Day 4 Highlights: Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017
- Mar 24, 2017 - 12:50:33 PM
Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off day 4 at the Chinese Cultural Center
once again with creative designers from all over the world. Thursday
evening presented numerous men’s collections shifting from street grunge
to oversized statement pieces.
Terry Shin, the face and creative director behind BLACKMERLE, opened day
four of VFW with slicked down models in dystopian streetwear. Based in
Seoul and Vancouver, Shin has created a paradox of military grunge and
street clothes, focusing on powerful silhouettes, chain accents and a
dark pallet. Overly large shoes, gelled hair and highlighted skin
completed the apocalyptic meets high fashion streetwear...
Where African Fashions Meet the Stylish Traveler
- Mar 24, 2017 - 12:33:33 AM
Shangani Fashion's debut presentation during New York Fashion Week
conveys contemporary cuts that are accented with vintage accessories.
Shangani Fashion Designs are a juxtaposition of culture and style.
Shangani is an African tribe who dwelled near the Shangani River in
Zimbabwe, Africa. The tribe was named after its founder; and the name
"Shoshangani" means traveler. Shangani Fashion is a brand inspired by
the experience of travel and the exposure of different cultures.
by Shangani's Designers merge their travel experiences with colorful
ethnic prints, and contemporary shapes to create a high fashion,
ready-to-wear look. Traditional African fabrics with a modern mix, is
the passion behind Shangani Fashions...
Eco Fashion Designer Draws Awareness to Our Fragile Oceans
- Mar 22, 2017 - 7:42:59 AM
One could say it’s serendipitous that Canada’s largest fashion event coincides with World Water Week
, and Australia’s eco designer, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy
will be showcasing her Empty Oceans series on the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week
(VFW) this Sunday, March 26th.
an environmental activist, designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes art
and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue
planet. This is her third time to VFW and she says she was inspired to
return after hearing about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and its
threat to local waters, in particular that her current collection is her
emotional response to the world's troubled oceans...
Carnival costumes hit Vancouver Fashion Week's opening night
- Mar 21, 2017 - 8:12:32 PM
The Opening Gala of Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2017 marks
the 29th season of the week-long runway event. The March 20th
anticipated event showcased collections from 5 up-and-coming designers
graduating from LaSalle’s Fashion Design Program. An exclusive preview
to several VFW featured designers including a special sneak peek of
Japanese label Wasso Vege's latest designs, along with the incredible works of Brazilian based designer Atelier Valeria Costa.
Atelier Valeria Costa
brought the festivity of the Brazilian celebration of Carnival to the
VFW stage! The designer captivated the audience with her designs, amidst
a lively showcase of dance and festivity...
Nine designers to watch out for at Vancouver Fashion Week
- Mar 13, 2017 - 6:12:30 PM
Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) has announced details for its 29th
consecutive season. The autumn/winter 2017 season will take place from
the 20th to 26th March in Vancouver, British Columbia and nine designers
from Canada, Japan, Spain, Italy, Australia and Hungary have been
hot-tipped by founder and producer, Jamal Abdourahman.
Born in Madrid and trained in London, Arantxa Morcillo
is genuinely curious about materials, forms and silhouettes. An
obsessive attention to research is essential in her creative process
which evolves in rich and intimate collections. She worked at Somerset
House and interned with Gareth Pugh before embarking on her own
projects. Her AW17 collection Memories will be shown on the runway at
Bahamian luxury handbag designer showcases during London Fashion Week
- Mar 4, 2017 - 8:56:44 AM
Luxury bespoke handbag brand Willique showcases at Fashion’s Finest off-schedule shows during London Fashion Week.
its seventh year, Fashion’s Finest is one of the biggest and most
successful independent off-schedule events that coincides with London
Fashion Week. As a leading international platform for emerging
designers, the event draws press, buyers and industry figures – eager to
see fresh, creative talent and trends.
Willique had the
opportunity to showcase the brand’s range of luxury and bespoke leather
bags and accessories in Fashion's Finest exhibition space...
