May 16 — 18, 2014

Milford Road,
Scarborough, Tobago

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  • Friday 8:00pm Swimwear / Resort
  • Saturday 8:00pm Modern Fashion
  • Sunday 8:00pm Modern Fashion
  • Weekend Entertainment After Parties

Celebrity Guests

Kenwyne Jones

Kenwyne Joel Jones is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Cardiff City and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Jones was born in Point Fortin and attended St. Anthony's College. He began his football career with Joe Public. Click here to read more

Destra Garcia

“Let’s Do This!” Whether you know her as Aunty Destra or the Q.o.B, the one thing you know for certain at any age, any time or even in any country is that she…. will mash up the place! In the pouring rain, we jump. In hot sun, we wave. In the freezing cold of wintery climates, we wine. Click to read more

Kimba Sorzano

Kimba Sorzano, as his aboriginal name suggests is no less than a burning Flame, blazing the trail where ever he goes igniting your passion for music and crooning his way into your heart. Having grown up in the urban town of San Juan, Trinidad, Kimba, from an early age allowed music to court him, Click to read more

Brent Sancho

Brent Sancho is notable public figure in Trinidad and Tobago football. His stellar professional and international career (1994-2009) has taken him to represent teams across the United States of America, Europe and Trinidad and Tobago. Brent Sancho has gained 42 caps over the years playing with the T&T Click to read more

Shaka Hislop

Shaka Hislop is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former pro footballer (soccer) who, as a dual national citizen, played for both England and his native Trinidad & Tobago, making history as the starting goalkeeper on the T&T national team's first ever World Cup match Click to read more

David Rudder

It’s hard to remember when calypso has seen more controversy, excitement, and popularity than the day David Rudder stepped beyond his role as lead singer for the brass band Charlie’s Roots and entered the domain, of the calypso tent as an individual artiste. Click to read more

Bunji Garlin

Bunji Garlin (Ian A. Alvarez), has been releasing hit after hit since the start of his soca career in 1999 Carnival Season with the ever-infectious Ragga Soca tune 'Send Dem Riddim Crazy'- which also gave him the 3rd place running in the first ever 'Ragga Soca Competition'. Click to read more

Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez

The ViQueen, Lyon Empress, Mane the Matriarch, the Silver Surfer, and whatever other titles she is known by, Fay-Ann Lyons- Alvarez is true royalty. The daughter of Road March and Soca Monarch King Super Blue, and wife of the chanter Bunji Garlin, Ms. Lyons entered and conquered the Soca Click to read more




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Ticket Prices & Outlets

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    Upfront Seating (Weekend Pass ) - $675
    General Seating - $150
    General Seating (Weekend Pass ) - $375
    After Party $50 (entry at 10pm)

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  • Ticket Outlets Trinidad

    Cache Outlets: Trincity, Gulf City, Westmall, Port of Spain | Panache, Trincity Mall | Shhh Boutique (45 Ana St, Woodbrook) | Simply Runway (Grand Bazaar)

  • Ticket Outlets Tobago

    Penny Savers Supermarket | Barcode, Scarborough | Renmar's Restaurant, Pigeon Point | Lace Fantasy, Lowlands Mall

Designers

TABii JUST

Tabii Just (http://www.tabiijust.com) is a womenswear clothing label designed and manufactured in New York City that adheres to zero fabric waste ideals. Tabii Just was born out of a desire to create beautiful eco-conscious clothing for the modern woman. The Tabii Just customer wears many hats and has a blast doing it. She yearns for clothing that she can have lasting relationships, embracing the antithesis of fast fashion. Tabii Just offers vibrant colors and stream lined silhouettes to the conscientious customer. No more will eco-conscious be synonymous with vanilla clothing. Made to look and feel beautiful against the female body, Tabii Just seeks to celebrate women, above all else. Tabitha St Bernard:TABii JUST

Tabitha St. Bernard is the co-founder and designer of Tabii Just, a womenswear clothing label designed and manufactured in New York City that adheres to zero fabric waste ideals. Tabitha lived in Trinidad &Tobago until she migrated at age 19 to NYC. She is a graduate of Bishop Anstey High School, Arima Senior Comprehensive School and St. Francis College (Brooklyn). She is also a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where she studied Fashion Design. Drawing on Tabitha's rich Trinidadian heritage, the aesthetic of Tabii Just is a marriage of Caribbean flair and Brooklyn edge, resulting in vibrant prints done in stream-lined silhouettes. Tabitha honed her skills while interning at Vivienne Tam and designing at Tahari ASL. She left the corporate fashion industry to launch Tabii Just which is manufactured in facilities that uphold fair labor practices in Brooklyn and the Garment District. Tabii Just has been featured on NY1 , Style Blazer and E Magazine among others. The line has been showcased during New York Fashion Week for Fall '13 & Fall '14. Tabitha presented Spring '14 at the High Line Park in NYC. Tabii Just is sold in select boutiques as well as online.

