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Fashion at the Garrison

by Tonia Husbands

With the scenic and historical museum as the backdrop and live music from the 1688 Orchestra, patrons witnessed Barbadian designers exhibiting their creations when the Creative Entrepreneurship Foundation presented The Creative Styles of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.

It was all in keeping with the foundation’s objective of focussing on entrepreneurs, provide funding and promoting entrepreneurship.

Colour, flair and finesse were the order of the night. Most designers opted for the elegantly casual and formal wear looks for spring and summer 2013. The most outstanding designs for the night came for Shakad and Andrew Harris. Shakad’s designs were flowing and full of colour, creating an instant hit with the audience as she portrayed A Painted Lady. The greens and oranges stood out in the light and it was truly a sight to behold. Her outfits were complimented by Jilla’s Jewelry Box.

Andrew Harris’ designs were Cruise Casual Wear for Men 2012. His designs featured the laid back casual look, with his inspiration coming from the cruise vacation when fun and relaxation envelop the mind and body. One of his models caused quite a stir when he appeared on stage barebacked and well toned.

Orlando Williams, of Linda Belle Creation and Designs, brought to the stage elegantly casual outfits for women. His show-stopping piece for the night was a black couture look complimented with umbrella.

Mission Catwalk designer Kerin Scott’s designs were a pre-collection for her 2013 spring line. Her five pieces were inspired by “modern Cuba meets old Havana”.

Designer Alexis Campbell displayed her casual and formal looks for summer 2012 for women — chic, sexy and sophisticated. At the end of her collection Betty Phillips, the makeover winner, came to the stage to display her new look.

Rykii De Jude’s spirit collection catered to the elegantly casual and formal looks men desire, while Passion’s offering, titled Caribbean Queens said “femininity”, pure and simple. His outfits were all white and catered to from kids to adults and ranged from petite to plus sizes.

Entertainment for the night was provided by Cassius Clay, the Mike Sealy Quartet, Ian Webster and three of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition finalists Chanta Bowen, Chardonnay Worrell and Cherisse Calendar.

In his opening remarks, Prime Minister Freundal Stuart praised the organisers and designers, stating that Barbadians were taught to believe that in order to find creative minds we had to look overseas, but that is not the case. Whatever we do here in Barbados is just as good as that produced anywhere else in the world, he insisted.

He advised the organisers to pursue excellence and assured them of the Government’s commitment to provide the opportunities they need to assist entrepreneurs. Also in attendance was CARICOM Ambassador Robert Morris and Senator Andre Worrell.

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