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Islands of the World Fashion Showcase at Fort Charlotte this weekend
Nov 7, 2014 - 4:27:20 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - It’s all going down at Fort Charlotte this weekend!

Spectators for the sixth installment of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase will have awe-inspiring views of the island of New Providence and the imposing structure of the fortress for a backdrop as they view exclusive new collections from some 19 participating designers this year.

Just one week away, organizers of the highly anticipated event are preparing to transform the historical fort into a Fashion Pavilion set to rival major runways around the world.

Opening November 7th, the countries being represented this year include Bermuda, Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria, Turks & Caicos, The Bahamas and the United States of America.

“In addition to the launch of the proprietary label, Exiles, as a collaborative initiative for designers interested in an island lifestyle or resort wear fashion concept, this year’s event will also be a turning point in its development as its initial mission of expanding to include designers from the broader array of developing countries begins to unfold. The new collection will truly provide a mosaic of cultures and island lifestyles,” said Owen Bethel, producer of the event.

An array of haute couture, prêt a porter, resort wear and swimwear will breathe new life into spectators as they get a glimpse of collections local, regional and international.

The designers/design houses participating are Alshante Floggo, April Holt Smith, Ashton Hall, Bathhouse Swimwear, Bernard Moore, Brynda Knowles, Charmaine Spicer, Froilan Amaya, Ismael de la Caridad, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Jermell Williams, Jesus Frias, Kazz Forbes, Laura Macia, Renaldo Geumm, Kholyns Couture, Oscar de la Portilla, Ray Vincente, Rolando Ruis/Omar Alexander Jiminez and Thatch Collection.


Closing out the event is what promises to be a unique experience. “Arte y Moda”, which translates to “Art and Fashion” is a 26-piece collaborative collection hailing from Cuba. Attendees will experience a spectacle of fusion of art, fashion and music created by seven Cuban designers.

“The designers got their inspiration from different pieces of art and were challenged to create designs, 22 of which will be presented on Saturday, 8th November, which convey a powerful story and representation of the artwork, and then set their pieces to accompanying music,” explained Bethel.

“This ultimately also challenges the model to transform him or herself from a mannequin into a dancer and actor. It’s going to be quite an experience.”

Only the second time Arte y Moda will be witnessed away from Cuban shores, the collections will make for an inspiring production for spectators.

Tickets for IWFS are on sale and can be purchased online at www.islandsfashionweek.com or at the following locations: The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Lux Men’s Warehouse, Parliament Street. Regular seating is $30 while VIP seating is $50. Reservations can be made by calling 601-3633.


Since 2008, IWFS has held to the platform it was charged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its promotion of cultural diversity, and as a means to bring value-added levels of production to the fledgling fashion industries in developing nations, particularly more vulnerable small island developing states. The intent is to draw attention via international media and trade exposure to the skills and creativity across the spectrum of the fashion industry in the islands.

To date in excess of 130 designer showcases representing 20 countries have presented their creations on the catwalks of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase.

For more information and updates, visit the website www.islandsfashionweek.comor the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/islandsfashionweek


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