5 second SLIDE SHOW photos by James Gustin, Figphoto.net
Nassau, Bahamas – Islands of the World Fashion Tour, the most recent
off-shoot of Islands of the World Fashion Week, made its second cross-country
(USA) stop in the windy city, Chicago. The show, executed to a full
capacity house of 300 persons, took place at the chic Loft on Lake facility
in the renowned West Loop. Known for its keen sense of style, even in
architectural design, and the existence of the Magnificent Mile of designer
boutiques and upscale retail stores, Chicago offered the perfect setting
to present the exquisite creations of four award-winning designers from
the exotic islands of Indonesia, Jamaica, Madagascar, and The Bahamas.
The guest list included the
who’s who of Chicago’s social, government, and fashion circles.
Attendees included Candace Jordan of “Candid Candace”, Saira Mohan,
Trevian Kutti, Corri McFadden, Ashley Drapers, Barbara Samuels, and
Kristen Fredricksen Skordillis.
The show, co-hosted by Factio
Magazine, kicked off with the designs of Harl Taylor BAG of The Bahamas,
followed by Nadya of Bali, Indonesia, K-Bobby of Jamaica, and closed
with Eric Raisina of Madagascar. The models came from Factor of Chicago,
and were joined by Kendrick Kemp from The Bahamas, the Male Model Muse
for Islands of the World Fashion Week.
Chicago follows the success
of the inaugural stop on the tour in Palm Desert, California, in March.
There, the designers of Islands of the World Fashion Tour joined other
designers during Fashion Week El Paseo. After Chicago the Tour will
next stop in Miami on 23rd October during FashionMiami and
Funkshion activities. The tour then climaxes with the three-day event,
Islands of the World Fashion Week, scheduled for Nassau, Bahamas, during
11th – 13th November, at the newly opened hot
spot, Club Luna, which will be transformed into a dream runway stage
for the event.
This year Fashion Week will
take on two special features: A competition titled “In Search of the
Next Oscar”, where a designer from a group of five finalists will
be selected for presentation of his/her collection during New York Fashion
Week in February, 2011. The competition is in recognition of the achievements
of Oscar de la Renta, whose roots are in the Dominican Republic. Fashion
Week will also highlight the creativity of Haiti against the backdrop
of the tragedy of the earthquake by featuring five designers from Haiti
in a special performance “Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit
Fashion Show”. The objective is to focus attention to the ongoing
needs for development and rebuilding after the earthquake, and to highlight
the value of encouraging trade and support for the indigenous fashion
industry in Haiti in addition to the demand for aid.
Harl Taylor BAG of The Bahamas Photo: James Gustin, Figphoto.net
Photo: James Gustin, Figphoto.net