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Crystal ball in style

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, February 04, 2013

THE Suva Civic Centre's lower auditorium was on fire at the weekend as the first Fashion Designers Alliance (FDA) of Fiji's Crystal Ball rocked the city in style.

The night was exactly like a Hollywood fashion event with local celebrities and guests greeted with a red carpet arrival.

The Civic Centre lower auditorium was transformed into a magnificent glamour room — a night of fashion, fun and awards.

According to the Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW), the Crystal Ball is the signature event of the FDAF and it seeks to raise much-needed funds to aid in the establishment of an office and resource centre where new designers can seek assistance which currently does not exist in Fiji.

As Fiji's premier fashion event, FJFW is staged every year in October and it is an opportunity for designers to showcase their new designs. Also on Saturday night, celebrity chef Lance Seeto gave his services and that of his Castaway Island Resort team for free to cook at the ball.

Mr Seeto conducted an open food site while cooking for guests at the inaugural Crystal Ball where he named his menu Diamonds & Pearl.

FJFW public relations officer Lice Movono-Rova said the FDAF hoped that money raised from the Crystal Ball would assist the alliance to perform some of the tasks previously carried out by FJFW.

She said most part of the work of Fiji Fashion Week in the past had included help for fashion designers in terms of training and development opportunities as well as financing for their design work.

During FJFW 2012, the French Embassy's Cultural attache Denis Decraene said the fashion industry in France was worth billions of dollars and the Pacific region could earn a similarly substantial income because like France, culture was important to the islands.