Tabitha is a respected voice in the New York eco-fashion community, having spoken on several panels about sustainability in fashion and the Made in NYC label. Tabitha also blogs for I'm Not Obsessed Media about fashion, travel and beauty with a focus on sustainability.

 

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Royalz Clothing

In 2006, Royalz Clothing (www.royalzclothing.com)  was formed. Influence by the Remix project, Adriene X’s mentorship, the BizStart program. Royalz Clothing established it’s presence through a variety of fashion shows, Media articles, entrepreneurial awards and showcases.

Since its launch, Royalz Clothing has enjoyed success, with articles in magazines and national papers such as Urbanology, Now, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star respectively. Royalz Clothing has also been exceedingly active on the fashion show scene with features in shows across Canada and the United States that have garnered positive media reviews and incredible fan support.

In 2009, to Royalz’s esteem, Royalz Clothing became the first Canadian fashion line to be included in Latino Fashion Week held in Chicago. Prominent influencers such as Lieutenant General Michelle Jean, Social and Enterprise Development Innovation (SEDI), Biz Start Program at Youth Employment Services (YES), The Remix Project and South Pole.

In 2011, Royalz Clothing was furthered in the Toronto Star article as one of the top 10 people to watch for in 2011 which made the front page newspaper on January 2, 2011. To date, “Royalz Clothing” features a full repertoire of men and women Dress Shirts, Trench Coats, Sweaters, Denims, jackets and Cardigans.

Benjamin Kwofle

BenjaminKwofleA troubled teenager from a broken home in Toronto, Benjamin (Royalz) Kwofie turned his life around after his mother passed away. He decided to channel his grief and anger into becoming a fashion designer.

At age 23, Benjamin was living on his own, working night shifts and sleeping only a few hours a day while developing his clothing line. His determination paid off. In 2009, Royalz Wear became the first Canadian fashion line to be included in the Latino Fashion Week in Chicago. His work has received the attention of former Governor General Michaëlle Jean and prominent hip hop artists. He praises organizations such as the Remix Project, BizStart and Youth Employment Services YES, a SEDI community partner, for his success.

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Francis Hendy

http://www.francishendy.com/

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Honamic Designs

The idea and formation of the company was a result of an idle e-mail conversation in 2006 between ‘brothers’ Rhian Ramkissoon and Simon Ramphalie. The conversation centred around the ability to either get involved in an existing business venture or to create their own business which can be done simultaneously in Trinidad and Canada.

Rhian Ramkissoon - Honamic Designs copyThe company’s name was derived from two (2) words which were constantly being mentioned in the e-mail: ‘honourable’ and ‘dynamic’, which had to be at the core of their venture. But Honamic what? What was going to be the nature of the business? Many ideas were being tossed around and like a bolt of lightning, both men commented on how difficult it was to find unique clothing. They both agreed that Honamic would be a clothing design company…and so Honamic Designs was born.

The initial goal of Honamic Designs was to produce high quality affordable clothing, but the immediate reality of this grand idea was shelved due to start-up costs and lack of experience and expertise. The decision to influence the local market with unique clothing was now the focus. After two (2) years of research and careful selection, Honamic Designs opened its doors to the public in December of 2008. The goal was achieved. The store offered its customers’ one-of-a-kind apparel.

This concept was well received and the company established a loyal clientele. Clients began making specific requests, and as a result, the company began offering personalized shopping services. These services have now expanded to include styling bridal parties, models and various groups for photography session and events.

In 2011, after numerous requests, Honamic Designs took the bull by the horns, and on a very limited basis, began producing original clothing for select clients. The process is one which involves the client in every aspect of the process, from style design and fabric selection to final fitting and styling. The company had the opportunity to design and produce official uniforms for a financial institution’s sports team participating in a regional event. In November 2013, as the company approached its 5th anniversary, Honamic Designs took another step forward and officially step into the local fashion arena by producing and showcasing its 1st Collection entitled ‘Callaloo’ at a charity event of the same name.

Since the launch, the company has been approached by persons and organizations to design and produce clothing for various events.

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Claudia Pegus

Her intelligent frivolity with fashion, even as a child, created her empire... her legacy of excellence.

Claudia Pegus (www.claudiapegus.com)  is an iconic business woman who stands apart as a resilient and passionate entrepreneur with fierce ambition, no nonsense business smarts and a down to earth charisma. This Trinidadian couturiere has ventured to, held her own and built a strong and reputable name in the highly competitive global fashion industry. claudia copyWith a design company which bears her name and focuses on an exclusive niche market, she caters to a cosmopolitan of local, regional and international dignitaries, public figures, models and celebrities. Claudia Pegus Designs Limited is an exclusive niche market design/production company both owned and run by none other than Caribbean designer Claudia Pegus. It produces two labels: The Claudia Pegus label carrier featuring the haute couture lines, and the CPFS label  which produces the ready wear  and career apparel  lines for retail and wholesale purchases by boutiques, hotels, resorts and corporations. With over 30 years in fashion, Claudia has been quite the eclectic businesswoman. Claudia’s serial interest in business and her quest for excellence energises her momentum and fuels unparalleled success.

