Category Archives: Fashion Shows

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.

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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.

 

 

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.

Virtuous Designs, Owen Paul

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.

Olive Art Designs, Christal Oliver, Fashion Caribbean 2017
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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.
Molly Rose, Saflana John

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.