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Fiji designers enlist help of Australian models

By Zafiya Shamim
Monday, April 08, 2013

TOP designers from last year's Fiji Fashion Week will present their designs at a mini-fashion show in Australia and they will enlist the services of Australian models in a bid to make an impression on Australian fashion buyers.

FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said they had enlisted the help of a few models in Australia.

"Nadine Roberts, 19, a finalist for the Miss Galaxy Competition which is an international beauty pageant, will also be modelling for Aisea Konrote, Rachel Fairfax, Robert Kennedy and Delores Hennings," Ms Whippy-Knight confirmed.

She said the designers would also attend Australian Fashion Week on April 13 as part of attempts to up-skill them.

"The Australian fashion market currently outsources garment production to some Fiji companies so it is important that our designers too are up-skilled.

"This is an opportunity for the local designers to experience the Australian audience."

"The AFW will be a good opportunity to give an idea to the local designers to witness what it takes to be a successful designer and this kind of exposure will help them see what their competition is doing.

"This is also an opportunity for the Australian audience to also get involved and have a taste of the designers from Fiji."

The mini-fashion show — though not part of Australian Fashion Week will see collections like Hefrani by Established Designer of the Year 2012 Aisea Konrote, RFX by Rachel Fairfax, Fiji Market by Robert Kennedy and Dee'Elle by Delores Hennings.