Focus on Fashion
Winners of Islands of the World Fashion Week, May 2012
By Robbin Whachell, Editor, The Bahamas Weekly
May 18, 2012 - 12:50:59 PM

Mrs. Beverly Taylor holds the Eco-Fashion Award for Harl Taylor BAG of The Bahamas. Photo: Demetrius Francis

Nassau, Bahamas - On May 11th, the runway at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau was alive with the latest styles of Bahamian designers as well as those visiting from island nations around the globe for Islands of the World Fashion Showcase now being held in May and November annually.

After an extremely successful night of the fashion, the awards presentations were made the following night at a closing reception with a V.I.P dinner at Blu Restaurant.

Taking the Jackson Burnside III Fashion & Design Award was the collaborative team of Elizabeth Clarke and Reuno Pratt.
Four designers participated from The Bahamas participated in the competition, which is a tribute to the late Caribbean architectural icon from The Bahamas, Jackson Burnside III. The designed garments were to echo the Jackson L. Burnside's style of architecture and design.

The Sustainable Eco-Fashion Award went to Harl Taylor BAG represented by Mrs. Beverly Taylor of The Bahamas. "Harl would be very proud to see this award, and see that the line is continuing on strong!" said Mrs. Taylor upon receiving the award.

The Culture & Fashion Award went to David Rolle of The Bahamas. Rolle won the NextGen Award in 2010. His line this year was themed around capital punishment.
"Islands of the World continues to have its voice heard in the rhythm of world fashion. I am humbled by the devoted team for selecting me in this year's production. As a proud Bahamian, winning the cultural fashion award gives me great honour. Considering this year's entries and past winners, this award speaks to the talent of the island artist. I can't wait to enter again in November 2012," said Rolle.

The NextGen Designer Award went to Courtney McIntosh, an up and coming designer from Grand Bahama Island who said the inspiration for her line was 'Bohemian glamour'. She experimented with prints, solids and unique lycra fabrics. "Winning the NextGen award is such an honour, and just being in the arena with such wonderful designers from all over the Caribbean was an amazing experience!" said McIntosh.  "The entire show was a wonderful showcase of designers and to be bestowed the award, not only pushes me to do better and strive for success, but it makes me more determined than ever to represent The Bahamas on the world stage."

Well pleased after a successful event, founder of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, Owen Bethel has this to say,
"The designers who presented at this edition reflected an eclectic style, daring to be bold with mixes of prints, thereby highlighting the cross-cultural diversity in the designs. This reinforces one of the important themes of the event, i.e. cultural diversity. The creativity and thinking outside of the box, most vividly displayed by the participants in the Jackson Burnside III Fashion & Design Award, signify the interest that has developed in a new generation of designers within the region. They are gearing for international exposure and marketing. With the launch of the magazine and online boutique during this May edition we have taken another major step to achieving that international exposure for the designers."

Stay tuned for more coverage from the event in the days to come as we feature specific designers who presented at IWFS and see you at Islands of the World Fashion Showcase in NOVEMBER, 2012!

The classic designs of Harl Talyor BAG from The Bahamas. Photos: Demetrius Francis

Bahamian David Rolle, (center) with his Culture & Fashion Award Photo: Demetrius Francis

House of Raphelita by Bahamian David Rolle, winner of the Culture and Fashion Award. Photos: Demetrius Francis

NextGen Award winner, Courtney McIntosh of Grand Bahama Island. Photo: Demetrius Francis

The styles of Zatthu Inc of Grand Bahama and designer Courtney McIntosh, winner of the NextGen Award Photos: Demetrius Francis

Winners of the Jackson Burnside III award is Reuno Pratt (left) and Elizabeth Clarke (right) seen here with their winning design Photo: Demetrius Francis

The awards reception provided a time to unwind, network, make new friendships and honour and acknowledge. Seen from left to right: Grand Bahama model Tomii, Bahamian recording artist, Dash, reporter for Latha Jayakumar, and Grand Bahama model Sinardo Deleveaux

Alfred Anderson Lewis receiving his Harl Taylor BAG at Islands of the World Fashion Showcase. The bag is valued over $500 and made the perfect mother's day gift to his sister :) Alfred won by being a subscriber to TheBahamasWeekly and by correctly answering Trivia Questions related to the event. Photo: Latha Jayakumar

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