Designer inspired by hidden paradise

Published in The Fiji Times - 31/3/2015

By: Talebula Kate 


 THE love and the feel for the hidden paradise of Savusavu has been an inspiration to international designer Samantha Farrugia for her second collection Bhakti.

Bhakti in Sanskrit means devotion and Ms Farrugia's pieces are an expression of what she likes to call a beautiful Bhakti moment, which she captured while creating her collection at her island paradise.

"This is where I used to spend a lot of my childhood, staying with my grandfather and where I regularly return to, to see family and also to press the 'reset button', so to speak; Savusavu is a magical place," Ms Farrugia said.

She studied and worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator for 10 years and her mother Annette White, was Fiji's first accomplished fashion designer in the '60s and '70s within Australia with her designs being featured in Vogue, Flair and Dolly magazines.

"I grew up being exposed to style, designs, fabrics, however, had no real interest in pursuing fashion as a career. I did however, have a thing for style," she said.

Ms Farrugia will participate in the Resort Wear Show for FJFW15 and her stocks are exclusively available at the Pineapple Boutique, Laucala Island Resort and Savasi Island Resort.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at the FJFW office at 72 McGregor Rd, Suva.

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