Aussie designer jets into the country for show

Aussie designer jets into the country for show

Timoci Vula
Monday, November 07, 2011



AUSTRALIAN fashion designer Mauricio Alpizar jetted into the country last night.

The Costa Rican-born and accomplished dancer and choreographer will be headlining the Emerging Designers category for Fiji Fashion Week.

"I am very excited to be in Fiji and share the collection with the people on Fiji," Mr Alpizar said.

"I am also glad to be able to support my friend; Ellen Whippy-Knight," he said.

Mr Alpizer said he looked forward to sharing and providing suppprt to Fiji's emerging designers.

"I am looking forward, most of all to celebrating the explosion of fashion and colour in Fiji. I was brought up in Latin America and it has a similar set up to what is here in Fiji."

Fiji Fashion Week managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said this would be Mr Alpizar's first trip to Fiji and should boost the morale of emerging designers in the country.

She said Mr Alpizar, being a choreographer, had trained models on how to walk.

"He's come early to help choreograph the show," Ms Whippy-Knight said, adding he would also conduct last-minute touch-ups with the models.

"He will also be running a workshop for the designers before the show," she said.

Ms Whippy-Knight indicated this would be a good learning opportunity for young designers to learn what it took to enter Fashion Week.

"They can learn about what it takes to make Fashion Week and how to enter, the level of work, standard of the clothes, and what one needs to present at Fashion Week," she said.

Ms Whippy-Knight said at present, it was easy to enter Fashion Week.

"But as quality improves, we'll be more stringent on who enters Fashion Week," she said. She added from those shows, they would then select the best for the West shows. With fashion shows scheduled for November 14 at the Sheraton Hotel, she said the target audience was tourists.

Meanwhile, US designer Jerell Scott and his team are expected to arrive into the country



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