When the second annual Absolute Caribbean Fashion show, ACF 2007, is staged at Holders on October 27 it will not only be taking place at a new venue; this year?s show will also serve as the launch pad for the inaugural Fashion Awards for the Caribbean.

Slated for April 2008 in Trinidad, Fashion Awards for the Caribbean is expected to focus the spotlight on the region?s fashion industry, honouring the contribution that various individuals and entities have made to the development of Caribbean fashion. At the same time, it is anticipated that the event will draw regional and international attention to the untapped potential of the industry in the Caribbean.

?Absolute Caribbean Fashion made its debut on October 29, 2006 and at that time we signalled our intention to work together with designers and other practitioners to continue to develop the fashion industry in the Caribbean,? said Rodney Powers, executive producer for Absolute Caribbean Fashion. ?The transformed Garfield Sobers Gymnasium in Barbados provided an excellent backdrop for the showcase of ?Absolutely the Very Best? in Caribbean fashion. We featured a number of designers including Heather Jones from Trinidad and Tobago, Bill Edwards from Jamaica and Barbados? own SimonPeter. These designers fused creativity with international appeal to present some of the most exciting pieces to be shown on a Caribbean runway.?

Powers noted that sponsors, designers, models, make-up artists and other participants in ACF 2006 were afforded significant exposure through the Absolute Fashion TV series. Developed as a primary off-shoot of ACF, the series was broadcast weekly from November 17 to December 1 on the Caribbean Media Corporation?s CaribVision station and aired in 16 Caribbean countries.

?Fashion lovers will relish the experience of a stylish evening at the world renowned Holders Plantation complete with a Cocktail Reception for VIP guests, and culminating in the Absolute Fashion Party,? added Powers. ?Boutique and fashion buyers, fashion representatives, VIPs, socialites and corporate sponsors are also sure to enjoy the event. This is a positive event for Barbados and the Caribbean highlighting potential job opportunities for stylists, models and others involved in fashion throughout the year.?

With the intriguing theme of ?Fashion Then, Fashion Now? ACF 2007 will sparkle at its new venue ? Holders Plantation, St. James. The concept of this year?s show is to create a relaxed environment for fashionistas to enjoy a top-of-the-line runway show and have the opportunity to place orders and interact with the designers (see list below).



Susan Bonham has extended her haute couture, which she previously showcased in London and Paris, with the new Sugar Collection range which is more casual. The influence of the Caribbean is strong and the vivid hues of the region can be seen in her use of colours such as turquoise, fuchsia and lime, but the pieces are cut so they can be worn in London, Paris or Milan. Sue has been designing professionally for over 28 years; her clients include Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex and she has also retailed through Harrod’s, Joseph and other boutiques around London.


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Heather Jones? work is simply stunning! Known for her light, breezy, exquisitely painted creations Jones? designs continue to rivet the attention of fashion aficionados from Europe to North America, South America and the Caribbean. A veteran of 30 years in the business Jones has shown time and time again why she is considered the Caribbean?s grande dame of fashion. Amongst her many accolades, Jones cherishes the Pret-?-Porter Award she won from a field of 27 ready-to-wear designers at the Fall 2002 Collections Fashion Week of the Americas presented by Audi in Miami Beach. Her designs export to the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.



The business which Simon Foster established more than 30 ago was joined by Peter Bowen some 18 years ago, creating the label ?SimonPeter?. They consider themselves blessed to have dressed some of the world?s most beautiful and influential women. SimonPeter leisure and resort wear is feminine, fun, brilliantly cut and easy to wear, featuring original and luxurious hand painted fabrics. Exclusively available in Barbados ? the shop is an absolute gem located in a chattel house half a mile south of the world renowned Sandy Lane hotel ? SimonPeter?s creations are worn all over the world.



Simplicity, sophistication and satisfaction are the hallmarks of Patricia Coates who holds to the belief that presenting a piece is not only about the fabric and colour, but also has a lot to do with detail and finishing. After close to 30 years in the fashion industry, Patricia sees her creations as an expression of her love for outfitting the modern woman who wants to feel special, smart, sophisticated and rich. She credits her recognition in the Caribbean fashion industry to her unlimited ambitions, determination, hard work and most importantly, her continuous striving for perfection in all her output.



With meticulously clean finishes and precision cutting Patricia Blackman has distinguished her-self over 26 years in the Caribbean fashion industry. She loves to experiment with unusual colour combinations and enjoys hand-dyeing, painting and embroidery. She believes that Caribbean designers are exceptionally talented and that the region has a fashion aesthetic which we are more than ready to share with the world. Pat dresses sophisticated women who are at the top of their careers and who are comfortable in themselves…women who love classic clothing but are not afraid to be avant garde.

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