Caribbean Fashionweek, the region’s premier fashion event, has been launched in London. Pulse Investments Ltd recently took the opportunity of the annual staging of the Mayor of London’s Kulture to Couture fashion event to launch CFW 2008. Pulse had entered into a partnership with the Mayor’s office last year. This relationship saw a representative of the City of London attending Caribbean Fashionweek last year as an observer. Now plans are being finalised for British designers to visit CFW in June and for Caribbean designers to visit K2C in London in November. This year’s renewal of Caribbean Fashionweek takes place in Kingston, Jamaica, June 11-16 at the National Indoor Sports Centre as well as various other venues, including Villa Ronai and Strawberry Hill.
Pulse’s Chairman Kingsley Cooper and General Manager Romae Gordon, were special guests at Kulture to Couture and Pulse UK models were among the stars showing collections from participating designers. Cooper, a scheduled presenter at the event workshops, used the opportunity to meet some of Britain’s top young designers as well as media and stylists in attendance, a number of whom will visit Jamaica for CFW.
Caribbean Fashionweek 2008 continues the growth and development evident since the event’s inauguration in 2001. Last year saw the initiation of several firsts, among them the visit of a Deputy Head of Government (Hon Mia Mottley from Barbados) leading a country delegation to the event. Other firsts including the showing of designers from Romania and Nigeria - Catalin Bothezatu and Deola Sagoe respectively, both of whom have showed at the major Collections in Milan, Paris and New York. Other firsts included the presentation of CFW’s Smirnoff Originator Award for Excellence in Caribbean fashion and design, which went to Trinidadian mass genius Peter Minschall.
2008 will be no different. While most of last year’s firsts will be further developed and reinforced and repeated, fashionistas can look to a number of new initiatives, some of which will be even more far reaching (as regards business development, fashion and entertainment) than last year’s.
Pulse’s supermodels - new and established - will be joined by others in the top firmament of the international modeling arena and a new style and production teams will enhance the runway shows further. Several of the region’s master designers will show this year, including some who have not appeared for the past year or two and Fashion TV Paris, the world’s top distributor of fashion programming and which disseminated CFW 2007 content to over 300 million households around the world, will lead the usual delegation of fashion press from the major markets and the Caribbean.
CFW is presented by Pulse in association with Audi, Smirnoff, Fashion TV Paris, Viva Sparkling Water, Nestle’s Fitness Cereal, the BIDC, Invest Barbados, The Jamaica Tourist Board, The Hilton, Courtleigh and Knutsford Court hotels, The Jamaica Observer, Nestle Supligen, CVM TV, Ocean Style, She Caribbean, Jamrock magazine, Hype TV and several other sponsors to be announced.