A lot of people are going to be unwrapping some amazing locally-made Christmas gifts this year. Unless all those swooping up items at the Dwellings Holiday Pop-up decide the goodies are just too pretty to keep!
Dwellings’ Canewood, St Thomas store is already stunning. When about a dozen Barbadian creators tastefully integrate their pieces into the displays, you get something nearing perfection. This was a pop-up done right. All the items were well-made and well-displayed and it was a joy to see all the beautiful work that is being done in Barbados.
For the fashionistas, there was Pink Lemonade by Rotchelle Parris, CandiFab, Something Samarah, Sweetheart Sandals, Island Bags, Ole’ Luck Barbados and Seafrina Island Apparel.
Heather Harrington-Jones and Summer Gems showed off some divine pieces of jewellery.
For those looking for home decor, Pieces of Paradise, Aimee St Hill and Sian Pampallonne had them covered. CandiFab also had gorgeous mosaics.
Eden’s Choice Naturals were also on hand with a range of soaps, lotions and scrubs.
If you missed Dwellings’ Holiday Pop-up, you definitely missed a lot. Most of the brands are on Instagram though so you can see what they have in stock and where they’ll be popping up next!
Summer fashion is all about swimsuits and easy to wear clothing and that’s exactly what was on display. Karen St Hill showcased elegant simplicity in Jupiter Moon with solid white, nude and red pieces. In contrast, Kimberly Angoy of Suga Apple brought mainly brightly coloured prints that stunned from every angle. Definitely attention grabbing!
Summer is not all about the beach though, no matter how much we may wish for it. So let’s talk clothing. Seafrina by Maryam Patel was for the woman who wants to show some skin and turn the heat way up this summer. Think bare shoulders, legs and midriffs and plunging necklines. Created from a mainly neutral palette, these looks are easy to style.
Pink Lemonade by Rotchelle Parris is always a joy to see on the catwalk. Fabrics with movement galore, striking prints and an ease that is quintessentially Caribbean. The collaboration with Suga Apple was a welcome surprise. Suga Apple swimsuits and Pink Lemonade cover-ups are perfect for those #ilivewhereyouvacation posts on Instagram.
I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see some of these looks on the beach and at events across the island.
P.S. I’m also looking forward to the next Bimhaus!
Think you could go a whole year wearing only Barbadian-designed and made clothing?
I know I could after the 2014 Pomp Wknd Fashion Show. Whether your style is casual and relaxed or you like to make a statement even on the beach, there was literally something for everyone and every occasion. Swimsuits, casual wear, work attire, formal gowns and even bridal wear were showcased.
It was proof that you can have pretty much anything designed in Barbados because we have a wealth of talent just waiting to be channelled in the right direction. I was particularly pleased to hear that some of the pieces will be featured in a look book and made available for order. I don’t know about you but I would totally welcome more local work into my wardrobe.
It’s hard to choose favourites from the show as each designer brought a unique perspective, incorporating trends with their own voice. That being said, I was impressed with the work of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic students. That collaboration between several design students catered to almost every event a woman would have to attend. They even threw in a couple pieces for the men even though the collection was based on The Caribbean Woman. There was a sense of that easy going nature we’re known for in this part of the world, but the collection also included some office-appropriate dresses.
Another collection I really liked was that by Ni-Kiya Alleyne. It was fierce! Black and white fabrics, leather details, black boots including some over-the-knee and bared midriffs made it clear that this designer was not playing it safe. These looks were daring and they made the audience sit up and take notice.
Pink Lemonade has become synonymous with vibrant colours and flowing designs that move well on the runway and seem easy to wear in real life. And that was exactly what designer Rotchelle Parris showcased on the lawns of Pure Ocean Restaurant. On a night when there was a lot of black and white, her pieces were even more impactful.
Since we’re talking about carefree designs, Nu 2 U Vintage Boutique’s designs were also chic but relaxed and ideal for those occasions when you want to be comfortable but still stylish and classy. It was influenced by another era but executed in a very modern way.
Finally, we live on an island so, of course, there were several designs to choose from. Black and white got lots of love!
I could go on but I’m going to end here. Lots more photos will be posted on the InMyWardrobe Facebook page.
I hear plans are already in place for next year’s event and I can’t wait!