Samoan designer Cecilia Peterson Keil (Cecilia's Fashion House) was one of the Pacific designers invited to show her collection at the London Pacific Fashion Week in September.
London Pacific Fashion Week was promoting Fashion Designers from the Pacific Region - Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Solomon Islands, American Samoa and Samoa all had designers who participated.
It was held at Australian House at the Strand (London City) and Cecilia said 'it was an amazing experience to show our collection at a London Runway together with other Top Designers from the Pacific.'
Cecilia's Fashion House collection was inspired by Climate Change and Cultural Appropriation which was depicted thru the prints. "We've diversified by evolving the elei motifs and patterns as main stream elei/mamanu Samoa has been copied and mass produced by foreigners." Cecilia said.
Cecilia's Fashion House catered for the European Market, designing jackets with the added Polynesian Flair. Well known singer & actor Nick Afoa who is currently in the London production of The Lion King as Simba, took to the LPFW runway modelling for Cecilia as well.
"It was a real privilege having a successful known son of Samoa in that part of the world strut out and promote Ceceilia's Fashion House and he is continuously doing so after the London Pacfici Fashion Week - Thank you Simba lol!" she said
It would be awesome to have other sons of Samoa (and daughters) like the Rock Seiuli Johnson & KJ Apa from Riverdale etc rocking and promoting Pacific designers labels across the globe to show that us Coconuts can achieve too. All the models at LPFW were great and especilly in the amazing venue of Australia House main hall which is also Gringots bank in Harry Potter and featured in Wonder Woman too." added Cecilia