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Designs all about colours

Torika Tokalau
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

SHE heard about the Fiji Fashion Week from one of her clients and decided to participate in this year's event.

Failepou Peni, 52, is excited about showcasing her LEPOU label in the Resort Wear category of the FJFW event on May 26.

The Auckland-born Samoan living in Sydney Australia has worked hard on the resort wear collection she calls "The Rose".

"This is the first time I heard about the Fiji Fashion Week and in saying this, I am blessed to be a part of this prestigious event this year and every year after," Ms Peni said.

Her resort wear collection is inspired by a major transformation in her life — her conversion to Christianity.

"I first started (my fashion designing career) with Pacific Island wear and about the same time ventured into haute couture bridal for both Pacific and European clientele. After 17 years I took a break as things went belly up. I lost my passion and drive, my mojo.

"I closed up shop and took time to find myself and at this moment I had an encounter with God.

"This is the beginning of my life as a born-again Christian — putting Christ first above all. He is my director and has shown me to go into resort wear."

She says her collection will be all about colours — loud and bright, fun and free-flowing.

The FJFW will be held at the Grand Pacific Hotel from May 26 - May 31.

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