During February thirteen Caribbean designers debuted their fashion collections at this year’s London Fashion Week (LFW). The British Fashion Council (BFC) invited Caribbean fashion designers to showcase their designs. The event was apart of the BFC Fashion 2012 Cultural Programme to celebrate the year of the Olympics and Paralympics and honour its values of international respect, excellence, equality and friendship.
The Caribbean Collection was an exhibition of capsule collections from 13 esteemed and exciting hand-picked designers, Designers like Jamaican-based designer, Juliette Dyke and Haitian-born, Phelicia Dell, were just some of the big names that showcased at the prestigious exhibition, which was supported by the Caribbean Fashion Industry Association (CFIA).
Caribbean Collections also highlights designers who paved the way during the evolution of a regional design aesthetic including Meiling (Trinidad and Tobago) and Jenny Polanco (Dominican Republic). Jewellery from Peace-Is of Bianca (Jamaica) and handbags from Veve (Haiti) complete the showrooms collection. 2012 marks a significant year in Caribbean history as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago celebrate their Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years of Independence. Caribbean Collections is proudly set against a rich backdrop of the region’s ancestry and culture.
During the showcase FAB Editor Sinem Bilen-Onabanjo talked with a few of the designers that showcased at the expo.