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Barbadian lingerie designer launches second collection


Melanie Thorpe has done it again! The designer behind LaVern lingerie has launched her SS18 collection and it is hot! It’s clearly for bold women who are comfortable in their skin and unapologetically sexy. There are currently five pieces but two more will be added soon.

Melanie shared a bit about the collection with InMyWardrobe following a sizzling showing at the first edition of Bimhaus for 2018.

On her inspiration:

I can’t ever say I’m inspired by one thing per se when I create a collection. My designs always begin with a particular intention and the result never matches said intention. I believe I’m inspired by the process of sitting and sketching and seeing where it goes but there’s always a small detail in that first sketch that interests me and my repetition of that detail keeps my collection cohesive.

On the materials she uses:

I mostly work with mesh because it creates the most beautiful accents for lace. I also work with lace and I recently incorporated velvet and a small amount of printed stretch spandex into my designs. I’m experimenting with those last two materials!

On the LaVern woman:

I always envision a woman who doesn’t care what people think. I like fearless women. I always think about this quote when I think about a LaVern babe, ‘well behaved women never made history’

Yup, this collection is definitely for badass women!  We wait (not so) patiently to see the two additions to an already awesome collection.

 *Pictures by Reco Moore.)

3 Vincentian Easter Collections I’m Loving (and a Trini Line Too)

My Instagram timeline has been looking fabulous these past few days! In case you weren’t aware, Easter collections are a thing in St Vincent and the Grenadines with several events taking place around that time.

Both Poshelle and Shernicia Mayers have been  releasing gorgeous designs over the last few days.  Kamille launched her line back in February and according to her IG, she was quickly fully booked.

Update: Rachel Bailey also launched Elixir by ENVE so I’ve added two of her pieces as well.

Take a look at all this talent.

The 'Dika' monokini. Price starts at $100 #easter #bequia #kamille #handmade

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The 'Lori' monokini Price starts at $100 #easter #bequia #kamille #handmade

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Now for the Trini collection Brown Cotton Caribbean has a Wearable Art Series that is serving all kinds of fierceness.

Let me know which designs you like the most!

Bev’s Bespoke takes you on journey through jewellery

 

Beverley Catline and Natasha Laughton of Bev’s Bespoke.

Don’t be surprised if Bev’s Bespoke is soon known for the best handmade costume jewellery around.

That’s the goal of the mother and daughter duo of Beverley Catline and Natasha Laughton.

If the display I saw at their recent launch event is just a taste of things to come, they are already well on their way.

Bev's Bespoke

Beverley started making jewellery almost five years ago after struggling to find unique gift for a friend’s birthday. She was already proficient at knitting, crochet, needlework, embroidery and even making greeting cards so jewellery became yet another creative outlet.

Once Natasha saw just how much her mother was able to produce through experimentation, she came up with the idea to launch Bev’s Bespoke. Natasha has taken on the business side of the things while her mum focuses on making gorgeous pieces.

Bev's Bespoke

The collections shown at the launch conjured up dreams of far off places and as it turns out, this was the plan.

“The Safari Collection, the Maldives Collection and the East Asia Collection are the first of our many collections where our pieces are inspired by travel and images from those places. We try for the colours and materials chosen to reflect this. It allows our consumers to live vicariously through the Bev’s Bespoke lifestyle,” Beverley says.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

So far the pieces are made mainly of seed beads, pearls and Swarovski crystals. Other items will be included in upcoming collections. While some materials are sourced locally,  many are carefully chosen when Beverley travels.

Beverley says her inspiration can come from “almost anywhere”.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

“I can be working on a design and another one (or several) will pop into my head. It can also come from looking at a design and wanting to do something different with it,” she says.

It is clear that Beverley has a passion for what she does.
“It’s relaxing and allows me to be as creative as I want to be. That’s a win-win! It’s also quite satisfying to see something come together from just an idea in my mind,” she says.

Bev's Bespoke

Bev's Bespoke

Bev’s Bespoke specialises in custom-made pieces. If you want a bracelet or necklace adapted to suit your particular style, be sure to reach out.

Bev's Bespoke

 

Bev's Bespoke

Another local brand to get to know: J. Riviera.