PORT MORESBY Monday 11 August 2014–On Saturday evening 9 August, Pacific Island women’s magazine Stella celebrated its second anniversary in Papua New Guinea at RUNWAY2014 in Port Moresby.
Alyson Joyce opened the night’s catwalk event singing live jazz and wearing an original design by Grace Lillian Lee as guests arrived at Lamana’s Gold Club in their most stylish ensembles.
First on the runway was Tribal Breakers dressed to impress in blue and white stripes, and convincing the audience of 500 plus, that the incognito dancers were there to showcase a streetwear collection but soon exploding into a high energy B-Boy routine centre stage.
The first designs on the runway, after Tribal Breakers had set the pace of the show, was Papua New Guinean swimwear collection KOKOswim by 19-year-old Mayaimi Stack, inspired by the Bird of Paradise birds and flowers.
Following this opening collection came Morie Siare by Patricia and Dorothy Haroharo of Papua New Guinea, a styled second hand collection by Bargain Box, Lepou by Sydney-based designer Failepou Peni of Samoan heritage, Ailan Pasin by Erub Arts Centre & Grace Lillian Lee of the Torres Straits Australia, Cecilia’s Fashion House by Cecilia Keil of Samoa, AA Tribal Fashion by Anna Amos of Papua New Guinea, Mere & Robert from Fiji, Grace Lillian Lee of the Torres Straits Australia, PNGianKala by Sarah Todd of Papua New Guinea, and closing the show was Denani by Elizabeth Omeri with her collection inspired by the traditional weaves of baskets and mats.
Also featured during intermission was the beautiful voice of Pauline Tau as guests had a chance to visit the pop-up shop and purchase select designs and accessories off the catwalk.
Fashion curated by Grace Lillian Lee from start to finish, the finale show was a burst of colour and culture with the 38 models all positioned centre stage in couture fashion and textures followed by a final walk of the 100m graffiti-painted catwalk.
Stella magazine could not have had a successful show without the generous support from sponsors: Lamana Hotel, Next of Kin, Six Eight Eleven, Nippon Paint, Digicel PNG, Nesian Beauty, Johnny Arrow, Theodist, and Bargain Box and the talented models and dedicated volunteers.
Still on sale are pieces of the runway. Proceeds will go to a newly established fund with the Port Moresby Business & Professional Women’s Association for young women in arts and fashion. For information on purchasing the artwork by team Six7Five Aerosol, please contact Stella magazine on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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