BBFW 2015 Review

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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:

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Muze Caribbean

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(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.

Jewelry by Antonia

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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Charles Corvsky Dieujuste

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_All Access Granted

For this year’s BBFW along with my media pass to cover the event, I was also granted an all access pass which gave me permission to venture backstage. I must admit that I chose to take pics of the models coming down the runways and chatting with designers and fellow bloggers. However, I did manage to take the opportunity to go back stage and took some snaps before the runway shows of Aria Urban and Kimystics collections.

Here’s a glimpse of a few of our local models all beautified and waiting to strut their stuff on the runway.

 

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Danielle in Aria

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Zoe and Kari in Aria

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Aria Collection

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Aria Collection

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Shanni in Aria

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Nikita in Aria

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Paige in Aria

Kimystic Designs

Kimystic Designs

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Kari in  Kimystic Designs

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Nikita in Kimystic Designs

So my trendsetters, that’s rounds up my coverage of BBFW 2013, remember to keep it stylish and chic until next post……

(BBFW) Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week_ Final Showcase

Barbados Independence Square

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

Barbados Independence Square

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.

BBFW 2013 Runway Show Schedule

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.

In This Dress I Do Wed

Every little girl dreams of that day when she will walk down the aisle as the organ spits out “dum, dum, di, dum” in the perfect dress and marry the guy of her dreams. After the 3 days of New York International Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2014, it was not hard to say that there was plenty of stunning aisle-worthy creations. Any blushing bride-to-be would be able to find herself that one special dress from the parade of brides. They came beaming down the runway in dresses by the top wedding dress designers such as Marchesa, Temperley, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier to name a few, that were luxurious, romantic and still edgy. These stunning beauties came in an assortment of silhouettes that created beautiful shapes all suited for every type of woman. They were the traditional modest looks, elegant slim floor-length dresses, princess-like ball gowns and even the unconventional hemlines created mostly out of choice fabrics such as lace, tulle and silk crepe. But it was the long vintage lace veils, the embellished bodices, ethereal necklines, revealing backs and unexpected colors that triggered the ooh and aahs from the attendees. Practicality was also considered by some designers as some creations incorporated skirt suits instead of dresses, head pieces instead of long veils well as dresses that could go straight from the chapel and onto the dance floor.

Take a look at some of the collections:

Carolina Herrera

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Marchesa

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Bridal Fashion Week - Marchesa 2

 Monique Lhuillier

Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier

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Bridal Fashion Week - Monique Lhuillier 4

Oscar de la Renta

Bridal Fashion Week - Oscar de la Renta

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Bridal Fashion Week - Oscar de la Renta 3

Reem Acra

Bridal Fashion Week - Reem Acra

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Bridal Fashion Week - Reem Acra 2

Sarah Seven

Bridal Fashion Week - Sarah Seven

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Bridal Fashion Week - Sarah Seven 2

Temperley

Bridal Fashion Week - Temperley 1

Bridal Fashion Week - Temperley 2

Vera Wang

Bridal Fashion Week - Vera Wang

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Head Pieces

Bridal Fashion Week - Head pieces

left to right top: Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier

left to right bottom: Sarah Seven, Oscar de la Renta, Sarah Seven

Now you can check that one special dress off!

Bajans In Hollywood

When I first heard the news that Barbadians had made a recent invasion in Hollywood, I was overjoyed as it was another step in making Barbados a major fashion hub on the world’s fashion map. I know very well that this isn’t the first time that Barbados has made a big impact in Hollywood with the likes of home girl superstar Rhianna dubbed the Queen of West Hollywood creating her big waves there. This more recently invasion however, was on March 9th during the bi-annual Concept LA Fashion Week  for Fall/Winter 2013 at Siren Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Two of Barbados top designers Kesia Estwick and Brandi Estwick took the runway by storm during the Caribbean Showcase leaving a very good impression with their collections Lilith and Iman Estie, respectively.

These two young ladies did their country proud with their designs, getting some well-deserved international exposure as well as giving Barbadian models Sedia Jackman, Danielle Dottin, Charlene King and Danielle Bishop who accompanied them a feel of an international runway. The Lilith collection had structured tailoring, geometric cutouts and appliquéd details producing designs that were both bold and daring suitable for the woman who has plenty of attitude and dare-devil personality. The Iman Estie collection was the monochrome trend at its best as it featured cohesive black and white motifs. Her designs had a classic touch but were still very edgy and chic donning architectural inspired details and cutouts.

Here’s a look at some of the designs from the collection…..

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Iman Estie

Photo credit: The LA Fashion

Paris Fashion Week _ Spring Couture 2013

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Not even the cold weather of snow-covered Paris could damper the display of the designers from Paris Spring Couture Week. It was a week filled of great imagination and craftsmanship as the fashion houses out did themselves with over the top elegant, one-of-a-kind looks. Paris Spring Couture was like an enchanted wonderland as there was what felt like a non stop parade of head-turning creations and it surely did not disappoint. As the Oscars are just a few weeks away and I can bet that some nominees and attendees already have their eyes on some designs already.

Take a look at the must-see designs from the runway:

Armani Prive

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This  collection was full of classic evening dresses and well-tailored suits.

Chanel

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It was beautiful nightmare as this collection brought romance to the runway mixed with gothic beauty.

Christian Dior

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Floral prints and bright colors transported all to an afternoon in the middle of spring with this collection.

Elie Saab

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This collection produced beautiful gowns that were glamorous and elegant.

Georges Chakra

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The collection showcased feminine, exciting gowns which had plenty of allure and sensuality.

Giambattista Valli

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Giambattista Valli _3 Spring Couture 2013

This was an amazing collection of gowns with intricate details that were romantic and feminine.

Jean Paul Gaultier

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Jean Paul Gaultier_ 3 Spring Couture 2013

It felt like an  Arabian Nights experience as gypsies like models came down the runway with this collection.

Stephane Rolland

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Stephane Rolland_4 Spring Couture 2013

This was a very modern, chic collection that was clean and polished.

Valentino

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This collection was a spectacular as it presented magical fairy tale designs.

Versace

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Versace_3 Spring Couture 2013

This collection portrayed strength yet it was still feminine fit for any modern-day Zena warrior princess.

Zuhair Murad

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It was the rise of the gold goddess and glory for this collection.

The designs from these fashion houses are surely Red Carpet worthy looks.  Feel free to comment and let me know which ones are your favorites.
All photos taken from the internet.