May 17 — 19, 2013
Pigeon Point Heritage Park,
Pigeon Point, Tobago
Bikinis, Baubles & Batik
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No question is off-limits for contributing editor George Wayne. A chronicler of global café society and celebrity culture since the early 1980s, the native Jamaican joined Vanity Fair in 1992. Ever since, he has served as the magazine’s intrepid Q&A correspondent and distinguished cultural arbiter,
Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba (born September 17, 1967), better known by his stage name Malik Yoba, is an American actor, entrepreneur musician & writer. He is perhaps best known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the FOX police drama series New York Undercover.
Soma Lisa Choudhury
Born in Los Angeles to Indian nationals, she is a New York-based leading brand entrepreneur for various Luxury Designers globally, which includes Shivan & Narresh from India- who will be showcasing their collection at TFW 2013! Soma Lisa Choudhury has spent over a decade within the luxury fashion industry working with stalwart Ready
Coming from the country of Trinidad and Tobago, Garth Voisin has been on a Journey since leaving his family and home. Through countless obstacles, trial and experiences, Garth takes on a positive aspect on all obstacles faced on his Journey and has utilized this energy to achieve so much in his first decade in the United States of America.
TFW Tobago Launch
May 4th at 8:00pm
- TFW Pop-Up Shop May 11th at 4:00pm Shhh Boutique, 45 Ana Street, Woodbrook, Trinidad
Shaun draws his inspiration from the archipelago of sister islands washed by warm waters of the Caribbean sea. Islands like his native Trinidad and Tobago have had a checkered and colorful history that has resulted in their rich multicultural heritage. It is from that crucible and his journey as an artist from which Shaun draws inspiration for his collections.
His humble beginnings, at a small village fashion school in Arouca, Trinidad, fanned the fires of his passion for fashion. His rise from obscurity to recognition and prominence has been a long and often painful one. Through it all, he recognizes that the journey has been one to humble him, test him and to reveal what is in his heart.
Today, Shaun has been hailed as one of the most
exciting designers hailing from Trinidad and by extension the Caribbean. Since winning the Emerge Award for Up and Coming Designer in 2006 his collections have been gracing Caribbean fashion runways. In 2007, 2009, and 2010 his collections were featured in both Trinidad and Tobago (FWTT), Tobago Fashion Week (TFW) and Caribbean Fashion Week. He was invited to attend Islands of the World Fashion Week in the Bahamas in 2009. In addition, Shaun has presented collections in St Vincent , Grenada, Barbados, Antigua and Bermuda. He has had private showings in London in 2011 and 2012.
Among the celebrities who have admired and sought out Shaun’s designs is Susan Taylor, Editor in Chief Emeritus -Essence Magazine. She has been rated one of the top 40 fabulous women of the world.
In both 2011 and 2012 Shaun was asked to mentor students and serve as a critique judge at the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s ( UTT) Junior Designer Critic Showcase. He challenged the young designers to use Caribbean Dance to create “ a capsule of looks that sings a song of the region.” Shaun is at present pursuing a Diploma in Fashion Design at UTT.
Indeed it is Shaun’s love of the Caribbean, its seas, its sun, its landscape and the plethora of cultural influences that informs his philosophy of design. Shaun embraces it all and as David Rudder declares "…the journey now start…"View Full Bio →
HuTcH Beachwear by Dominic Hutchinson
The namesake of HuTcH Beachwear, Dominic, hails from the city of Arima, East Trinidad.
Mr. Hutchinson coyly admits that sewing and designing became an everyday obsession by "mistake ", after he decided to “skip” Business class during his secondary school days and instead opted to go to the Clothing and Textiles room. “I was always liming with my favourite teacher, Miss Jerome, who eventually transferred me to her class to facilitate sewing full time. That was my humble beginning.”
From there, the rest was history.
Dominic has prided himself on his academic achievements, having excelled with his sewing skills at the secondary examination level and remained at the top of this class during his formative years. He has never allowed personal challenges to deter him from his first love. After secondary school, Dominic invested in a couple of sewing machines and other equipment to rekindle his affair with designing- for the young entrepreneur, a representation of his investment into his craft and his life’s work.
