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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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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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