17 August, 2017. By ROSALYN ALBANIEL. Papua New Guinea will make its debut in the fashion world in Europe next month at a fest which will be held in London.
This platform-The London Pacific Fashion Collective was created by a fellow Pacific islander from Fiji-Ana Lavekau with the view to promote the unique culture of the Pacific region. While the event has since its inception promoted designs from the other neighboring island countries, never from PNG.
Last year the Post-Courier had assisted in publishing stories to promote and to draw the attention of local designers to this prestigious event.
Pleasingly this mission has reaped dividends and PNG will be represented by PNGian Kala’s Sarah Todd, a Lae based designer.
Ms Lavekau told the Post-Courier that PNGian Kala is well known in the Pacific as a Top Fashion Ready to Wear Designer label.
“Sarah has showcased her collections in various shows around the Pacific in various fashion shows around the region-from the local shows in PNG to a Pacific platform in Sydney and then onto Fiji Fashion Week early this year.
“PNGian Kala label will be the first PNG collection to unravel our London catwalk. Never before in the history fashion have Londoners viewed designs from PNG,” she said.
The other four designers from the region whose labels will also be featured include-New Zealand’s Pania Greenaway, Fiji’s Robert Kennedy, Rossie Semisi Emberson and from Australia Forkleaf Project.
Meanwhile the London Fashion Collective will run for two days.
According to Ms Lavekau the main event will be held on September 15, and among those expected to attend are diplomats, influential members of the London Society, while also elites from the fashion and business industry, members of the fashion academia, Pacific Tourism marketing team and Industry.
He said as a prelude to the Runway, a show teaser will be hosted at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst-Woolwich Hall on September 13.
“This is a first Common Wealth teaser show to be hosted in a British Army military establishment. The show will open with an art exhibition themed Climate Change in the Pacific,” she said.
“Preparations for that are well underway with a huge support from all the armed forces community in Sandhurst. Also there is a huge Pacific community in the UK and I am hoping to gather more support from them,” she said.