Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam (MBFWA) acknowledged and celebrated Caribbean fashion at this year’s Summer/Spring edition of the star-studded event. The 10 day event highlighted fashion from across the Caribbean region in a Caribbean Fashion Extravaganza held on July 11, 2015. The moment in MBFWA was in partnership with Dy Muñeca the Caribbean Fashion Spot – an online medium for fashion within the Caribbean community.
There were five clothing and jewelry designers featured during the Saturday night event, with four representing the island nations of the region. The models during this fashion show were also from different countries and islands of the Caribbean. Subsequently, there were pop-up shops across Amsterdam featuring the work of the designers during the week of July 13 – 17.
Here is a brief introduction to the three featured designers from the Caribbean islands.
An alumna of the London College of Fashion, Dass is the Trinidad based designer and founder of CLD boutique. Her passion for the arts and understanding of a woman’s body and shape are always reflected in her designs, and her 2016 Spring Summer collection – The ANJA Collection. Much like her previous collection, the 20 pieces of the handcrafted line was inspired by Anja Dass – one of her loyal clients.
Designer Gigliola Gomez Arendsz loves to find inspiration in her surroundings, and who could blame her when she lives in the beautiful Aruba. The former model and House of Gucci stylist uses vibrant colors, detailed flowers and colorful prints to bring her drawings to life. Her Caribbean Spring collection debuted at MBFWA and was an iconic moment for both the designer and her home island.
Trinidadian Heather Jones is an artist who enjoys celebrating a woman’s individuality and confidence. This seasoned designer studied under renowned tailor, Fitz Blackman, and attributes her long standing fashion career to her enthusiasm for life, her culture, and flair. Her collections use hand painted silk and rich colors to depict the high energy and excitement of the Caribbean lifestyle.