With over thirty years of experience in the fashion industry, Samoan designer Vaeluaga Luse Luli, owner of Luse Exclusive Styles in Brisbane, captured the essence of Polynesian culture with her very first show last night, ‘The Legend’ Runway Fashion Show.

The runway was brought to life with the creative addition of dance and a live performance of a classic Samoan love story – a first of it’s kind.

Vaeluaga Luse Luli director of Legend Runway Fashion leading her models in the finale.

 Kids Collection Video Credit: Luse Exclusive Styles Facebook 

Luse’s family provided a real island welcome to all with guests treated to food fit for a Sunday lunch.

Performances by special guests like Marina Davis and MR MR, added to the entertainment on hand last night.

The collections on show demonstrated the designer’s versatility for all kinds of fashion. A beautiful display of modern streetwear, high fashion and traditional cultural wear wowed the audience.

Using dance to tell the story of the designs, this brought an extra layer of expression through creativity.

The models brought each piece to life with a vibrant & confident feel, not only walking the runway but also performing a dance relating to the piece worn.

The theme of family intertwined beautifully in connecting Luse’s designs and giving insight into what inspires her and her creations.

From a shared love of sewing from her mother and classic tales passed down by her grandmother, the Samoan collection is her way of sharing the start of her fashion journey.

The sounds of classic Samoan songs evoked childhood memories and a sense of pride in our culture.  The collections tells a beautiful story through the designs with dance. 

Adding a twist to the the runway, Luse’s favourite Samoan love story was brought to life on stage.

The legend of Sina and The Eel was performed by the talented Autalaga Mati Iese Tuigamala and Dave Kuresa who both also modelled many of the designs throughout the show.

Performers of Sina and The Eel – Autalaga Mati Iese Tuigamala and Dave Kuresa

Although there will not be another show until two years’ time, Luse is taking a year in between to take her designs to the international stage. With plans already in motion for Paris Fashion Week, 2019 is looking very exciting for Luse Exclusive Styles.

It is great that we have leaders like Vaeluaga Luse Luli paving the way for changes within our Pacific communities bringing a much needed platform to the Brisbane community. 

Written by Melanie Heather 

 

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