Saint Lu­cian Wins De­signer Award in Canada

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Kadeem Faustin, orig­i­nally of Babon­neau, has al­ways had a cre­ative mind, hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral drama pro­duc­tions here in Saint Lu­cia. The 22-year-old was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the Sil­ver Shadow Dance Academy. Faustin em­i­grated to Toronto, Canada four years ago to study dance, where other op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented him with even more fer­tile ground to nur­ture his cre­ative pas­sion.

Among them were a few mod­el­ing stints in­clud­ing one in 2013 at African Fash­ion Canada. “It was at that event that I not only met and in­ter­acted with other mod­els but also with de­sign­ers as well,” Faustin told the STAR this week. “I also had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend var­i­ous sem­i­nars on fash­ion and it was there that my in­ter­est in fash­ion and de­sign­ing sort of peaked,” he says.

This year, Kadeem Faustin again took part in African Fash­ion Canada, this time as a de­signer. The event fea­tures a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion among de­signer stu­dents and Faustin was one of six. The com­peti­tors had the task of cre­at­ing six high fash­ion looks us­ing their de­sign aes­thetic and the as­pir­ing Saint Lu­cian emerged vic­to­ri­ous. From his Kyle Ger­vacy brand came his “Dessenze” col­lec­tion un­der the “tribal chic” theme.

As the win­ner, Faustin was re­quired to show­case a ten-piece col­lec­tion and was also nom­i­nated for best emerg­ing de­signer of the year at the up­com­ing fash­ion week in­dus­try awards.

Kadeem Faustin (left) with a model wear­ing

one of his de­signs.

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