'To have and to hold'

 Published in The Fiji Times
Salaseini Moceiwai
Wednesday, May 13, 2015


PAGEANT consultant Epeli Tuibeqa will unveil his bridal and children's wear collection at the Fiji Fashion Week 2015 (FJFW15).

Tuibeqa said his bridal collection, "To Have and To Hold" was a phrase commonly used in wedding vows and the children's line caters for wedding clients who require outfits for flower girls, ring bearers or just outfits for kids attending a wedding.

"It challenges the mind and creativity because every bride wants a unique look, something different from every other bride that's why my pieces are unique," Tuibeqa said in a statement.

"Both collections are set to enhance the art of tapa print with its western fashion influences."

Tuibeqa, who is also a stylist and choreographer, has styled and designed for notable Hibiscus queens such as Alisi Rabukawaqa, Drue Slatter and Nanise Rainima and for the South Pacific pageant.

Tuibeqa, who is no stranger to FJFW, said while he debuted as a designer with a resort wear collection, he failed to connect with his collection.

"My first foray into fashion was a resort wear collection and I just didn't connect with the pieces and as an artist, I think that's important because you need to put your stamp on everything."

He also said his bridal pieces at that point in time were getting more noticed because of his signature designs that made his KuiViti garments one of a kind.

"FJFW now has a bridal category and I'm beyond excited to show my collection this year.

"The line, 'To Have and To Hold' is sophisticated enough for the bride of every shape and size, a KuiViti bridal dress entitles the bride to a fashion hair accessory and a matching custom-made bouquet," Tuibeqa said.

A KuiViti bridal dress is authentic, fresh and unique and Tuibeqa ensures that every bride gets a one-of-a-kind wedding gown for her big day.

Tuibeqa is set to debut his bridal collection on May 30 at the Couture Resort, Bridal, and Evening Wear Show at the Vodafone Arena.

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