The quintessential Caribbean designer and a producer of uncompromised indigenous design and flair, it’s no surprise that Claudia has been active within the Caribbean regarding business development. Having worn several other hats such as Image and Wardrobe Protocol Consultant for executives and board members of various organisations, she has worked with various bodies regarding restructuring retail and export oriented companies in the fashion industry and she has also presented papers on various business and Caribbean development initiatives. Particularly valued by her is the topic of encouragement and fostering of women in business. She is of the strong belief that women need a sisterhood with a mentality similar to the support groups enjoyed by men.

Claudia Pegus has been a mainstay at the annual Caribbean Fashion Week since its inception in 2001, and is considered an iconic designer in the Caribbean. The Trinidad & Tobago based designer’s work has been shown and lauded internationally, regionally and locally at major fashion weeks for over three decades. Claudia also works as an Industry Consultant to various regional trade organizations. Her style is always elegant and never run of the mill. Renowned for her signature work in various types of silks, intricate hand embroideries and luxurious fabrications, she is definitively dynamic, sassy and classy. She’s not only fashion, she’s style. Fashion changes, style endures.

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William.M & Co.

David William McIntosh Presents 
The Boulevard Collection 2013-2014

David William McIntosh is a young USA born, Trinidad raised entrepreneur and designer. It was in his late teens that he discovered his great passion for fashion and design. This was the catalyst for him to establish his very own retailing online store - William.M & Co. which was established on May 8, 2012.

WilliamMandCompLtd_photoWilliam.M & Co. is powered by a creative and professional team who’s objectives are to deliver a brand of quality, absolute customer satisfaction and the convenience of acquiring. This brand also targets the free-spirited and career driven man.

Young William has been featured in Metro Magazine that highlighted his first collection entitled “The Boulevard”. The collection was shown at Red Runway, The Marriot Courtyard’s Customers Appreciation Day, Mr. Impressive, and Bleuphoria Festival.

The Boulevard Collection 2013-2014

William.M & Co. 2013-2014 collection is titled “The Boulevard”. Inspiration is drawn from some of the world’s most famous boulevards known for their large landscaped streets, as great socializing and networking locations, and fashion design houses. It is a place where individuals meet to mingle, as Trinis express so colorfully.

The Boulevard consists of 15 looks based on a cohesive use of design and fabrics that are combined to express a Caribbean aesthetic in the realm of mens wear.

The Boulevard was designed to invoke a vibration into the urban, career driven, and vibrant male, transforming him into a runway icon - the man that will enchant you to take a second look. This Caribbean aesthetic is captured in both the fabric choices and the color palate, which reflect the Caribbean free spirit vibe.

The Boulevard when the weekend comes - leaves all the worries behind.

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D.A.W.W. Creations

Established in 2003, Marlon George, founder and owner of D.A.W.W Creations, runs his workshop from #106 Eastern Main Road, Petit Bourg, Trinidad and Tobago.

He credits his eye for fashion and design to the influence of his deceased mother Janet DAWW_headshotKernahan, who was a seamstress by profession.

Under her guidance, Marlon would learn the fundamentals of cutting and stitching. This foundation would be complemented by formal training in tailoring at school, and years of working as a cutter, tailor and designer for other companies.

When Marlon decided to start his own line, his “home name” Darwin, was abbreviated to “Daww” (pronounced “daaahw”) and eventually became the name of the brand.  Initially, “D.A.W.W” meant “Dangerous Attitude When Wearing” and represented the fierceness and boldness of urban wear.  Today, with the brand metamorphosed, he has swapped the “Dangerous” to create “Distinguished Attitude When Wearing”. Although “Distinguished” is the new moniker, Marlon defines the apparel of D.A.W.W as “urban couture” and uses the working professional who desires a well tailored yet cutting edge look as the inspiration for his creations.

D.A.W.W has had the opportunity to present collections at:

Tobago Fashion Weekend 2011 – 2013,

San Fernando Fashion Week 2013,Barbados Fashion Week 2013

PLITZ New York City Fashion Week 2013.

As D.A.W.W Creations continues on its journey to become among the most prominent fashion houses in the region and the world this brand’s tagline, “Full to D Brim! With Discipline” strongly echoes Marlon’s fundamental principles.

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Delia Alleyne

Delia Alleyne is a Trinidad and Tobago young and upcoming fashion designer, born on the 27th of May, 1980 in Scarborough Tobago.

