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(VIDEO) IWFW - Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Show Pt. 1
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Jan 18, 2011 - 1:28:46 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - With one year past the devastating earthquake in Haiti, The Bahamas Weekly is proud to present two video segments from Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) in November 2010 featuring Haitian designers.

In this video you will see the colourful and stunning designs by Haitian jewelry and accessories designer, Giovanna Menard, as well as well known Haitian clothing designer, David Andre. We provide video interviews with each designers
in a segment entitled: "Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Show" .

Giovanna Menard's brand “Artisans du Soleil ” is a line of beautiful fashion accessories made of luxurious high hand handcrafted items like: Hand Bags, jewelry, Caftans, blouses, sandals etc...

With a global look in mind which is the combination of the rich and gorgeous elements of the very creative Haitian culture and a modern touch. Giovanna Menard in showing to the world the wonderful cultural values of Haiti and get involved in order to contribute to the development of her country by creating jobs and trainings in her workshop for people with creative potentials.

You will also hear from David Andre whose current resort and cruise wear line is light and fresh and perfect for visiting Haiti, as he says. "In the press they've been selling Haiti so bad. With fashion we can show the rest of the world our country can go beyond the current misery. We have our culture, music, food and our fashion," said Andre.

Born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti, David André always has from childhood wanted to work in fashion. After his classical studies, he decided to take his passion in hand and began taking fashion design, classes. He studied the history of costume, and drawing mode at the Academy Faith Verona, working on costume for musical groups. He studied with Magalie A Racine, model in Europe and founder of the Academy Perfection,

"Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Show" - All those representing Haiti pose for a group photo with the Haitian flag. Photo: Ricardo Saint

Participating designers from Haiti present Owen Bethel (2nd left), President of Islands Fashion Week (2nd left) with a gift of appreciation on the final night of this year's fashion week in The Bahamas. Designers seen here are (left to right) Phelicia Dell, Michel Chataigne, Giovanna Menard, David Andre, and Maelle David Photo: Ricardo Saint

See you at Islands of the World Fashion Week 2011. Here is what to expect! The runway shows, receptions, and street parties will have you hopping all over the island, mingling with designers featuring their creations from such islands as Barbados, Cuba, Fiji, French Guyana, Grenada, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Madagascar, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, The Bahamas, and Trinidad & Tobago.

The catwalk has also been graced with designs by noted international designers, Kenneth Cole, Nick Verreos (Nikolaki), Kevan Hall, Peter Ingwersen (Noir Illuminati II), Leanne Marshall, Henry Jackson, Jay McCarroll, Indashio, Oliver Tolentino and b michael. The stage is set for a truly international meeting of cultures in the fashion world in this the International Year of the Rapprochement of Cultures as designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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