If you’ve already had your Beyonce overdose for the year and are wondering where the former band mate Kelly Rowland has been, ask no more as you can find her in the Caribbean this summer. Grammy award winning singer an all around fashion icon Kelly is set to return to the Caribbean’s premier fashion and style event Caribbean Fashionweek.
The event will celebrate its 13th year at the National Indoor Sports Centre, Kingston, Jamaica on June 6-10. The former Destiny’s Child star and solo artist is excited to present a full concert performance on Sat June 8, Kelly said “I am looking forward once again to bringing my personal style, as well as my music, to the Caribbean’s big fashion event.”
Kelly is currently working on her upcoming fourth studio album ‘Talk a Good Game’ and is expected to be the usual major draw for both international press and music lovers, inside and outside the Caribbean.
CFW welcomes designers from all over the world. Countries from as far a field as Africa and Australia have presented collections on the Caribbean’s premier fashion runway. An array of top stylists have also come from Europe and the Americas. The Caribbean’s finest including Cedella Marley’s Catch a Fire, Meiling and Sandra Kennedy are among the 100 plus designers who have shown collections at CFW since 2001. Special guest designers have included the London-based and internationally regarded Jamaican, Jessica Ogden, British young designer of the year Kelly Jade Nichols, Nana Boateng and the Vogue acclaimed Gavin Douglas.
Caribbean Fashionweek takes another giant step forward in 2013, as Pulse, who produce Caribbean Fashionweek, redoubles its efforts to take Caribbean fashion to a place of enhanced respect, recognition and profit, at the centre of world fashion.
One of the highlights of Caribbean Fashionweek 2013 include Pulse star and global supermodel Jeneil Williams who will be inducted into the Pulse Fashion and Beauty Hall of Fame. Discovered, developed and introduced to the international model market by Pulse, Williams is an international superstar and has been the Caribbean’s most outstanding model for the past 4 years. Jeneil commands a body of work that spans the most important names in the international fashion industry. Since the start of 2013, a sample of Jeneil’s work includes Jean Paul Gaultier spring / summer campaign, Vogue Germany editorial, Jimmy Choo campaign, Vivienne Westwood spring / summer runway, YSL Beauty, Pop Magazine editorial, and much more.
Coming from very humble beginnings, the success of this former Vere Technical High School student, has been an inspiration to many young women across Jamaica as well as the wider global community. It was clear from the very beginning that Jeneil’s potential was unlimited. She epitomised the unique beauty of Caribbeans of African descent. Like Pulse forerunner Lois Samuels and Alek Wek before her, Jeneil was not the stereotypical or traditional beauty typically seen on the world stage, something her manager Pulse director Kingsley Cooper clearly understood.
At seventeen years old, Jeneil became Pulse and Jamaica’s hottest “new face” and was named world “Model of the Week” by Models.com. Over the years Jeneil’s career highlights include campaigns, magazine covers, editorial and runway for the world’s most prestigious fashion brands. An Italian and American Vogue regular, Jeneil has also graced the cover of LOVE, The Wall Street Journal and is currently wowing in the latest Jimmy Choo campaign.
CFW is the largest, most far reaching and strategically important fashion event in the region. Pulse has developed an event of a high international standard to showcase the best of the Caribbean’s designers, as well as other world regarded stylists from various parts of the globe. Approximately 50 designers from 20 countries participate each year. The CFW Business Forum, Exhibition, superstar concert performances, supermodels, after parties, tours and workshops will all continue in 2013.
Since its inception in 2001, Caribbean Fashionweek has been the main catalyst for Caribbean fashion industry development. An ambitious project, CFW has brought the world of fashion to the region, as it seeks to focus international attention on what the Caribbean has to offer, while, at the same time, working with stakeholders to build capacity and generate business for Caribbean stylists.
The leading fashion media houses of the world have carried rave notices of CFW and, as is customary, key media houses are expected to be in attendance this year. Caribbean Fashionweek has featured in Vogue, Fashion TV, I-D, The New York Times, Time Magazine, The BBC, The Independent, The New York Daily News and a plethora of global media titles since its launch.