This year marked the 10th year of Barbados Bridgetown Fashion Week and it was once time again for fashion lovers to gather and see the SS 16 collections of up and coming designers. I’m still basking in the glow of the collections that were featured on November 21st and 22nd. I have to admit the students of the Caribbean Market Center, D’Marsh Couture, the Barbados National Dress Project as well as the Yendor bag collection stole the spotlight for me as they produced some very outstanding collections, each with it’s own unique artistic voice.
Here are my favorite looks from the designers of both nights:
When I saw the Him by Mark Pierre, three words came to mind. All I think was punk, edgy and androgynous. This collection would be ideal for the man who loves to push the fashion boundaries.
As for the collection I Am Nyvek, let me just say that every woman present that night wanted at least one piece from this collection. There was great detail paid to these pieces and in my opinion the whole collection was clean and looked effortless.
D’Marsh Couture from the USA showcased both a men’s and women’s collection that both had a fun flamboyant side to them. The looks were polished but still a relaxed vibe.
The Barbados National Dress Project by Rodney Powers was themed Wear It With Pride and as the blue and yellow stripes came down the runway being a fellow Barbadian I felt extremely proud and I would love to cop the shift dress from this collection.
The showcase of the Yendor bag collection titled Body And Sole also by Rodney Powers peaked my interest as the bag were made using the leather of the black belly sheep, which is an animal indigenous to our country Barbados. The bags came in a wide variety with something for every taste level with clutches, chain strap, backpacks and other styles. My overall opinion was that they had a sophisticated look with great detail and craftsmanship.
*Photos have been edited for this post, original photos are from Muze Caribbean*
Click the link below to see all the collections that were featured.
The Overalls Edition
Overalls are everywhere, you can get them in pants or dresses, long or short, even in colors and textiles other than blue denim. This look gives an simple effortless appearance that is not only comfortable but trendy as well. Once a wardrobe staple reserved for farmers during the depression era, hence dubbed the name “farmer browns”; they then later popped up throughout the history of fashion in the 60’s and 70’s with the hippie movement and then with rise of pop icons in the 80’s and 90’s. Nowadays, overalls are apart of modern day street style and when done right, you can look really superb and not like if you just walked off a farm.
Short Pants Overall
This look consists of: floral crop top, seaweed green overall and laced-up heeled booties.
Midi Dress Overall
This look consists of: white crop top, sage green midi dress overall and white converse.
Happy Fashion Friday my trendsetters.
The Flower Edition
Happy Fashion Friday to all Trendsetters, hope all is well with you. Yesterday I posted a DIY tutorial “Rock It Yourself: Summer Florals” where I showed you how to make a floral headband and a floral bralette top. Today I’m going to give some inspiration on how you can incorporate these beautiful DIYs into your wardrobe. After all it’s summer, it’s time to have fun!
This look consists of: Floral Headband, Circle Frames Shades, Custom Made White Top, Olive Maxi Skirt,Tan Belt and Tan Gladiator Sandals.
Floral Bralette Top
This look consists of: Floral Bralette Top, Aviator Shades, White Watch, White Cardigan, Denim Cutoffs, White Belt and White Converse.
Hope this has you Trendsetters thinking of some cool ideas.
Until next time.
“I like to think of myself as being fashion-conscious without being a slave to fashion.”
I always say “better late than never” so if you truly want to shape up this year, start with shaping up your wardrobe; so let’s get a head start and take action as Spring 2013 is nigh. Many of you are still caught up with the fashion from Fall/Winter 2012 and mesmerized with Fall/Winter 2013, but now is the time to go through the process of preparing your wardrobe for the big transition to Spring. As the flowers start to bloom it will soon be time to shed all the layers of clothing and start to bare some skin. Therefore, the task at hand now is to carefully go over the profusion of fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2013 and choose your fashion “must haves “. I don’t mean for you to become a fashion addict following every trend of the season in order to look fab, but identifying with a look, that fits your personal style and staying fashionable, stylish and chic.
