Image courtesy of Spot On Photography
The PIR team came, saw and conquered.
Set in the stark sophistication of The Star’s $100 million multi-purpose venue, an impressive lineup of emerging and established fashion designers from Australia and the Pacific at large including Hoerder Designs from Fiji, Island TKM, FJK, Tauariki Wear, Oliveta Creations, DMF, Grace on Lepou, Vina Couture, Le Tui, Baiwa, Pele Creations, Brandon, Off Da Rack, Kumul Queen, Cecilia’s Fashion House, Kenny Collection, Karen Abdul, and Kovie Richardson showcased their amazing collections on the runway last Saturday night.
The evening began with a moving performance from one of the most powerful gospel singers in Australia – The Papalii Sisters. The ladies sang along in beautiful harmony bringing the house down as the crowd erupted in applause when they eventually finished their incredible performance.
The vision of Pacific International Runway’s CEO Failepou Peni is first and foremost to act as a platform allowing designers from the Pacific the opportunity to gain exposure and recognition in the fashion industry.
While Pacifika fashion might traditionally be thought to include bright colors and tropical prints – Saturday’s show displayed extensive creativity, including high fashion embellishments, detailed structure, floral, lace and pleats.
For designers and audience alike, the energy in the Star was electric. With plenty of press, camera clicks, and flashing lights, models glided up and down the runway like water over a glass.
VIP guests were granted special access to premium seating, glamorous goody bags, and a designated food & drink area for lanyard holders only.
It was definitely amazing to see the spirit of The Pacific shine through and expressed through couture and statement pieces, making its mark on the Australian Fashion scene. The PIR team lead by Maisy Ann Peni worked side by side with JTA Management and they did a commendable job running a successful event.
Check out some photos from the event below courtesy of James Mao.