Creatives seize the opportunity to enjoy the artwork of both their local and regional counterparts annually through the Caribbean Fine Arts Fair. The festival which ran from March 11 to 15, celebrated its tenth anniversary by opening with a Gala Evening.
One of the premier activities on that night was a fashion showcase which took place at the Courtney Blackman Grand Salle. Patrons moved away from the mounted exhibition to the amphitheatre setting to enjoy a showcase of wearable art.
The evening opened with the Kings and Queen’s line from fashion coordinator for the fair, Lana Wilson. It featured ethnic wear, which incorporated traditional African prints in contemporary styles. Titled A Tribute to a King, the outfits paid homage to prolific calypsonian Dr Anthony Gabby Carter.
Patrons were wowed by the intricate wire, and metal statement pieces from Azizah Onifah, another featured designer. Her Aziphos Creations were breathtaking. As the models of Bliss Eite Model Management wove their way through the venue, there were audible gasps and murmurs of appreciation as the attendees got a closeup of Onifah’s work.
Attendees enjoyed a sneak peek at J’aime Crochet’s new line. Designer Metasebia Talma’s pieces included cute rompers and risqué bathing suits. Her use of vibrant colours added to the summery feel of the handmade garments.
Shauntelle Fergus’ fabric cord jewellery was a standout. The Nubian Cords line impressed the intimate gathering, and the Ankara-inspired handcrafted pieces were a hit. The models wore simple white outfits which ensured that the splash of colour provided by the pieces captured the audience’s attention. It was easy to see how easily the style bar could be raised by adding these accessories.
The final segment of the night was from Crafts Extraordinaire by Mel’s. It showcased glitzy printed mugs, water bottles and printed T-shirts.
The entertainment package was enhanced by a performance from Richard Stoute Over 21 competitor Paul Legall. (STT)
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