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SLIDESHOW: Photos by Lyndah Wells for The Bahamas Weekly
Nassau, Bahamas -- Stark bold architectural patterns meticulously
stitched to form triangles, squares and structured ethereal dresses
best describes the work of this year’s only female guest designer,
Leanne Marshall who showcased her designs at Islands of the World Fashion Week on November 7th, 2009.
Her style, inspired by nature, architecture
and modern innovation, made its home at this year’s Islands of the
World Fashion Week (IWFW) as the highlighted showcase for the opening
night of the three-day event.
The first model fiercely
strutted her way on the catwalk, setting the tone for her model
successors as she donned a black and white above-the-knee-dress, with
subtle yet bold light-grey stripes in triplicate layers.
the line’s showing progressed, softer pastel colors and lighter fabrics
started to emerge contracting the bold beginning, mixed in with more
structured black and white dresses – a clear indication of Marshall’s
graphic designer background.
Leanne Marshall (right) with one of her pieces at Islands Fashion Week on November 7th, 2009. Leanne was Project Runway Winner for Season 5. Photo: Lyndah Wells
Marshall created a synergy one can only admire.
and raised in Yuba City, CA, she began following her dream of becoming
a fashion designer at the tender age of 12. Her dream received a boost
when she won a scholarship to the Fashion institute of Design and
Merchandising in San Francisco.
A multi-tasker by design, Marshall designed part-time while working as a full-time graphic artist after graduation.
of her more intriguing designs comprised of a hot pink mini-bauble
dress with upstanding folds on its baby-doll bodice and asymmetrical
lines below the belt.
Her star continued to rise in local
arenas in Portland, Oregon after moving there in 2006 and she took the
gamble, quitting her day job to pursue designing full-time. Her
sacrifice would soon pay off as in June 2008, Marshall was selected to
participate in cycle five of Bravo’s hit series, Project Runway.
Perseverance and hard work secured her the show’s win in October 2008.
Marshall moves toward sustainable fashion mixing eco-friendly textiles
into her designs while creating a name for herself in the fashion
industry. And her showing at IWFW will, no doubt, have the fashion
industry a buzz for the rest of the year.
Leanne Marshall designs at Islands Fashion Week in The Bahamas on November 7th. Photo: Lyndah Wells
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