Canadian designer Yiannis Koveos explored the female body for his “Yannis K Couture” collection of swimwear. Using a hard form shell to cover the breast and bottoms, the collection evoked Princess Leila in Return of the Jedi. Likely uncomfortable and awkwardly tailored, the swimwear may be best left to the professionals in the film industry.
American designer Yvonne Jewnell is only seventeen but has lofty design goals and while her collection of drop waisted pants and asymmetrical shirt dresses was not particularly our cup of tea it grained her the award fro CFW 2014 “emerging designer of the year”. The young designer used an eclectic collection of painted prints and… Read more »
One of the strongest collections from Saturday night at CFW came from Jamaican designer Jehan Jackson for her “Vain Glory” collection of tropical prints, fresh swimwear and rattan hats. Jackson used lightweight fabrics to create a resort friendly collection and diversified her swimwear with unconventional shapes and visored rattan hats. One of our favourite pieces… Read more »
We saw runway sweeping gowns from emerging Tobagonian designer Diamond Linton whose collection entitled “Tobago Gyal” played with layers of fabric and flirty frills. Two of our favourite styles from Linton showed a little tummy love: a tiered dress in a pleated peacock print and halter top and a white two-piece gown with wavy black… Read more »
Using themes of tropical landscapes for her collection, emerging designer Kristen Benjamin from Trinidad & Tobago created mens and womenswear designs that stayed true to their caribbean roots with board shorts for guys and skin-baring ensembles for women. While at times the tailoring for the pieces seemed suspect, many of the concepts were refreshingly risky,… Read more »
Designer Joris Hendrik from Belize showed her collection of mature womenswear at Saturday’s event, focusing on jewel tones in conservative forms and simple silhouettes. While pants suits and floor length dresses made up the girth of the collection, we her preferred designs that had a little more leg play, such as a bright pink shift… Read more »
Designer Lydia Ameaud Lawrence from Trinidad and Tobago shared her “L.O.C.K. Creations” collection of tie-dye prints, green-dotted peplums and painted leather on Saturday night at CFW and while we loved the idea of a leather two piece in shades of brown and a babydoll dress in purple and yellow tie-dye, the collection meandered and lacked… Read more »
One of our favourite collections from CFW weekend came from British designer Alicia Mullings who’s afrocentric mens and womenswear utilized imagery of the Jamaican intellectual Marcus Garvey, Ethiopian queens and black superhero personas. The collection’s theme was creatively orchestrated using two-piece dress sets in midi-lengths, wide-mouthed pants and skirts with brimmed hats, men’s tunics and… Read more »