(photo credit: David X Prutting/Patrick McMullan via NY Times The Moment)
Models backstage at CFW 08 in Heather Jones designs
Alright, alright I know I’m a liiikkle late but fear not, I was never going to forget the full-on islandista fabulosity that is Caribbean Fashion Week every year.
As usual Kingsley Cooper and the Pulse crew did it how we only do it. There was an array of gorgeous models in various hues of brown, with bodies that look like them nyam some food rather than the anorexic Eastern Euro-chic of every other catwalk- this is no doubt the only Fashion Week in the world where black models have no problem getting a bligh.
No less than the NY Times’ The Moment blog noted the difference between CFW and the rest:
C.F.W. is a rarity in that it shows no signs of androgyny. Yanking up their bold Yardmanstyle t-shirts, the Jamaican male models flashed physiques that caused mass hysteria in the audience. And the heavenly bodies of the vari-hued Nubian catwalk beauties appeared to be silicone-free.
The androgyny-freeness was not just evident in the models but in the collections. The designs and colours were so distinctively Caribbean and yet not in a cliched way. There was rich, lush colour evocative of and appropriate to a true flamboyant tree-blooming, mango-filled Caribbean summer as seen in Heather Jones’ designs up above and in the juicy orange skirts of Claudia Pegus dresses seen below.
There were edgy, sexy rudegal-influenced designs from Born As Ragamuffin as seen below at right.
There were celebs in the front row from islandista actress Nia Long and fellow actress Vanessa Williams and rapper Eve who also showcased her Fetish clothing line.
Clearly an event for islandistas! More pics of our picks below.
I love, love, love this fluffy, beribboned confection from Zadd & Eastman. Ribbons (ribboning?) were a theme in several of their designs as seen in this column dress below worn by fast-rising Barbadian model Tenille Stoute.
(photo credit: Ryan Lue-Clarke via Popstyle Jamaica)
Gorgeous splashes of colour came from one of Trinidad’s grand dames of fashion, Meiling, as seen above.
For more photos check out Popstyle Jamaica which has tons of photos and coverage from CFW 08.