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Jewelry made from Central Australian grass paper - Nov 11, 2018 - 11:49:39 PM

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From a remote cattle station in the middle of the outback of Central Australia comes a unique and eco-friendly jewelry line from Curtin Springs Paper. On the 1,028,947 acre Curtin Springs Station which is also a tourist destination, the company uses native grasses to create handmade paper, which in turn has been used to create jewelry.

Curtin Springs is a shining example of eco tourism with the cattle station offering lodging, walks in nature, and tours featuring their paper making process. They also offer an artist in residence program...
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Fashion from Upcycled Men's Shirts Inspiring - Nov 11, 2018 - 11:02:57 AM

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Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) is underway in the Land Down Under with the first week held in Port Douglas, Queensland. An earlier call for designers to create one unique look using men’s shirts in the Upcycling Challenge created by Marilyn R. Wilson of Canada was again well received and on the opening night of EFWA2018 at the Port Douglas Community Hall, we were treated to the outcome of the challenge.  13 international and Australian designers showcased.

A  dress made from used police shirts (above) was a show standout, as was another dress made from sewn together long strips of fabric. Another of our favourites was the white evening gown...
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Reefs, Runways and Rainforests at Eco Fashion Week Australia - Nov 10, 2018 - 7:31:13 PM

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The second annual Eco Fashion Week Australia is underway and this year the event expanded to Queensland, for 7 days of events in and around Port Douglas.

Tropical North Queensland is famous for the Great Barrier Reef, the world's 7th wonder. The area is also home to the 180 million year old – world's oldest rainforest, the Daintree. The area is also a short drive from the tablelands.  The Atherton Tablelands provide a combination of tropical rainforests, sweeping savannas and outback desert areas encompassing more than 20,000 sq. km of at an altitude ranging from 600m to 1100m where the air is cool and led humid...
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Australia to host biggest eco fashion event in the world - Oct 14, 2018 - 12:32:42 AM

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With the second edition of Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) ready to hit the runway in November, the event has certainly placed the Land Down Under on the international Eco fashion map! 

35 designers will present collections during week-long events running from Nov. 4 – 10 in Port Douglas, Queensland; and from Nov. 15 – 20 in Perth, Western Australia. 

This innovative, forward-thinking event will feature incredible runway shows exhibiting the best in organic, handmade, local, re/up-cycled, fair-trade, ethically produced, traditional, fashions and textiles...

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Another Bahamian designer joins Mission Catwalk - Sep 27, 2018 - 3:49:31 PM

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Following in the footsteps of well-known Bahamian fashion designers David Rolle and Theodore Elyett, twenty-eight year old, Keywonah Beneby has embarked on an exciting season of Mission Catwalk (Season 6) — the Celebrity Edition.

With filming complete, the former model turned designer has been hosting viewing parties in Nassau of the weekly episodes that run on Youtube and Facebook.

Mission Catwalk is a reality series aimed at discovering and developing talented Caribbean fashion designers for the International market...
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Brittany Noon's Runway to Recovery - Sep 21, 2018 - 11:04:21 PM

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The Bahamas Weekly was one of the first publications to write about Caribbean model, Brittany Noon when her career launched at the age of 16. After that 2014 runway event in Paris, thanks to Saint Lucian-Parisian fashion celebrity Vincent McDoom, Noon's career has skyrocketed putting her on the runway for the world's leading designers.

Fast forward to May 2018, when Noon was struck by a car while riding her bike and the consequence was a broken pelvis and sacrum. Despite this devastating circumstance, and the inability to walk, Noon set a course to recovery.

The following is our interview with the St. Lucian model who is certainly not letting anything hold her back!
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Resin Textiles to Showcase at Eco Fashion Week Australia - Jul 21, 2018 - 6:28:23 AM

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“If you prepare wool cloth and compress it while also heating it, a part of the cloth becomes resin,” explains Tanaka. “This is because keratin contained in the wool becomes resin.”

His new work is called, ‘The Claws of Clothes,’ and it will unveil the result of his collaboration with Professor Hirai's laboratory developing a textile utilizing the ‘wool resin.’

Tanaka said his inspiration came from the human nail, which he says is composed of the same keratin as wool resin...
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Repurposing Men's Shirts at Eco Fashion Week Australia - Jun 12, 2018 - 12:47:50 AM

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Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) is now accepting submissions from designers around the world to create one unique look using men’s shirts for the return of the Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R. Wilson. Accepted submissions will be featured on the runway at the second annual event in November, in two states: Nov. 4 – 10 in Port Douglas, Queensland; and Nov. 15 – 21 in Perth, Western Australia.

The Upcycling Challenge provides an opportunity for sustainable designers to gain international attention, and to encourage designers who are currently not using sustainable practices to give it a try. The Challenge also promotes EFWA’s mandate to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle garments rather than have them sent to a landfill. Note – this challenge is only open to ‘new submissions,’ and former participants are excluded...

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Slow Fashion is Moving Fast in Australia - Mar 17, 2018 - 12:00:54 PM

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The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to be sponsoring the second annual Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) which will expand to two states in November, 2018, taking place in Port Douglas, Queensland from Nov. 4 –10, and Perth, Western Australia from Nov. 15 –21.