St. John’s College’s band, 'Special Blend' wears Bahari
- Feb 22, 2017 - 10:50:42 AM
When members of St. John’s College’s band, Special Blend, put their game
face on to compete in the first ever TMP Music Competition organized by
Zamar Group, the final touch was adorning themselves with one of a kind
The band went on to win the competition hands down which
afforded its members the opportunity to perform in the state of Boston
this summer. The band, which was formed in November of 2016, describes
its style as a mixture of music genres thus the name, “Special Blend”...
Bahamian models to hit the runway at New York Fashion Week
- Feb 10, 2017 - 2:44:21 AM
Top PTG models, Selvinique Wright and Vanessa Leach are gearing up to
hit the runway at New York Fashion Week on Thursday, February 9th, at
the incredible Madison Square Garden.
No strangers to the
runway, PTG veterans Wright and Leach easily snagged runway spots with
Las Vegas established, top designer David Tupaz; the shining Filipino
gem on the Hollywood red carpet. According to Pia Glover, PTG Marketing
& Modeling Agency President, both Leach and Wright are thrilled to
be a part of such a major opportunity. “It speaks volumes to the talent
that we have here in The Bahamas, including the team at PTG Marketing
& Modeling Agency..."
The 80’s Fashion Trends Love Affair for 2017 Has Begun
- Feb 8, 2017 - 9:16:24 PM
If you lived through it, you’ll probably remember the 80’s as a
decade when fashion was larger-than-life. The 80’s fashion trends
introduced us to bold female silhouettes defined by colorful oversize
blazers with shoulder pads, big permed hair with heavy makeup and risqué
low cut sequin dresses with thigh-high slits. Needless to say, it was
one of the more influential style periods in recent memory.
Many fashion designers look to the past for inspiration and their
love affair with 80’s fashion trends is everywhere for spring 2017.
Watch for the following 80s style influences, some which we may soon see
on our city streets...
Miss Universe Bahamas dazzled with the help of local designers
- Feb 2, 2017 - 4:38:53 PM
A new Miss Universe was crowned on January 29th in the Philippines and representing The Bahamas was 24 year old Cherell Williamson
of Nassau was showing up in stellar exclusive fashions throughout the
pageant thanks to local designers, Theodore Elyett, and Javotte Bethel.
According to Theodore Elyett
who is one of the best designers to ever come out of The Bahamas, this
was the first time in 13 years that a Miss Universe Bahamas wardrobe was
provided by a Bahamian designer. After seeing Cherell glide across the
Miss Universe stage during preliminaries in his "Golden Goddess" gown,
Theodore wrote the following on his Facebook page, "...yup...crying my
eyes out...to that 13 year old boy that never gave up!
Red Dress Soiree donates more than $13,000 to Bahamas AIDS Foundation
- Dec 22, 2016 - 10:53:58 AM
The Red Dress Soiree, today presented a cheque in the amount of
$13,214.67 to The Bahamas AIDS Foundation to benefit their Adolescent
The funds were raised at the event's silent
auction held on December 10, 2016 in the Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis.
More than 30 silent auction packages with items donated by more than 70
corporate donors were offered in the digital silent auction.
three part event – runway show, dinner and silent auction featured
twelve of The Bahamas’ Leading Ladies who showcased red gowns created by
twelve Bahamian fashion designers...
Bahari Bahamas opens on Bay Street
- Dec 21, 2016 - 4:49:12 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Bahari is closing out the year 2016 with a bang by
launching its Winter Collection in its newest location downtown,
Nassau, across from the Hilton British Colonial Hotel.
opened the door to its third store on December 17 with a promotion
entitled, “12 Hours of Bahari” that showcased Bahari’s Winter Collection
and set Bay Street buzzing with word that the fashion leaders are now
located downtown. This new store promises the same first class, fabulous
products and service Bahari has offered the Bahamian public over the
past two years, with additional focus on resort wear...
BTVI fashion design student launches collection
- Dec 16, 2016 - 4:47:14 PM
The designs on display exuded confidence and adventure. Upcoming fashion
designer Delano Marc, recently hosted an intimate al fresco fashion
show at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, launching a collection that’s for
the bold, beautiful and artsy.
The fashion design student of
the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI), might be one of
the new kids on the fashion scene, but already he is making waves. In
2015, he placed second in the 2015 Miss Bahamas Top Designer showcase.
