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Fashion Week officially opens at Atlantis
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Fashion Week officially opens at Atlantis
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BY Alex Missick
Lights, camera, FASHION!
A dazzling array of cultural and Eco-Fashion designs adorned the Imperial Ballroom at the world-renowned Atlantis Resort for the Islands of the Worlds Fashion Week’s opening reception yesterday evening. The setting – a fashionista’s paradise tailored for everyone from the laid back to the sophisticate to enjoy – was a beaming catwalk clearly visible from every possible angle.
Highlighting the event was the work of Peter Ingwersen for the NOIR Illuminanti II Collection. Known for his attention to detail and focus on environmentally-friendly materials and processes within his designs, Ingwersen’s pieces captivated his audience.
Caribbean designers including Poshellé by Lisa Cordice of St Vincent & the Grenadines and Lisa Humes of the Bahamas, brought more of an island feel to the runway with their use of straw work, hemp, shells and natural products such as sea weeds and sea fans in their garments.
The event drew scores of Bahamians and international guests, many wanting to see what the rest of fashion week had to offer. And they got one heck of an experience.
The entire room glowed with hues of red, green and shades of blue. The runway was perfectly lit. Exquisite red velvet and wall-length drapes maintained a slick atmosphere as models and guests alike snacked on a delectable array of hors d’oeuvres during intermission.
For celebrity judge and creator of the NIKOLAKI clothing line, Nick Verreos, participating at IWFW has been a very exciting experience.
“The way the producers have done the runway, the lighting, everything is up to par to how you see it in the New York and LA fashion week,” said Verreos. “I’m very happy to see them up to standard like this.”
The show, however, was not without a few glitches. Getting the backstage back in order after the judging process for the Sustainable Eco Fashion Award was completed proved challenging. But according to Verreos, every fashion week has its bumpy starts.
“You just use this experience to clear out the bumps,” he said. “I think this is also a wonderful extension for the Tourism industry in the Bahamas. An event like this every year can take the Bahamas’ Tourism industry to a whole new level.”
IWFW founder, Owen Bethel said he is very delighted about the immense amount of media coverage this week, both local and international.
“That’s really what we needed and that’s what the designers would like,” he said. “It’s the international coverage that we need to make sure that the word gets out about Islands of the World Fashion week.”
Among the many media outlets, celebrities and locals alike, representatives from international media house Tempo, made themselves quite comfortable absorbing the cultural and fashionable atmosphere of the evening.
Tempo CEO Frederick Morton said he is very happy to be a part of IWFW and explained that the event will show the world that fashion has a place in the Caribbean.
“It demonstrates that we can do it just like the rest of the world and maybe even better,” he said. “Any group of people that is trying to bring forth Caribbean culture and fashion has my vote. We always have to spread ourselves around to make things happen.
“Fashion on Tempo seems to be the right order because we are fashionable people. We want to design for us with our own flavor and vibe and the world will come.”
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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
Islands of the World Fashion Week Designer Call
7/19/2010 11:10:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: Mode Îles, Ltd., organizers of the award-winning event, Islands of the World Fashion Week, is announcing the third edition of their spectacular showcase of established and novice designers to the world's stage. The event will take place on November 11th- 13th in Nassau, Bahamas, exposing island-based designers to the international media and prospective buyer markets. This year promises to be even more beneficial to our potential designers as we've added a televised special/series, which will focus on the designers and events surrounding IWFW. The special will comprise of three segments, which will run parallel to the main event:
Islands of the World Fashion Tour: Chicago
7/15/2010 11:06:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: Mode Iles Ltd., organizers of the award-winning "Islands of the World Fashion Week", announces the second city of it's Islands of the World Fashion Tour: Chicago. With the success of the tour that commenced at the El Paseo Fashion Week in Palm Springs, California, in March of this year, President of Mode Iles, Owen Bethel is thrilled to once again showcase talent from island nations to the key populace of the fashion world.
Islands of the World Fashion Tour Takes The Desert By Storm
4/19/2010 11:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: On Wednesday, 24th March, 2010, the tent of Fashion Week El Paseo in Palm Desert, California, became the focal point for an explosion of multi-cultural expression as four award-winning designers from Islands of the World Fashion Week presented their creations to a standing room only audience.
Islands of the World Fashion Week On Tour in 2010
3/11/2010 10:55:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: Mode Iles Ltd., organizers of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week, announced that this year an additional feature of the initiative to promote designers from islands around the world and expose them to major international media and markets will be the launch of "Islands of the World Fashion Tour", commencing with a runway show stop at Fashion Week El Paseo in Palm Springs, California
Kendrick Kemp To Represent The Bahamas At Mr. World Competition in South Korea
3/3/2010 10:44:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: Kendrick David Kemp, the winner of the Male Model Muse Competition at the Islands of the World Fashion Week held in November, 2009, has been selected by the Miss World Bahamas organizers to represent The Bahamas at the Mr. World Competition scheduled to be held on Saturday, 27th March, in Incheon, South Korea. Mr. Kemp leaves The Bahamas for South Korea on 11th March to prepare for the final and participate in a number of preliminary events
Grenada, Haiti, Madagascar, Trinidad and The Bahamas are big winners at IWFW 2009
11/8/2009 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -- Though all the designers came to Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) to flaunt their collections, their creativity was also put to the test as they all vied for four awards during the event. The four categories included Sustainable Eco-Fashion, Culture and Fashion, NextGen Designer, Humanitarian Designer, and four Seals of Excellence.
Style after Life… Forever Harl Taylor shows out at IWFW
11/8/2009 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -- Yves Saint Laurent’s quote, “Fashions fade, style is eternal” rang true at the Saturday evening revealing of the Harl Taylor BAG collection at Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW). The amazing display of 34 bags, including five of his signature HIV/AIDS and Pink for the CURE bags, floated down the runway and dazzled a packed ballroom.
Eric Raisina: The True Malagasy Progeny
11/8/2009 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -- Malagasy designer Eric Raisina made his Islands of the World Fashion Week debut the final night of the three-day international event mixing dark colored, form-fitting dresses and ethereal pieces in one colorful and mesmerizing showcase. The designer, whose “silk fur” fabrics and “African lace” are highly sought after by design houses Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent and other Parisian fashion houses, is best known for his textile designs of bold colored fabrics which he masterfully crafted in pieces that classily accentuated the femininity of each of his models.
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