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A Lady in Every Essence of the Word » Fashion Designer Adi Koila Ganilau

Events, Fashion 27 Sep 2011   »   by TheWhatItDo
Outlander GT 2011

Amidst the world renowned waters and the five-star resorts of Fiji lies a hidden gem that is awaiting its time in the spotlight in the world of fashion. That hidden gem is none other than fashion designer, Adi Koila Ganilau (pronounced Ahn-dee Kway-la Gah-nee-la-oo). With a sneak preview of her Resort Ready-to-Wear 2011 collection debuting just a couple of weeks ago in Santa Rosa, CA, Adi Koila is energetically introducing her clothing lines to the U.S. market in the hopes of gaining more exposure, expanding her client base, and building a solid presence in the U.S. The WhatItDo is excited to feature and introduce this international designer and share a little more insight into her vision and creative design.

Growing up in Fiji proved to be a natural source of inspiration for Adi Koila with its vast contrasts of blues in the surrounding ocean, lush greens in the hills, and vibrant hues in its sandy beaches and coral reefs. It is no wonder that such a tropical landscape could make an impression in Adi Koila’s custom print designs, which live up to traditional Fijian art style that is often large and bold in nature. You can also see influences from many countries in Adi Koila’s designs, but her most influential inspiration is her grandmother, Adi Lady Litia Cakobau Lalabalavu Mara. “She”, Adi Koila says speaking of her grandmother, “was head and shoulders above the rest”, and was truly the noblest of her time.

With such a poised and graceful example to direct her vision, Adi Koila centers her womenswear line, Marama Dina, to the very woman who represents all that her grandmother embodied – class and style. Marama Dina literally translates to mean “true lady” or “real woman” and Adi Koila proudly states that her clothing is for every woman of every size, shape, color, and ethnicity and for every occasion. With dresses, jumpsuits, tops and more and many pieces easily transitioning from day to night, Marama Dina is well on its way to winning over loyal clients here in the west coast and abroad.

Momo (which means “uncle”) is Adi Koila’s menswear line, Rattoo (a play on the word “ratu” which refers to men of dignified stature) is her men’s streetwear line that caters to teenage to young adult males and Marama Lailai is her junior girls line. Four clothing lines may seem over-zealous, but Adi Koila is quite the over-achiever and will not limit herself or her designs to one market.

Adi Koila

All of Adi Koila’s prints are custom drawn by herself as she has been drawing and painting since childhood and every print design is hand-printed onto various fabrics by her team. Her prints live up to the traditional Fijian art style that is often large and bold in nature. Every item of clothing in all of Adi Koila’s lines are exclusively produced in Fiji in order to maintain the authenticity of their origin as well as ensure that each item of clothing can stand alone as a keepsake or piece of Fiji that every customer can obtain.

Venturing across the South Pacific to win over U.S. customers is a huge leap in the expansion of Adi Koila’s brand and she is undoubtedly up to the task and ready and able to take on the U.S. market. Adi Koila is a true lady in her own right and her clothing lines are sure to please and comfort all who wear them. The casual and carefree nature of her designs will work their way into everyone’s closets soon enough. It’s only a matter of time.

You can view all of Adi Koila’s collections and make orders on Facebook. Her Summer 2012 collection will debut this November (by invitation only) and her official website will launch soon!

-Article Written By: Juliet Uata
*photos courtesy of Adi Koila Ganilau

  • Isagirl aka L-Boogie

    Myself and theWhatitdo Team were very excited to check out Adi Koila’s collection. It was definitely an honor to not only meet her, but to view all the pieces that were showcased at the Marama Dina show.
    It was great to see my co-host Melenia aka Divine Fijiian model some of the pieces in the show. You Rock’d the runway girl!
    I’m looking forward to attending Adi Koila’s fashion show in Hollywood in November! Definitely marking my calendar for that.
    This collection definitely defines the “Lady” inside every woman. The dresses bring out a seductive feel to every woman, but with class! I love the different prints and how the mateials flow soo well to every curve of a woman! I give this collection a 5 STAR  Rating!!

    Yours Truely,

    ISAgirl

  • Btalei Saukawa

    Superb..&..phenomenal

  • Helapela77

    If fashion is your forte – than this clothing line should surely sing to your soul.
     It represents a “woman of substance.”
     The prints are unique, it carries a statement “I AM HERE”…the mixture of bold colors infused with the light colors gives the contrast of movement when one wears MaramaDina.

     The inspiration and vision that established MaramaDina gives a flair of confidence to any woman who wears any piece –  that you are a part of a wonderful, rich culture.

    I’m looking forward to the upcoming new line – that will be showcase the talented Adi Koila Ganilau and co-host Melania aka Divine Fijian.

