Islands of the World Fashion Showcase (IWFS) Rocks Fort Charlotte

Fashion aficionados looking for a fulfilling experience were not disappointed. 

With a nearly packed house, unpredictable weather was no match for Islands of the World Fashion Showcase (IWFS) as the world-renowned event set Fort Charlotte on fire.

With 19 designer showcases packed into two nights, the sixth installation of IWFS proved to hold its own with spectacular showcases and an electrifying crowd.

Showcasing this year were ExÎles, Alshante Foggo, Ashton Hall, Bathhouse Swimwear,  Charmaine Spicer, Froilan Amaya, Ismael de la Caridad, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Jesus Frias, Kazz Forbes, Laura Macias, Renaldo Geumm, Oscar de la Portilla, Ray Vincente, Rolando Ruiz, Omar Alexander Jimenez and Thatch Collection. Countries represented include Bermuda, Cuba, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, The Bahamas and the United States of America.

Renaldo Geumm
Renaldo Geumm

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DAY ONE

Resort, sport and swimwear were the order of the day on Friday.

The evening kicked off paying homage to the Japanese tradition of war thanks to the Samurai Collection of underwear and chic resort wear from the Exiles Boutique, interspersed with powerful dance routines performed by students of The National Dance School of The Bahamas. It was followed by a very sporty yet refreshing collection by Kendra Wilkinson’s Thatch Collection. Designers Rolando Ruiz and Omar Jimenez embraced their Cuban roots with bright colours and classic cuts for their showcase.

Rolando Ruis Omar Jimenez
Rolando Ruis Omar Jimenez

Rolando Ruis Omar Jimenez

The concept of tie-dyes, oceanic themes and florals were a focal point for Cuba’s Oscar de la Portilla and is collection of swimsuits and sarongs. The designer explained his ethereal collection by saying, “No two women are the same so I make clothes for women who are tall, short, shapely, and slender.”

Then there was Bermuda’s Alshante Foggo who kept close to her island roots with a very deliberate island themed collection of swimwear and caftans.

“I grew up on an island and I remember as a little girl being fascinated by the scenery,” said Foggo. “I just thought it was important to incorporate the beauty of my island in what I create, hence the colorful birds and flowers on a lot of the pieces.”

Then there was Jose Luis Gonzalez with a bright swimwear collection that offered a unique option of caftans and linen gypsy skirts as well as a number of cutting edge options for men.

Rounding out night one was Ray Vincente’s exclusive menswear which brought an eclectic feel to the weekend.

Exiles
Exiles

DAY TWO

Designers on Saturday night were all primarily about haute couture.

Hound’s-tooth prints were the focal point for Bathhouse Swimwear with elegant curve accentuating lines and high end feel throughout the US brand.

Young Bahamian and BTVI graduate Renaldo Geumm gave a fierce runway presence with a series of high end evening gowns extravagantly embellished with lace and tulle.

Ashton Hall’s showcase was a vivid array of exquisite lace infused pieces for men and women. The American’s Jamaican roots, island inspired prints and vibrant colours made for a collection to take the audience from day to night in attire.

Ashton Hall
Ashton Hall

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Turks & Caicos native Kazz Forbes, and his label, Saint George Fashion House, took the audience to the ultimate ball and red carpet with an array of high end evening gowns rounding out the series of traditional yet awesome runway experiences.

Kazz Forbes
Kazz Forbes

ARTE y MODA

The anticipated highlight of the weekend went beyond the expectation of the show’s audience and coordinators alike.

The segment got off to a sensational start with a mini opera piece followed by a group installment of live mannequins. Local and international models alike stepped up and embraced the daunting task of literally bringing avant garde designs to life on the runway through interpretive dance and acting.

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Arte-y-moda

“It was not what I expected,” said one happy audience member. “I was amazed with everyone’s designs and the art in motion was spectacular.”

The elaborate designs and interpretations were awarded with a standing ovation by a thoroughly energized crowd. The 27-piece collection was a collective effort by the seven Cuban designers at IWFS.