However, in his solo fashion show, dubbed ‘Love Letters and Poems,’ Delano created delightful chaos...
Leading Ladies Shine at Red Dress Soiree
- Dec 16, 2016 - 1:45:29 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - More than 300 persons filled the Imperial Ballroom at
Atlantis for the third bi-annual Red Dress Soiree, powered by Aliv held
on December 10, 2016. The event, whose silent auction benefits The
Bahamas AIDS Foundation, raised thousands for the foundation’s work with
adolescents affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS.
part event – runway show, dinner and silent auction featured twelve of
The Bahamas’ trailblazing women who showcased original designs by twelve
Bahamian fashion designers...
BTVI design graduate creates chic outfit for Miss World Bahamas
- Dec 14, 2016 - 11:59:06 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - In the beauty pageant world, an unspoken competition begins before
contestants ever hit the stage. From the moment a contestant touches
down at the airport of the host country, she is already being sized up.
Hence, what she wears offstage should be equally as impressive.
Miss World Bahamas, Ashley Hamilton is in Washington DC, where she is
competing for the Miss World pageant to be held on the 18th December.
She will be competing against 116 contestants. Her wardrobe and costume
were unveiled by the Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) during a presentation
at the Serenity Club House, Lyford Cay Road...
Simon Barth Couture: Dark Seduction 2016
- Dec 9, 2016 - 12:35:01 AM
When he showcased his first collect at Berlin Fashion Week nearly ten
years ago, Simon Barth realized he didn’t quite fit in with the
minimalist aesthetic of the German fashion scene. The fact is Barth
lives for creating intricate embroidered haute couture dresses and, in
2013, the German-born designer moved to Vienna, Austria where today he
is handcrafting exquisite floor-length evening dresses for the women of
the Viennese ball.
Steeped with aristocratic tradition and home
to the most extravagant and romantic balls you will find anywhere in the
world, Vienna is one of Europe’s oldest capital cities. During ball
season, which begins each winter and runs until Ash Wednesday...
Bahamian footwear and accessories line launches Kickstarter funding campaign
- Nov 18, 2016 - 12:30:09 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Haus of Assembly, HOA takes a modern approach to
Bahamian heritage by infusing the color and intricate beauty of The
Bahamas Islands into art-like footwear. With its classic espadrille
style, Haus of Assembly seeks to create a lifestyle brand focused on
accessories and footwear inspired by all aspects of Bahamian culture.
name Haus of Assembly, pronounced “House” stems from the brand’s desire
to have social and cultural effect on the style, quality and
authenticity of being unapologetically Bahamian...
Fashion Inspired by Our Ocean's Fragile Ecosystems: The Empty Ocean Series
- Nov 17, 2016 - 10:29:04 PM
"The conservation of our oceans is close to my heart," says Perth-based Australian eco fashion
designer and visual artist, Zuhal Kuvan-Mills
"especially after my encounter with whales on the Southern Oceans a few
years ago in Albany, Western Australia. It is a memory that is
embedded into my soul."
As an environmental activist, designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes
art and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue
planet. She is the ambassador for Green Embassy
, Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label...
Grand Bahama artist expands to wearable art
- Nov 17, 2016 - 1:43:09 PM
Claudette Dean of Freeport,
Grand Bahama island is a published artist, poet and writer. She has held
many solo exhibits and has participated in many local and international
group exhibits. She works primarily in oil and mixed media.
Dean has announced the launch of a new product line that features her
fine art. She has partnered with VIDA who have placed her work on handbags, scarves, shawls, and cushions...
Handbags Made with a Social Conscience
- Nov 16, 2016 - 3:02:45 PM
Bridgetown, BARBADOS - The issue of replica handbags and other goods is
a significant problem for designers and the industry as a whole. Whilst
it is doubtful that this practice will cease, it is encouraging when
authentic luxury products are discovered that are ethically produced in a
conscious social manner.
A number of such companies exist within
the Caribbean, and two highly distinguished hand-produced bag companies
MayaBags® from Belize, and REECII from the twin islands St. Kitts and
Nevis, should be justly highlighted as examples to all.
MayaBags® is a
handmade, design-driven women’s accessories collection, of purses and
items for the home inspired bynature and crafted with the artisanal