In the year 2008, Delia enrolled in the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at The University of Trinidad and Tobago as she wanted to broaden her scope in the area of deliaalleyne_headshot copyfashion and design. October 2009, she was invited to show in the Making Style Gala Fashion Show held in Tobago. Here she showed a collection that was entirely made of plastic. In 2011 while at the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design, Delia was the first runner up in the Designer Critic Award Show in the group that was mentored by Trinidadian Fashion Designer, Zadd and Eastman.  The designs from that Award Show have graced the catwalk of Tobago Fashion Weekend as part of the CAFD student collective presentation that same year. 2011 saw Delia on a larger scale when she was applauded for tutoring Miss Anya Ayoung Chee, the season 9 winner of Project Runway whilst still being a student at CAFD. August 2012, Delia joined a cultural team that visited and showcased various aspects of Tobago's culture in Canada. August of that same year Delia was awarded the Tobago Designer of the Year award by the Tobago Heritage Committee. January 2013, Delia worked with the team headed by top Trinidad fashion designer Meiling to design costumes for the annual 3 Canal show titled “Planass”. In February 2013, she traveled to Canada to showcase her thesis collection with 3 other graduates of The Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at Ottawa Fashion Week. April 2013, Delia worked with The Callaloo Company (Peter Minshall’s Mas Camp), under the recommendation of Meiling to outfit the cast for a Drew Manor event. In that same month, she showcased at the first installation of Tobago Fashion Coda at the Madgalena Grand Hotel in Tobago.

Steampunk revolution is her first collection since graduating from The University of Trinidad and Tobago. She showcased that line at Tobago Fashion Weekend in May, Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica in June and at Carifesta XI held in Suriname in August of 2013. In November 2013 Delia Alleyne hosted an event titled “A Little Shindig”- style (shop to your leisure) event where ready-to-wear pieces were made accessible to customers. Delia Alleyne continues to build her brand as she gets ready to present her Spring Summer collection to be showcased at Tobago Fashion Weekend 2014. Her goal for the brand is to become recognizable throughout the Caribbean region.

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Wadada Movement

Over the last three years, Wadada Movement has certainly made a name for itself as one of the Caribbean's most recognizable fashion brands.

Ayanna and Asha Diaz, twin sisters from the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, launched the label in 2010 and showed their first collection of tailored, sweeping skirts and dresses, infused with dollops of ethnic prints. With each collection Wadada Movement has DSC_9006 copymoved from strength to strength, consistently demonstrating a unique design aesthetic that hinges on the thoughtful balance between conservative elegance and daring modernity.

'Wadada' is the Amharic word for 'love', and a core tenet of the brand. Made from love, Wadada Movement's collections display a seamless blend of mystery, sumptuous bohemian details and careful construction. This heady combination has resulted in the brand's evolution from small Trinidadian fashion label, into – indeed – a Caribbean lifestyle.

Wadada Movement is the go-to label for some of the Caribbean's major performing artistes, editors and stylists. The brand continues to champion an international outlook and extends its brand capital daily with an inspirational, down-to-earth, tone of voice within its digital marketing activities.

This works well for the brand, as it completely represents the values, sensibilities and personal style of the sisters.

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Brown Cotton

Risanne Martin, Designer, Brown Cotton

RisaneMartin_BrownCottonFashion designer and regionally-acclaimed stylist Risanne Martin debuted her Brown Cotton label in Port of Spain, Trinidad in January 2014. Her foray into design, with a capsule collection earlier this year entitled Bella, quickly attracted the attention it deserved with its flouncy skirts, tailored button-downs and vibrant material acquired in Milan.

A regular fixture on the Caribbean theatre and fashion scene, Martin's work quite specifically mirrors her personal aesthetic. In the new collection, Iris, bold and vivacious prints have been formatted into structured blazers, while daring necklines dip to meet decidedly-confident shorts. With this line, Martin has created an intriguing, if not generously provocative, meld of trendy and luxurious resort wear.

An actress, teacher, stylist and – now – designer, Martin began her creative career in 2010 while pursuing a Masters Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona in Jamaica. While in Kingston, she styled for Pulse Caribbean at Caribbean Fashion Week. Returning to Trinidad in 2012, Martin contributed to fashion publication Trinidad Lookbook, then struck out on her own with registered Styling company BCOStyle continuing her career as a full-time stylist, before launching her Brown Cotton design label in 2014.

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Hutch Beachwear

HUtchOriginally from east side Trinidad, Arima….. but moved to, and currently reside Casselton Gardens , Trincity…. I grew up in merely raw poverty bad and negative influences. Growing up on the streets of Arima, where I lived was filled with a lot of drugs and negative surroundings, and also not having a father at this tender age, it was very easy to get into trouble where I lived, I tried my best to make a way out, never did I know id choose Sewing and Design as a way out. I always was that troublesome student in school. I choose Sewing Art and trade classes in school over Business because I was always better doing things with my hands. The teacher Miss Leonese Jerome ( god rest her soul ) always believed in me …she believed in me a lot…she always used to push me in sewing and I never took it on, but a life growing up in poverty was very frustrating and depressing…and times were beginning to change.. My Mother was a rock in growing me up also, because even though where we lived was a really bad area…she always told us what was right from wrong and always showed plenty love. So one day after going through a lot of bad experiences where I came from..i decided to choose Sewing and Design as my way out of an area filled with Poverty, drugs and a lot of illegal wrong doings. I started off with odd jobs as a stitcher, and tread by tread I worked hard and saved to get all the sewing machines I needed and started to build a momentum from there, choosing the area of Resort Wear and Swimwear because Trinidad and the Caribbean has a very high demand for it. Garment after garment I made….word of mouth began to flow and sooner than I thought, I was being called for fashion shows across the country and then Caribbean, I had no experience in any way, so I learned as i went along, step by step, marketing and building a brand literally from scratch, with no experience or training in the industry….building a Brand of well-known Beachwear & Resort Wear “ HuTcH Beachwear “ pieces that appeals to the Caribbean people, male & female. Fascinated by the “ Island Life “ we portrait & live here in Trinidad and Tobago it gives me great inspiration to do what I do, the energy and Colour of our country, its events and the warmth of the people - HuTcH