The focused young Trinidadian made the decision to move out of his childhood neighbourhood a couple of years ago, after admitting to having a difficult life growing up in a community that he describes as having “a multitude of negative influences”. He is a motivated young man who is destined to succeed in the fashion industry, and credits designing as his primary outlet of emotive expression.
As a fashion enthusiast, Dominic naturally gravitated to beachwear as a means of channelling his creative process. Hutch Beachwear’s ultimate goal is simple: to inspire consumers with a love for the Caribbean. His latest collection, to be debuted at Tobago Fashion Weekend 2013, will boast lovely, intrinsic designs for both males & females. He explains, “(…) swimwear represents Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean the best, and marries well with how I can express myself with my work- a range of vibrant colours and combinations, on the backdrop of our tropical weather, our crystal clear seas, our vibe and our people. It’s easy to be inspired by something that has been a part of our everyday lives from birth.”View Full Bio →
Trinidadian designer Lisa Marie Henry began her fashion journey at a young age. With the encouragement of her mother, at 15 years old she began courses at the John Donaldson Technical Institute to learn the art of dressmaking and tailoring.
Six years later, with her sister Laurie Henry, 'LisaLaurie' designs was launched. Together they showed collections throughout the Caribbean and also in London.
At 25 years old Lisa migrated to the UK and pursued a career in Costume Design whilst attending courses at London College of Fashion.
On her return to Trinidad in September 2012 the idea of 'Liilah' designs was born. A collection of dresses, skirts, swimsuits and wraps that expresses the energy of the confident, cool Caribbean woman.
Liilah has since collaborated with Project RunwaySeason 9 Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee (official) Fan Page for Anya's 'Fashion Rocks the Avenue', where Liilah swimsuits were paired with Anya's wraps and dresses.
Lisa operates her 'Liilah' workshop in Woodbrook, Trinidad.View Full Bio →
The University of Trinidad and Tobago
The Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at UTT aims to educate and equip aspiring designers and managers in the art and business of fashion, offering a four year BFA Degree
in Fashion Design along with two-year Diploma programmes in Fashion Design and Fashion Management.
With a diverse student population, passionate staff, and the leadership of Programme Coordinators, Sandra Carr and Lisa Sinanan CAFD is focused on fostering an environment of learning and creativity. An environment where students can develop their own unique entrepreneurial style and obtain the knowledge, skill and industry know-how required for
success in this billion dollar international fashion industry.
CAFD graduated 37 designers in 2012 with a BFA in Fashion Design. This year another group of graduates will join the former as they strive to make Fashion a viable business and help build the fashion industry of Trinidad and Tobago.
At TFW 2013 the collection of CAFD is from the 2nd year Fashion Design class. A collection of stunning knit dresses, international designer inspired outfits, chiffon, denims and silks. A collection based on many different themes of student work but bound by one common thread……..CREATIVITY!View Full Bio →
The brainchild behind Ms.Sim is Simone Neilson, a 21 year-old Jamaican self-taught designer, who started from making pencil cases and handbags from old jeans at age 14. Eventually, the young entrepreneur began to experiment with a variety of styles of handbags, totes and pouches, which later led to the creation of clothing, specifically skirts and crop tops. Today she even creates gowns and other elegant attire for a range of clients, and is lauded for her eye for resort wear.
Simone is a graduate of Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts, having specialized in fashion illustration, garment construction & pattern making. She also completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the Univeristy of Technology in Jamaica.
Being self taught has helped Simone utilize many sources around her to not only inspire her but also guide her in developing her skills and techniques. She designs for the college student, to the chic mom,
identifying with aspects of each woman's life to which she can relate. Ms. Sim is not only everyday or
occasion wear- her brand also allows the wearer to express herself in style and comfort, with clear elements of luxury.
