“If you’re proud to be a Bajan
Put all your flags up, put all your flags up
And if you represent the nation
Let me see rags up, let me see rags up
we talking about the blue, yellow, blue,yellow blue……..”
Chorus of Colours by Natalie Burke ft Shontelle
With the completion of each year’s fashion week, Barbados has claimed its spot on the Caribbean map of fashion and is now making a mark internationally as it has been officially noted on the Global Fashion Week calendar. The fashion industry here is finally evolving, bringing to mind a phrase from my years in Venezuela “Hasta La Revolucion” meaning “Until the Revolution”. The fashion revolution was definitely taking place on 26th of October, the first night of BB Fashion Week 2012 themed ‘Glam Night,’. The Spring/Summer 2013 collections were featured by five designers representing the USA, Bahamas and Barbados, each with their own unique style.
The first designer to open the night was Kenneth Barlis from the Philippines now based in the USA. Kenneth made a grand entrance bringing a ‘romantic feeling’ to the runway with his one of the kind couture gowns and cocktail dresses. He showed a full understanding of how to design for a woman’s body with structured silhouettes and paid close attention to the details. Kenneth vibrant collection also incorporated the use of natural materials into his looks like rooster feathers and sea shells. Also he was accompanied by international model Candice Edwin.
The next designer of the night was Courtney McIntosh from the Bahamas and it was hard to ignore her sultry swimwear collection. The collection had the perfect balance between daring and demure using the cut-out and animal print trends. These stunning designs including bikinis to crochet pieces adding a refreshing element to the show.
Designer Joan White was the first Barbadian designer of the night with her outstanding and extremely unique creations. Joan’s collection was colorful, showing skill and dedication with dresses accentuated with plenty of details including hand paintings on some of the designs.
Fellow Barbadian designer Brandi Estwick presented a stunning collection that was fresh. Even though it was a small collection, it still made an impressionable impact with the attendees as Brandi presented an edgy black and white collection.
The final designer and one of the most anticipated of the first night was the promising Barbadian Kesia Eswick, who showed great development, ability and style. Kesia who benefited from the Adopt-A-Designer program with Romero Bryan and Oliver Tolentino, created magic on the runway as she displayed not one but two collections. She successfully married the soft feminine look and the hard edgy look together. For her first collection “Kiss The Girl’, was full of prints with hearts, lips and skeleton hands widely used on her designs, with a tasteful touch of leather throughout the collection. Kesia’s second collection ‘Lilith’ was more elegant with simple chic designs that were very avant-garde.
The first night started off with a bang and at the end of the night they were many glamorous designs exhibited making it in deed a Glam Night. This night and the remaining night were produced by Unique Production Worldwide Ltd.
Photo Credit:Cullen Perrotte