Last week we had Project Runway: Club Tropicana, the first official event as staged by Miss Cook Islands Association Inc (MCIA) leading up to the Miss Cook Islands Finale on Saturday October 17.
Project Runway:Tropicana might not have had the sunshine but it sure had the fun, and there was enough for everyone! The fashion extravaganza featured Miss Cook Islands contestants wearing the best of Pacific and Cook Islands designs.
Nine labels featured and seven of them were home-grown ones - Heihere I Mena, Inangaro, Mareko, Pacific Tailoring, Tauariki Wear, TeWaka Arts, Taimana and Maohi.
Over 90 designs were paraded on the catwalk, which was a sea of bright and amazing fashion. The event provided not just profile for the talented designers – but sales and orders too! The collaboration between MCIA and our talented local fashion designers was extremely positive and everyone is eager to hold similar events in the future. Bring on Cook Islands Fashion Week!
And following on with the “home grown” feel to events, Rio Carnivale, with a distinct island flavour, is coming up on Wednesday September 23. Think Tropicana fun, think tutti-frutti, think Cook Islands style Mardi Gras with a touch of Victoria Secrets-type inspiration, think of head dresses that epitomise the beauty, personality and cultural talents of the young Cook Islands women and men who wear them when performing. Rio Carnivale will feature our Miss Cook Islands contestants who will be performing and wearing amazing costumes fitting with the theme.
The Miss Cook Islands Association Inc is working with Cook Islands costume designers in creating stunning head pieces (Mardi Gras style) for the show. This collaboration with our local talented costume designers is a wonderful opportunity to be creative and allow a fusion of island-inspired designs. If you are interested in designing such a piece, please contact: Dianna Bates ph 22000.
The event on the 23rd, like the sell-out Project Runway Tropicana will take the form of a dinner with show, and tickets will be available from next week at The Islander.
There will be spot prizes for the best dressed outfits and masks and everyone is encouraged to get dressed up, be creative and join the Miss Cook Islands contestants for an evening of colour and excitement!
The fun won’t stop with Rio Carnivale. The competition proper kicks off with the Beach Resort Wear and Pareu Competition (Saturday October 3), the Traditional MuuMuu and Floral Wear Rakei Competition (Wednesday October 7), and the pre-pageant interview competition on Saturday, October 10.
The week beginning October 11 is being labelled Miss Cook Islands week, and a plethora of public appearances are planned for the contestants, providing opportunities for our young Cook Islands women to develop and advance their social, professional, cultural and personal goals. Let the excitement continue!