Of her latest collection, miSim says, "The collection I'll be presenting for TFW is called "Maracuya, the Fruits of my Passion." The inspiration for it came from the Passion Fruit; the hard skin on the outside, protecting the soft, tangy inside."View Full Bio →
Piper & Evali
As the youngest of three, Piper and Evali CEO Phylicia Ellis has always benefitted from family influence and an amazing support system. Her two elder siblings were enrolled in a sewing program for children, and, not to be left out, she wanted to sew as well. In 1994, her parents established a fabric store, which allowed her to experiment, without restriction, with every possible type of fabric and texture. Phylicia also worked in the store, dealing with the sale of fabric, and by the age of 9, began sewing clothes for herself. She was always an outstanding art student, participating in art workshops and designing unique clothing items for schoolmates throughout the island
In 2010, the Nassau native complete her tertiary studies at Albright College in Reading, PA, where she obtained a BA in Fashion Design. During this time, Phylicia ensured that she was versed in all things fashion, working tirelessly in Reading with former industry professionals to perfect her technique and skills. She participated in Islands of the World Fashion Week in 2009 as a Next Generation Designer and as a Designer at Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston, Jamaica. She also shadowed a Bahamian Designer and worked in Luxury retail sales, while home on breaks in the Bahamas.
Phylicia has worked a designer assistant internship with the talented designer Victor de Souza with his upcoming New York Fashion Week shows. Phylicia also worked with Mandy Coon as a intern with construction and assisting with the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. She also worked with an organization creating carnival costumes for New York and Miami Carnival.
Her adult brand focuses on custom designed ready to wear, evening wear and Weddings by Phylicia Ellis. Over the years, Phylicia and her designs can be found in various magazines around the Caribbean including e-Life, Nu Woman and Profiles 98.
In the summer of 2012 she and Patricia Ellis (her mother) started the Zig Zag Summer Sewing adventure mentoring and teaching little girls the same way she was taught. Soon thereafter, she launched her children’s line, Piper & Evali, for little girls. She felt the need for new approach to children’s wear that is fresh, universal and exciting, which her brand offers through accessibility and affordability.View Full Bio →
The designer duo team, Aquisha Francis and Timeka Harry is nothing short of what their brand represents. The duo met at University in a clothing and textile workshop a few years ago and immediately gravitated to each other as they both possessed an intimidating, individual style that is classy, uniquely simple and displayed effortlessly. Their love for fashion and head-to-toe presentation, inevitably led to the creation of their design label to embody who they are and what they exemplify; As a result, their design label Sade Roxborough was birthed in September 2012.
Aquisha Francis of Roxborough, Tobago has been designing and constructing clothing for the past 14 years. Her desire to create was nurtured at a tender age, while under the tutelage of her aunt who was the ‘go-to’ seamstress in the village. In the course of designing for family and friends, she gained instant recognition in 2001 after conceptualizing and crafting winning pieces for the crowned queen at the Windward Afro Queen Show - ‘dubbed the biggest carnival event on the island of Tobago’. Since then, Aquisha has been designing for clients while evolving into a solid and notable designer.
The second half of the duo the multi-faceted Timeka Harry, hails from Arima, Trinidad. Varying influences developed her love for fashion, but it was from her stylish mother who was a model ‘back in the day’ where she fully understood the power of clothing, and the importance of an inimitable personal image at a very early age. It was not before long that Timeka realized her inner sense of style could no longer be muffled, and she began sketching her design ideas. At age 12 she constructed her first dress. Timeka always feel more fulfilled and rewarded when wearing an outfit that was created by her. She vehemently states, "clothing allows one communicate to others who they are, their personality, their culture, and to an extent their beliefs without even saying a word. It’s an asset that must never be taken for granted."
The duo offers a palpable perspective to the Caribbean's fashion industry, marrying inspiration from the elements of nature and culture. Sade Roxborough designs are astutely constructed of light, airy and comfortable textiles with a palette ranging from pristine white to vibrant and occasional multi-tonal hues. The label’s collections feature items that can transition from day to night, that showcases attractive dresses and skirts, charming blouses, and cool shorts and pants.View Full Bio →
House of Byfield
Originally established in New York, Carmichael Byfield has been living in the Netherlands since 2008, where he regained his passion for designing men’s clothing. In 2011 Carmichael started designing independently for his own fashion label
‘House of Byfield’.
House of Byfield's designs can be described as discreet and elegant wear with an eye for detail and a sporty touch. Carmichael mostly works with light fabrics in asymmetrical layers, so it falls beautifully and naturally on the body. His daywear suits are for men who dare to dress well and aren’t afraid of color.
Carmichael has already shown his collections during Curacao Fashion Week 2012 and Salonè della Moda 2012. He has also shown at Krefeld Fashionworld 2012 in Germany. In 2013 he participated in 'Dutch Fashion meets Marrakesh' in Morocco as well as Africa Couture Fashion and Designer Week in Gabon.View Full Bio →
Wadada is an Amharic word that means Love. This movement was created by twin sisters Ayanna & Asha Diaz, in the middle of 2010. Although never formally educated in fashion, both sisters have a great love for expressing who they are through their sense of fashion and style.
