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Nassau, Bahamas -- Stark bold architectural patterns meticulously stitched to form triangles, squares and structured ethereal dresses best describes the work of this year’s only female guest designer, Leanne Marshall.
Her style, inspired by nature, architecture and modern innovation, made its home at this year’s Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) as the highlighted showcase for the opening night of the three-day event.
The first model fiercely strutted her way on the catwalk, setting the tone for her model successors as she donned a black and white above-the-knee-dress, with subtle yet bold light-grey stripes in triplicate layers.
As the line’s showing progressed, softer pastel colors and lighter fabrics started to emerge contracting the bold beginning, mixed in with more structured black and white dresses – a clear indication of Marshall’s graphic designer background.
Marshall created a synergy one can only admire.
Born and raised in Yuba City, CA, she began following her dream of becoming a fashion designer at the tender age of 12. Her dream received a boost when she won a scholarship to the Fashion institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco.
A multi-tasker by design, Marshall designed part-time while working as a full-time graphic artist after graduation.
One of her more intriguing designs comprised of a hot pink mini-bauble dress with upstanding folds on its baby-doll bodice and asymmetrical lines below the belt.
Her star continued to rise in local arenas in Portland, Oregon after moving there in 2006 and she took the gamble, quitting her day job to pursue designing full-time. Her sacrifice would soon pay off as in June 2008, Marshall was selected to participate in cycle five of Bravo’s hit series, Project Runway. Perseverance and hard work secured her the show’s win in October 2008.
Today Marshall moves toward sustainable fashion mixing eco-friendly textiles into her designs while creating a name for herself in the fashion industry. And her showing at IWFW will, no doubt, have the fashion industry a buzz for the rest of the year.
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Nolé Marin and Alphadi to Join Panel of Celebrity Judges at Islands of the World Fashion Week
9/8/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: 8th September, 2008. Mode Îles Ltd., organizers of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, today released the names of the persons who will serve as judges for the selection of recipients of the awards in Sustainable Eco-Fashion, Culture & Fashion, and NextGen Designer Award (emerging designer award) at the event scheduled to be held 5th – 8th November, 2008 at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, Bahamas and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.
Kenneth Cole To Receive Humanitarian Designer Award at Islands of the World Fashion Week
9/2/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – 2nd September, 2008: Owen Bethel, President of Mode Îles, Ltd., founder and organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week, announced today that the Humanitarian Designer Award will be presented to Kenneth Cole and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. during Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008.
Thirty-Six Designers to Showcase at Islands of the World Fashion Week
8/25/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: 25th August, 2008. Mode Îles, Ltd., organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week, has announced the names of the designers committed, to-date, to present their creations at the premiere of the event scheduled for the 5th – 8th November at the historic British Colonial Hilton and the Atlantis Resort.
Renowned Designer Kevan Hall To Close Islands of the World Fashion Week
8/12/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – 12th August, 2008: Kevan Hall, fashion designer to stars such as Vanessa Williams, Sharon Stone, Katherine Heigl, Felicity Huffman, Ruby Dee, Debra Messing, Angela Bassett, Salma Hayek and Charlize Theron, will close out the week of activities during the Islands of the World Fashion Week in November with the presentation of his latest collection of stunning garments on the catwalk of the Closing Reception at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
Islands of the World Fashion Week To Welcome Designer Nick Verreos
7/23/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: 23rd July, 2008 – Nick Verreos, the noted designer behind the label, Nikolaki, will showcase his latest creations on the catwalk of Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008 as one of the select international guest designers.
Peter Ingwersen of NOIR.Illuminati II to Lead Line-up of International Guest Designers at Islands of the World Fashion Week
7/1/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas: 1st July, 2008. Mode Îles, Ltd., organizers of Islands of the World Fashion Week scheduled to be held 5th – 8th November, 2008 at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, and Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, have announced that NOIR.Illuminati II of Denmark will lead the list of international guest designers presenting their latest creations at the event this Fall.
American Airlines Becomes Official Carrier for Islands of the World Fashion Week
6/9/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – 9th June, 2008: Ms. Arianne Etuk, Chief Operations Officer of Mode Îles, Ltd., organizers of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, announced today that American Airlines has become the official airline carrier for the event scheduled to be held in Nassau during the period 5th – 8th November, 2008.
Islands of the World Fashion Week Attracts Major Sponsors
5/8/2008 12:00:00 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – 5th May, 2008: Mode Îles, Ltd., the organizers of the Fall fashion event “Islands of the World Fashion Week”, announce the involvement of three significant sponsors in the event scheduled for 5th – 8th November, 2008.
'Islands of the World Fashion Week' (IWFW) to Debut in Nassau, The Bahamas, November 5-8, 2008
3/26/2008 12:00:00 AM
(March 26th, 2008—Nassau, The Bahamas): The fashion world is buzzing about “Islands of the World Fashion Week” (IWFW) to take place in Nassau, The Bahamas, November 5-8, 2008, set to showcase well-known and new designers from islands around the world and to promote cultural diversity and creativity. The producer of IWFW is Mode lIes, Ltd., an affiliate of The Montaque Group, a diversified financial services operation with interest in film finance and production. Inaugural IWFW venues will include the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, The Bahamas.
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