gown by Kenneth Barlis (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
It must be admitted there were designers who showcased fabulous collections at this year’s BB Fashion Week. Designers such as Kenneth Barlis out of Los Angeles, Kesia Estwick & Brandi Estwick from Barbados (no relation), rocked the runway on the first night. Anicia Brooks & Mark Eastman were my standouts from the second night, both hailing from The Caribbean Academy of Fashion & Design at The University of Trinidad & Tobago. The third & final night ended with a bang, with the well received couture designer from the USA, Charles Corsky Dieujuste.
Let’s start with Kenneth Barlis. Originally from the Philippines, Kenneth brought a taste of the orient to the runway. Particularly with a favorite pieces of mine, made with coral-colored shells which he got from China. He explained to me that this specific dress actually took two months to finish, using the shells to create the intricately designed bodice & hem. To me, his overall standout piece was the feather bottomed gown. What kind of feathers you ask? Rooster feathers!
Brandi Estwick showcased her line ‘Iman Estie’. Her black & white based collection had a modern take on elegance. My favorite piece being the sleeveless white dress with a wide spread collar & black vertical panel going down the middle, which connected to the black lower half of the dress. Perfect for the modern woman of elegance who’s looking for a dose of minimalist chic.
The most anticipated & last designer of the night, Kesia Estwick showcased two collections back to back. The first was ‘Kiss The Girl’. This collection catered more to the fun loving, edgy, youthful fashion risk taker. Kesia used stretch leather, heavy rayon & printed knits with flawless gold beading. Whereas with her second collection ‘Lilith’, which was also for the fashion risk taker but with more of a mature edge, Kesia used manipulated leathers, matte jersey, pleated lame & linen to round off her line. Her standout piece was the dress made of strips of black leather (shown in a photo below).
The second night belonged to students of The University of Trinidad & Tobago. As aforementioned, my standouts were Anicia Brooks & Mark Eastman. Anicia said her “inspiration comes from bikers & their motorcycle gear.” She goes on to describe what she used to put together her looks, “My elements used to build this collection are spikes, studs, distressed denim, patches & fringe. The idea was to create clothing that is tough & rugged, but still feminine.” Designer Mark Eastman drew his inspiration from the Tuareg people, also known as the blue people, a nomadic & pastoral tribe found in the Saharan interior of Northern Africa. Eastman’s collection, ‘Tuareg Tropicalism’, catered to any & every woman of different lifestyles. From cutting edge swimwear to soft & feminine flowing gowns of blue & purple, Mark made a lasting impression.
Finally, the designer we had all been waiting for on the final night. Couture designer, Mr. Charles Corsky Dieujuste. Perfectly targeting the middle ground of soft & edgy, Dieujuste was the icing on the cake of BB Fashion Week. His collection comprised of nude, ivory, blue, turquoise, yellow & gold. His gowns easily grasped the attention of bloggers, stylists & designers in the audience. My favorite piece, however, was actually the ivory blazer which was tailored to perfection.
Kenneth Barlis gown with the shell bodice (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
Kenneth Barlis’ feather bottom dress (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
Finale walk of Kesia Estwick’s ‘Lilith’ collection
Finale piece of Kesia Estwick’s ‘Lilith’ collection (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
Kesia Estwick, ‘Kiss The Girl’ collection. Worn by model Paige Warren(photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
piece by Kesia Estwick, ‘Lilith’ collection (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
Kesia Estwick’s ‘Kiss The Girl’ (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)
blazer by Charles Dieujuste, worn by model Nikita Kunar (photo credit: Club Fashion TV)