A spectacular evening celebrating Polynesian style, Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2022 hit the runway in South Auckland on Saturday 26th February 2022 to rapturous applause from a packed crowd.
The event was the first major fashion show of the year to be able to go ahead in Aotearoa and saw St George Street in Papatoetoe transformed into a stylish runway for the evening. Anticipation was high for the sixth Pacific Fusion Fashion Show which hasn’t been able to ahead as a runway event since 2019 due to the global pandemic. A digital event in 2020 was well-received but organisers wanted to bring the magic of a live runway show back this year.
The show proved well worth the wait with nine talented designers dazzling the audience with their creative and eye-catching collections. The runway was filled with a rainbow of vivid colours and unique looks that showcased modern style with Pasifika flair on a diverse selection of models.
For PFFS founder, Nora Swann, it was surreal but a big relief to finally be able to stage the event which was originally meant to take place in late 2021 but was delayed several times with our country’s changes in Alert Level settings.
“During this week I felt a bit of excitement wanting to come through, but I needed to get through a whole heap of other mixed emotions first,” says Nora Swann. “The stop-start process over the past year hindered the usual excitement that I feel when the show is close as we’ve gotten close before but had to pull the pin due to Covid.
“To see it come to life made me quite emotional, to be honest. It was beautiful to see everyone come together to celebrate Pacific fashion with our local South Auckland community. I’m both relieved that it’s over and it went well, and I’m also so proud of everyone who has contributed to bringing it to life, in particular my management team. We faced some big challenges this week — blocking off the road for our event and making it all run smoothly was a huge job but the show was amazing. We’ve set the bar for next year’s show now!”
The audience was treated to some fantastic fashion with emerging and established designers displaying the collections that many of them have spent months creating. View the full collection in the gallery.
The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2022 Designers:
Alexandra Simpson – Alexandra Simpson
disciple of discipline – Massey Williams
House of VA – Vivian Aue
Kara’s – Penina Schmidt
LIPO – Phillip Heketoa
MAKKE – Maggie Anitelea
OHN Clothing – John Tanuvasa
s.T – Susana Tasi
TANIROSE TAUSIE – Tanirose Tausie
The show wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the South Auckland community and in particular Pacific Fusion Fashion Show’s gold partners Eke Panuku, Pacific Media Network and Ministry of Social Development.
“I feel so blessed to have everyone come and support PFFS, and to support me, especially when I felt challenged,” adds Nora Swann. “Everyone who knows me personally, knows my heart and how much this event means. It’s really special for our community and everyone involved.
“I loved seeing the creativity from this year’s designers and I wish each of them all the best with their fashion brands. I look forward to adding some of the collections into my wardrobe and wearing them with pride.”
Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2022 was certainly a night to remember and a joyful celebration of Pacific style. No doubt these skilful designers all have big futures in the fashion industry ahead of them.
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