Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2016 ‘What is this new pacific fashion show I am hearing about? Probably just another fashion show’….

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HOLD UP!

Understand the WHY first. I am certain it will make you want to jump on board and support this NEW and EXCITING show.

The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show show shares the story of how generational journeys of settlement in New Zealand have been fused together to meet the needs of cultural and societal expectations in our communities.
Most of us share this same story. We are 1st generation Pacific islander’s born in New Zealand raised the traditional pacific way on cultural values and beliefs whilst living, working and educated in a western society. Our upbringing was a mixture of both Pacific and New Zealand influences which as a result caused some confusion on how we were supposed to act, who we represented and who we were as individuals. At some point in our lives we experienced a moment of identity crisis and asked ourselves ‘Am I Samoan/Tongan?’ or ‘Am I kiwi?’ This question was then further highlighted when we went to the islands and you were known as a kiwi and not a Samoan. #confusedmuch.

One of many reasons why the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show was birthed was to showcase the fashion design skill and talent of the new generation of pacific island designer’s who innovate with cohesion, creating a unique balance of diaspora living and traditional meaning. The fashion world sees the Pacific through traditional lenses (hibiscus in hair/ jandals /floral prints), often neglecting the influences and the journey’s of the pacific people living in diaspora.

The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show is about creating a platform that showcases creativity, innovation, originality and revolution of today’s NEW PACIFIC DESIGNER and this literally excites me as we as PACIFIC PEOPLE are going to show the world that we can do HIGH END FASHION!!

In addition, I hope it gives our Pacific people some clarity in regards to who we are.

When it comes to my own identity these are facts:

*O lo’u igoa o Nora Swann. O a’u o le Samoa

(My name is Nora Swann and I am Samoan)

*I am a kiwi

*And I am a proud Kiwi/Samoan

What I am saying is that you DON’T have to make a choice and pick one or the other; it’s OK to be both.

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We are looking for 10x Established designers and 10x Emerging designers who can truly resonate with the above story to contact us.

Designers – Together let’s show the world what the Pacific has to offer when it comes to high end fashion!

 

We acknowledge our diverse community and due to the overwhelming interest from non-Pacific designers we are accepting applications from all cultures locally and internationally.

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Team Fusions would like to thank all our partners who have come on board to date considering this is the inaugural event. To date we have 6 partners who will be revealed soon and continue to work on growing our partnerships.

We also are reaching out to any other organisations who resonate with our story to support the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show and help us bring this event to life by donating or funding our event.

 

Lastly to the ATeam who are helping me bring this vision to life – Thank you so much.

People have asked who my team consists of and I have said ‘They are people who BELIEVE and UNDERSTAND the IMPORTANCE of why this show needs to come to life which include a couple of ex kiwi pats currently living overseas.

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So this is our introduction to you as well as the introduction to the next most exciting and innovative fashion event that will take place in Auckland this year!

Please show your support by sharing, liking and letting all your family and friends know about our event.

Nora xx

(Team dressed by City Chic and Karishma Design)

 

 

The rules are ‘there are NO rules!’ Anything goes...........

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Every personality has a personal style to suit.

There are 7 main styles of dressing:

Natural

Classic

Elegant

Dramatic

Sexy

Feminine

Creative

 

Let’s talk about the CREATIVE STYLE!!

People with a creative style are original individuals who are always on the lookout for new combinations that express their own personality. This style comes naturally – you basically have it or don’t.  They can wear a rubbish bag and still look so bloody good in it and the rule is ‘There are no rules!’

The creative mixes anything and everything – from formal to sportswear, hard rock to soft and sweet.  They love juxtapositions and constantly get eyed up and down – they basically dress how they feel and as a result unintentionally dress to shock!!

Creatives are bold, innovative and enjoy to make statements. Of course your outfits clash however it is overshadowed by your confidence and tude.

Check out our Dancing Stylist video that screams ‘Anything goes’ from a self-proclaimed fashion junkie.

https://youtu.be/voMm6wXp1ME

It’s all about the culture…… Kila’s Style is a lil bit of Nora, John, Ty and a lot of PASSION

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As people are winding down for the year Team Kila’s are in full swing!

Man, it’s a great feeling to work with a team who are in sync with your thoughts. No longer are we running around like headless chooks gasping for air. For a while there we were turning craZy chasing our own tails, doing things for the sake of it. We lost the vision, the inspiration and the hope. Then we had that awkward conversation about what we as individuals wanted out of Kila’s and now our awesome team of 3 are united working towards the same goals which personify our passion.

The bread roll, sushi roll and crab are now in-sync!

The bread roll, sushi roll and crab are now in-sync!

We have our own individual strengths which as a team we utilise for the best outcome and we assist each other when we come up against personal obstacles. Our values we stand for are a true representation of who we are as individuals and as Team Kila’s.

Every now and then I test our team and ask them what our vision, mission and values (VMV) are. It’s always an awkward cicada moment with no eye contact. lol It’s important we know these inside out as it’s a reminder of who we are and what our purpose is. Everything we do needs to be in alignment with our VMV in order for us to grow. However to be honest I am still trying to memorise the last few values. One day I’m sure someone from our team is going to put me on the spot and show me up with the same question.

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Meet John; John has a Bachelor of Design majoring in textiles. As you can see his fashion sense is out of this world furthermore his creative thought process is truly heaven sent! He’s been with us for nearly 2 years and from day one John has been wowing me with his flamboyance. He offers much much more than just his painted nails and PRADA bag though :)

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Ty is determined, diligent, and resolute. If we need things done, she is our GO TO GIRL. She has been with us since day one and has blossomed into an astute young lady. May I add ‘on this occasion only’ that she is my niece. We have figured out how to make our relationship work when it comes to Kila’s. I don’t see her as my niece and she doesn’t see me as her aunt – and it works for us!

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This recreational process has been a blessing for Kila’s Style. We are so amped as we work on some exciting upcoming projects which includes our new ‘Dancing Stylist’ feature that will go live next month!  With weekly catch ups that keep us both accountable and inspired I know for a fact Team Kila’s is definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with as we get ready for 2016!

Team Kila’s is a lil bit of Nora, John, Ty and a lot of PASSION.

Merry Xmas from Team Kila's! x

Merry Xmas from Team Kila’s! x

JUXTAPOSITIONS…. The most exciting and eye-catching styles to wear

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JuxtapositionsJuxtapositions are one of the most exciting and eye-catching styles to wear and usually result in that ‘double-take’ stare.

Mixing and matching different fabrics, textures, styles, colours –basically anything and everything.

Here I teamed up a 80s disco shirt knotted up the front along with some board shorts which I rolled up.

Who would’ve thought it would be such a cool combo!

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Do you love vintage wear? I love shopping in op-shops

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Do you love vintage wear?

I love shopping in op-shops because it’s where you can find original ‘one of a kind’ pieces.

I set eyes on this gorgeous 80s frock in a boutique store out South.

It was full length and a bit too puffy for my liking however I was attracted to both the colour and the style and thought a little alteration would bring it to life!

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