Guyanese Fashion Show uses Barbadian as Producer: Guyana looking for Powerful presentation in August
Barbados, Jamaica plus Antigua have all had forays into fashion recently and come late August, it’ll be Guyana‘s turn; to make sure it’s a success they have enlisted a Bajan to oversee the running of their weekend of fashion from August 24th to 26th –
Rodney Powers …. whose reputation precedes him [from his] tiny island and beyond, has successfully, produced the Barbados Fashion Awards and the Fashion Festival at Carifesta in addition to a string of high profile events.
His reputation is as such that if anyone in Barbados is planning an event and has never heard of him they should forget it and call it off. Why? No one on the island does stage management, set decor and design, and manage an overall smooth execution of a show better than Powers.
The Stabroek News item is quite glowing of the designer/producer but I have never heard of him until now! If he delivers on what he promises to set up for the event, then he will indeed live up to his surname –
[Powers] said is the only venue where such an event could be held which means that is the venue. Powers said the event will open with a Fashion Party on August 24 that will see a mingling of designers, models, local and international press, sponsors and buyers. This event will be at the Cara Lodge on Quamina Street.
In the two days that follow fashion markets will be held in the morning where designers will showcase any work they have done apart from clothing designs. This includes jewellery, sandals, handbags and hats – accessories. He described the market as a fabulous little setting of open air booths. The market begins around 10 am and ends at 4 pm.
The real event, he said, will come later in the evening when the designers do runaway fashion. On the first night, which will be August 25, eight designers both local and overseas will debut new collections. He said, this night will be a “coming-out” party for new talent, but the emphasis will be on Guyanese designers.
Immediately following the runaway fashion will be a poolside fashion party. Persons invited and those who purchase a ticket will be the only ones with access to the party.
On the finale night, which is August 26, he said, a more seasoned line-up of designers will be featured. However, he said persons turning up on the day before would also have a chance to see top local designers since there will be a mix. However the finale promises to end with a bang.
Powers said the idea behind Guyana Fashion Weekend is to take local fashion to higher heights.
This Barbadian POWER-house makes bees and beavers look like lazy sluts, he does not take his foot off the accelerator after the August show –
Immediately following the Fashion Weekend, Powers will do a to be aired on in Barbados then in 17 other territories across the region. He said people are going to be saturated with the Guyana Fashion Weekend soon after it would have ended.
He said the budget for the event is substantial but they have since held several fruitful talks with local businesses that are likely to sign on as sponsors. Additionally, they have met President Bharrat Jagdeo and received his endorsement. The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport have also pledged support.As to how Powers got involved, he said Sonia Noel approached him with the idea and he said yes immediately having worked with her in the past. He said a committee was formed shortly after and the planning commenced. According to him, fashion is a creative industry and developing it is one his goals.
He concluded the interview with a mini-CV of his qualifications and a taste of what Guyanese can expect from him in future as well –
Powers said he has been producing shows for five years now but has been involved in production since he was 17 years old. He previously worked as a supervisor at Virgin Atlantic Airways and before then at LIAT Airways.
He will return to Guyana in July to re-create the buzz about the event and to ensure that things are falling into place as planned. His closing words were that something is going to happen here that has never happened before.