Nassau, The Bahamas -
May 11, 2012 will go down in fashion history as one of the most
electrifying nights ever. It was a full house Friday evening and
hundreds gathered to the premier spring/summer edition of Islands of the
World Fashion Showcase.
standing room was available at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort's
ballroom for the much anticipated event where 11 designers, representing
the island nations of The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, St. Lucia and
Trinidad and Tobago, debuted their collections to the world. From racy
swimwear to dynamic resort wear with asymmetrical embellishments, the
showcase kept its captivated audience speechless.
The designer lineup
included IWFS veterans Darcel de Vlugt from Trinidad & Tobago, David
Rolle, Theodore Sealy and Harl Taylor BAG, all from The Bahamas as well
as Chelsea Johnson, Courtney McIntosh and Derrica Williamson from The
Bahamas, Alexis Campbell and Kesia Estwick of Barbados, Carol Fraser of
Guyana and Sharleen Lagon representing Saint Lucia.
Inspired by various genres and time periods, each collection clearly expressed themes in a cohesive and spectacular way.
think we had a great turnout and the audience enjoyed the show fully,"
said Indira Moss, production manager for the event. "It was clear that
the designers put their hearts into each piece of their collections and
it showed through their attention to detail and mixture of fibres and
was all different. Months of hard work paid off and we were very
impressed with what they accomplished. I'm confident they will all be
successful in the future." Aside
from the dynamic work of the fashion designers, the showcase also paid
tribute to the late Jackson Burnside through the innovative creations of
the participants of the Jackson Burnside Fashion & Design award.
Architect Val Pintard, designer Apryl Burrows, interior designer
Elizabeth Clarke and draftsman Reuno Pratt took on the challenge of
creating one-of-a-kind wearable garments made from materials used in the
built environment. The result - an inspiring display of ingenuity and
creative know-how that stunned the audience.
high-eneergy acrobatic dance routine by the Silk and Steel dance troupe
set the stage for the night with an incredible performance. Further
performing for the audience were two young up-and-coming Bahamian
artistes, Shaton and Zee who graciously accompanied the ExÎles Explosion - a male lingerie spectacle that showcased jaw-dropping pieces from international couture lingerie houses CoutureBoy and Lee Greggory.
following evening, four lucky participants took home the coveted prizes
from the event as well as bragging rights for one year.
Jackson Burnside Award was handed out to Elizabeth Clarke and Bruno
Pratt for their innovative and creative ability. Taking home the
Sustainable Eco-Fashion Award was Harl Taylor BAG.
Culture and Fashion Award which was won by David Rolle from the House
of Raphelita and the coveted NextGen Designer award was given to Grand
Bahama native, Courtney McIntosh, who could not contain her excitement
after winning the award.
About the Show
from its inception in 2008 by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Islands of the World
Fashion Showcase (formerly Islands of the World Fashion Week) has been
successful in fulfilling its mandate of promoting island designers from
around the world and exposing them to international media and buyers. It
is also mandated to expose its audience to four underlying themes
affecting small-island states today - cultural diversity, the
environment and climate change, poverty alleviation and the education of
youth on HIV/AIDS.
The two-day event highlights international
designers each season. The event in May focuses on designer resort,
sports and swim wear and accessories while November features designer
couture, prêt-a-porter and casual wear and accessories.
will vie for several awards including the NextGen Designer, Sustainable
Eco-Fashion, Culture & Fashion, the Jackson Burnside III Fashion
& Design Award and the Seals of Excellence.