A WORKING mother knows the hardships of ensuring family life runs smoothly while making sure her work life is up to par.
With her hands full, keeping up to date with the latest trends in fashion is most likely the last thing on her mind.
This is where designer Rachel Fairfax steps in. With her ready-to-wear line, Mrs Fairfax delivers her intricate designs for the working woman.
The 30-year-old mother of three has been designing women's clothes for the past four years.
"I currently have two lines of clothing — Beached, which is a relaxed style of resort wear and the other being RFX Collections, a more sophisticated line. Together, these were showcased at Fiji Fashion Week in 2009 and again in 2010," says Mrs Fairfax.
Her latest collection, aptly named Ready to Wear, will be on display at the Style Fiji 2012 in Nadi on December 1. "This year I opted for a more ready-to-wear style that will suit any woman here in Fiji or abroad," Mrs Fairfax said. "The inspiration behind this colourful collection is based on our country's bright and abundant floral settings. Taking into consideration our climate, I have produced this line using breathable, lightweight fabrics that will appeal to all."
Of her inclusion among a list of celebrated designers in the country and the Pacific, she says it was "an honour" and her preparations for the event began almost immediately after attending the inaugural show last year.
"When I was asked to showcase for Style Fiji 2012, I was very excited for the opportunity and after having been to the first ever event I immediately put pen to paper and started sketching my designs."
She said the underlying theme of the show to raise money for the Nadi Hospital has made the event all the more worthwhile. Other seasoned designers from Fiji Fashion Week that will be part of the show include Hupfeld Hoerder, TAV Designs presented by Bernadette Ganilau and Alladin Cave's Elaine Taylor.