Barbados Fashion Week 2012: 3rd Night

Barbados……The Gem Of The Caribbean

Basking in the excitement from the designs of the previous exciting nights of BB Fashion Week 2012 , it was bittersweet for me when it came to the final night themed ‘A Toast To Fashion’. This night the attendees saw two designers who showed sleek, fresh designs for their Spring/Summer 2013 collections.

The night opened with Barbadian Rykii de Jude who revealed an all male collection. His designs were very radiant as the male models looked like perfect gentlemen and strutting in dapper pieces. Jude’s menswear was very modern and could be coveted by both young and mature men. His eye for detail was also very prominent as there were many hand-made accentuated additions. From Jude’s collection the attendees were able to see his passion for polish and well-tailored designs.

The night climaxed with designer Charles Dieujuste of the USA, his coherent collection looked effortless and had air of elegance about it. He displayed great execution in his designs as they were sauntered down the runway. Three words came to mind when I saw the variety of his collection and they were sophisticated, chic and feminine. Charles was another designer whose collection could easily find its way into my closet.

At the end of BB fashion Week 2012, I can surly say that I experienced an unforgettable event produced by Unique Production Worldwide Ltd. It was evident that the wheel of progress is spinning not only for the designers from Barbados but that of our fellow Caribbean countries as well. This force won’t be retained and in a few years time I look forward to seeing these incredible designers frequently on international runways.

So cheers to BB Fashion Week 2012 and to all the designers and I can’t wait till next year to do it all over again.

Photo Credit: Cullen Perrotte

 

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Barbados Fashion Week 2012: 2nd Night

“Everywhere I go,

People what to know

How I look good so,

Barbados I come From!”

Exerts from a Barbadian folklore song

The splendor of Barbados Fashion Week 2012 continued as we were graced by the presence of designers from our neighboring Caribbean islands of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, proving that Barbados is the Fashion hub of the caribbean. Eight designers one hailing from Guyana and seven recent graduates of Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, showed their Spring/Summer 2013 collections on the night appropriately named ‘Caribbean Fiesta’.

The first designer to hit the runway was Guyanese Carol Frazer and a hit indeed she was as her collection had a natural vibe with a sense of ease and comfort. The collection brought a reassuring and nice change from the usual expectations of the runway consisting of light-weight fabrics and prints including hand painted designs and accessories. Carol’s use of unconventional materials like rope was also warmly received by the attendees.

Next was designer Anicia Brooks from Trinidad, whose collection found the right balance between glam punk and girly. Her collection had fashion-forward visual aesthetics with the use of leather, spikes and studs, jersey and jeans. Anicia collection was one of my favorites designers of the night bringing an aura of urban chic to the night.

Trinidadian designer Linda Joseph exhibited a collection that was simple but yet chic. Her effortless incorporation of minimal silhouettes, geometric construction and emphasis on strong shoulders and neck-lines gave a luxurious and feminine touch to the collection.

Another designer from the Trinidad was designer Makisa Lewis. The models came down the runway donning pieces from the collection that were very feminine and sophisticated. Makisa mastered the use of ruffles and sheer creating movement with her pieces and contrasting sassy with elegance.

The only male designer from Trinidad contingent was Mark Eastman showcasing his collection which highlighted his tailoring skills. His collection would be the boast of any fierce, fashionable woman. He wonderfully manipulated the materials to create gorgeous flowing pieces injecting swimsuits into collection as well.

Another designer from Trinidad was one who stood out to me as a pioneer was Natasha Lewis, despite being wheelchair bound she didn’t see it as a hindrance and honed her skills of creating solid lines. Natasha’s produced a  collection consisting of contemporary elegant looks.

From the looks of Sharon Christopher collection, it appeared as if she was designing for the working woman in mind. This designer from Trinidad had a collection that was polished and chic as Sharon tastefully used intricate pleats throughout her collection which give the feeling of extreme femininity.

Bring the second night to a close was Stacy Smith also of Trinidad who exhibited a collection employing intriguing cut-outs and colorful designs all the while creating flattering shapes as well.

It was another fabulous night produced by Unique Production Worldwide Ltd and filled with a potpourri of designs from our Caribbean designers.

 

Photo Credit: Cullen Perrotte

 

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Barbados Fashion Week 2012: 1st Night

“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

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Milan Fashion Week: Top Trends

mama mia

After taking in the designs from the land of the Queen, I hopped on over to Italy. Fashion month is whizzing by and I can’t believe that the latest, Milan Fashion Week has gone already. Home to many major fashion houses like Versace, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few, Milan Fashion Week has shown some glamorous designs. From the labels named, it’s hard to know what to expect and that is what added to my excitement.

The labels commanded great attention as they showcased their collections taking you back in time  with forties, fifties and sixties shapes or over to Asia with geisha girls. From my close observation,  minimalism was the big trend on the runways as most of the designers took more to the minimalist aesthetic with functional and clean designs. Cut-outs, lace, sheer, stripes and prints are still big, flower power is back and there was a strong representation of black, white and sea green as designers  played with colors.  At the end of looking through the collections, it was clear that Milan delivered a week filled with great designs.