Born and raised in the Caribbean on the main island of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, these sisters have never conformed to the whats hot in fashion. The look they have created for themselves is a fusion of cultured royalty and bohemian chic, which was influenced by their travels throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
Wadada's objective is to build a brand that focuses on collections of conservatively fashionable female clothing. Each piece is designed to accentuate the female's natural confidence, while being made from love!View Full Bio →
Chandra Maharaj Swimwear!
Rio brought her to life, Trinidad showed her how to
Born in Brazil and raised in Trinidad, her footsteps were in the sand before she could even walk.
Always surrounded by the Ocean, it became her go to for guidance and inspiration.
It nourished the artist within her to follow her dreams
and make them a reality.
The sandy path lead her to another beach side residence in the lively city of Miami.
In her new home, she found a passion for fashion and
created Chandra Maharaj Swimwear. Her vision can be seen, and worn, in every design she creates, exposing the goddess within.
"When I design I think of all the women that I love,
their difference in shapes, sizes, colors etc.…. And
then, I design for the beauty within them."
This tri-coastal designer has something VERY special in store for our TFW Fans, and you'll never be able to guess what it is! You'll have to be there live and direct to witness the greatness, of course!View Full Bio →
JESwear is a brand that was created quite accidentally about 14 years ago, after Jillian (the owner) produced a garment for a close relative of hers.The "JES" in the name is an acronym for Jillian Eileen Salandy, who originally got her inspiration for swimsuits after completing an entire course of study in fashion and textiles. She was motivated by a family member who encouraged her to get involved in clothing manufacture, as a means to both earn money as well as enjoy the artistic nature of design.Jillian's direct and straight-talking style is reflected in the name, which was first "JESwearit", but decided to drop the end in favour of a less literal interpretation. Her personality is dual-mode, perhaps an alter ego of sorts, as she expresses her colorful and creative angle with her designs on the runway, poolside or seaside.JESwear's end product has formed the basis of several Carnival presentations, as the swimsuits’ function as the foundation for many costume constructions. Over the years, Jillian has produced many individual pieces, much to the delight of her customers. She has focused on the customization & combinations of sizes and colors, in order to match the size and shape of any Caribbean woman. She believes that women should be able to express their personality through swimwear.
Join us at Tobago Fashion Weekend where JESwear will present "Ile de vent", a fantastic collection of designs which will surely "wet" your palette!View Full Bio →
The Lush Kingdom
Out of Trinidad & Tobago, The Lush Kingdom Fashion Collection is a collective group effort by a talented team of former graduates from the University of Trinidad and Tobago's first Fashion Class.
The idea, brainstormed by James Hackett, was inspired by simple beauty and majesty of the Caribbean lifestyle and the tropical climate. Later, he reached out to some of his fellow classmates to compile the creative presentation. A movement was then born!
The collective, called IS WE, is comprised of Kechervi Vision, Elizabeth Jerimie, Sarah Bandoo, Melissa Elcock, Candace Francis-Mayers, Delia Alleyne and James Hackett.
Look out for IS WE at Tobago Fashion Weekend on May 17-19 2013!View Full Bio →
It is widely acknowledged that designers from the UK produce some of the world’s most cutting-edge fashion; one of them being Romero Bryan. Romero Bryan’s talent and
innovation have been widely recognized by members of the international fashion press and fashionistas.
From a young age London-born Romero Bryan aspired to become a world-renowned fashion designer and he began to hone his skills for design and creation at just thirteen. Mr. Bryan has fashion in his genes – both his grandfather and uncle were tailors, whilst his grandmother was a seamstress. Mr. Bryan’s designs first caught the media’s attention in 2001, when UK singer Samantha Mumba attended the Brit Awards in a Romero Bryan dress with a plunging neckline.
