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Fashion Week officially opens at Atlantis

Fashion Week officially opens at Atlantis

11/8/2008 12:00:00 AM
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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