Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Awards 2010 – Event Review

Set against the backdrop of the Concorde aircraft, Barbados Fashion Week was a fantastic event that location-wise has been one of the best.For the year in Caribbean fashion thus far, it gets our endorsement as most exciting venue in Caribbean Fashion 2010.

Night one of Barbados Fashion Week introduced us to the designs of young, upcoming designers—some names we know and others we were introduced to and are excited about. Toni Thorne, a previous winner of Upcoming designer of the Caribbean Fashion Awards showed her collection. We are always excited about Toni and know she has tons of potential. Andrew Harris presented the only menswear line for the night; with a black and white theme, a few pieces did catch our eye.

The stand outs for the night were designers Christina Goddard and the Pink Lemonade duo. Goddard was first up for the night and the young Barbadian designer had a few pieces that were exciting and edgy. He shows promise and by the time next year rolls around we expect to have even more exciting designs. After speaking to the young designer after the event it is clear that she is focused on developing the line and becoming even better.

The Pink Lemonade Duo consisted of Daisy Lyn Ward and Rotechelle Parris their line was full of Caribbean vitality and life. Pink Lemonade brought wearable, casual clothing to the runway and had a nice color selection. The duo, while being both beautiful and intelligent is determined to push their line. They are focused on making Pink Lemonade a success; we fully believe that with the right direction Pink Lemonade will be very popular in the future.

Among some of the other notable collections that were shown: Ecliff Elie with his men’s line Viva Arima, KAJ and his resort wear line, the Michelle Cole Cole Facts line, Jewel Shannon, Queen Esther, and Tamiko Brown.All of these lines had their own individual stand-out points and demonstrated what we have come to know in each of these established designers.

At the Caribbean Fashion Awards on Sunday Queen Esther won best Female designer and Ecliff Elie best designer male.
Notable mentions at this event were the performances of Ria Borman and the live band who performed after at the Caribbean Fashion Awards. The after party of the event was very mellow and the crowd mingled with designers, models, media and others present.

The activities of Barbados Fashion Week has even greater potential if the corporate community would get on board and sponsor such events. Barbados Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Awards and ALL Caribbean Fashion activities need the support of the corporate community if we as a region are intent on taking up our place in the fashion world.

Despite the lack of major corporate support for Barbados Fashion Week and Caribbean Fashion Awards, it was a great event and will continue to support the organizers of this event in whatever way we can to ensure the growth and development of these events.
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