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Caribbean Fashion Week 2012

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Fashion Week 2012

Today sees the final day of the hugely successful 12th annual Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston, Jamaica. Opened with a bang by principal designer and owner of the Saint George Fashion House Kazz Forbes, the capacity crowd found themselves awash with bright colors and beach inspired designs.

Forbes latest work which was aptly named ‘Island Breeze’ (or its full title: ‘Island Breeze Turk and Caicos’ Resort 2012) showcased a plethora of light and flowing fabrics such as silk, shantung, organza and dupioni and was modeled by many of the hottest Jamaican models in the industry such as Nell Robinson, Jaunel McKenkie and Sedene Blake. The collection ranged from stunning swimsuits to an amazing white habotai fitted two-piece suit.

In an interview after the show Forbes said [quote]
“Being in Jamaica always feels great, but being here to present my collection – that, and being the first designer to represent my country – the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands at the twelfth annual Caribbean Fashion Week was an unexplainable sensation. With over fifty designers, it was indeed an honor and a privilege to open the spectacle; coincidentally since, on June 8th 2011 – I launched my first collection at Caribbean Fashion Week in New York on the same day.”“Being in Jamaica always feels great, but being here to present my collection – that, and being the first designer to represent my country – the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands at the twelfth annual Caribbean Fashion Week was an unexplainable sensation. With over fifty designers, it was indeed an honor and a privilege to open the spectacle; coincidentally since, on June 8th 2011 – I launched my first collection at Caribbean Fashion Week in New York on the same day.”
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Forbes went on to say that his inspiration comes from the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the islands and often found himself sitting on the beach trying to reproduce the feeling of beauty. The light quality, sun, beach, sea and even the moonlight all influenced his hand during the design process and it shows in the radiance of his color palettes. Using vibrant blues, pinks, whites and yellow his collection was an eye-catching as it was subtle using small starfish details on the swimsuits and complementing it was a glistening turquoise cape.

Also showcasing their collections over the past week were Jamaica’s own Ashley Martin with her Attitude label, Antigua’s Jean Marie Thomas and Haiti’s Prisca Milliance to name a few. They have been joined by a record number of young designers this year ushering in the next generation of Caribbean designers.

The event has received numerous awards and has recently been recognized by British Vogue as an important new development in world fashion.

For more information please visit: http://www.caribbeanfashionweek.com/

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