(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week 2014

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For a brief moment I wanted to rip my shirt off with my bare hands and scream “feed me more” like WWE wrestler Ryback but with my son in hand and realization of my surroundings I had to refrain. BBFW 2014 had awaken my inner beast and left me hungry for more. The independence weekend kicked of at the Hilton Barbados Hotel with an invite only cocktail launch and press release that promised fashion enthusiasts that they were in for a treat. Take my word for it, as it was surely a weekend to remember with two nights of fresh and innovating designs showcasing Spring/Summer 2015 collections from both the local and international celebrity designers. The air was filled with loud coos of approval, blinding flashes and shuttering sounds of the cameras.

The runway shows kicked off with Jewelry by Antonia. It was a selection of beautiful necklaces, earrings and bracelets that ranged from simple yet stunning pieces to more elaborate breath taking ones. These designs would make the perfect statement piece as the could be worn with a red carpet look or easily dress up a more toned down outfit.

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The collection by Jacqueline Benn Schuppe  was named Ling Ling; a name she is affectionately known by and it was influenced by the 50’s.  Clever use of denim, tulle, lace and cotton modernized her vintage inspired pieces. One could never refer to her collection as dated with an array of dresses, classic blouses and skirts well accentuated with accessories appropriate to the time the era from pearls to turbans and other head pieces.

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Up and coming designer Carla Gittens fresh from Jamaica Mission Catwalk season 4 where she was first runner-up debuted her collection Designs By Carolori for the first time here at BBFW. Carla’s collection was feminine and give an air of effortless with bold bows and flowers to compliment some of the contemporary designs.

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This was the second time for Charles Corvsky Dieujuste showing at BBFW and he surely lived up to expectations based on his previous showcase. Once again femininity and sophistication was evident as his collection breathed luxurious elegance with chic flowing pieces. Charles final piece was a crowd pleaser, comprising of a black lace and tulle dress which was more risque but it was still coherent with the other looks as it easily flowed down the runway.

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Learning a second language is always a plus and it offered me the privilege of working with designer Karlos Nunez as Dominica Republic as his translator. His menswear line entitled “Men Tailory” had a touch of the 40’s yet it was very modern. There was a wide selection of ready to wear pieces that were sharp and crisp accessorized with suspenders, gold chains links, hats and designer bags. His pieces showed great detail, craftsmanship and understanding of fabrics. Favorites with the crowd and myself were his trench coats pieces which had a hint of suspense to the character. Over all his collection would be perfect for the man looking for the “charming gentlemen” look.

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The word “Anticipation” would be an understatement when referring to the level of excitement there was to see the collection “Alien Queen” by Viktor Luna finalist of Project Runway season 9. Viktor drew his inspiration from the pop king himself, the legend Michael Jackson. Just like Michael was ahead of his times, Viktor’s collection was avant-garde, futuristic, biker chic yet feminine. His designs mostly consisted of leather pieces, bondage straps, armor like details, spikes and studs giving a yin-yang feeling of good and bad merged into one. The final piece really embodied the collection’s name “Alien Queen” and at the end of his collection all I could say was ” Abduct me now! Beam me up Scottie”.

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So there is no doubt in my mind and I can truly say that once again Barbados has proved to be the fashion capital in the Caribbean.

(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week_ Final Showcase

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All good things must come to and end….

For the final night of Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week (BBFW) belonged to the men. The featured designer of the night was Carmichael Byfield of House of Byfield hailing from Rotterdam, Netherlands. He stepped away from the concept of the more tradition suits and produce an array of colorful, edgy, modern day suits for his menswear line with the use of bold prints. Even though his pieces were daring being loud in both color and print; the designs still had a range between the more demure man to the more extroverted man with the big personality. From the entrance of the first model to the finale, he held those present in his palm of his hand with his eye-catching, elaborate designs and presentation.

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This year was another great showing from the fashion designers and we look forward to seeing for much more from in the future.

*All photos aren’t mine, some photos belong to fellow fashion blogger Natasha Beckles of In My Wardrobe.

(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week_Second Showcase

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After the rain out comes the sun;
Shining in the sky bright like a diamond.

With a sunny start for the second day, Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week 2013 (BBFW) was very eventful with the first ever kids fashion show and a night that proved to be one that was not to be missed by any fashion lover.

The duo designers for the kids show was Giordan William of Barbados, who debuted the Lemon Lily  for the girls and the Bearded Gecko for the boys. The young models brought smiles to faces of those attending as they strutted down the runway in designs that were the bit age-appropriate, fun and very charming.

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In the night-time segment, there were more local designers as well as some from the Caribbean region and they all pulled out the stops bringing their A game. Getting the party started was Isabelle Baulu from Barbados with her Sea Reinas swimwear collection. The line was very feminine and chic from bikinis adorned with frills and fringe accessories to sultry one pieces.

