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Friday’s Fashion fiesta


Tracy Moore

Friday’s Fashion fiesta

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Barbados Fashion week may have been delayed a bit by some intermittent showers but what came after was hot, hot, hot!
Friday night’s launch saw six designers – Andrew Harris, Alexis Campbell, Kesia Estwick, Cassandra Mottley, Christina Goddard and Janelle Forde – as well as Praxis Barbados, showcase their best for the season at the Marriott Courtyard in Hastings, Christ Church.
Harris’ men’s wear was sporty using bright fun colours but with a tailored eye even with the thigh length to knee length shorts. The full-length pants were very detailed and varied from boot-cut to pencil bottom while his women’s line included minis and bodices, playful both in cuts and colours.
The ready-to-wear efforts from Campbell were imaginative as if made for a Greek god or goddess. Her theme of pristine whites, bold blacks, sharp cuts and flowing materials were fused with warrior-like vest or fabric-made battle sleeve (for men). They all included a touch of strong brown leather trims or very detailed leather embellishments whether it came on one shoulder, the waist or the back. Her varying lengths and multilayers also added another dimension to the line.
Estwick, who is one of the two finalists in the wearable art competition, dedicated her creations to her mother, Heather, as was the name of her clothing line.
Not only was she daring with her hemlines that reached very high-thigh to mid-thigh and also three quarter to flowing floor lengths, but her blends of colours, patterns, pairing of materials and asymmetrical cuts left the audience wanting more – like her diamond pattern dress with the very low cut back or the white layered mini with silver designs.
Forde was about sexy and playful which came in tiny bikinis with the ultimate sarong replacement – sexy chiffon cover-ups in attractive colours and designed as an entirely ready-to-wear outfit. What else stood out was pairing her simpler designs with intricate chain designs for the head and face.
Goddard women’s line was refine with classic wide-legged to tuxedo-type pants as well as gorgeous but dangerously sexy necklines on the jumpsuits and playful party dresses.
Not to be left out of Friday night’s launch was Praxis Barbados which showcased its men’s line with styles that included casual to button-down shirts in hues of pinks, blues, reds, plaids and strips and tailor fitted slacks where hems either hit the knee, tapered at the ankle or classically cut for the traditional man.
 

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