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Moana-London Pacific Fashion Collective

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London Pacific Fashion Collective will feature its TEASER fashion show and open DAY ONE of Fashions Finest off schedule show during London Fashion Week. This will take place at the Grand Connaught Rooms, London on the 20th February 2016 at 3.30pm.

The theme for this year’s collective is based on the story of Disney ‘Moana’. The collective will feature designs from Established and Emerging designers from the South Pacific mainly Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia and New Zealand.

Director and Founder of London Pacific Fashion, Ana Lavekau will showcase the teaser collection by some of the collectives established/emerging Designers.  Teaser designers include:

Missing Polynesia – Hawaii/Samoa

Dane Dagger – NZ/Cook Islands

Sina Cecilia – USA/Tonga

E’vana Couture – Australia/Samoa

Green Banana & Caviar – NZ/Tonga

Lilemirah – Fiji/UK

Reload Tribal – Fiji/UK

According to Lavekau, “Our entire teaser – collective designers have worked tirelessly hard to meet the required deadline of submitting their 3 designer pieces for our teaser show this season.  From Polynesian Couture designs to Ready To Wear and Tribal Swim Wear with a combination of ethnic fibre, colourful prints and  patterns from the South Pacific.”

After the teaser show in February, the ‘Moana’ London Pacific Fashion Collective will progress onto its main event which is a 2 day fashion show during London Fashion Week on the 16th & 17th of September.

More Established designers will be joining the collective later in September with representation from top Pacific fashion designers ‘Manaola’ from Hawaii and Shona Tawhiao; New Zealand Maori Master Weaver making Fashion come back to London.

London will be buzzing to the drums from the  South Pacific as we will take on the catwalk to showcase our Couture Designs, Art, Dances, Music and more importantly our Culture and Heritage. Designers will be arriving with their ‘Moana’ collection for children, men and women.

The finale ‘Moana’ collection will end in November with ‘Oceanic Voyage’ Fashion Workshop.

For more information on the collective contact Ana on email: Londonpacificfashion@gmail.com

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Native American Fashion Redefined

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  • Who’s the Designer:  Bethany Yellowtail
  • What’s the Inspiration:   Bethany Yellowtail draws deep motivation and inspiration from the ancestral roots of her Apsáalooke people.  Her rich Native American heritage has been given new life through her unique approach to re-telling their rich cultural stories through the element of textiles.  What’s even more unique is her genuine sincerity to ensure that the voices of her ancestors are authentically represented in her indigenous designs. 
  • Why it’s relevant:  Yellowtail holds a very important and powerful role in aiding to give a voice to a culture that has suffered years of countless cultural appropriation.  The fact that individuals believe that its appropriate to wear a warbonnet as the “key accessory” for Coachella or the Governor’s Ball speaks to how ingrained we are as a society in oppressive stereotypes.  It’s one thing to draw creative inspiration but it is quite another thing to misrepresent a sacred aspect of a culture and re-package it as ‘style’ or ‘fashion’.  As consumers it’s our duty to do our due diligence to ensure that the fashions that we purchase are not in support of degrading cultures.  Bethany Yellowtail explains this so poignantly: “An honoring of refined beauty, a celebration of culture, and a journey of self-exploration: these are the pillars that define the experience of storytelling through fashion”
  • Where to wear it:  EVERYWHERE.  In case you missed that, everywhere and everyday to everything.  Yellowtail’s rich designs come to life through her vibrant color palette and masterful use of prints that define the beauty of her cultural celebration. (shop b.YELLOWTAIL here)