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Then Kesia hyped up the evening more with her Kiss Urban Collection. Known for her ‘good girl gone bad’ street-wear style, the models appropriately paraded to the track “bad girls” by M.I.A with plenty of spunk and attitude. The only word that came instantly to my mind in regards to KISS was ‘wicked’ and this year Kesia include some men pieces to her collection and they were just as wicked as the women’s.

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The evening continued on a high as the first designer from the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago was  Dawn Scott of Dawn Creations with his menswear line. His collection displayed great craftsmanship, as his tailoring was impeccable with clean lines exquisite details. He turned the male models into “sharply dressed businessmen” as they came the runway.

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Continuing to fly the Trinidadian and Tobagan flag high was the two part team of Anthony Red and Charu Lochan Dass which came together to showcase the collection entitled Island Fusion. This line was a great hit with the fashion lovers, the women’s line was very elegant and sensual with a few risqué pieces; while the men’s line was more casual and relaxed.

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Final designer of the night was Kimon Baptiste of Kimystic Designs hailing from St. Vincent. She brought a true Caribbean feeling to the night with her use of bright tropical colors in designs that came in casual pieces to classy elegant gowns.

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The second showcase was quite a grand showing I couldn’t wait to see the final night’s showcase.

*All photos aren’t mine, some photos belong to fellow fashion blogger Natasha Beckles of In My Wardrobe.

(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week_1st Showcase

Barbados Independence Square

Through the rainy weather I waddle and wade,
No Mr. Rain, you can’t rain on my parade….

Fashion lovers braved the heavy showers to head to the Independence Square for the spectacular of the first night of Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week 2013 (BBFW). For the first night, the talented barbadian designers were they showcased their ready to wear Spring/Summer 2014 collections.

Opening the show was the designer Shanika Burnett with her Shakad Luxury Resort Line. Her designs brought the sunshine onto the runway with her women and menswear collection. Her pieces very easy on the eye and transported one to a private cabana on a remote island. Shanika portrayed great craftsmanship in her use of natural fibers, colorful tie-dyed and hand-painted creations.

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Roazana Moseley of  La Rosa Couture was different from the regular line up of BBFW as she modeled her creations for full figured women. From the runway it proved that curvaceous women can still be classy, chic and voluptuous. She had a collection that ranged from relaxed flowing pieces to form fitting pieces.

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The remarkable Rhea Cummings Jordan who on the very said night wore both hats of model and designer debuted her Aria Urban Fashions collection at BBFW. Rhea’s ensembles very colorful utilizing the colors pink, green and orange with the inclusion of bold prints. As the vibrant designs came down the runway, it was evident that she created for the “fun girl” with architectural cut-outs, daring hem lines and bared midriffs. The line had a flirtatious air about it as models parade the designs with coquettish antics especially in the finale as they blew bubbles into the crowd.

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Bring down the curtain on the first night was Kesia Estwick with her Keisa Couture. As of the norm Kesia didn’t disappoint and her designs surely spoke for her. Know more for her streetwear collections, Kesia showed she was versatile with an ethereal collection that married classy and chic with edgy and modern successful. She exhibited a line of elegant pieces that were full with sheer sultry pieces and fairy tale couture gowns in an array of prints, whites, blacks and oxblood reds. All the pieces had intriguing details from both the front view and the back.

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Judging from the first night viewing, the second day of shows promised to be day not to be missed.

*All photos aren’t mine, some photos belong to fellow fashion blogger Natasha Beckles of In My Wardrobe.

The Wait Is Over_Barbados Fashion Week

All those who wander aren’t lost….

For those of you who follow my blog would have noticed that I have blogged in a while and for that I would first like to apologize for my absence. I missed being in touch with you trendsetters but so much has happened between my last blog post and now, from working on set the final episodes of  British Ireland Next Top Model (BINTM) that was filmed here in Barbados to being busy doing my YouTube vlog “Island Chic” along with personal life. However, I’m pleased to say that the wait is over and the time has come, finally my hiatus is over. I knew it was only a matter of time before I found my way back to you trendsetters as my love to share my style, fashion tips, meet fellow fashion lovers and most of all talk fashion would never die.

In other news, the excitement is building here in Barbados as Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week (BBFW) is upon us once again. It is schedule to come off this weekend October 25th -27th, over these three days there will be seamless of runway shows blended with art and entertainment. It will feature top local designers such as Kesia Estwick, Rozana Moseley, Shankia Burnett, Rhea Cummings Jordan, Brandi Estwick, among others, Regional designers as well as international celebrity designers. Adding to this excitement is for the first time ever BBFW will showcase kids fashion and have designs for plus-size models. This event will give fashion enthusiasts the opportunity to see and admire with plenty ohhs and ahhs the featured collections as well as socialize.

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BBFW 2013 Designer Line Up

I can’t wait for all the buzz of activity to start and to bring you trendsetters all the highlights from the shows.