The key is to know your silhouette and choose what compliments your body shape best them select only what you feel comfortable and confident in. Also bear in mind to pick pieces, colours, prints and patterns that are versatile which could work for more than one look as some trends tend to change through the course of the season. Finally, remember to enhance your look with accessories, whether they be simple or statement pieces.
Here are some trends that will definitely get you easily noticed:
Black and White
The wait for Spring 2013 has been very long for me as some of you know that I live in the beautiful tropical island of Barbados leaving me very anxious for the Spring trends to finally hit stores. Leave a comment on the trends that you will be trying.
He love me, he loves me not,
Forget that old saying, I still going look hot.
Valentine’s Day is coming once again and nearly everything and everyone will be covered in red, some love this time of the month while others dread it. However after living in Venezuela were they refer to this day as “the day of love and friendship” (El Día de Amor y Amistad), I feel that we can all enjoy this day even if you don’t have a significant other. My first ever Valentine was my mom and even up till now she still gives me a nice card, a rose and chocolate every year. So, we can still celebrate this day and appreciate all the love received throughout our lives from family and friends. Come on, we don’t need to be “in love” to look chic. Whether you plan to spend that day or night on a date, hanging out with some friends or ride out the day solo home watching movies, it doesn’t matter.
So if you’re looking for some outfit ideas with colors other than the traditional all over red here are a few:
Wear something that is flirty and adds charm.
Riding Solo/ Night on the Town / Hanging Out With Friends
Try wearing something that’s chic and comfortable.
So however you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, stay chic and fab!
You don’t have to be a zebra or a referee to show your stripes, but you surely can look divine when wearing them. Stripes always brings a chic, effortless look to an outfit, but a requires a little effort to avoid looking you belong in the jailhouse. Stripes whether wide or thin, horizontal, vertical or diagonally, can flatter any body shape but it all depends on the paired pieces that help to give the outfit the extra fabulous look. I know that when we think of stripes the nautical navy and white comes to mind, but stripes comes in variety of colours, so choose the colours that compliment your skin colour best, when creating your look.
Stripes can be tricky but we all can find the right stripes that make us feel confident and comfortable. You have to know which part of your body you want to draw attention and which parts you want to divert attention, your body shape doesn’t matter. So, for all my apple-shaped ladies, the saying that you should stay away from stripes is a mare myth. In the end, it all comes down to where you wear them and how your style your outfit, plus the key to achieve a successful striped look is matching stripes with solid colours.
Tips to remember:
- Vertical stripes give you a tall appearance.
- Horizontal stripes enhances or creates the illusion of curves.
- Diagonal stripes produces a slimming effect.
- Stripes only along the border of an outfit gives slimming effects.
- Darker colours are more slimming that lighter colours.
- Accentuate the waist with a belt to create a waist line and eliminate the wide effect.
Here are some chic, stylish ideas that any body shape can pull off for the classic stripe look:
Hope you can find some inspiration for these looks I created and create a look of your very own. Let me know which look or looks you liked the most.
Most trends generally last for one season or even become a year round trend but it seems the colour blocking trend which made a big comeback for spring/summer 2011, is still going strong. Personally, I’m not a big fan of this trend but it seems some designers and fashionistas are still quite infatuated with it. So I decided to show correct ways to colour block, we should learn how to master the look if this trend is to carry on and hopefully rid the streets of unsightly mix mash.
Colour blocking consist of combining two or more solid colours to create an outfit. As simple as it may sound, if it’s not done correctly you can end up looking like a big fashion disaster. The first thing to keep in mind is to choose colours that compliment your skin tone that would give you a flattering look.
Here are some tips to successively achieve the look:
- Match one or two colours with a neutral color like nude, caramel, white, grey, brown or black.
- Use accessories to add the pop and give a contrast of colour.
- Mix match two bright colours .
- Mix different hues of the same colour.
- Buy a color blocked piece and match with a solid colour.
Here are a few ideas you can try: