW) budding new talents at a cocktail gathering in Suva on Thursday night.
"It has also had a great response from both the local and corporate communities, which is really good," Mrs Whippy-Knight said.
She said this year's show was going to be the biggest so far.
She said with 47 designers, 85 models and 150 volunteers in total all pitching in their own way to help make the show happen in a big way.
Guest Thierry Catteau said he appreciated the possibilities that the FJFW provided for young local talent.
"It demonstrates a sense of blossoming creativity and it shows the ability of our young talent to successfully marry their inspiration to good taste.
"I wish all the best to the young talent out there and I hope to see more of them," said Mr Catteau.
Indian national and guest at the cocktail, Reshma Narayan, shared Mr Catteau's sentiments saying it reminded her of home, "the vibrant prints and creativity especially".
"I wish them all the very best.
"Fiji will reap good benefits because it is investing in its youth," Ms Narayan said.
The FJFW starts on October 18-20 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
They are hoping to establish a fashion school in Fiji soon, as both the talent and the demand for it exists.