Category Archives: Fashion Shows

Barbadian Designers Impress as Sophia Schuppe launches Ghetto Fabulous

Whimsical fascinators from Candifab,  vacation-ready crochet pieces from Satadaze and bold designs from Kasava Designs.  

These set the perfect stage for an exciting 80s-inspired collection called Ghetto Fabulous from Jacqueline Benn-Schuppe on Sunday.

The New York-based Barbadian personal shopper and stylist launched some youthful looks under the Sophia Schuppe brand in a high energy runway presentation.

She said it could be her last collection for a while but I certainly hope not. It was equal parts throwback and fashion forward and I would definitely love to see more.

Supporting designers showed up

Candifab by Candi Nicholls was dainty perfection as usual but I especially enjoyed the use of  bold African prints in some of the pieces.

Wanderlust, Natalie Eastmond’s second collection for Satadaze, demonstrates her growth as a designer.  This collection showed off her her talent and I expect her to continue developing her craft.

Alice Martin really grabbed my attention with Kasava Designs. I enjoyed her use of print, volume and unexpected details.

View more photos from the show here.

Video: Celebrating Caribbean Fashion at CARIFESTA XIII

Olympia’s Fashions by Olympia Small-Sonoram of Guyana.

 

The Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) came to Barbados for the first time since 1981 and if there was one thing I had to check out, it was the fashion.

The Grand Market had amazing selections from across the region and I managed to take in the final fashion show. It featured Fifth Element, J’aime Crochet and Cicely Harewood of Barbados alongside  Haiti’s Daphne Floreal, Jamaica’s Courtney Washington and Olympia’s Fashions of Guyana.

Peep the video here.

CARIFESTA XIII fashion show from Natasha Beckles on Vimeo.

As part of my day job, I also had the opportunity to chat with some of the designers about their work. As if it wasn’t already obvious, I love hearing fashion creatives tell their stories.

From the Catwalk: Pompasette Brunch Party Highlights

Another Pompasette event, another impressive display of  fashion 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.

Aerin Ewing-Chow

Aerin Ewing-Chow

One collection is challenging enough but Alexis Campbell managed to present two distinctly different lines. Both were fire!

Alexis Campbell, Pompasette brunch party

Alexis Campbell, pompasette brunch party

Kesia Estwick is nothing if not bold. Her collection was called Wild AF and that it was! Sexy, daring and totally Kesia.

Kesia Estwick, Pompasette brunch party Kesia Estwick, Pompasette brunch party

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.

Kimmysticclo, Kimon Baptiste-St Rose,

Kimmysticclo, Kimon Baptiste-St Rose,

Out of Trinidad and Tobago, Lisa’s Fabrics offered up some vibrant hand-dyed silk dresses.

Lisa's Fabrics, Pompasette Brunch Party

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.

Niachris Designs, Pompasette brunch party

Niachris Designs, Pompasette brunch party

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?

SM Warner, Pompasette brunch party

Photos from all 24 designers are over on the InMyWardrobe Facebook page so go on and check them out! All photos are by Nu Visual Media.