Mr. Bryan graduated from the London College of Fashion in late 2005 and his career took off soon after. His designs have been worn by ‘A-List’ celebrities across the globe including Alek Wek, Cameron Diaz, Destiny's Child, The Noisette’s lead lady & Fashion Icon Shingai, Mariah Carey and Usher, to name but a few. Romero Bryan’s garments have also been purchased by Kate Moss, Katy Perry & many more. Over the years, Mr. Bryan’s clientele has broadened and the “boy wonder” (Vogue.com) has matured into a wonderful young man.
Romero Bryan’s talent, hard work, determination and potential have been recognized by Philip Beresford in the predicted ‘Rich List 2020’compiled for the Royal Bank of Scotland. The list appeared in international publications such as Forbes Magazine.
Most recently, he has been named on the Lloyds TSB & Thomson Reuters ‘POWERLIST 2013’ as one of ‘BRITAINS MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK PEOPLE.’View Full Bio →
Corinne Monique Long
Corinne Monique Long has been sketching and sewing since she was a little girl. Corinne attended the University of Alberta, Canada, graduating in 2009 with a BSc degree in Human Ecology with a Major in Textiles and Clothing and a Minor in Design and Product Development. In her graduating year, Corinne organized and produced the Faculty Fashion Show, in collaboration with Edmonton Fashion Week.
During her studies, Corinne traveled to Paris, France, and attended the Paris American Academy. There she trained intensively, learning the haute couture techniques of Nina Ricci, draping methods of Madame Gres, millinery skills of Jean Paul Gaultier, and the handbag and accessory craft of Anne Valerie Hash, as well as Japanese Shibori dyeing and nuno felting techniques.
During her stay in Paris, Corinne also worked as a backstage assistant and dresser for Elie Saab during his Fall 2008 Haute Couture Collection runway show. In 2009, Corinne was chosen from 116 Canada-wide entries as one of 25 Télio Design Competition finalists and was featured during Montreal Fashion Week, as well as in the press nation-wide and on television.
That same year, Corinne was honored with the Dr. Elizabeth Feniak Award for Excellence in Writing for her essay entitled ‘The Little Black Dress,’ published in the Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, Vol. 17, No. 2, 2010. In 2010, Corinne competed as a finalist in the Nuit Blanche Art of Fashion Design Competition, and was featured in various media including The Toronto Globe and Mail.
Corinne has worked as a design and production assistant for many Canadian as well as American designers, including Greta Constantine, House of Spy, Jade Kinrade, Mariah Amine Couture, Penicullus Bellum, Sofiss Apparel, Stefanie Bezaire, and Wildhagen Hats. Corinne has gained an excellent appreciation of colour, pattern, texture, materials, construction, and current trends. Corinne currently freelances. Through Rogues Gallery Presents Emerging Designer Fashion Show, Corinne is debuting the launch of her own eponymous fashion label, Corinne Monique, an innovative, timeless, luxurious line for the modern woman.
Corinne draws design inspiration from her lifelong passions: art, music, photography, dance, film, literature, travel, and nature. Corinne designs for the strong, confident woman, choosing clean, feminine lines to enhance her form.
Her current Fall/Winter 2013 collection, ‘The Year of the Serpent’, will grace the runway in the sister isle next month, as shown at New York Fashion Week!View Full Bio →
Claudia Pegus Designs Limited is an exclusive niche market design/production company owned and run by Caribbean designer Claudia Pegus.
Claudia Pegus has been considered an iconic designer in the Caribbean for several years. She is renowned for her signature work in various types of silks and hand done embroidery. The Trinidad & Tobago based designers’ work has been shown and lauded internationally, regionally and locally at major fashion weeks for over three decades and also works as an Industry Consultant to various regional trade organizations.
Some of her recent notable achievements include:
TTCSI (Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Services Industries), Excellence in Service Awards, Service Provider of the Year.
Awarded The Spirit of Emancipation Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement by the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad & Tobago
Appointed member of a High Level Expert Panel to guide the Implementation of Arts, Cultural and Entrepreneurial Projects and the Patriotism Project in Trinidad and Tobago.
Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence and Remarkable Contributions to the Caribbean Fashion Industry by Caribbean Style @ Culture, Washington, DC.
Presented Project on Capitalising on Caribbean Creative Industries, Fashion at the Annual Business Conference held at the Trinidad Hilton, June 13th, 2011 .
Look out for Claudia Pegus at Tobago Fashion Weekend on May 17-19 2013!View Full Bio →
Fashion Season officially begins in the month of May, and Tobago Fashion Weekend is starting it off the right way...with Heather Jones!
