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Salusalu inspires collection

Torika Tokalau
Friday, May 30, 2014

THE Salusalu collection from Robert Kennedy will feature for the first time in the Fiji Fashion Week's Established Designers show at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Saturday.

The Salusalu, is the central inspiration of Mr Kennedy's FJFW collection and after attending several jewellery workshops in Fiji, the Sigatoka designer was inspired to create a series of silk prints on masi.

This will depict tribal jewellery hung as is done in display cabinet.

Mr Kennedy said last year, he visited Louis Stevenson's house in Samoa (Vailima) and loved how it blended British sensibilities with Pacific culture and art.

This, he says, also resonated strongly with another trip he had made to Cambridge in the United Kingdom the year before, where he saw a wonderful collection of Fijian artefacts and jewellery and was impressed with how they were displayed in a modern manner.

He says this blending of disparate cultures is a consistent theme in most of his designs and particularly so in this collection.

"This year we see a culmination of different things coming together to offer a uniquely Fijian made and designed product," Mr Kennedy said.

His collection will be worn with mother of pearl shells from women's group who make necklaces under the name BaWOW.


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