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Nassau, Bahamas - With a new brand comes a new team for the world-renowned
event, Islands of the World Fashion Showcase (IWFS). Mode
the producer of IWFS, has recruited Indira Lashan Moss, as the Production
Manager and driving force behind the now bi-annual showcase.
“Indira has had the opportunity
to work with the production of the event in various capacities for the
past two years,” said Mode
les CEO, Owen Bethel. “She is a trained and
accomplished designer with a passion for the industry and its development.”
At 26, Moss has already made a
name for herself locally through her label ILashan.
Bethel said that he sees her age
as a positive element.
“Her youthful energy will certainly
be an asset to the planning process and her creativity and intimate
knowledge of what a designer needs to make an effective presentation
will be valuable in making the event meaningful for all and executed
in a meticulous and inspiring manner.”
For Moss, her new role is an exciting
opportunity to help push the fashion industry in a positive direction
for not only Bahamian designers but designers from all island states
around the world.
“It’s not going to be an easy
task but I will put my best foot forward,” she said. “This is a
position that I know I'm suited for.
“I see the vision of the company
and what it can and will be for the fashion industry here and other
island nations. What I hope to accomplish is simply to bring the vision
Mode Iles has for IWFS to reality. We have a strong team and we’re
starting early to prepare for what will be an ongoing cycle of content,
events and products so we’re looking forward to a very innovative
According to Bethel, there are
a number of new components to the refined format and production of the
event to be staged next year, the details of which will be released
in the forthcoming weeks. This now falls under Moss’ portfolio.
“The new team headed by Indira
will have the mandate to pull all aspects together and make the event
appear seamless,” he said. “The growth in interest in the award-winning
event both at home and internationally has meant that the expectations
are high of the shows surpassing those of the past. It is important
that the team produces and delivers on the basis of those expectations,
but also ensures that the event is progressing to another level which
will make both the country and the participants proud.”
The Bahamas got its first glimpse
of Moss at the annual Heart Ball in 2010, where she presented the Sir
Victor Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation with a life-sized replica
of its Red Dress pin. Less than a month later she showcased one of her
first collections, Renaissance Women, at ‘Pretty in PINK: I’m a
Survivor’ - a photo exhibition in aid of the Sister Sister (Breast
Cancer) Support Group held at the Hilton in February 2010. That April
she débuted her first full line at home aptly called Sundial.
Her latest endeavours showcased
her talents at the Evolution fashion show in March 2011 which showcased
her line, GAIA and most recently, she participated as the official designer
Bahamas at Sunrise Dream Wedding in September.
A 2008 graduate of Savannah College
of Art and Design, Moss delved into the fashion industry from an early
age. Raised by seamstresses, she spent her formative years learning
to sew among other talents.
Beginning in 2012,
IWFS will be presented twice annually in May and November. Each event
will be hosted for two days with participation limited to a maximum
of twelve designers at each event representing island nations around
the world, along with international designers. The event in May will
highlight designer resort, sports and swim wear and accessories. November
will feature designer couture, prêt-a-porter and casual wear and accessories.
The event will
now boast an online magazine, “ExÎles”, and an online store, “ExÎles
Boutique”, both of which will feature designers, arts and crafts,
and accessories unique to the global island lifestyle, becoming a major
distribution and sales outlet for the creative designs presented at
IWFS. The event will also be documented in a six-part reality documentary
on the respective countries and designers selected to participate in
the Showcase. The documentary will be syndicated to both traditional
television and cable networks around the world and specialized fashion
Endorsed from its
inception in 2008 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 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.
Since its inauguration the event has hosted in excess of 70 designers
from island-nations as diverse as The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin
Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Fiji, Haiti, Indonesia,
Jamaica, Madagascar, The Philippines, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & The
Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos.
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