I was impressed when I arrived at Hilton Barbados for the second of two BB Fashion Week runway shows. This was even before a model hit the runway. There was a red carpet running the length of the catwalk on the Peninsula Terrace, the chairs were covered in white and the lighting accentuated the colourful overhead draping.
It was a fitting setting for the designs of Karlos Nunez and Viktor Luna who did not disappoint on the final night dubbed Toast to Fashion. And the models were clearly excited about rocking the high quality pieces.
Let’s talk about these garments for a minute.
If I had to use one word to describe the work of the Dominican Republic’s Nunez, it would be stately. There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about classic tailoring. When it’s done well it’s extremely impactful and this collection was for gentlemen, gentlemen who want to make a statement.
(The other photos are available here.)
This collection was in (good) contrast to Viktor Luna’s Alien Queen which can only be described as futuristic. It was avant garde and definitely not classic. There was A LOT to look at. The leather, zippers, studs, buckles, straps . . . it was all about the details.
You can read my thoughts on the local and regional designs here.
BB Fashion Week continues to not only bring internationally-renowned designers to Barbados, but to provide an avenue for local and regional designers to showcase their talents to the world.
Here’s to an even better showing in 2015!
*Post updated 2014/12/19.*