Fashion Fridays: Caribbean Fashion Week 2014

June 20, 2014

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Opening night on Saturday was dedicated to fledgling designers, the youngest of whom โ€“ 17-year-old Yvonne Jewnell of New York โ€“ 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 โ€˜Tobago Gyalโ€™ 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 โ€˜Save the Buccoo Reefโ€™. Kudos to the designer on starting a conversation about the importance of protecting one of her countryโ€™s national gems.

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