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house of byfield

Originally from New York Carmichael Byfield (36) has lived since 2008 in the Netherlands, where his passion for designing men's clothes returned. At an early age Carmichael already got inspired by designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Moschino who in 1994 produced flower-printed menswear what really gave him more inspiration to follow their footsteps. After taken part in designers training in Jamaica and New, his designer’s hands started itching again when he came to the Netherlands. Here he started a short training again.

In 2011 Carmichael started designing for himself and occupied himself in designing for men’s cloths. House of Byfield's designs can be described as discreet and elegant wear with an eye for detail and a sportive touch.

Carmichael mostly works with light fabrics in asymmetrical layers, so it falls beautifully and natural on the body. His 'daywear suits' are for men who dare to dress well and still aren’t afraid to use color.

http://houseofbyfield.com/collection.html

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Romero Bryan

From a young age, London born Romero Bryan had aspirations to become a world - renowned fashion designer. Romero began honing his design and sewing skills at the tender age of just 12. His love of fashion is in his genes; his grandfather and uncle were tailors, his grandmother was a seamstress, and his mother was a fashion buyer. Romero’s designs first caught the media’s attention in 2001 at the BRIT Awards in London.

Romero graduated from the London College of Fashion in late 2005 and propelled his career with rapid succession. His designs have been worn by celebrities and fashion royalty from all around the globe, such as Alek Wek, Alicia Keys, Elizabeth Jagger, & Kelly Rowland, to name but a few.

Romero’s design skills and determination were recognised by the Royal Bank of Scotland in the predicted ‘Rich List 2020’ (Sep 03), which appeared on television and in many publications including Forbes.

Welcome to the world of Romero Bryan…

http://www.romerobryan.co.uk/

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The Cloth

The Cloth started as a collaborative some 22 years ago. For the last (15) years Robert Young has single handedly maintained the label which has come to represent a unique, dynamic and always original Caribbean aesthetic. Robert is perhaps best described as conscientious yet daring. He is as well albeit subversively, nationalistic while influenced by the wider region which prove the perfect backdrop for his practical, colorful and playful designs.

Robert’s work has gone beyond the clothing rack. His designs have been part of presentations of the Emmy Award winning Guyanese cum Trinbagonian mas designer Peter Minshall. Robert’s work can be seen in Jerusalem for Minshall's Donkey Darby (1993), The Twelve Ships in the Odyssey (1994) and The Image and Likeness" in Tapestry (1995). He has also designed for such legendary Caribbean icons of music as david Rudder and the late Andre Tanker as well as the profound Rapso artiste Ataklan. He has also done the costuming and set design for several steel orchestras' panorama final and other presentations. Among them Phase II Pan Groove, Skiffle Bunch, Pamberi, and Redemption Sound Setters. As well his almost trademark appliqué has complimented the stage backdrops of one of the country’s leading choirs, The Lydian Singers. When he is not designing Robert makes time for many outreach programs. He has been a resource person at the Man to Man Project (2000), a Delegate of the United To End Racism group at UN World Conference Against Racism and Other Related Intolerance (Durban, South Africa 2001), YMCA MENtoring project 2003 to 2005, Men support group Resource person at Friends for Life and has led several men’s, youth and artist support groups.

Robert has designed consistently throughout the years and it is not only his passion but his profession and craft. He shows annually and has been a part of Caribbean fashion Week since 2001, with the exception of 2002. Robert’s work embodies elements of traditional folk, the spirit of revolution and an interest in restoration and integration.

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Ria Ramkisoon

From an early age, Ria Ramkissoon had been immersed in her family garment business based in Trinidad, West Indies where she gained the understanding and the schematics of garment construction, design and production. Ria attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to further develop her skills in both Accessory Design and Manufacturing Management.

Armed with her clothing manufacturing background Ria found her way into the New York fashion industry by landing her first job at the prestigious fashion house of Halston. Influenced by her love of metal and colour, Ria’s entrepreneurial spirit emerged, leading her to design RIA handbags. Her inspiration came from the cultures of industrial and lush Trinidad & Tobago and the ever-evolving concrete jungle of New York City.

Exotic skins, Italian leather and American canvas coupled with industrial inspired stainless steel mesh and other metals comprised of the RIA handbag collection. RIA has been carried at over 150 boutiques worldwide including Harrods London, Barneys NY and Seibu in Japan. The bags were coveted by A-list celebrities, socialites and Fashion editors along with being featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Lucky, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Essence, Wall Street Journal in addition to many other major publications worldwide.

