“If yuh ready fi di summa let’s go
Shout it out and let mi know”
– With all due credit to Beenie Man, of course.
Being ready for summer means knowing what you’re going to wear for carnival events, parties, cruises and lazy days lounging by the pool or beach.
Once again this year, the Pompasette Brunch Party served up endless options from Barbadian and Caribbean designers. The fashion lovers who gathered at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society recently had more than their fill of swimsuits, casual wear and resort styles.
My extensive recap is set to come in Easy Magazine so this post is really all about giving you some options to choose from as you go about your summer prep.
Suga Apple Swim
Renee Wu Designs
Ole Luck Love
Anna Rose Designs
Which designer do you plan to order from?
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.)
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.