Several of the Caribbean’s master designers have already confirmed their attendance at Caribbean Fashionweek from June 8-13.
In addition to the best designers the Caribbean has to offer, CFW boasts recognisable faces in world modelling, plus top stylists from Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and Asia. This year the event will amp up its recent trend as a growing entertainment event on a broader scale. Whereas in the past CFW has attracted major international celebrities and featured short concert performances by such superstars as Eve, Kelly Roland and Nia Long, this year’s event will showcase full concerts after the fashion shows, featuring major international and Jamaican acts.
Such Caribbean icons as Meiling and Biggy are committed to the event in June. Other confirmed master designers include British-Jamaican fashion designer Sandra Kennedy, Trinidad’s acclaimed Claudia Pegus, Jamaica’s Barry Moncrieffe and Mutamba plus Vogue stylist Gavin Douglas. Others will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
In addition to the Caribbean’s top couturiers, major designers will also come from Italy, Switzerland, France, Suriname, Canada, South America and the United States. They will no doubt contribute to the Business Forum, to be held on Sunday, June 12, another key feature of CFW 2011. British Vogue once described CFW as an important new trend in world fashion and the event has been taken to every corner of the globe by Fashion TV Paris. It is also regarded as one of the important fashion weeks in the world and is accepted internationally as the #1 platform for the best of Caribbean style, attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike. Its growth in its first decade has been exponential.
According to Pulse, organisers of the event, CFW 2011 is likely to be the biggest and best to date, based on confirmations already received from designers, celebrities, supermodels and entertainers. The event features six days and nights of activities, including opening and closing events, as well as three nights of shows, an exhibition, after-parties and a business forum.
Current Pulse stars Sedene Blake and Jeneil Williams are driving a new ascendancy of black models in the world. Sedene, described by Elle UK as the new Iman, was named by Style.com (the online home of Vogue) as being one of three models to watch last show season. Jeneil was featured on one of eight covers of Love magazine (Conde Nast’s new publication), last year. Other covers include i-D (twice), the Wall Street Journal (twice), French, BMI and a number of others.
CFW 2011 will not only herald a new decade of the best of Caribbean style, it will help to cement the status of this event. More importantly, it will continue to provide opportunities for Caribbean talent to emerge and take its place among the best that the world can offer.
Caribbean master designers for CFW 2011