In 2013 Ria Ramkissoon Launched her eponymous Line of Handbags , She carries with her  the same sophisticated and luxurious aesthetic from her past collections, bringing her passion, talent and eye for detail to the forefront of her designs.

http://riaramkissoon.com/

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La Miniatura

sebelia300Who is Jeffrey Sebelia?

He's an American fashion designer best known for his rock band Lifter, his triumphant clothing line Cosa Nostra and most notably, his storied win of season three of the Bravo series Project Runway.

The early 90's saw Jeffrey signed to Jimmy Iovine's Interscope records. His band Lifter toured the globe and enjoyed success with the college radio hit "402". When it finally disbanded in late 1998 Jeff turned to his love of art and design for inspiration and enrolled in the Los Angeles Trade Technical College to learn how to sew. Soon after, newly honed skills in hand, Jeff started Cosa Nostra. The company took off overnight and a star studded list of clients led by Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, Dave Navarro, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, Madonna and Tommy Lee among others lined up to get their hands on Jeffrey's handmade couture.

In the spring of 2006 he auditioned for the Bravo television series Project Runway at the urging of his friend and former contestant Santino Rice. After Jeffrey was picked, His sharp wit, obvious talent and menacing neck tattoo(which, by the way, is actually an endearing homage to his son Harrison) quickly became a fan favorite and was one of four contestants chosen to participate in New York's Fashion Week and eventually ended up winning the show.

So what's next for Jeffrey Sebelia? After several years at Fluxus, he's leaving it behind to launch an entirely new brand of edgy kids clothes with friend and entrepreneur Melissa Bochco. Jeffrey says the idea came about during a discussion between he and Melissa about the tribulations of finding cool, chic clothes for their sons. Hence, La Miniatura - a collection drawn from the late 70's to early 80's post-punk re-interpreted through the lens of current trends and classic details for kids. At the ENK Children's Club show in March 2011, the new line exploded, selling out in the first two days of the show and landing La Miniatura in prominent LA and New York showrooms. When questioned about the line's lush red and black velvet suits, plaid blazers and sophisticated trench coats and sweaters compared to the easy-in easy-out sweat pants moms are begrudgingly forced to stick their boys in today, Jeffrey's only reply -- "I just want my kid to be able to dress with some dignity!"

http://www.laminiaturakids.com/index.php

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Headlines

Tobago Fashion Weekend gets SPD Redefined with Fashion Bomb Daily

#TFWKND gets SPD Redefined with @XOXOClaire_com of Fashion Bomb Daily (@thefashionbomb)! This famed editorial blogger will be in Tobago for Tobago Fashion Weekend 2014!

Claire Siobhan Sulmers is a writer and editor based in New York City. Her editorial work, which focuses on fashion, beauty, and health, has appeared in Real Simple, Newsweek, New York, and Essence magazines and on the websites of Paris and Italian Vogue.

In August 2006, Claire founded the blog The Fashion Bomb, a daily destination for the multicultural fashionista. From celebrity style to fashion news, trend reports to street style, the blog delivers fresh, engaging content from an informed point of view. With 2.4 million monthly visitors, The Fashion Bomb made Ebony Magazine's 2011 Power 100 List, while Claire was named Black Blogger of the Month by Black Enterprise, and was dubbed Blogger of the Moment by Teen Vogue. The Fashion Bomb won Judges Vote for Best Fashion & Style Blog in the 2009 Black Weblog Awards and made the list for Signature 9's 99 Most Influential Style Blogs. In June 2012, Claire won Blogger of the Year in the 2012 Style Blogger of Color Awards. Well respected in the industry, The Fashion Bomb has been referenced in New York Magazine, featured in Glamour, and quoted in Time. Claire is a regular contributor to InStyle.com and Vogue.it.

Claire holds a B.A. magna cum laude with highest honors in Romance Languages and Literatures and African-American studies from Harvard University.

Ms. Sulmers will be here on May 16 - 18 2014 for #TFWKND. Where will you be?

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DESTRA CARCIA

“Let’s Do This!” Whether you know her as Aunty Destra or the Q.o.B, the one thing you know for certain at any age, any time or even in any country is that she…. will mash up the place! In the pouring rain, we jump. In hot sun, we wave. In the freezing cold of wintery climates, we wine. She doesn’t just perform, she tattoos the message into our souls that her name is Bacchanal. “And so is ours.” But as much as you feel her shake within you, did you know that she shakes audiences around the world, singing and bantering in their languages, as much as she shakes you? As much as you know of her roots in Laventille, do you understand her roots and inspiration and admiration for the genius that is her home and family and Roy Cape? And as much as you can sing every song, word for word, did you even realize that there was so much more…. Enter the Bacchanal! With its harshness and happiness and fly-by-night love, our wild, soulful, spirited Queen did that. Inspired by her peers in the Soca Industry, the Queen of Bacchanal took the opportunity to evolve into an incredibly talented superstar, known for her incredible sense of style as much as her powerful voice. Carved out of the space that each fan occupies in her heart, Destra Garcia ventures into our trust and confidence throughout the year, not necessarily taking herself out of the spotlight, but welcoming others into it. Long Live the Queen!

