Another Pompasette event, another impressive display of fashion and design talent.
I’ve been covering Pompasette-related fashion events since 2013 (Pomp Wknd at the time) and I have never been disappointed with the design talent on show. Last year’s pop-up shops also made it easy to purchase Caribbean-made clothing and accessories. This was a much-needed outlet for both designers and those of us who love their work.
This year I attended my first Pompasette Brunch Party. It featured 24 of the leading designers from Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to being an exciting fashion show, the event raised $5 000 for Variety, the Children’s Charity.
Toni Thorne once again curated a fantastic line-up of talent. I loved pieces from every designer so choosing favourites is hard. However, there were some collections that I thought really made an impact.
Let’s start with 13-year-old Aerin Ewing-Chow. Her first collection was youthful and whimsical but still sophisticated. Aerin’s pieces were perfectly accessorised with fascinators by Candi Nicholls.
One collection is challenging enough but Alexis Campbell managed to present two distinctly different lines. Both were fire!
Kesia Estwick is nothing if not bold. Her collection was called Wild AF and that it was! Sexy, daring and totally Kesia.
I love seeing Kimmysticclo on a runway. Kimon Baptiste-St Rose from St Vincent and the Grenadines presents colours that pop and garments that move well and I’m here for all of it.
Out of Trinidad and Tobago, Lisa’s Fabrics offered up some vibrant hand-dyed silk dresses.
I loved the crisp white pieces from NiaChris Designs (extra marks for the pockets.) The incorporation of African prints and clutch bags added to the collection.
Shakad Eco Wear is always, always stunning. Just look:
Finally, S.M. Warner from Trinidad and Tobago. These hand-painted designs were excellent! The fact that the collection was all black and white meant the focus was solely on the intricacy of the designs. What’s not to love?