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Meet the Bahamian descendent leading LA Fashion Week - Mar 5, 2019 - 11:32:13 PM

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I met Arthur Chipman when he was living in Canada some six years ago. Since that time his life has taken a fast-track in the fashion world.  Chipman is currently the executive producer of Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) in California.  The event has been leading the fashion industry in two key areas; Streetwear, and Red Carpet.

Chipman has worked with hundreds of top labels from all over the world such as Escada, Hugo Boss, Porsche Design, Naeem Khan, just to name.  LAFW has been consistently backed by major luxury brands such as Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, Swarovski, L’Oréal Paris, Hilton Worldwide, and others...
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Bahamian fashion icon Flo Miller launches book - Feb 15, 2019 - 10:27:51 AM

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Return to Mango Hill is about the life of Sammie, a young girl growing up on Mango Hill with her family and siblings.  A bright eyed, inquisitive child with big dreams, Sammie’s life would take her from the powder white beaches of The Bahamas to the hustle and bustle of New York to the land of love and art, France to the fashion mecca, Italy.

Launched this month on Amazon.com the book, Return to Mango Hill, a novel written by Bahamian fashion icon Flo Miller is an exciting page turner with rave reviews. For the author...
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Theodore Elyett outfits Porsha Williams for the cover of Rolling Out Magazine - Feb 9, 2019 - 8:40:46 AM

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Bahamian fashion maestro Theodore Elyett crescendos again and lands the cover of Rolling Out magazine, outfitting the glowing mom-to-be and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams in a yellow, off-the-shoulder maternity gown.

Porsha was photographed this winter during her baby-moon vacation in The Bahamas. The image, captured by Bahamian celebrity photographer Stanley Babb, shows Porsha cradling her baby bump in Elyett’s flattering gown, featuring handmade floral applique along the plunging neckline...
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Eleuthera fashion designer releases new line - Nov 29, 2018 - 5:21:16 PM

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A clothing designer living in Eleuthera is calling for Bahamian jewellery, handbag, hat and footwear artists to collaborate with her to provide a "complete Bahamian fashion experience" for locals and tourists alike. 

Verda Gardiner, better known as Empress Verda, has been sewing for nearly 30 years. She loves using Bahamian colours and African fabrics but in recent years, she began looking for an authentically Bahamian fabric that is similar in appearance to the African fabrics she loves so much. She expressed this desire to a friend of hers at the One Eleuthera Foundation...
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Used Coffee Pods Showcased on Australian Runway - Nov 22, 2018 - 11:59:14 PM

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While we may not be able to solve the amount of waste coffee pods have created for our planet, there's one person doing her part to reduce, and that's Natalia Rodrigo, Chief Upcycler/ Designer at Beads 'n Pods.

Rodrigo's designs were one of the big surprises at Eco Fashion Week Australia's second edition.  She creates earrings, necklaces, anklets, belts, brooches and headpieces – none of which look as if they are made from a waste product made from aluminum or plastic that take hundreds of years to break down in the soil.

It all started when her neighbour handed her some cleaned, coffee pods she had used...

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Australia Leads the Charge for Eco Fashion - Nov 21, 2018 - 1:29:10 PM

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55 local and international designers took part, making it the the largest eco fashion week in the world. With the support of 72 fashion models, 125 hair and makeup stylists, 150 volunteers and 500 meals, the team have definitely become a tight-knit family with many of the models' mothers helping backstage to ensure the team was being supported.

"Fashion has always belonged to the privileged, and a handful of fashionistas. Not the ordinary people. We aim to change that," said founder Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. "When community comes together to run an event like this, they are able t o take a good look at who is making clothing, to be curious as to how it is manufactured, and to embrace eco designers working in their region,” said Zuhal-Mills...
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Say I Do in a Vintage or Upcycled Wedding Gown - Nov 18, 2018 - 12:16:42 AM

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In days of old women used to wear their best dress on their wedding day. The white wedding dress became the fashion after Queen Victoria wore one in 1840.  Wedding dresses were often handed down to daughters as cherished family heirlooms.

There is a growing trend of buying secondhand wedding dresses from thrift stores (or 'opp shops' as the Aussies say), and many women sell or purchase once-worn wedding dresses online. Not only does this aid in reusing and recycling, but it helps the seller recoup a part of the initial investment, as let's face it, wedding dresses are expensive...
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Versatility of Wool Highlighted at Eco Fashion Week Australia - Nov 17, 2018 - 4:29:54 PM

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If you think wool is just to keep you warm in the winter months, well think again!  Merino wool is a super fibre that not only can keep you warm, but can also keep you cool. It wicks away moisture, travels well, and keeps body odors at bay. In recent years it's been making its way into active wear.

Wool is one of the most sustainable fibres on the planet says Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) organizers, and they tell us that Western Australia produces 71 million kg wool per year, with over 95% of Merino wool destined for the high end fashion market...
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Crafters Take Trash to the Catwalk - Nov 17, 2018 - 1:28:58 PM
 
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Saving the Planet One Wrapper at a Time!


On a mission to preserve the wider global environment through sustainable craft, and educate their community about recycling, comes The Junk Weavers.

This Cairns, Queensland not-for-profit organisation promotes mass action of individual recycling efforts through craft.

"Wherever we are in the world, when women recycle together, our mass action of home-based effort improves our environment," their website proudly states.
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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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Caribbean Designers Receive Expert Business Advice - Nov 5, 2018 - 1:41:26 PM

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Emerging and established Caribbean fashion designers benefited from expert advice and industry tips while participating in the recently concluded Fashion is Big Business Workshop, held during the International Fashion Festival - Barbados Fashion Week between 26-28 October 2018.

The workshop, which was facilitated by the Caribbean Market Centre, featured a frank and open discussion with international fashion designers, buyers and industry experts.  The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export)...
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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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