Three FJ fashion weeks back, I wouldn’t have pictured the internationality FJFW today finds itself in. Having blogged for arguably Fiji’s only fashion powerhouse, I’ve seen the hard work put into mirroring international merit, but at the same time embracing Pacific aesthetics. So much so that – fashion cue – there’s been a gradual move away from the traditional ‘pollen-and-petal’ Pacific staple, and a growing appreciation for muted colors and original prints, for example.
Also a blogger for Fashion Throne Fiji, I’ve found FJFW to be a grand springboard from which great fashion and people leap. The shows are the best in the South Pacific not because of their opulence, but the ideals of the people who forgo time, money and energy to inform the Pacific about fashion and the world about Pacific fashion. I see it as perhaps the most accessible runway the region has to get to the other side and the other side .. us.
FJFW is an amazing platform that helps inspire both young and old and helps designers showcase their talent love and passion for fashion. It’s helped me think seriously about fashion as a career.
FJFW14 Student Designer
“ Fiji Fashion Week is a great platform for local designers and has been for the past 8 years. I feel that my designs get better and better through the years and through FJFW setting a benchmark it will definitely improve “
Thank you Ellen for your support and am very happy to support you with FFW its people like you who get out there and actually do something for Fiji and the up and coming fashion designers that I admire most . The event was FaB and you have a great team working behind you
Thank you FJFW for taking your time out to inspire our young and eager minds at Tailevu North
- Tracy Powell, RSYC Galley
- Noela Waqavono, Tailevu North College
A fantastic night last night at Fiji Fashion Week MASTER DESIGNERS SHOW in Suva. Beautiful Fijian models. Congratulations to the FFW team for a slick, exciting show. Looking forward to the main event in October. Vinaka!
Great stuff tonight guys ... loved the deco and set up .. could have done with more seats though .. well a full house is a good sign ... great work to the designers and Fiji Fashion Week team .. looking forward to a bigger show at the Dome this year
- Cheerieann Wilson
Well done to your team for the launch. It was a night to remember and I am positive the Crest Jaba will be the show stopper!!
Doreen Francis-Goodman Fielder Brand Manager
Congratulations on the launch I think it all went really well. Organising these events are always a mammoth task!
Carolyn Ah Koy 2010 Established Designer of the Year
"A short note to thank you for choosing the Sofitel Fiji for your Fashion Show – the feedback we have received on the event has also been great, and I hope you have also had a lot of exposure through the various media.
From our side it was also a huge success….!
Vinaka and kind regards"
Director Sales and Marketing
Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa
"Pat on the back to the team. Well done for your perseverance and making it happen. I am really pleased that TVET are coming in with strong support now and take more ownership. We still interested in supporting local text books on Fiji fashion for teachers and students. Loloma yani M"
- Adi. Meretui Ratunabuabua, Principal Cultural Development Officer
Good morning Ellen and Gary
Congratulations for an excellent conference. Well organized and very informative and inspiring!
I reckon you have more than enough information for your proposal.
Reserve bank of Fiji
I would like to extend my gratitude to you Ellen, Gary and Petra of Fiji Fashion Week for your enormous cooperation in the organization of the Fashion Conference.
An event like this cannot happen overnight. It requires planning and commitment.
We of the Music, Visual and Performing Arts, School of Communication and Creative Arts, College of Humanities and Education have been fortunate enough to be backed by a team of very motivated and dedicated staff of Fiji Fashion Week who know their job and are result oriented.
Thank you Very Much.
Head of Department
Congratulations to you all for staging a wonderful show. We were wondering if you have dates for next years event. We look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks Ellen I’m glad you guys are so pleased with the event and are learning and growing. For such a small team you really covered everything beautifully!
Amber Renae-Fashion TV Presenter,Stylist & Designer
Overall, FFW 2009 really was a successful show. It was well organised & made me, a Fijian who grew up abroad, so proud of her island home that I have been spreading the word here trying to get a group together for FFW 2010. Thanks for an amazing show.
-Miriam Ratu - Fairhead
"Fiji Fashion far exceeded our expectations - an excellent show on all fronts, designers, models, venue, social events and entertainment first class - watch our Australia!!
-Kaye Strain and Anthony Falcone,
Palm Beach NSW Australia
FJFW was a huge success, certainly a huge improvement on previous attempts.
Iva Tora – IMODE MAGAZINE
The show was a great showcase of Fijian talents.
There was a big mix of contemporary versus tradition.
I loved the excitement and commitment and friendliness of all those involved and felt very welcomed from day 1. There was great organisation and a professionalism in the catwalk, the models, the lighting and the sound.
I loved meeting some of the young wonderful designers and felt the social aspect of the weekend was great!
-Jess Brown – Designer
Fiji Fashion Week for 2009 was amazing! I enjoyed watching up and coming designers showcase their "works of art" on a runway that could be compared to the runways I have seen in New York and in Los Angeles! I have produced several fashion shows and understand the work that goes on "behind the scenes" and I have to applaud the crew and production staff for the classy, professional fashion show they put on that really showcased each designer beautifully. I look forward to supporting the fashion industry in Fiji by working with some of the talented designers from Fiji for my US apparel company that I am producing and manufacturing all in Fiji.
I am really looking forward to next year's show!
I personally think the Event was greatly/professionally organized, it was a very pleasant surprise to see the level of professionalism here in Fiji, one point for improvement could be an A/C venue otherwise...WELL DONE!!!! VIVA FIJI
-Daniele Vastolo, General Manager
Shangri-La 's Fijian Resort & Spa, Yanuca Island, Sigatoka, Fiji Islands
I think the overall show was a success. I have heard many people saying positive things about the running of the show. Backstage was great because it wasn't chaotic. Plenty of space for models to move around and get dressed.
The white walls and runway was great to have.
Caroleena Bingham – Emerging Designer
Winner – Special Achievement in Design
Firstly I commend you and your team on a fantastic show. I had the pleasure of attending both nights, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The set up and show itself went very well. FIJI Water is very glad to have sponsored FFW 09, including all the events and workshops leading up to it. Other than that, the show turned out to be a success, and FIJI Water was very glad to be a part of it. Congratulations on a job well done.
Leonarda Campbell | On-Premise Sales Manager, South Pacific
FIJI Water - Carbon negative. Globally positive
"Better than Moscow Fashion Week. Good as other first timers don’t stop here." – commenting on FJFW08
-Neville Findley – Zambesi Designer/Owner
"The world is becoming a very small place. Fashion is now a global business and is accessible to everyone and there is enormous talent in this country. You act local but you think global."
-Rob Cromb, CEO Kookai
"Considering the novelty of the idea I thought Fiji Fashion Week was a great success."
-Hon Minister for Education, Mr Filipe Bole
"Fiji Fashion Week resonates well with what MHCC is all about, exciting, vibrant, fun, people, customer service, colour, movement.
I was pleasantly surprised about the high quality of designers, the professionalism of the show. MHCC is on the right tract sponsoring such an event that promotes youth development and reaches all demographics across the board."
-Peter Lee, Deputy CEO Pacific Carpenters Group
"I couldn’t believe you have this in Fiji. If it hadn’t been for the audience it could have been another show in Milan!"
-Vana Maggi, China Post