New York, London, Paris, Otara, Milan. High fashion lives here.
On Saturday 26th August 2017, the Ika walkway in the heart of the Otara shopping centre was lit up and transformed into a high-end fashion runway for the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2017.
The event showcased 45 emerging Pacific models wearing pieces from 11 local and international Maori and Pacific designers from the USA, Australia and Samoa. Tongan model and winner of the 2014 International Face of Beauty Pageant Diamond Langi appeared as this year’s special guest, walking the runway alongside the other models.
“Some people found it hard to picture a sold out high-end fashion event in Otara, let alone it being on a runway down the middle of the Town Centre. We were always confident that we could do it and that we would find the designers and an audience who would want to attend. We know the talent is out there and we hoped our community would support it. This just goes to show that yes, high fashion lives her.” Comments Nora Swann, Director of the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2017.
Attracting a sold-out crowd to the successful event, designers continued to wow the audience through bold, creative decisions bringing their piecing to life on the runway.
Throughout the evening, designers were also competing for special passes to attend NZ Fashion week with judges naming four winners: Afa Ah Loo from Utah, Karen Abdul from Melbourne, Layplan and VAB Designz from New Zealand.
Pasifika Futures is delighted to be able to offer support as one of the sponsors of this event which gives the opportunity for aspiring Pacific creatives to add valued experience to assist with their journey’s going forward in the industry or even aid with the start-up of their own future businesses. It is great to be able to support Pacific enterprises and initiatives that culturally empower and bring Pacific people together.