It was a busy weekend for the Islandista team just over a fortnight ago when Bridgetown Barbados Fashion Week came off on the same weekend as our charitable event, the Power Dressing Party.
But we soldiered through and made it to both! And now we want to share some of our favourites and some of our insights – particularly from the first two nights which were the local night and Caribbean night respectively.
Torrential rains and flash flooding on the very first night may have deterred quite a few fashion followers as the tent in Independence Square (very NYFW circa the Bryant Park era – we liked it!) was pretty sparse audience wise.
However, the show must go on and it did. Young designer Kesia Estwick who is a big favourite of the young clubbing set in Barbados with her diffusion line Kiss + Girl, made the biggest impact with her more grown up collection, Kesia Couture.
The collection was mostly stark black and white but then she started to throw in some colour, particularly some gorgeous rich reds. There was a garnet gown with a plunging neckline that I am still dreaming of!
Kesia was far and away the MVP of the first night. Her designs were definitely high fashion but were also intensely wearable. I’m not saying we could wear them to the office but there are formal events (staff awards, weddings) where her outfits would not be out of place.
On the topic of intense wearability, we have to give a hat tip to Vincentian designer Kimone Baptiste for her Kimystic line. It was the opposite of Kesia’s formal, red-carpet type wear but would definitely still suit an expensive affair like an all-inclusive party or cruise.