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Curtain closes with exquisite pieces

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, June 01, 2014

EXQUISITE designs came to life on the runway as models showcased elegant Pacific and Western designs during the Fiji Fashion Week Established Designers show at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night.

Fourteen established designers featured more than 15 designs each during the show which was attended by more than 400 people.

Huudaverti Collection designer Christine Evans said for their collection, they did 15 looks for the runway working out to 62 pieces.

"For us to design those 15 looks, my sister and I shared up a grid and we designed seven looks each which took us about two months to finalise," Mrs Evans said.

"In selecting the fabrics for our look, we had to really look into our inspiration this year which was the bowerbird that is found in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

"We looked into how a bowerbird creates a detailed nest and we wanted people to see how we portrayed its habitat in the design we created."

Mrs Evans said they tried to adapt a bit of that nest architecture into the garments for this year's designs where symmetrical hemlines were prominent.

"The challenge we faced in designing the outfits was the distance, Jan lives in Brisbane and I live here in Fiji and every time we do a collection we're always on Skype," Mrs Evans said.

"This collection is predominately overseas especially the fabrics as there is restriction here on fabric availability and someone needs to address it at some stage."

Jan Evans said they had a strong connection in what they designed because they sort of thought the same.

Established designers who featured at this year's show included Robert Kennedy, Rachael Fairfax, Anton Conway and Alex Ligairi, Ana Rabuka, Hupfeld Hoerder and Aisea Konrote.

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