Signed, sealed and delivered! Murielle Leconte is Here
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Signed, sealed and delivered! Murielle Leconte is Here
11/8/2009 12:00:00 AM
By Aneka Stewart
Nassau, Bahamas -- Hibiscus. Golden sunset. Sharp edges. Murielle Leconte’s fabulous garments, jewelry and clutches were nothing short of extraordinary.
Born in Port- Au Prince, Haiti, Leconte craves fashion in any form. Designing everything from men, women and children’s clothing to handbags, jewelry, decorative pillows, paintings, scarves and tableware, she has made her mark on canvases in the fashion world.
On Saturday night, the lights flicked revealing full-bodied black leotards, accented by nautical blue Burlap with a golden flap. An array of shimmering colors added a flashy flair to smooth clutches with shades of amber, apple green, baby blue, bronze, red and white. Leconte’s eye for island styles was in full effect.
There is no doubt that she embraces her roots as Haitian paintings were the highlight of her unique pieces. The flap of clutches featured vertical and horizontal lines with multi colored curves resembling those of flower stems. Those prints were also evident on shirts and dresses as they added that extra touch to her designs.
A flamboyant edge was not missing from her creations as Leconte designed costumes for Haitian Carnivals in the past. And with that another clutch was carried out with hints of red, blue and white like a Haitian flag.
There was a party going on and you didn’t want to miss it!
Joining this fashion fiesta was another eco- friendly Burlap bag with wooden handles. Her bags were not limited to squared shapes but also circular ones with dents at the sides.
Every piece presented by Leconte rocked the runway and had the capability to be worn every day. With earth tones, fun hues and slim cuts, her bags can add finishing touches to any fashionista’s ensemble.
Leconte wrapped up her bag segment with designs of hearts on the backs and fronts of her clutches.
Fun necklaces made with Bullhorn hung on the long necks of models in shades of light blue, green, lavender and red. Pendants hung on bullhorn and brown roping, settling right on the bosom and some on the navel. Earrings were not left out as they hung all the way to jaw bones in colors matching neck pieces. No matter your shape or color Leconte designed with everyone in mind.
The crowd hyped up as designs for men were presented. First was a white linen button down shirt with intricate gold lines along chest. Then came a golden yellow button down with prints on the back. A part of Leconte’s vision was to design clothes that were not just easy on the eyes but also comforting to the body.
A sharp black suit came next with a smart button down underneath with prints on one side. These designs were sharp, edgy and quite accessible for everyday wear.
But audiences didn’t get too comfortable just yet as Leconte then revealed a ruffled Burlap gown with blue lining on hem and on bust then an umpired waste maxi dress. Dress designs didn’t end there as a turquoise pumpkin dress emerged with lime green lines on hem, neck and waste line. Leconte’s detailing was not left out as she placed cute green buttons on the waist line.
Murielle’s philosophy is that a garment must be practical, comfortable and affordable and that reigned true as IWFW attendees lined up to purchase her designs.
With sharp lines cool curves and odd shapes Leconte dazzled this year’s IWFW.
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"Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Fashion Show"
11/14/2010 3:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: It’s the finale of “Islands of The World Fashion Week 2010” and producers Mode Îles Ltd, planned a special evening for all persons in attendance; “Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Fashion Show. Runway 3 showcased collections from 7 talented and diverse Haitian designers; Phelicia Dell (Veve Collection), David Andre, Giovanna Menard (Artisans du Soleiel), Michel Chataigne, Maguy Durce, Maelle David (Maelle Creations) and Savannah Savary. The intent of the evening was to display the fashion talents from the people of Haiti and amplify the possibility of the fashion and design industry as a “plus” to the Haitian economy. Ranging from cultural wear, jewelry, plus sizes, accessories and prêt-à-porter, these designers hit the runway with the intent of changing the perception of fashion from their native land.
IWFW Runway 2 Gets Funky with International Designer INDASHIO
11/12/2010 11:48:00 PM
NASSAU, BAHAMAS--Night II of the most talked about fashion event of the season, Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW), was like no other show in the capital city of the Bahamas. Bright lights, a room filled with video cameras and photographers, and of course, who could forget the fashion crazed crowd who waited eagerly to watch the stage illuminate once again! Patrons of the evening eagerly awaited the two designers of “In Search of The Next Oscar”; Raynellis Howell of Turks & Caicos and Georgina Estherr, Dominican Republic, who both vied for the coveted title. Celebrity designer and TV personality Nick Verreos hosted the competition and kept guest captivated with his high-energy and vivacious personality. Mode Îles Ltd produced “Runway to Fashion Week” event’s winner Theodore Elyett, joined the runway and showcased his 14 piece collection. Along with being awarded a scholarship to the coveted Parsons The New School for Design, Theodore was also given a fabric donation by Bahamas Handprint, which he used in part of his collection. The Culture and Fashion design presentation was also held tonight, as designers Phelicia Dell (Haiti), Harl Taylor BAG (Bahamas), David Rolle (Bahamas), Savannah Savary (Haiti), K.Bobby (Jamaica) and Oliver Tolentino (Philippines) showcased their fashion and culturally inspired pieces, reflective of their island-nations. True to himself, international stylist and designer Indashio (U.S.A.) brought his definition of fun, color and originality, to the runway. His line was a definite crowd pleaser and brought the runway to life. “I am a small town guy who moved to New York and was introduced to color,” Indashio said. He added that his pieces “were inspired by New York night life and the originality of the locals. My line is called "Move Party Monster" and it was inspired by the NYC club kids. The colors of New York made me and my pieces.” IWFW 2010 will culminate tomorrow with the “Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Fashion Show”. Haitian designers Phelicia Dell, David Andre, Giovanna Menard, Michel Chataigne, Maguy Durce, Maelle David and Savannah Savary are all set to grace the runway with their designs. For more news on this or any other IWFW shows visit our website at www.islandsfashionweek.com. You can also visit us on www.facebook.com/islandsfashionweek.
