Opening night on Saturday was dedicated to fledgling designers, the youngest of whom – 17-year-old Yvonne Jewnell of New York – won CFW’s Emerging Designer Award from among nine contestants. Her designs featured exaggerated shapes/non-traditional silhouettes and hand-painted fabrics for a bold statement on Black identity. Tobagonian designer Diamond Linton received much love for her spirited ‘Tobago Gyal’ collection of floor-length gowns with a ruffneck flair. We especially loved the Rasta bride look modeled by Grenadian model Aria Francis (who is definitely one to watch.)
There was also a head-turning assortment of bedazzled ensembles ranging from career suits to evening wear in blue, purple and green colour blends designed by fellow Tobagonian Delia Alleyne dubbed ‘Save the Buccoo Reef’. Kudos to the designer on starting a conversation about the importance of protecting one of her country’s national gems.
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