Curse the Crusaders, Cherish the Cocomono.
Tough shit boys.
Friday night. Fog. Super 14 Final. Fog. Hurricanes lost. Did I say Fog already? As anyone worthy of being my friend will know - my beloved Hurricanes went down in a heart breaking final on Friday night against the Canterbury Crusaders. Well, it would have been heartbreaking if we could have actually seen the game. Casey Laulala scored the only try of the game and I don't think he even saw himself do it. See, even Leon MacDonald called it a weird game. The "actual" winner of the this season's Super 14 shall forever remain lost in the shroud of fog that never lifted off the field. Much to delight of all the supporters that had braved the cold to watch the smokescreen on the big screens from their paid seats at Jade Stadium. Pity. I, watched the smokescreen from the warmth and the vodka numbing comfort of Bora Bora (bar) which as someone aptly pointed out is the closest any of us here will ever get to Tahiti. Which was some consolation to not watching the game I'd dolled up in Black and Yellow to watch. I take "the foggy game" as a sure sign that the finals need never take place at Jade stadium ever again. Ever.
Tausisi i lau paaga e tasi.
Saturday night was the SamoaTel Fashion Awards, coordinated by the Samoa Aids Foundation. It was, to say the least, a glamourous affair. Well worth my free ticket to go. Local designers showcased their would be fashion lines while wannabe fashion critiques Sita and I nodded approvingly and uh-uhed while sipping free vodka and offering applause only when deserved from our second row seats. (To match the Tahiti line earlier in this blog, I should say) it's the closest to Milan we'll ever get, but we'll take it where we got it. I really enjoyed the fashion - Johan Solofa was very daring and up to the minute with his designs being very loud with colour and expressive shall we say with hem lines. Johan also put all those twelve year old bodied models to shame with his perfect practiced-in-Paris (Mulinuu) cat-walk. Athene Mauli had very "beautiful" clothes. Up to date fashion sense and well put together outfits really made her stuff stand out. My favourite category was probably the Faafafine category where everything MUST go. Feathers, faux fur, hot pink, platform shoes. It was all there. The winning outfit was a yellow and black glittering strapless gown by Deanna's Collection. Someone commented that she looked a jester but I just thought it was a good idea for a Hurricanes mascot.
Congratulations to the Young Designer of the Year Award Winner: Johan Solofa and the Overall Winner: Athene Mauli. I thought both awards were well deserved. There aren't flicks of the event to share unfortunately but a definite "moment" of the show was the showcasing of New Zealand Samoan Fashion Designer Lindah Lepou's (who was a judge at the event) fashion line. I ooohed and aahed at her beautiful collection. Classic pieces made with expensive looking fabrics that oozed class. Never mind that they were all paraded by size 8 models. Poor things must go hungry. (And yes, I am just jealous and will be practicing sucking my cheeks in the mirror from now on.)
Among the fashions on display was this gem of an outfit. Lindah's winning Cocomono outfit which was revealed at the WESTFIELD STYLE PASIFIKA SUPREME AWARDS 2005.
Perfect for a Sunday lunch with the pastor isn't it.