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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"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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