Fiji Fashion Week: Opening

May 26, 2015

It has been such a privilege to be invited to cover Fiji Fashion Week as one of their International bloggers. I’ve learnt so much about myself, the fashion industry and the talent in this country and region – and it’s only the first day. Thank you everyone for being so patient as I format individual posts and re-group on Instagram. I’m finding that my minimal aesthetic has just gone out the window since being back. My New Zealand life is more zen then my Fiji one. In Fiji I transform into a bundle of energy, where in New Zealand I think I’m more subdued. You might see this come through in my Instagram gallery. Monday was Day One of Fiji Fashion week and started with a press conference and a special screening of Dior and I. I’d love to walk you through my day because I know that’s an aspect of this blog that many of you enjoy.


On my busy days I like to start the morning off slowly. I’m staying at the Novotel Lami Bay hotel and it’s been a lovely retreat from the hustle of Suva city. After some yoga and a spot of hot chocolate it was time to get started.


After a shower and slipping into my easy linen Karen Lee dress I quickly responded to emails and checked my official Fiji Fashion Week schedule. While my schedule as a blogger has been quite flexible there are so many events surrounding the main three days of shows. I’m trying to get to as many of them as possible. I kept my outfit simple. While in Fiji it’s easy to get caught up in the prints and bold colours, my personal style couldn’t be more of a contrast. Clean lines and shapes in neutral colours. Boring perhaps but personally inspiring.


For the week I’m trusting my handy straw bag to lug around all the Fashion Week essentials: camera, chargers, phone, old school pens and notebooks, business cards and the like.


My first event was the Fashion Week press conference where some of the designers were introduced to the media. I’m going to be writing a whole other post on my impressions and some misconceptions but I thought it was such an enlightening chat. I felt that my official duties started on a real high. After the press conference I had a few hours to get my things together. Grab some lunch and squeeze in a manicure.

The next event was the special screening of the movie Dior and I. There was a loose ‘red dress’ dress code. Now, we might not have been friends long but I’m sure you can already tell that I don’t do a whole lot of colour (especially not red). The best I could do was all black and red lips and nails. And below you’ll see me quite reluctantly declining a glass of wine. It was a long day…


After the movie I enjoyed some down time with fellow creatives (Laura from South Pacific Fashion, Bau from Fotofusion Photography Fiji) and friends (not all pictured). There might not be a huge supportive creative community in Suva but I think I’ve found my people. Last night I felt myself relax more and settle into the work I’ll be doing this week because I finally realise that if I need it there are some amazingly talented and selfless people that I can call on and who I hope know they can call on me, always.


outfit details: peplum top by Cue | tailored shorts by Witchery | shoes by Manolo Blahnik | Cuff by Saba

All photos by Elisha Bano-Mow 

My warmest wishes and thanks also go out to my friend Elisha Bano-Mow who took all my photos today. Having her around allowed me to focus on what I needed to get done, my core work and the work I do best. Elisha, thank you for your time and I hope more people view and appreciate the work you’re producing.

That was day one. But to be honest, I got back to the hotel, settled in for the night and didn’t manage to get to sleep until after 2am. There’s so much to take in, so much excitement and so very much to be grateful for. Will you be coming to any of the shows? If you are, please come up and say hi I’d love to meet you. Details about the shows and tickets can be found at the Fiji Fashion Week website.

Much love, Vanisha x


  • Elisha Bano

    Thank you so much, V, for giving me the opportunity to work with you and to learn so much from you. It was a very exciting day for me and I can’t wait to blog my experience.

  • Nadeena

    It was so fun going through the day with you! Can’t wait to hear you write about it more. I’ve absolutely never been involved with anything fashion related (and the idea of fashion week in NY just freaks me out..although I would like to try it once). The break down of the day kind of unmasks that part of the world a little and I love it. 🙂

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