Heather Jones proudly states, “My inspiration comes from the rhythm, movement and passion of the islands. Hand-painted silk chiffons, in varied weights, in the vibrant colors of the tropics, filled with the energy and abundance of the Caribbean life. My collection is designed to reveal the romantic nature and sensuality of today’s woman.”
Heather is a quintessential artist of this millennium representing the transitional era of self-assertion and individuality. Her designs are motivated to make women feel good about themselves, to empower and inspire.
The endless limitation of her work is like a powerful river with countless branches, which develops into outrageous waterfalls. Her work brings a divine blessing to each individual that comes into contact with her designs. They can imagine the warm tropical nights, cool sensuous days, deliciously soothing waters, the earthly rich flora of orchids and hibiscuses; all woven into the magical loom that Heather creates.View Full Bio →
Jaumark Pierre is a Caribbean Fashion designer best known for being head of the fashion line JAUPIERRE. He has been the creative director for JAUPIERRE swimwear and accessories since its inception in 2006. The wild and culture-rich tropical life inspires the swimwear and accessory brand.
Born in Trinidad and Tobago in the 80’s to a dressmaker mother, who’s mother (his grand-mother) was also a dressmaker, and her brother (his uncle) a tailor, he spent much of his early life around fabric and sketching while keeping his mother company, while she constructed garments. As a teenager, he lived between homes with his father and mother, mostly with his mother, whom he has credited as being one of his greatest influences. "My mother sewed uniforms and wedding gowns to feed me and send me to school. Her sacrifice is the greatest of all my family. I always wish to see her become greater than she thinks she is, her talent is incredible! I owe it to God and her for my gifted eye.”
Although it was expected for Pierre to pursue a course related to art after high school, he began his career path studying Mechanical Engineering at John. S. Donaldson Technical Institute in 2002 then switched to Medicine in 2004, before eventually working in Botanic Research at the National Herbarium of Trinidad and Tobago in 2006. It was at the Herbarium that Pierre begun reuniting with his creative genes.
That year he bought fabric in the city of Port of Spain, which he used to produce a capsule collection shot by Calvin French. The collection of swimwear and resort
created a buzz as soon as it was published, giving Pierre respect in Trinidad and Tobago over-night. Later that year, he was nominated for the Caribbean New Designer Award.
The year 2013 marks 3 consecutive years as creative director at JAUPIERRE for Jaumark Pierre, and 7 years as a significant contributor in the arena of fashion.
Look out for jauPierre at Tobago Fashion Weekend on May 17-19 2013!View Full Bio →
Delia Alleyne is a Trinbagonian young and upcoming fashion designer, born on the 27th of May, 1980, in Scarborough Tobago, the smaller of the two islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
Inspired by the creativity that surrounds our nation, Delia began designing and creating gowns for pageants in Tobago. In the year 2001, her first design won the best gown title in a Miss T&TEC pageant. She continued on to create designs to compete in others shows such as Miss Heritage Personality - Tobago Heritage Festival, Miss Tobago Festival and Miss Credit Union.
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 fashion and design.
October 2009, she was invited to show in the Making Style Gala Fashion Show held in Tobago. Here she showed her first collection which was entirely made of plastic. In 2011 at CAFD, Delia was the 1st runner up in the Designer Critic Award Show in the group that was directed and mentored by Trinidadian fashion designer Zadd and Eastman. The designs from that award show have graced the catwalk of the Tobago Fashion Weekend that same year. August 2011 saw Delia designing the costumes for the cast of the Tobago Heritage Festival opening night.
2011 saw Delia catapulted to the spotlight on a larger scale when she was applauded for tutoring Miss Anya Ayoung Chee, the season 9 winner of Project Runway.
August 2012, Delia joined a cultural team that visited and showcased various aspects of Tobago's culture in Canada. Her portfolio was to showcase her designs and that of other fashion designers of Tobago at Harbourfront in the Island Soul Festival. 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 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.
Delia is set to showcase her first ready-to-wear collection since graduating from CAFD called "steampunk revolution" at Tobago Fashion Weekend!View Full Bio →
Shivan & Narresh
SHIVAN & NARRESH is India’s first luxury swimwear brand that was launched in Cannes at ‘Mare di Moda’ with their 100% stitch free swim line and were discovered in 2006 by Mittelmoda at the Mittelmoda International Beachwear Awards ’06 in Bali.