KENWYNE JONES

Kenwyne Joel Jones is a Trinidadian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Cardiff City and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Jones was born in Point Fortin and attended St. Anthony's College. He began his football career with Joe Public. He moved to W Connection in 2002, and he was a utility player in the Trinidad and Tobago team in 2003 against Finland. In 2004, he joined Southampton, where he played as a striker. In 2007 he joined Sunderland for £6 million where he spent three seasons before he signed for Stoke City in August 2010. In his first season at Stoke Jones scored 12 goals and played in the 2011 FA Cup Final. Kenwyne Jones is also a recipient of The Chaconia Medal, the second highest state decoration of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Source: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenwyne_Jones)

KIMBA SORZANO

Kimba Sorzano, as his aboriginal name suggests is no less than a burning Flame, blazing the trail where ever he goes igniting your passion for music and crooning his way into your heart. Having grown up in the urban town of San Juan, Trinidad, Kimba, from an early age allowed music to court him, shaping his experiences almost as a potter to clay, culminating into this refreshing blend of dance infused pop tracks with Caribbean undertones; many of whom call it Caribbean Contemporary.

Though his skill had been honed as a young calypsonian while coming through school competitions, it was not until 2006 when he exploded onto the scene on the Synergy Soca Star Stage, did the Public at large bear witness to his astounding presence. As a Singer/Songwriter Kimba Sorzano prides himself on his clever Melodies and inventive writing. With Soca music as his base, he springboards bringing to you a sound unlike any other yet one that is hauntingly familiar. Sorzano writes all his material and has recently begun to write for industry Giants like Machel Montano.

The Sorzano Experience, as he calls it, is one specially prepared and concocted to bring women to a slow simmer. His charged lyrics and his great appeal go unmatched as he takes up residence in women's hearts everywhere.

Kimba Sorzano is the complete package. He is an artist who is multifaceted, who is unafraid to let us into his world via his music. He knows a thing or two about the bottom, now he's taking you straight to the top.

Buckle your seat belts as we embark upon the "Sorzano Experience"

Visit: www.KimbaSorzano.com

BRENT SANCHO

Brent Sancho is notable public figure in Trinidad and Tobago football. His stellar professional and international career (1994-2009) has taken him to represent teams across the United States of America, Europe and Trinidad and Tobago.

Brent Sancho has gained 42 caps over the years playing with the T&T Senior National team, starting with his debut match on 4th Antilles in a World Cup Qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Trinidad.

He played in sixteen (16) World Cup Qualifiers in which T&T won on nine (9) occasions. He also played in four (4) CONCACAF Gold Cup matches with T&T winning two matches. He represented T&T in the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Campaigns - making it to the 2006 FIFA World Cup Finals in Germany. He was in the starting line-up for all 3 matches of the Group stage.

As part of the team, Sancho was awarded the Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal (Gold) (World Cup Squad, 2006). Sancho resigned from the T&T National team in October, 2006 but continues to stay active in local football and the community. He started the Football Players Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT). Together with Kelvin Jack and Travis Mulraine, the association was officially launched in May 2006.

He later founded Central FC, a T&T Pro league team based in California, Trinidad. Central FC assists with various community projects such as helping to refurbish one of the changing rooms at Presentation College, Chaguanas and supporting the VF Ladies’ “Give Breast Cancer the Boot – All Female Football Tournament 2012”.

He also founded Vision Forward International, which includes ex-national players of Trinidad and Tobago and a female team (VF Ladies/VISA Face). Both these teams support various charitable causes in T&T and assist in promoting the sport around the country.

Edited from source: http://www.sportarchivestt.com/athletes/brent-sancho/

SHAKA HISLOP

Shaka Hislop is an ESPN Soccer analyst and standout former pro footballer (soccer) who, as a dual national citizen, played for both England and his native Trinidad & Tobago, making history as the starting goalkeeper on the T&T national team's first ever World Cup match in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was also the first member of the T&T World Cup squad to be inducted into his country's Sporting Hall of Fame. Shaka appears regularly on ESPN's ESPNSoccernet Press Pass, commenting on the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A, amongst others. Shaka provides expert analysis and lively discussion based on years on and off the pitch. Shaka played in the EPL as goalkeeper for Newcastle United, West Ham, Reading and Portsmouth.  He retired from football in 2007 after a successful season with Dallas FC in MLS.

Source: http://www.espn.com.au/shaka-hislop/

DAVID RUDDER

It’s hard to remember when calypso has seen more controversy, excitement, and popularity than the day David Rudder stepped beyond his role as lead singer for the brass band Charlie’s Roots and entered the domain, of the calypso tent as an individual artiste.