The original art inspirations were projected onto a screen on stage to give an eclectic contrast to the designs which came to life on stage thanks to the models.

“The culmination of the two-day event with the spectacle of “Arte y Moda” was a strategic spectrum of casual prêt-a-porter to red carpet designs to what I have described as the ‘haute couture of art’. The event was professionally staged with an emphasis on the business and cultural diversity of fashion. It is hoped that significantly more Bahamians will have the opportunity to witness such creativity” said Owen Bethel, producer of the event.

Exiles
Exiles

ABOUT IWFS

Since 2008, IWFS has held to the platform which caused it to be endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its promotion of cultural diversity, and as a means to bring value-added levels of production to the fledgling fashion industries in developing nations, particularly more vulnerable small island developing states. The intent is to draw attention via international media and trade exposure to the skills and creativity across the spectrum of the fashion industry in the islands.

To date in excess of 130 designer showcases representing 20 countries have presented their creations on the catwalks of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase.

For more information and updates, visit the website www.islandsfashionweek.com or the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/islandsfashionweek or email info@islandsfashionweek.com.  

Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Showcase takes off

A new and exciting talent-scouting event, which is specifically designed to bring global attention to the vast talent pool in the Caribbean dubbed, Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, (Island MMTS) makes its way to The Bahamas and the Caribbean region.

Pia T. Glover
Pia T. Glover

CEO & Founder of Island MMTS, Pia T. Glover-Rolle is very excited to showcase the talent of the islands to the international scouts who will attend the event, which is slated for July 13-19, 2015 in Nassau, The Bahamas. She and her team across the region are working hard to ensure that as many talented locals as possible of the islands get an opportunity to audition for the top talent scouts and for a chance at what will be a life changing opportunity for all participants.

Auditions around The Bahamas and the Caribbean started as of August 2014 and continue until February 2015. These auditions have attracted, and will continue to attract, talented male and female participants between the ages of 5  and 65.

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Island MMTS Regional Scouts are extremely excited to see what talent – models, actors, singers, songwriters and music producers – The Caribbean region has to offer.

CEO & Founder of Island MMTS, Mrs. Pia T. Glover-Rolle, who is also President and Founder at PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency, hopes that all prospective participants continue to register early and reserve their space as competition is expected to be fierce throughout the region. Online registration is already well ahead of projections.

Auditions throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean are the prelude to the inaugural week-long conference scheduled for July 13 to 19, 2015, at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, which is located on the new multi-billion Bahamian Riviera at Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The event is already buzzing in the ears of top international fashion and talent scouts, personal managers, casting directors, booking agents, record labels, modeling and talent agencies along with Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters, who will judge Island MMTS competitions and conduct seminars, while scouting new and unique talent in these respective areas.

Additionally, agents from the US, Europe, South Africa, China and Canada will spend a week in The Bahamas scouting new talent from the participating Caribbean islands, offering contracts and representation opportunities.

Many very recognizable names in the industry are already confirmed and excited to participate. There is great anticipation that the next big “star” will be discovered at Island MMTS 2015.

Some 34 countries around the Caribbean are participating. These include: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Croix, St. John, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tortola, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Grand Bahama, San Salvador, Cat Island, Bimini, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma and New Providence.10626620_221453564692042_1337966941159199434_n

Pia T. Glover-Rolle, who heads top Bahamian firm PTG Marketing and Modeling Agency, has a proven track record of success in modeling, talent development and placement within the industry, both locally and internationally.

Island MMTS is being billed as a “one of a kind” event for the islands, and is the only modeling and talent showcase in the world specifically targeting the Caribbean market.

Online registration is required. Visit website: http://www.islandmmts.com

Fall 2014 cover with Rehanna Warren

Fall 2014 issue with Face of Grenada winner Rehanna Warren.
Fall 2014 issue with Face of Grenada winner Rehanna Warren.

On the cover- Rehanna Warren, Face of Grenada winner 2014!

Release date: October 20th, 2014!

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