Watch Now: Video From FLOW Fashion Caribbean 2017

Here it is! The FLOW Fashion Caribbean 2017 video!

You’ll see some of the pieces that rocked the runway in St Vincent and the Grenadines in March and hear from designers Rachel Bailey and Ikesha Delpeche.

If you haven’t yet read my review,  you can check that out here. Lots of photos are also on my Facebook page.

Video shot and edited by Nu Visual Media.

Fashion Caribbean 2017 in Review – Part 2

It’s not everyday that young, emerging designers get the opportunity  to share a catwalk with their more experienced counterparts. (Part 1 of review here)

That’s why I have to give full props to Image Modelling Agency of St Vincent and the Grenadines for choosing six “Fresh Faces” to open FLOW Fashion Caribbean 2017.

The mini collections were definitely on-trend with asymmetry, ruffles and off-the shoulder looks. The pieces were not necessarily boundary-pushing but they showed some creativity. After seeing some of the older designers’ full collections, I’m sure the youngsters walked away with lots of inspiration.

First on stage was Elpatrena’s Designs by Elpatrena Findlay.  The 19-year-old college student presented a mini collection entitled Futuristic Passion.

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Next up was Virtuous Designs by Owen Paul. He presented four pieces unambiguously entitled Modern Tradition. The collection was intended to be worn to parties, formal events, church or pageants.

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Virtuous Designs, Owen Paul

Virtuous Designs, Owen Paul

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Tyreek Isaacs’  presented The Weekend under his brand Moziz. It was a collection centred around a weekend getaway for teenagers.

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Sheer simplicity from Olive Art Designs

Olive Art Designs by Christal Oliver showcased a collection called Direction which stood out  in its simplicity. The perfect pairing of outfits with handbags only made it more impactful.  It was not surprising to read that Christal has been designing accessories since 2009.  Her experience showed.

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Next up was Atiah Stephens. She displayed her love for vibrant colours as she presented three pieces under the brand Tia – la Mode.

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Closing out the fresh faces was Molly Rose by Saflana John. Her vibrant floral pieces were quintessential Caribbean.
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Molly Rose, Saflana John, Fashion Caribbean 2017

Molly Rose, Saflana John

Molly Rose, Saflana John

Molly Rose, Saflana John, Fashion Caribbean 2017

I can’t wait to see what these designers do next. Check out InMyWardrobe’s Facebook page for a full album from Fashion Caribbean 2017.

Fashion Caribbean 2017 in Review – Part 1

Image Modelling Agency of St Vincent and the Grenadines had every reason to light up the sky after the FLOW Fashion Caribbean 2017 runway show.

It’s not everyday that a fashion show ends with a fireworks display but you’ll get no complaints here. The Image team and all the designers deserve to be proud of the production.

What a show it was!

For its 20th anniversary Image  pulled out all the stops. The audience gathered at the SVG Community College saw an impressive line-up of 16 established regional designers and six young Fresh Faces who presented mini collections on the 100-foot catwalk.

The rain-induced delayed start and interruptions did little to diminish the wow factor.

Couture vibes

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The last shall be first in this review. Antigua and Barbuda’s Mr Henre Designs closed the show with an in-your-face, couture -inspired collection.  Shem Henry and his team sure know how to push the boundaries of style.

A sequinned  bodysuit for men? Check!

A glittery dress with one sleeve that almost reached the ground? Check!

It was an admittedly  disjointed collection which Shem said took inspiration from evolution. There were major variations among the pieces but the details were attention grabbing at each turn.

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Menswear options

Two of the other standouts were the menswear collections presented by Peta Odini and Ecliff Elie. The two lines stand at opposing ends of the spectrum.  Vincentian designer Odini Sutherland’s army-inspired line was the young dope urbanite. He (or she since there were some women’s pieces)  may live in the Caribbean but they aren’t definitely limited to the typical island aesthetic.


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In contrast,  Ecliff Elie designed a collection for the refined but bold gentleman. Think perfect tailoring but bold prints and bright colours.

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Another menswear collection was presented by Karen De Freitas with Charles  + Olive. It was a fresh interpretation of popular urban trends.Charles x Olive, Karen De Freitas

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De Freitas also showed off her feminine side with Soka. The  2017 Resort collection is a mix of crisp whites, black and white stripes and gingham and a few pops of colour. The well-placed ruffles, midriff cutouts and high slits were divine to look at.

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As expected, Robert Young of the Cloth impressed. He is a veteran, having been on  the Trinidadian  and regional fashion scene since 1986. He knows how to put on a show. Models danced down the runway to the sounds of steelpan music in white and shades of blue.

There were light resort pieces suitable for the hottest Caribbean sun,  a stunning harem jumpsuit and menswear pieces that blurred the lines between pants and skirts.

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Afro-inspired designs

Afrofunkk of Trinidad and Tobago and local girl Ikesha Delpeche of Ngozi presented two takes on African-inspired clothing. The latter was an upbeat, fun collection with modern styling.


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Afrofunkk was unorthodox with clear avant garde influences. The SS 17 collection entitled Warriors Walk Alone is inspired by designer Charlene Shepperd-Duncan’s solo travels through Asia and Africa. The line is definitely for the woman who doesn’t mind being the centre of attention.

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As the only designer presenting a bridal collection at Fashion Caribbean 2017, Kimon Baptiste-St. Rose stood out with Kimmystic. Clo. It didn’t hurt that each garment flowed easily as models floated down the catwalk.Kimmystic Clo, Kimon Baptiste-St Rose


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Beach and Resort Wear

Of course, no Caribbean fashion show would be complete without swimwear and easy-to-wear resort pieces. There was an abundance of options.

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Poshelle by Lisa Cordice

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Reine du Chic by Chenise Hendrickson

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Estilo by Olecia Lynch
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Kamille by Dr Sherina Slater

 

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Trefle by Kristen Frazer

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ENVE by Rachel Bailey

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Kimya Glasglow

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The range of design talent we have in the Caribbean always impresses me. Fashion Caribbean 2017 was further proof that regional designers can outfit both men and women for any any event or occasion. Accessibility can often be a challenge but many of the piece were available for sale or order at the Trunk Show the next day, making it just a little easier to #shopcaribbean.

It will be hard for Image Modelling Agency to top this year’s presentation but I’m already looking forward to 2018!

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Photography by Kishmar Shepherd of Nu Visual Media.

Up next: the six fresh faces who presented mini collections for the first time.

… Not too grown up to play dress up!