SHE Carribean Magazine - - FASHION NOTEBOOK -

Plans for the sixth edi­tion of the award-win­ning Is­lands of the World Fash­ion Showcase are in high gear, and you are in­vited to ei­ther cruise there at your leisure on board The Sky cruise liner, part of the Nor­we­gian Cruise Line fleet, or sim­ply take a flight over to Nas­sau to ex­pe­ri­ence what or­ga­niz­ers have de­scribed as “a mo­saic of fash­ion, cul­ture, and art” from de­sign­ers orig­i­nat­ing from is­land na­tions around the world and de­sign­ers from coun­tries such as France, Nige­ria and the USA. This year’s event prom­ises to be yet another awe-in­spir­ing pro­duc­tion as it marks a mile­stone in the vi­sion of its founders with the cre­ation of the col­lec­tion un­der the pro­pri­etary la­bel “ExÎles”, a co­op­er­a­tive de­sign con­cept invit­ing de­sign­ers to cre­ate ready-to-wear re­sort and ac­tive wear un­der the brand name.

The Showcase, from its in­cep­tion in 2008, has had the en­dorse­ment of the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) for its pro­mo­tion of cul­tural di­ver­sity, and as a means to bring value-added lev­els of pro­duc­tion to the fledg­ling fash­ion in­dus­tries in de­vel­op­ing na­tions, par­tic­u­larly more vul­ner­a­ble small is­land de­vel­op­ing states. The in­tent is to draw at­ten­tion via in­ter­na­tional me­dia and trade ex­po­sure to the skills and cre­ativ­ity across the spec­trum of the fash­ion in­dus­try in the is­lands. To date in ex­cess of 130 de­sign­ers rep­re­sent­ing 40 coun­tries have pre­sented their cre­ations on the cat­walks of Is­lands of the World Fash­ion Showcase.

The Clos­ing Run­way Show on the evening of Satur­day, 8th Novem­ber, will fea­ture the spec­ta­cle of “Arte y Moda” from Cuba, where at­ten­dees will ex­pe­ri­ence the unique fu­sion of fash­ion, art and mu­sic in a man­ner never wit­nessed be­fore. Twenty-six de­sign­ers get their in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent pieces of art and cre­ate de­signs which con­vey a pow­er­ful story and set to mu­sic which trans­forms the model from a man­nequin into a dancer. For more in­for­ma­tion and up­dates, visit the web­site­lands­fash­ion­ or the Face­book page www.face­ is­lands­fash­ion­week.

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