Favorite looks of the top trends from the italian capital:

Asian Influence

Aquilano Rimondi, Etro, Prada

Bold Prints

Moschino, Aquilano Rimondi, Antonio Marras

Cut-Outs

Ermanno Scervino, Etro, Versace

Deep Plunge Neck Lines

Gucci, Frankie Morello, Versace

Floral

Bottega Veneta, Prada, Etro

Lace Applications

left and right: Roberto Cavalli,  center: Versace

Sheer Layers

Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferritti, Emilio Pucci

Stripes

Dolce & Gabbana, Versus, Sportsmax

Black

Emilio Pucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sportmax

Sea Green

Alberta Ferritti, Giorgio  Armani, Gucci

White

Emilio Pucci, Jil Sander, Moschino

Milan Fashion Week  will be forever be stuck in my mind as  it was full with many memorable moments.

That’s three major cities fashion weeks down and one more to go.

So for now it’s,  Chao Italia!

London Fashion Week: Top Trends

Little mouse, little mouse where have you been?

I’ve been to London to visit the Queen.

From the coveted New York Fashion Week, I took a trip over to England for London Fashion Week. While models and fashionistas checked-in at airports, I did my checking-in online to see what the British had to offer. Compared to the other major fashion cities like New York, Milan and Paris, London is not very known for sleek  splendour designs. Therefore  London can be considered the underdog of the major fashion capitals as they tend to take a more comical theatrical approach to fashion.

However that outlook on fashion is changing, as some designers over the last few years have been adding versatility to their collections as the public is looking to buy wearable designs. But there were still those traditional designers and this lead to a mixture of tastes showcased in the collections with strong pop, prim and punk influences. At the end of the week it was evident that even though fashion is evolving in England, the designers stayed true to themselves to their tailored roots despite the present evolution of their  fashion.

This year, during the various shows of London Fashion Week, tradition looks were still holding onto the throne but it was quite clear that there were strong trends going around. There were plenty of  black and white designs going around, designers opted  for the relaxed loose-fit, flowing look and even though there were many  bold prints. However most designs had a  minimalism look approach showing that sometimes less is more. Here are some looks that were trending amongst the designers:

Black

Temperley London, Osman, Heohwan Simulation

Fashion Fringe, Yifang Wan, Emilio de la Morena

White

Julien Macdonald, Temperley London, Willow

Simone Rocha, J Js Lee, Christian Blanken

Loose-fit

Jean-Pierre Braganza, Paul Smith, Jasper Conran

Das, Vivienne Westwood, Maria Grachvogel

Tom Ford, Julien Macdonald, Das

Bold Prints

Maria Grachvogel, Mary Katrantzou, Antoni

Louise Gray, Belle Sauvage, Jean Pierre Braganza

Ekaterina Kukhareva, Michael van der Ham, Peter Pilotto

Traditional Theatricals

John Roca, Giles

Dans la Vie, Phillip Treachy

Meadham Kirchhoff, Hellen Van Rees

The British designers did impress me and are proving they are a force to be reckon with. So I’m signing off from London with love and heading over to Milan.

New York Fashion Week: Top Trends

Baby I’m from New York!
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There’s  nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York!
These streets will make you  feel brand new,
Big lights will inspire you,
Hear it for New York!
(New  York, New York, New York)

chorus of New York by Alicia Keys

When Alicia Keys sang those words to her infamous song “New York”, I think she was referring to the recent New York Fashion Week. The opportunity to have been able to experience this year’s shows would have been an honour and privilege. However it wasn’t meant to be but I was lucky enough to have the next best thing, access to plenty of live-streams and pictures of the coverage via the internet. From the exquisite designs to the stylish celebrities and socialites who attended, it is no wonder that New York Fashion Week is one of the most coveted events amongst those who follow the fashion scene or those in the fashion industry. Now that New York Fashion Week is officially over even though I feel it went by too fast, I have closely examined all the spring/summer 2013 looks and I’ll share with you the top trends amongst the designers.

Here are the highlights:

  • The designers turned up the level of sexy with many designs brandishing harnesses.

both left and center: Jason Wu, BCBG Max Azria

  • While on the subject of sexy, it couldn’t have been brought to the table without the lace and the sheer, it was draped, layered and mixed with solid garments.

Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera,  Carmen Marc Valvo

Badgley Mischka, Tadashi,  Vivienne Tam

  •  Another appealing look that was on the runway was leather, from all-over pieces to panelled pieces of leather incorporated into designs, it was hot, hot, hot.

both left and center: Reem Acra, Derek Lam

  • The cut-out trend is still with us but the designers are mastering this look this season with more sophisticated peek-a-boo here, and there.

Diane Von Furstenberg, Mara Hoffman, Michael Kors

  • Stripes are still trendy and were seen on the runways in various sizes and colours.
    Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger
  • Even though  this year’s very fashionable Olympics is over, the sporty look is still with us.

Helmut Lang, Rag & BoneJen Kao

  • There was also noticeable colour trends and the ones that popped the most were yellow, pink, orange blue and green.
    Lela Rose, DKNY, Oscar de la Renta

 Jenni Kayne, Honor, Marchesa

Vivienne Tam, BCBG Max Azria, Carolina Herrera

Farah Angsana, Rebecca Taylor, Peter Som

Lela Rose, Zac Posen, Rag & Bone

  • The traditional colours of black and white could not be left out of this affair.

left and center: Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta

DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Honor

So there you have it folks and now that you have seen what’s coming for spring/summer 2013, we can rest assure that we would be looking fierce and  fabulous in 2013. Remember even though you can’t control the trends you can dictate your style, so choose the ones that compliment you well.