    Great article Juliet, and many thanks to you Lisa for taking the time out to cover this.

    Until that time,
    Hela

  • you are so talented and it was an honor to come and be involved in your fashion show….i have been given alot of ideas of makeuo on your style of clothes….I am so excited for you

  • Cuhilamoelangi

    Juliet excellent article! Thank you TWID… for giving light to a WELL DESERVED artist and leader/member of the Pacific Islander community. For those whom may not know ADI KOILA is not just a LADY in the literal sense, but also a LADY of royal Fijian family and has direct lineage to our beloved Kingdom of Tonga.
    Thank you Lisa Lavulo and TWID. Blessings to ADI KOILA and her amazing future! Vinaka sera vakalevu. Malo aupito. Ofa atu Adi Koila from the Uhilamoelangi and Kanongataa clans of KOLOMOTUA.

  • great stuff…..

  • Avunas

    You have my Blessing girl.. keep it up
    Love you Dikoila, and many thanks to the WHATITDO

  • Adriana

    I attended Fiji day celebrations today Sat 15/10/11 Venue: Lidcombe grounds Sydney Ms Ganilau had a floorshow of her so called ‘Unique designs’ nothing I saw was ‘Unique’ very ordinary and boring really! The prices were overly expensive ranging from $200-300 an item I wouldn’t pay even 50 for it. I work in the industry and have never heard of Ganilau Your designs should remain in Fiji and shame on you for the claims of world distribution!!

  • Vuakalevu

    Hey Adriana,

    Do you have a fashion line? Are you a designer? If you do, have a fashion line, then please let me know how I can check it out! 

    Because if you don’t, I suggest you keep your hater comments to yourself!  

  • Mcavu1

    Adriana, it sounds like you have issues with Adi Koila that has nothing to do with her Fabulous & Fantastic ‘Unique designs’….shame on you for being so transparent!

  • YAVITA

    HI CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET THESE FABRICS ONLINE,ILIVE IN U.A.E AND M SO IN LOVE WITH THE PRINTS,PLEASE ADI DO GET IN TOUCH WITH ME

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  • Btalei Saukawa

    Superb..&..phenomenal

  • Helapela77

    If fashion is your forte – than this clothing line should surely sing to your soul.
     It represents a “woman of substance.”
     The prints are unique, it carries a statement “I AM HERE”…the mixture of bold colors infused with the light colors gives the contrast of movement when one wears MaramaDina.

     The inspiration and vision that established MaramaDina gives a flair of confidence to any woman who wears any piece –  that you are a part of a wonderful, rich culture.

    I’m looking forward to the upcoming new line – that will be showcase the talented Adi Koila Ganilau and co-host Melania aka Divine Fijian.

    Great article Juliet, and many thanks to you Lisa for taking the time out to cover this.

    Until that time,
    Hela

  • you are so talented and it was an honor to come and be involved in your fashion show….i have been given alot of ideas of makeuo on your style of clothes….I am so excited for you

  • Cuhilamoelangi

    Juliet excellent article! Thank you TWID… for giving light to a WELL DESERVED artist and leader/member of the Pacific Islander community. For those whom may not know ADI KOILA is not just a LADY in the literal sense, but also a LADY of royal Fijian family and has direct lineage to our beloved Kingdom of Tonga.
    Thank you Lisa Lavulo and TWID. Blessings to ADI KOILA and her amazing future! Vinaka sera vakalevu. Malo aupito. Ofa atu Adi Koila from the Uhilamoelangi and Kanongataa clans of KOLOMOTUA.

  • great stuff…..

  • Avunas

    You have my Blessing girl.. keep it up
    Love you Dikoila, and many thanks to the WHATITDO

  • Adriana

    I attended Fiji day celebrations today Sat 15/10/11 Venue: Lidcombe grounds Sydney Ms Ganilau had a floorshow of her so called ‘Unique designs’ nothing I saw was ‘Unique’ very ordinary and boring really! The prices were overly expensive ranging from $200-300 an item I wouldn’t pay even 50 for it. I work in the industry and have never heard of Ganilau Your designs should remain in Fiji and shame on you for the claims of world distribution!!

  • Vuakalevu

    Hey Adriana,

    Do you have a fashion line? Are you a designer? If you do, have a fashion line, then please let me know how I can check it out! 

    Because if you don’t, I suggest you keep your hater comments to yourself!  

  • Mcavu1

    Adriana, it sounds like you have issues with Adi Koila that has nothing to do with her Fabulous & Fantastic ‘Unique designs’….shame on you for being so transparent!

  • YAVITA

    HI CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET THESE FABRICS ONLINE,ILIVE IN U.A.E AND M SO IN LOVE WITH THE PRINTS,PLEASE ADI DO GET IN TOUCH WITH ME

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