Based out of New Delhi, SHIVAN Bhatiya mastered the art of leather corsetry and accessories and NARRESHKukreja specialized in women’s wear at The National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi. Post their graduation, they were awarded scholarships to complete their Masters in Milan & Rome at the Istituto Europeo di Design in ‘Fashion & Textiles’ & ‘Luxury Marketing’ respectively.
After the launch in Cannes, the duo shifted their studio to India, and became the first mainstream beachwear designers doing 100% handcrafted stitch-free surfaced beachwear along with ready to wear swimwear made all in 100% Italian fabrics and complementing resort wear. Since its inception, the brand has aimed at making swimsuit become an active part of the Indian wardrobe providing confidence to indian women through their ‘pret’ and the ‘made to measure’ swimsuit services. The brand takes pride in its Indian cultural ethos through its modest cuts, bold usage of colour and handcrafting to enable Indian women recreate around water.
The Lycra Sari and the Bikini Sari are two landmark creations of the brand that epitomize the brand’s visions for swimsuits in India.
SHIVAN & NARRESH is the first Indian brand to showcase at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Miami and also to participate in the Swimwear Association of Florida’s SwimShow 2012.
SHIVAN & NARRESH received the Swarovski Most Creative Designer of the Year (‘07), Best Emerging Designers 2010 at the Marie Claire Fashion Awards 2010, Best Resort Wear at the Elle Style Awards 2010, Best Cruise Wear at Grazia Young Fashion Awards 2011. The brand got awarded the ‘Made in India label to the World’ at the Grazia Young fashion Awards 2012. They have been recently awarded the Young Achiever’s Award by the Embassy of India, Kathmandu and Today’s Youth Asia. They have also been speakers at the prestigious India Design Forum 2012 & the BlackBook Luxury Round Table. Internationally, the brand has been worn by celebrities ranging from Dita Von Teese, Fergie, Nicki Minaj, Padma Lakshmi to Selita Banks. Recently, the brand designed vintage swimsuits for the Hollywood movie Life of Pi by Ang Lee.View Full Bio →
Tobago Fashion Weekend kindly advises that all patrons are asked to purchase tickets for #TFW2013 from our authorized dealers ONLY. At this time, these locations are:
- Penny Savers Canaan
- Renmars Pigeon Point
- Pigeon Point Venue's Box Office from 7:00pm
Tickets not purchased via our authorized channels will not be honoured at the door.
We look forward to seeing you at "Style File: Antillean Nights" this evening, as the world of Fashion takes over Tobago!
Celebrity Guest - Malik Yoba
Abdul-Malik Kashie Yoba (born September 17, 1967), better known by his stage name Malik Yoba, is an American actor, entrepreneur musician & writer. He is perhaps best known for his starring role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the FOX police drama series New York Undercover. Currently, he appears as former FBI Special Agent Bill Harken on the Syfy drama series Alphas.
The fourth of six children, Yoba was born in Bronx, New York, the son of Mahmoudah Young (née Lanier) and Abdullah Yoba. Yoba, who is African American, was raised as a Muslim.
In 1994, Yoba began his role as NYPD Detective J.C. Williams on the popular FOX police drama series New York Undercover, opposite fellow actor Michael DeLorenzo. Yoba and DeLorenzo (who is of Puerto Rican descent) made television history, as the series was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles.
On the silver screen, Malik has also had starring roles in Rockaway (2007), Why Did I get Married (2007) & Why Did I Get Married Too (2010), Alliegance. He has displayed his natural talents on such tv series as CSI Miami, Alphas (2011) and Revolution (2013).
Taking his position as a TV series star and role model seriously, the actor has appeared in "Diamonds in the Rough", a Black Entertainment Television (BET) special about kids in housing projects, and also on a BET panel, "Black Family: Today's Values, Tomorrow's Vision." He has also continued his involvement with CityKids, serving as a vice president of the organization.
No question is off-limits for contributing editor George Wayne. A chronicler of global café society and celebrity culture since the early 1980s, the native Jamaican joined Vanity Fair in 1992. Ever since, he has served as the magazine’s intrepid Q&A correspondent and distinguished cultural arbiter, conducting his trademark, candid interviews with scores of subjects, from actors to politicians, to fellow journalists.