The week-long events will feature local and international designers who practise sustainable, local, and ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or by using organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint...
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South Asian Fashion Week brings opulence into mainstream - Feb 28, 2018 - 12:09:44 PM

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Rich fabrics, ornate beading, intricate embroidery and bespoke cuts will dominate the runway at the first South Asian Fashion Week (SAFW) from March 2 to 4, 2018 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

“Cultural appropriation is a hot button issue, especially in fashion. At SAFW, we want to give everyone the permission to freely explore wearing traditional South Asian apparel. Guests can support our incredible community of local South Asian designers and retailers by investing in made-to-order pieces that can add a touch of opulence to anyone's wardrobe,” says co-founder Cindy Khella...
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Madame Adassa to show Empress Warrior Collection - Feb 20, 2018 - 10:19:25 AM

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MADAME ADASSA is the talk of the city as Fashion Designer, Marsha Vacirca presents her captivating collection at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2018 Season (VFW). The featured brand is mostly couture, fusing European and Caribbean influences; a celebration of the designer's cultural background. While the brand's collection was launched as an ode to her grandmother, it's also a celebration of all things woman.

Vancouver Fashion Week is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively seeks out to showcase international award-winning designers from over 25 global fashion capitals.
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Islands of the World Fashion Showcase presents "Paradise Takes A Bite of The Big Apple" - Feb 7, 2018 - 4:26:22 PM

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In recognition of the Tenth Anniversary of the premiere of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, the organizers will host the event in New York City on 1st and 2nd November 2018 under the theme “Paradise Takes A Bite of The Big Apple”.

Designers based in or with origins in the island-nations around the globe will be featured in the historic venue of 4 West 43rd Street in a mosaic of fashion and culture, fusing creations from resort and urban to red carpet and destination bridal fashions. Since its inception in 2008 the event has been hosted in Nassau, Bahamas, and featured 75 designers representing 18 island-nations and 3 non-island countries. The designers to be selected to present at the New York event will be those who have shown themselves ready for a global commercial presence...
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Cardellicious and Cardell McClam Sail Away Charity Fashion Event - January 7 - Jan 4, 2018 - 9:43:08 AM

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Cardellicious and Cardell McClam present, Sail Away on Sunday, January 7 at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau featuring The Sailor Boy 2018/19 Collections.

‘The sands and yeasty surges mix
In cave s about the dreary bay,
And on thy ribs the limpet sticks,
And in thy heart the scrawl shall play.’ - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Bahems Footwear Debuts at The Island House - Dec 22, 2017 - 8:18:08 PM

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All Nathan Arnett wants for Christmas is to have his new shoe line, Bahems sell out when it debuts Saturday, December 23, at The Island House.
 
“Christmas is the time to make dreams come true,” said Mr Arnett, a marketing executive who spent two years perfecting his Bahamas designed, people inspired, espadrille style footwear.
 
“Bahems was created for the everyday person,” the 27-year-old noted. “The Bahamas inspires me and sparks my creativity...
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Fashion Week Goes Eco, Aussie Style - Nov 30, 2017 - 8:07:30 PM

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Fashion Gets Ethical Down Under...


Australia could well be leading the way in the slow fashion movement. With a promise to deliver sustainable fashion to Perth on a global level by promoting and showcasing ethical designers and artists, the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) did just that from November 23 to 27 in Fremantle at Victoria Hall. And, it did so to rave reviews from all those in attendance.

Created by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, the founder of Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label, Green Embassy, the five-day event had over 44 designers which included 11 international designer shows...
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Eco Fashion Week Australia to Highlight Environmentally Conscious Fashion - Nov 13, 2017 - 9:41:28 PM

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Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) will make its exciting debut on the 23rd of November and run through to the 27th.  The Bahamas Weekly is a proud sponsor, and co-founder, Ms. Robbin Whachell will be on location. Be sure to like The Bahamas Weekly's Facebook page to see photos from the event.

The inaugural event will be held at the historic Victoria Hall in Fremantle,  a port city in Western Australia that’s part of the Perth metropolitan area, and is known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia’s days as a British penal colony...
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Eco Fashion Week Australia Attracts Zero-Waste Designers - Nov 11, 2017 - 9:17:32 AM

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Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA).  Park of the eco mindset and mandate is a "zero-waste" policy for most eco designers.  Well-known Indian designer, Shravan Kumar says he's looking forward to raising consumer awareness in this area and feels draping is one of the best ways to achieve material usage.

EFWA writer, Marilyn Wilson asks Kumar about his upcoming appearance at Eco Fashion Week Australia this November...
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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18 Schedule Released - Sep 17, 2017 - 5:30:01 PM

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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18 is set to be the best yet, and now you can see exactly who is showing and when on the VFW SS18 Schedule to plan your perfect week. The event can be viewed globally on livestream.

Kicking off with the Opening Gala on Monday the 18th, guests will be privy to a handful of designer previews and full lines by local brand Aiki District , Australian designer, Charly Thorn and Nozomi Kuwahara from Japan.

Tuesday’s guests will see an eclectic mix of young first timers and VFW veterans hit the runway. These will include Chilean designer, Paulina Cañas and her label...
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Korean designers represent in an international Vancouver Fashion Week SS18 - Sep 1, 2017 - 8:27:07 PM

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This season of Vancouver Fashion Week is set to be the most international yet. Vancouver will play host to over 80 designers from 20 countries from the 18th - 26th of September.

Among those to represent their countries are a group of talented designers from Korea. Their work has been seen in shows in Germany, France, China, Japan and now Vancouver Fashion Week have the honour of showcasing their works. Choi Boko, MEZIS and L by L are amoung those that will be hitting the runway with their lines for SS18...

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Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade - Aug 12, 2017 - 9:33:46 AM

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Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is well known for his late 19th century paintings of Parisian dancers and racehorses. What he is perhaps less known for is his fascination with the quotidian details of modern life in the French capital, including high fashion hats and the women who crafted them.

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, currently on show at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, explores this infatuation which inspired a visually compelling body of work that subtly documents the effect that hat-making had on turn of the century Parisians, from working women to high society men and everyone in between...
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