The evening was a resounding success, surpassing the accomplishments of previous shows with audience feedback stating that it was the best fashion show Port Moresby had ever seen.
RUNWAY 2016 saw the introduction of the Designer of The Year award, which was won by designer/founder Genevieve Igara-Falevei and her business partner Henry Iyaro of Wantok Clothing.
The RUNWAY 2016 runner-up is Florence Jaukae Kamel who wowed the audience and judges with her wearable art creations. Ms Jaukae Kamel’s breathtaking finale garment has already sold and she has been invited to showcase her collection and other pieces in Australia later this year.
Ms Jaukae Kamel’s collection will be featured in a Stella editorial in the special edition RUNWAY issue.
- a year long correspondence mentor-ship with Raffles College of Design and Commerce in Sydney;
- a week long study experience in all aspects of fashion at Raffles College in October;
- the opportunity to showcase her winning collection at Pacific Runway in Sydney Australia on October 21st at the prestigious Carriageworks venue
- flights and accommodation
- cover editorial shoot for Stella photographed in Sydney by Dusk Devi Vision
The judges, Ms Bronte Moules (Australian Deputy High Commissioner to PNG), Ms Betsabeh Sohrabi (Program Director of Fashion Marketing at Raffles College of Design in Sydney) and Mrs Jannike Seiuli (Founder of Australia’s Pacific Runway) said they had a hard time choosing a winner as the caliber of collections was of a high standard.
Ms Sohrabi said, “There was so much creativity, craftsmanship and ability. I deeply admire how highly respective of their own culture the fashion designers are and that they create in collaboration with local artists, craftsmen, makers to capture both their past and their future.”
“On and off the runway I would come to meet some of the most passionate, humble, hardworking people I've ever met. This was such a wonderful and humbling experience for me. I hope to return to see this wonderful developing fashion industry bloom.”
Mrs Igara-Falevei’s collection was considered to be the most internationally viable, commercially and creatively. Stella's publicist Dusk Devi Nand said that Wantok Clothing garments “balances the fine line between style and story, quality and individuality. Genevieve’s designs can be worn at high society events from Port Moresby to Saint Tropez and most definitely Sydney!”
The winning collection will be seen in October in Sydney by the who’s who of the Pacific community and Australian fashion luminaries at Australia’s most prestigious platform for Pacific designers, Pacific Runway.
Mrs Seiuli, the Founder of Pacific Runway, said she was very impressed with Genevieve’s collection and is looking forward to introducing another Papua New Guinean designer to the Australian fashion audience.
Designers were not the only winners though, 4 models - Alexzander Matt Grattidge Jr, Ayesha Gideon, Christine Cooper and Salome Tibola- were chosen by the owner Jade Turnbull of show partner Platinum Model Management to attend deportment and portfolio courses in Cairns, Australia.
Ms Turnbull said she was stunned by how good all the models were and that it had been quite hard to choose but the four she chose stood out for her.
A few other models have also been scouted by Sydney based Oceania Models who attended the show informally as guests.
The RUNWAY 2016 models were trained by show/model coordinator Juanita Daniel and stage manager Hannah Hola.
The Stella team is already looking ahead and forward to RUNWAY 2017, having sowed the seeds this year for a bigger show next year.
Ms Amanda Donigi, Founder/Editor of Stella and RUNWAY said:
"RUNWAY shows that Papua New Guinea has designers and models with the skill and drive to gain world recognition for what we can contribute to the fashion industry globally.
“Our partnership with fashion educators from Raffles College of Design and Commerce and Platinum Model Management, as well as other regional events such as Pacific Runway at Carriageworks in Sydney is an exciting step forward for our designers and models to expand their horizons.
“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of RUNWAY 2016! Everyone worked to their full potential and that potential bred perfection.”
As always RUNWAY is made possible with the generous support of all the volunteers and of course the sponsors. Their generosity helps RUNWAY successfully expand its periphery and output, working towards the Big Picture goal of a sustainable PNG fashion industry.
Image Credits Dusk Devi Vision
Image 1: Wantok Clothing
Image 2: Florence Jaukae Kamel
Image 3: Serika
Image 4: Dru Douglas
Image 5: Kenny Ng
Image 6: Sarah Todd
Image 7: Kila Xavier
Image 8: Tabu
Image 9: Niugini Native
Image 10: Jenny Dalton Designs
Image 11: Rayhannah