High Fashion comes to Auckland’s Culture Capital: Otara

By SUGA Magazine / Published on Friday, 28 Jul 2017 05:23 AM / No Comments / 574 views

 

NEW YORK – LONDON – PARIS – OTARA. The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show is smashing the stereotype that Pacific
fashion is only about brightly coloured, oversized flowing floral dresses.

What began as a competition for emerging Māori and Pacific creatives from South Auckland has attracted interest
from international Pacific fashion designers.

“This show is about our potential and our unique spin on high-fashion,” says Event Director and Fashion stylist Nora
Swann.

“Since our first show last year, many designers have reached out because they believe in our philosophy and view the
opportunity as a great way to build their confidence and test ideas beyond the traditional Pacific design category.


“This year we’re pleased to confirm eleven emerging designers from Aotearoa, Australia, Samoa and the United
States of America for the competition showcase.”

2017 Pacific Fusion Fashion Show on Saturday August 26th will showcase the high-fashion designs against the bold backdrop of
Auckland’s cultural hotspot, Otara.

“Our marketing and media partners Bright Sunday pitched the location idea to me and I jumped at the chance to do
something for my community. Backing this concept has opened partnerships with the Otara-Papatoetoe Local board,
the Otara Business Association and Mai FM.”

The Otara’s Ika canopy will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland and feature a fusion of sound, taste, movement
and performing arts. The theme for the night is faux fur, suede and leather.

Island refreshments will nourish the soul and entertainment will be provided by contemporary island dancers Ura Tabu
with music from DJ Skeme; an opening Hip Hop/Opera collaboration by Exit 44 and a performance from Otara’s own
rap sensation GiantKilla.

Other special guests include returning host Miss World Samoa Latafale Auva’a, and model, actor, musician and former
International Face of Beauty winner Diamond Langi. Former True Bliss singer, NZ Idol judge and Dancing with the
Stars runner-up Megan Alatini is a guest judge and models include Shay from Survivor NZ and Maori Television’s
winner of Game of Bros Season One, Louis Ova.

VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now at:
https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/pacific-fusion-fashion-show-2017/auckland/otara

All Images: Studio 81

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