Rudder began singing at the age of 11 with a group called The Solutions. In 1977, he joined a brass band called Charlie’s Roots and the rest is history. His musical tastes in the past have leaned towards jazz, blues, folk rock and the African sounds of Youssou N’Dour, Salif Keita, Mory Kante, and Alpha Bondy. Rudder, who also paints, sees himself more as an artist than an entertainer. His work has become in Trinidad and Tobago, but also all over the world.

His unprecedented rise to fame in 1986 has made him the subject of music critics around the world. From New York to London to Tokyo, where the Japanese have released a CD of Rudder’s greatest hits complete with lyrics translated into Japanese, Rudder has been described as modern calypso’s most innovative songwriter.

“The performance also impressively stretched the parameters of soca beyond the party-hearty lyrics and relentless groove-a-thon epitomised by Arrow’s Hot Hot Hot. Rudder rejected some of the political commentary of classic calypso and slowed down and broke up the soca groove without losing its flow or rhythmic force. Rudder...could easily be the next Caribbean artist to break through in a big way” writes Don Snowden of the Los Angeles Times’ about Rudder.

Over the years, Rudder has proved his versatility. In 1986 he sang about the Bahia Girl and was crowned calypso monarch of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1990 he sang with the Bahia Girl in Wild Orchid, a major Hollywood movie produced by Warner Brothers. Rudder performed with internationally acclaimed Brazilian singer Margareth Menezes.

“Some people go back through the mists of time to find the legends, but more often than we care to acknowledge it or indeed recognise it, the legend is now,” wrote Deborah John of the Trinidad Express. 

Rudder has, as Wayne Brown wrote, “.. made an entire culture redefine itself, in the evolution of any culture there are moments that offer the opportunity for self definition . . . the emergence of David Rudder . . . seems to me, one such moment.”

Edited from source: http://www.davidmichaelrudder.com

BUNJI GARLIN

Bunji Garlin (Ian A. Alvarez), has been releasing hit after hit since the start of his soca career in 1999 Carnival Season with the ever-infectious Ragga Soca tune 'Send Dem Riddim Crazy'- which also gave him the 3rd place running in the first ever 'Ragga Soca Competition'.

With his unique ability to spit lyrics extemporaneously on any given subject, in addition to chanting at an almost non-human speed, he just keeps rising, learning to fuse different cultures with his styles as well as experiment with various genres. From Chutney to Hip Hop to Parang and Conscious- he has done it all.

With 15 years in the Soca Industry, Bunji Garlin has released 9 albums, attained 7 crowns (2 Ragga Soca Titles, 1 Young King Crown, 4 Soca Monarch Titles) and has received two International Awards (2013 SOUL TRAIN for Best International Performance and 2013 MTV Iggy’s Artiste of the Year).

Bunji has been hitting the International Market hard, having recently performed on BET’S 106 & Park, and having been casted for Hot 97 Summer Jam 2014’s main stage in June. He is definitely taking the genre global.

Source: MIME Ltd.

FAY-ANN LYONS-ALVAREZ

The ViQueen, Lyon Empress, Mane the Matriarch, the Silver Surfer, and whatever other titles she is known by, Fay-Ann Lyons- Alvarez is true royalty. The daughter of Road March and Soca Monarch King Super Blue, and wife of the chanter Bunji Garlin, Ms. Lyons entered and conquered the Soca arena on her own strength.

She is singer, songwriter and producer of her music and carries a stage performance to rival most. She entered the soca industry in 2002 with 'It's My Turn Now', and made her mark as a young, sexy, talented young lady with such hits as Display (Road March 2003) and Freedom. Starting as frontline in a young Soca band, she left to pursue a successful solo career and then joined her husband’s Asylum Family in 2008. She went on to regain the Road March title with her 2008 infectious hit ‘Get On’. In 2009 the

Queen cemented her name in history as being the first lady to claim all major titles of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Although she was 8 months pregnant, Mrs. Lyons-Alvarez copped the Groovy Soca Monarch, Power Soca Monarch and the Road March Crowns in February 2009.

In 2013 Mrs. Alvarez has shown that she not only wears the hat of an entertainer, but also that of a law student, a manager and a very successful business woman as she and her husband joined forces to open their own Management Company- MIME Ltd.

Source: MIME Ltd.

History

  • CUT.AH.DASH | (colloquial)
    - used to complement or express pleasure in ones clothing.
    - looking ones best; wearing ones best clothing

    Example: "He cut ah dash lastnight in his Sunday best"

    ORIGIN: Tobago

    TFW Translation: Come wear your best clothes with us!

  • DAN DAN | (colloquial)
    - an expression for ones best clothing

    Example: "Youth man dress up in he best dan-dan"

    Synonym: Sunday Best

    ORIGIN: Tobago

    TFW Translation: A fiesta of the best Caribbean clothes

  • Cazak | (colloquial)
    - A zipper (usually for a man's pants) or buttons (before zippers were made)

    Example: "Fix your cazak!"

    ORIGIN: Tobago

    TFW Use: Cazak Frock Suspenders are the different aspects of garment pieces that can enhance how you look.

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