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Results of the Miss Bahamas Designer Showcase competition - Jul 15, 2016 - 2:08:17 PM

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Stylish cuts, thigh-high slits, boundary-pushing head pieces, plunging necklines and overall avant garde fashion that could have graced the runways of Paris, New York or Milan, fashion students and alumni of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently designed stunning creations for the Miss Bahamas Designer Showcase competition.

Held at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort under the theme, ‘I’m Every Woman,’ scores of fashion enthusiasts and supporters of the 10 Miss Bahamas contestants braved the brutal heat on the Independence Day holiday, and although the designer showcase was the third competition for the afternoon, following the swimwear and top model contests, it was an eclectic collection that was worth the wait...
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Miss Bahamas Swimsuit, Top Model & Designer Showcase Highlights - Jul 15, 2016 - 12:00:03 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas – Contestants competing in the Miss Bahamas Pageant to choose the new Miss World Bahamas strutted down the catwalk before a capacity crowd in an exciting triple header event on Monday, July 11.  The ladies competed in the Sands Beer Swimsuit Competition, the Top Model fashion show, and the Commonwealth Fabrics Designer Showcase, featuring the creations of BTVI design students.

Placing in the Top 3 in the swimsuit competition were in random order: Miss Long Island Ashley Hamilton, Miss Staniel Cay Shanice Burrows, and Miss Eleuthera  Geena Thompson.  The Top 3 finishers in the Top Model competition were in random order: Miss New Providence Andrea Bowleg, Miss Long Island Ashley Hamilton, and Miss Eleuthera Geena Thompson...

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The Bahamas Represents at Carib Style Week 2016 - Jul 7, 2016 - 2:12:15 AM

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  - Carib Style Week 2016 honoured June’s Caribbean Heritage Month with a lively series of food and fashion fusion events as well as the Carib Style Pop Up Shop. Held from June 23-26, festivities included the VIP Reception, Carnival Rocks the Runway, Westfield Experience, Epicurean by Design, and Bikinis & Brunch.

From June 19-30, Bahamian jewelry designer, Chevette Williamson exhibited in the Carib Style Pop Up Shop showcased local Caribbean designers at the Westfield Broward Mall. Shoppers got the chance to browse trendy styles from 15 talented designers including Sonia Noel of Guyana and Keisha Als of Trinidad and Tobago...
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Bahari sponsors Miss World Bahamas Launch Party - Jul 6, 2016 - 11:28:53 AM

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Nassau, Bahamas – The 2016 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageant to choose the new Miss World Bahamas got off to a roaring start on July 1 with the official “I am every woman” Launch Party, sponsored by Bahari Bahamas. The much anticipated event did not disappoint as 10 gorgeous women from across the Bahamas were formally introduced as contestants in the country’s most prestigious pageant following their television debut on the Reality TV Series Road to the Crown days earlier.

The ladies looked stunning wearing edgy but sophisticated dresses provided by Bahari Bahamas, a second-year Miss Bahamas sponsor which will also be providing a full wardrobe for the new Miss World Bahamas...


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Miss Bahamas Contestants Rock the Boat at the Yacht and Travel Show - Jun 24, 2016 - 2:00:40 PM

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Nassau, New Providence - Patrons of the recent Bahamas Yacht and Travel Show got a glimpse of the Miss Bahamas beauties in high fashion resort wear. Contestants vying for the prestigious Miss Bahamas title rocked the runway at the Bay Street Marina in swimwear and resort wear courtesy of A La Plage, Aqua Soleil, Blue Moon Resort Wear and Paradise Blue Surf Shop, all located in the Marina Village at Atlantis.

The collection featured bold colors, chic designs, functional accessories and an array of styles perfect for land and sea travel. The contestants modeled a variety of resort wear from unique statement pieces to classic designs.

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Eymeric Francois: Midnight in Paris - Jun 24, 2016 - 9:51:14 AM

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Mixing classic couture looks with daring lingerie details, fashion designer Eymeric Francois is reimaging French couture. His Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, entitled Midnight in Paris, combines elegant long evening dresses with tight corsets and transparent lace body suits to give us a sizzling sensuality not normally expected in luxury fashion.

During Vancouver Fashion Week I had the pleasure of interviewing this young designer to learn more about his vision of French elegance for today’s woman.Trained under couture designer Thierry Mugler, Francois produced his first luxury collection in 2000 in Paris and has not looked back since. Today, at 35 years of age,he brings to the timeless elegance of French style a sensualism that features bareskin, transparent lace, strong sexual undertones and more than a hint of fetishism...

