The schedule of shows for the upcoming Fashion Week in Trinidad and Tobago has been posted and now, more than ever, I need a time management coach. The excitement is palpable! Seeing a schedule makes it all the more real – and for me, all the more confusing! There is at least one major designer slotted into every night at the Hyatt – a cunning strategy by the organisers. It will definitely be a tough choice for anyone looking to attend just one show.
Design maven Claudia Pegus kicks off the proceedings on Wednesday night with her ready-to-wear CPFS line, and is joined by Francis Hendy, Radical Men, EarthMember4Life and Arima-based Ecliff Elie – who was strangely missing in action last year. On Thursday, ‘Cosquelle Couture’ comes to life in what promises to be a very sexy night (newbie Sandra Hordatt has her designs on the runway, and Chiz*l is sure to bring some… interesting pieces again this year). Also in the Cosquelle line up, are Christian Boucaud Designs, Farii World and Stacy Smith Designs. Friday includes fashion stalwarts Radical Designs, Millhouse, The Cloth, Meiling and Anthony Reid for Meiling – I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of good things about this one. Excited.
I must admit: my interest is particularly piqued for Saturday’s shows. Pilar by Anya Ayoung-Chee is making its second Fashion Week appearance, and I can’t wait to see how Anya plans to top (or at least match) last year’s collection. When I ran into her, she did mention “feeling influenced by the Elections” and since that can go any-which-way, (heart palpitations aside) I’m content to wait and see. Peter Elias gets that show underway, and he never disappoints.
As a colleague of mine pointed out, the use of the word ‘Couture’ sure is popping up alot these days. And with Sunday’s finale, Caribbean Couture, it seems only fitting that the show be opened by Heather Jones, and closed by Claudia Pegus.
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