IWFW 2010 Opens Runway 1 in Grand Style!
11/11/2010 11:35:00 PM
Nassau, Bahamas: Sounds of goat-skinned drums permeated the halls of the British Colonial Hilton on Thursday, November 11, as dancers of “Silk &Steel” filled the runway with an ethnically-inspired routine, signaling the official opening of “Islands of The World Fashion Week” 2010. Scores of fashion enthusiasts were treated to a myriad of fresh, island-inspired prêt a porter and couture designs, through the talents of veteran and “runway virgins”, including first time attendees, David Rolle and Whitney Miller; both competing for the title of NextGen Designer. Rolle’s collection was dark and mysterious; a pleasant twist to social commentary as his models made their way down the runway handcuffed!
IWFW Makes A “Fruit-filled” Donation to Local Children’s Home
10/19/2010 10:22:07 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: On Thursday 14th October, 2010, the inclement weather placed a halt on the CD launch party planned by Mode Îsles Ltd, producers of “Islands of The World Fashion Week”. The unexpected rain however, proved to be a blessing in disguise, as it became the inspiration behind a generous donation of hors d'oeuvres donated to the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel on Saturday, October 16, 2010. In preparation for one of the most anticipated events of the IWFW 2010 calendar, organizers were forced to postpone the launch of the “IWFW CD Vol.1”; the official runway music to be used in the “Islands of the World Fashion Week” international television debut. Mr. Kedar Clarke, Operations Manager of Mode Îsles Ltd, applauds the Bahamas Children’s Emergency Hostel for being gracious recipients of the gourmet treats and says charities like the hostel make major fashion statements through its commitment to youth and humanitarian efforts.
Mode Îles Ltd to launch “Islands of the World Fashion Week CD: Vol. 1”
10/12/2010 9:08:43 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: “Islands of the World Fashion Week” is more than an event, it's an experience! Mode Îles Ltd, producers of IWFW, is set to launch their first music compilation, “Islands of the World Fashion Week CD Vol. 1”, with an official CD release party at Bambu Nightclub on Thursday October 14th beginning at 8pm. As this pioneering event gets ready to hit the regional and international television medium, Mode Îles Ltd saw fit to create a mix of hits ranging from techno, R&B, Pop and house. Featured artists on this eclectic musical compilation hailed from countries like Trinidad, British Virgin Islands, Canada, U.S.A., Europe and The Bahamas. Radio hits from around the region like “Let Me Know” and “Push It”, are just some of the tracks that listeners can groove to. There is also “home grown” flavor on the compilation, with songs from “Sketch” and “TADA”.
"Runway to Fashion Week" winner to join IWFW 2010 Designer Line-Up
10/6/2010 1:21:42 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: The “Islands of the World Fashion Week” 2010 season is officially underway! On Sunday, October 3rd, scores of fashion spectators were engaged in the excitement and allure of the Mode Îles Ltd. produced, “Runway to Fashion Week”. This highly anticipated event, loosely based on American reality series “Project Runway”, was designed to engage and expose novice Bahamian designers to the wider fashion community; both locally and internationally. With 5 talented designers eager to win the coveted “top designer” title, only one emerged victorious!
IWFW local designer competition: “Runway to Fashion Week”
9/29/2010 12:59:16 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: With less than two months away until the biggest runway show to hit the Bahamian shores, Mode Iles Ltd, producers of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW), have created a designer competition for novice designers based in The Bahamas. The competition; “Runway to Fashion Week”, loosely based on America’s “Project Runway”, was created to involve local novice designers and gradually expose their talent to a larger market. The event will take place on October 3rd beginning at 5pm at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace.
IWFW 2010 Announces International Guest Designers
9/21/2010 10:51:17 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: Mode Îles Ltd., organizers of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW), announced that the two International Guest Designers selected to present creations from their Spring/Summer 2011 Collection at the event are Jay McCarroll and Oliver Tolentino. IWFW will take place November 11th – 13th at the British Colonial Hilton. Jay McCarroll has distinguished himself as a talented designer as he became the first winner of the popular American reality series, Project Runway. He has gone on to become a celebrity designer, and has starred in the documentary feature film “Eleven Minutes” which recounts his rise to fame.
IWFW Designers of the Runway 2010
9/13/2010 3:39:28 PM
Nassau, Bahamas: Mode Iles, producers of the acclaimed “Islands of the World Fashion Week”, today announce the designer lineup for the IWFW 2010 show in November 11-13, to be held at The British Colonial Hilton. Including guest designers from the popular American television series, “Project Runway”, 18 talented, island-based designers, representing 9 island nations, will take to the runway in this year’s event.
Islands of the World Fashion Tour A Smash Hit In Chicago
8/23/2010 11:16:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - 23rd August, 2010: Islands of the World Fashion Tour, the most recent off-shoot of Islands of the World Fashion Week, made its second cross-country (USA) stop in the windy city, Chicago. The show, executed to a full capacity house of 300 persons, took place at the chic Loft on Lake facility in the renowned West Loop
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