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Bahamian designer sends Michelle Obama local treasures - Jun 17, 2016 - 5:40:17 PM

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A jewelry designer from a small island in The Bahamas is hoping to see her necklace worn by none other than the United States president's wife, Michelle Obama!

It's a tall order, and when The Bahamas Weekly asked the designer what sparked the notion, she responded, "For a very long time I have been dreaming of the day when I would see the United States First Lady, Michelle Obama wearing a necklace from my Chevette Williamson Jewelry line! I love standout unique jewelry and I realized from Mrs. Obamas photos that she embraces standout jewelry also."
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Fashion students gear up for Miss Bahamas contest - Jun 10, 2016 - 3:39:19 PM

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For the second consecutive year, Fashion Design students and alumni of The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institution (BTVI) will be creating designs for the Miss Bahamas Organization’s (MBO) Top Model and Designer showcase competition.

Last year’s winning piece was a dramatic, avant garde evening gown created by Trineil Hanna. The strikingly beautiful yellow dress incorporated a myriad of things Bahamian from branches, flowers and beads to straw, butterflies and birds.
This year’s theme is I am Every Woman, augmented by an extraction of American soul, and Rhythm and Blues’ singer, Indie. Arie’s lyrics: ‘I am not my hair, I am not my skin, I am the soul that lives within.’
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Chanel Cruise Collection Inspired by Havana Beat - Jun 2, 2016 - 4:58:17 PM

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In keeping with his trailblazing roots, Karl Lagerfeld recently staged the first international fashion show in Cuba since the 1959 communist takeover by Fidel Castro. Along with a supporting cast of 500 elite fashion models, makeup and hair artists, seamstresses, staging crew members and 100 VIP guests, Lagerfeld showcased Chanel’s Cruise 2017 collection on the open air boulevard of Havana’s Paseo de Prado.

The show was held at sunset on the grand pedestrian pedestrian promenade, which acts as the unofficial dividing line between old and new Havana. Covered with polished marble and framed by old world street lights, large trees and marble benches, the venue was fitting for the quintessentially French fashion house as French landscape artist Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier ...
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BAHARI releases 2016 Spring Collection - May 4, 2016 - 11:57:12 AM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas – As if the previous BAHARI collections were not impressive enough, the 2016 Spring Collection adds even more vibrancy and excitement to the Bahamian brand.

A photo-shoot held recently at The Cliffs, Cable Beach, showcased the 2016 Spring Collection; which consists of dresses, swimsuits for ladies and the distinctive premium t-shirts the brand is known for.“Spring is the season of new beginnings,” said Kyle Williams, Bahari Brand Manager. “Fresh buds bloom, animals awaken and the earth seems to come to life again...
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Miss Bahamas Universe Struts For A Cause - Mar 30, 2016 - 1:33:02 PM

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Miss Bahamas Universe Toria Nichole recently participated in "Strut For A Cause" an event put on by students of St. Andrew's School to raise monies for the Bahamas AIDS Foundation.

Toria wore a dress courtesy of Platinum Brides.

The event held at the National Art Gallery on Saturday drew an audience of all ages to support the effort...
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Canadian-Bahamian model makes her runway debut at Vancouver Fashion Week - Mar 18, 2016 - 11:58:03 AM

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Aliyah Lafrenier, a fourteen-year-old 5' 9" Canadian-Bahamian model made her runway debut at Vancouver Fashion Week in B.C., Canada.  Aliyah recently returned to her birth country after growing up in The Bahamas, and is excited to be working in an industry she feels called to.

On Tuesday, Aliyah walked for Jennifer Somosa, a fashion designer and architect from Venezuela. On Wednesday, she walked for Noctex, a designer from Canada.   Vancouver Fashion Week takes place at the Chinese Cultural Centre in downtown  Vancouver, and is a 7-day event...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Armani: Designing for Women in a Digital Age - Mar 17, 2016 - 2:37:28 AM

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Melding his signature clean lines with colourful digital designs, Giorgio Armani unveiled “New Pop”, his Emporio Armani Autumn/Winter 2016-17 collection, at Milan Fashion Week. In pursuit of a younger Italian woman, the collection was an homage to the high tech era, offering splashes of fluorescent colour and emoji-like prints on funky fabrics.

