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Youngsters delight with trendy designs

Ana Madigibuli
Sunday, June 01, 2014

TRENDY, classy, practical and hip designs were the talk of the day during the Fiji Fashion Week Children's Designer Show at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

Children as young as 11 years old created trendy fashionable designs with finished garments looking exceptionally well on the catwalk.

With a reputation of producing some of the finest children fashion, the Fiji Fashion Week show for this year at the Grand Pacific Hotel has brought in young designers who have a love for fashion.

Laika Designs, Rebellion Skyline Collection, Tahndra Knight Collection, Mountains Collection, On Ex and ZZ designs were showcased by young models during the show.

Eleven-year-old Nonney Kalinta who created trendy, sophisticated casual designs said it only took her one week to come up with her design sketches.

Kalinta said it was her first year to appear as a designer on the fashion show and she was nervous about how it would be received.

"My collection was quite different from everyone and I thought it was quite embarrassing but I found out that a lot of people liked it and wanted to buy it," Ms Kalinta said.

"I selected my fabrics which were white and I thought of doing something different like splat painting which turned out really good on the white fabric."

Established and Children wear designer Moira Solvalu said the designs she presented during the show were inspired by her son.

Mrs Solvalu said five-year-old Ethan Wilson John had a creative side which she thought of using to create classy designs for children.

"The prints on the fabrics are done by my brother and the fabrics are all 100 per cent cotton, are lightweight and breathable.

"The prints are bold and it's basically a romance between the Fijian theme and the Western."


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