Nassau, Bahamas -
Islands of the World Fashion Week in
November, 2008, is underway running from
5th – 7th November, 2009 in Nassau and Paradise Island, The Bahamas, once again.
Above is a commentary VIDEO from Night One
which included "The Muse" Model Search selection; the Next Generation
designer showcase; the Eco-Fashion and Culture Fashion showcase; and
the fashions of visiting American Designer, Leanne Marshall. You will
also see photos of the after party which was held at The Balmoral Club,
and hosted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
this commentary you will hear from editor of The Bahamas Weekly, Robbin
Whachell with Lyndah Wells, photographer for The Bahamas Weekly; the president of IWFW, Owen Bethel; The Muse model-search winners,
Curaçao native, Giovara
Geertriuda, and Bahamas' own Kendrick Kemp; and vice president of IWFW and producer of the show, Thomas Frenez. Enclosed
are photos from Night One taken by photographer Lyndah Wells which included "The Muse" Model Search
selection; the Next Generation designer showcase; the Eco-Fashion and
Culture Fashion showcase; and the fashions of visiting American
Designer, Leanne Marshall. You will also see photos of the after party which was held at The Balmoral Club, and hosted by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. View other PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS HERE.
Stay tuned for more of The Bahamas Weekly's upcoming video productions!
Giovara Geertriuda and Bahamian Kendrick Kemp won The Muse Models of the Year. The two winning models stand with Owen Bethel, Mode Isles Ltd. Photo: Lyndah Wells
Muse Model Search Competition sets a positive tone for IWFW 2009; Bahamas, Curaçao take titles by Reva Sharma
The grand finale of the Muse Model Search Competition, sponsored by
Mode ￼ Ltd. in conjunction with Models 242 International, marked the
launch of the second edition of Islands of the World Fashion Week
The competition began in September with its first
casting call. Dozens of applicants submitted portfolios in hopes of
being chosen. In the end it came down to seven females and eight males
representing eight Caribbean islands including Antigua, The Bahamas,
Barbados, Curaçao, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Nevis and Trinidad.
the event were fashion veterans Susan Stein, Louis Sarmiento publisher
of IMG Fashion DAILY Magazine, modeling industry VIP Wayne Sterling,
Bobby Roche and Kirk Brown.
After one week of rigorous
challenges and preparation, the models strutted down the runway to give
their best final impressions before the winners were announced. The
Female Model of the Year was awarded to Curaçao native, Giovara
Geertruida, who was sincerely humbled by the event.
“I am so
honored,” Geertriuda gushed after walking down the runway in a bold
orange dress. “There were so many amazing girls here.”
Curaçao native, Giovara Geertruida and Bahamian Kendrick Kemp won The Muse Models of the Year. Photo: Lyndah Wells
Kendrick Kemp snagged the title of Male Model of the Year, standing out
as the only male model that took his crisp white jacket off during his
walk. Kemp later said that he had been modeling for four years and was
now trying to break back into the Bahamian modeling scene.
Both Geertruida and Kemp will both receive a grand prize of $10,000 in addition to their titles and other prizes.
as IWFW was created for designers in developing island states, the Muse
Model Search Competition is meant to provide the finalists with
opportunities in the fashion industry that they might not have come
across otherwise. The winners will not only get the chance to
participate in the IWFW runway shows, but they will also able to travel
in the promotional tour of designers under the IWFW label.
we think of a muse,” said Mark Humes, chief executive of Models 242
International, “we think of anything that can inspire us. This is what
we want our models to be – an inspiration to the fashion industry. We
would like for the designers to be able to see them and be inspired by
their looks; we would like to have a magazine see them and be inspired.
We’d like to see photographers see them and be inspired.”
sentiments stroke the heart of this competition, which will no doubt
inspire future models and give rise to a new generation of high fashion
models from developing island nations. The hope is that they will gain
international recognition and have opportunities to sign international
contracts outside of the competition. The hope for next year is to
expand the search to other island states globally, beyond the Caribbean.
Endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) based in Paris, France, the themes of the
environment and climate change, cultural diversity, the education of
youth in HIV/AIDS, and poverty alleviation will be highlighted
throughout the Week, along with the initiatives of the charitable arm
of the event, the Small Island States Foundation (SISF).
Visit our Designer Gallery to view images of the designs presented at the premiere launch of Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008.