“New Pop” proved that “King Giorgio”, as he is known to his colleagues, is equally at home designing youthful, trendy pieces as he is producing elegant gowns for the red carpet. Armani, now 81, embraced the new digital generation, showing black fabrics printed with geometrical motifs made up of squares, triangles and circles in bubble gum pink, lime green and citrus yellow.

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Vancouver Fashion Week kicks off 27th season with designer showcase - Mar 15, 2016 - 4:58:39 PM

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VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA – Considered one of the fastest growing and largest fashion events in North America, Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is back for its 27th season and 16th year.  Kicking off on March 14th with their opening gala featuring a designer showcase, where each designer showed their top piece as a prelude of 'things to come' during the next 6 days.  They put on quite  an impressive show!

VFW keeps growing and improving as the seasons pass, and this installment will feature over 100 runway shows highlighting the hottest trends for fall/winter 2016. It was evident from the opening night gala that VFW is being noticed around the world, not only from the international representation of designers, but also the visiting media and press...
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St. Georges High School fashion design program to holds Fashion Show - Mar 14, 2016 - 8:51:41 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - On Monday March 14TH - Friday March 18th The students of grade 12 fashion design program of St. Georges High will be launching their 2016 design collection showcasing their designer pieces. Their pieces will be on live mannequins and the front foyer/ office will be designed by the students showing their store layout.

The idea of this fashion showcase is to broadcast the future fashion designers and to get their designer names out there as a come up to their success...

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Bahamian model, Shavon Nottage returns to New York Fashion Week - Feb 26, 2016 - 3:21:56 AM

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After her 2014 international runway debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week S/S15 in New York,  the former Miss Jr Grand Bahama, Miss Teenager Bahamas, and Elite Model Look Bahamas winner hit the runway again in New York last week.

Shavon walked in one show for Nicholas K, and did four presentations, where she stands in the designers clothes for people to walk up close and view the garments.  She presented for Runa Ray, Tenby, Victoria Beard, and Hanley...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Eye-Catching Colourful Stripes Take Us Into Spring - Feb 17, 2016 - 7:42:32 PM

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Keep an eye open over the next few months and you’ll notice a playful new twist on a spring fashion classic. With the onset of the warmer weather, women will be immersed in the graphic lines, zigzagging patterns and dynamic colour combinations of bold, bright stripes.
 
This represents a fascinating evolution from a look that dominated women’s wear just a few seasons ago when European luxury designers presented more traditional patterns such as houndstooth and pinstripes...
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'Hardour Collection' Launches Valentine's 2016 Collection - Feb 8, 2016 - 3:22:45 PM

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There is no doubt about it, Bahamians love Valentine's Day, and they love, love, love to dress up for it!

If you are looking for something new to wear on the romance-filled night of February 14th, Hardour Collection has just launched their Valentine's 2016 Collection.

Married, dating or single, Bahamian designer Anthea Bullard has dreamed up fabulous creations with something for everyone, sure to seduce your sweetheart, or wow the general public. There's even a blouse to to show your V-Day colours in the work place...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Sleepwear Becomes Day-Wear in Spring Fashions - Jan 12, 2016 - 10:49:43 PM

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There is an underlying sensual fever with the new spring fashions. Lingerie-inspired looks of embroidered silk and lace, soft flowing ruffles and sexy bare shoulders have emerged from the luxury designer collections of Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta and Givenchy. Sleepwear, it appears, has transformed into day-wear.

Creative director Peter Copping, of Oscar de la Renta, has taken his inspiration from the culturally rich flamingo dance of Spain and delivered a vibrant red-hued ruffle ensemble that was a runway showstopper. His use of a sexy black Chantilly lace tank top under a poppy jacquard capelet, paired with a matching pencil skirt, is an exquisite example of the new sexual chic ...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
The Making of a Perfume: Go Big or Go Home - Dec 15, 2015 - 11:00:20 PM

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It’s the day before Mother’s Day in the year 2000
, and Norwegian Geir Ness was about to make his grand entrance at the Nordstrom Beverly Hills store to launch his first fragrance Laila. Just a few weeks prior, he was haggling at a garage sale for a five-dollar suit that he was wearing and a small piece of red carpet to stand on. A colleague, a man named John, was playing the role of paparazzi, but could not even afford film for his camera. On cue, two young female friends were ready to scream hysterically as Ness made his appearance on the floor.

That was then...

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