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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.

 

 

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
Olive Art Designs, Christal Oliver Olive Art Designs, Christal Oliver Olive Art Designs, Christal Oliver, Fashion Caribbean 2017

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.

InMyWardrobe Goes To FLOW Fashion Caribbean

We’re going regional!

InMyWardrobe will be in St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 25 and 26, 2017 for  FLOW Fashion Caribbean which is being held in association with Grenadine House.

I love the vibrancy of Caribbean fashion and I can’t wait to see what the designers have to offer. I’m also excited about the opportunity to purchase some of their work.

What is Fashion Caribbean?

Fashion Caribbean, hosted by Image Modelling Agency, started in 2001 as a showcase of Caribbean designers and Vincentian models. Over the years,  Rhaj Paul, Meiling, Avark and Claudia Pegus  were among the big names to grace the runway.

This year more than 15 designers from Trinidad, Antigua, British Virgin Islands and St. Vincent & the Grenadines will present full collections. Six “fresh faces”  will showcase mini collections of three to four pieces.

The fashion show will take place on March 25 at SVG Community College. The following day, we get to meet some of the designers and shop their work at the trunk show at Grenadine House

Who are the designers?

Two new brands from SVG will make their debut and three regional designers who will be in St Vincent for the first time.

Ngozi, the new clothing line by Ikesha Delpesche, will make its runway debut. Ikesha, who is well known for her accessories line Ikesha Art, jumps into the world of women’s wear with her “Conscious Glamour”.

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The second brand to make its first appearance on the catwalk will be Kamille, a label by Image Model Dr. Sherina Slater. She will showcase hand-crocheted pieces from her new label.

Kimon Baptiste, Kimya Glasgow and Peta Odini and Poshelle by Lisa Cordice will also have their time in the spotlight.

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Karen DeFreitas of Soka, who I featured here a couple years ago, will be showing her Charles Olive Menswear collection at the event.

Three of the 2016 Fresh Face designers will make their return to the stage as full fledged Fashion Caribbean designers: Chenise Hendrickson, Olecia Lynch and Rachel Bailey.

Afrofunkk of Trinidad and Mr Henre Designs of Antigua will be showing for the very first time in St Vincent. Other regional designers include Ecliff Elie who will showcase his new menswear collection, Trefle of BVI and perhaps one of the most prestigious names in Caribbean Fashion, Robert Young of The Cloth Caribbean.

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See why I’m excited? Keep an eye on Instagram over the weekend for all the happenings and of course, check back here for extensive coverage.