PHOTOGRAPH BY GASPER TRINGALE.
Welcome Soma Lisa Choudhury
We would like to formally welcome New York Fashion Consultant Soma Lisa Choudhury to Tobago Fashion Weekend2013!
Born in Los Angeles to Indian nationals, she is a New York-based leading brand entrepreneur for various Luxury Designers globally, which includes Shivan & Narresh from India- who will be showcasing their collection at TFW 2013!
Soma Lisa Choudhury has spent over a decade within the luxury fashion industry working with stalwart Ready To Wear designers such as Giorgio Armani, Moschino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alberta Ferretti, Narcisco Rodriguez, Givenchy, J. Lindberg, John Richmond, Gai Matiolo and many more. Her rich experience in strategic marketing, operations and business development combined with her international background supports her proficiency in cross-cultural networking, relationship management, trend forecasting and brand management.
Merchandising collections, retail distribution, strategic pricing, planning and executing high-profiled PR events, art buying, designing and publishing product catalogues, managing magazine promotions, budgeting, and market opportunity analysis add up to Soma’s diverse experience. She attended the University of Maryland (College Park, MD) graduating with a B.A in Finance and Marketing as well as SDA Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) where Soma earned a Master’s degree (MBA) concentrating in Fashion Management (Altagamma partner).
Ms. Choudhury is the Founder of LEELA Consulting in New York. Stay tuned for more details on the Workshop that Ms. Choudhury will be conducting for Tobago Fashion Weekend 2013!
Welcome Garth Voisin
Coming from the country of Trinidad and Tobago, Garth Voisin has been on a Journey since leaving his family and home. Through countless obstacles, trial and experiences, Garth takes on a positive aspect on all obstacles faced on his Journey and has utilized this energy to achieve so much in his first decade in the United States of America.
From winning the cover of KRAVE MALE MODEL SEARCH CONTEST 2009,to appearing in music videos for Angie Stone and R&B start Joe's "Worst Case Scenario".
Garth is not only a Actor, Author , Model,Personal/Fitness Trainer,Nutrition Advisor , Inspirational and Motivational Coach, Concept /Story writer and Creative director.
Now adding Actor to his list of accomplishments, Garth has not only published two Inspirational Journals, but has also joined the cast of " A STORY ABOUT WENDY PT2" as GUY LOCKWOOD , Sports Caster for Quirky TV in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, in another effort to motivate, encourage and inspire others as they embark on their own Journey to become more and make more happen.
The Journey Continues....
"Inspiring not only the body but also the mind" - GAV
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Friday Lineup - Body Gossip – Bikinis, Baubles & Batik
CWAD Fashion (St. Lucia) | Shivan and Narresh (India) | Hutch Beachwear (Trinidad) | JesWear (Trinidad) | JauPierre (Trinidad) | Chandra Maharaj Swimwear (Miami) | LIILAH Designs (Trinidad) | Sonia Noel (Guyana) | Shaun Griffith-Perez (Trinidad) | Heather Jones (Trinidad) | Ria Ramkissoon (Trinidad)
Saturday Lineup -Style File: Antillean Nights
Heather Jones | Anthony Reid for Meiling | Zadd & Eastman | FETT - Bois Caraibe | Piper & Evali | Ncole | Sonia Noel | Neonay Designs | Pink Lemonade | Shernicia Mayers | UTT/Sandra Carr | DAWW Creations | Claudia Pegus
Sunday Lineup - Fashion Lives: Diaspora Connections
Geopa (Trinidad) | KHRYSTAL Designs (Tobago) | Francis Hendy (New York) | YESA Designs (Tobago) | ISWE/James Hackett (Trinidad) | House of Byfield (The Netherlands) | Romero Bryan (United Kingdom) | Ms.sim (Jamaica) | Wadada Movement (Trinidad) | Robert Young (Trinidad) | Dexter Jennings (Trinidad) | Corinne Monique (Canada) | Delia Alleyne (Tobago) | Christian Boucaud (Trinidad) |
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"
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
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!"
TFW Use: Cazak Frock Suspenders are the different aspects of garment pieces that can enhance how you look.
What will 2014 be......