Published On: Tue, Jul 8th, 2014

Vogue lauds Caribbean Fashionweek, again!

Caribbean-Fashion-Week-2012-Vogue, the “bible” of modern fashion worldwide, has once again lauded Caribbean Fashionweek, the region’s major fashion event, for its uniqueness as well as its outstanding contribution to global fashion. CFW was described some years ago by British Vogue as an important new trend in world fashion and once again, the 2014 staging, drew accolades, this time from the Italian edition of the Conde Nast flagship publication.

CFW was covered by Vogue’s Declan Eytan, an Italian of Surinamese roots. While hailing the landmark event, Eytan noted that “the recently concluded Caribbean Fashionweek, marks the fourteenth edition of the highly anticipated Kingston-based fashion event, produced by Jamaican modeling agency and entertainment company, Pulse”.

Eytan added “A remarkable feature of this year's Caribbean Fashionweek, was the infusion of a shopping area inside the show venue, which made it possible for attendees to shop the collections presented on the runway.

A digital version of this shopping area – shopcaribbeanfashion.com – allows those who live overseas, to purchase the Caribbean designer garments as well. The online shopping platform is in line with Caribbean Fashion Week 2014's focus on monetizing fashion design with a global audience in mind, which was further – emphasized through a Business Forum, held on the first day of the four-day fashion extravaganza.”

As can be expected, Vogue was keen on the designers’ collections showcased at CFW and the new trends reflected. Eytan highlighted the Cedella Marley collection, as well as the presence of Pulse’s and the region’s top male model Oraine Barrett. For him, the musical performances were what differentiated CFW from the other major fashion weeks in the world, stating:

Amongst the designers which showcased their work, were Bob Marley's eldest daughter - Cedella Marley - in addition to a slew of models and designers that hailed from other parts of the Caribbean and the Diaspora. Besides the fashion, it was the musical performances by various Jamaican artists including Maxi Priest, which differentiated the Caribbean Fashionweek from its Western counterparts. The presence of Jamaica's most sought-after male model slash Ralph Lauren favourite, Oraine Barrett, made for an additional crowd-pleaser.

As far as trends were concerned, many designers took inspiration from nature via floral details and leaf prints. Among the stand-out pieces were the knitted multicolour cut-out dress by Tosha Groves & Tandra Birkett, in addition to the seductive designs of Jehan Jackson. As one may expect from a Caribbean-centered fashion week, there wasn't a shortage of state of the art swimwear either” The full story is available at: http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-blog/2014/06/caribbean-fashion-week-2014

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