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Sabrina Sturrup goes back to her roots at IWFW

11/6/2009 12:00:00 AM
By Donnielle Mackey

Nassau, Bahamas -- *signal the drums of Africa and cue Bahamian designer, Sabrina Sturrup’s Island of the World fashion Week collection*.

Echoing her love of the mother land, the showcase of bright batik patterns of purples, yellows, greens and oranges appeared to have been wrung straight out of Africa itself.

Admitting that at the age of 21, she stumbled upon fashion through designing jewelry, Sturrup said that only after growing bored with it did she find herself becoming intoxicated with African print and materials.

With the philosophy of “what one wears should embody who they are. Fashion is an outward projection of your inner self!“ it is safe to say that she holds true to her word.

Crisp white linen slacks with a slight gathering at the ankle was the look for males and bright colored dresses for females.

Inspired by mother nature with simple yet modern cut dresses, vests and skirts, Sturrup brought the traditional materials into today’s world.

“I felt it was my duty to bring the traditions of their cultural cloth to life in the urban arena” Sturrup said.

Sturrup’s attentive eye to detailing as well as shapes and colors allowed the pieces to not glitter like some of the other fabrics of the evening but shine with true wholesome color.

Some of the pieces were accented with head scarves, bronzed arm bands, gold hoops and snake skin sandals.

“I fell in love with the process of batik (and) their use of colours and prints…” said Sturrup. “I then learned of their brocades and nets with embroidery and eyelet materials, from there it was no turning back.”

With Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) being her first real presentation, Sturrup says that since the show, “I’ve gotten my feet wet and let me tell you the only thing I want to do is JUMP RIGHT IN.”
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