The first Caribbean fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam!
Amsterdam. For the first time a Caribbean fashion show will take place during the summer edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam (MBFWA) on Saturday the 11th of July 2015. This fashion show is produced and organized by Caribbean Fashion Spot (CFS), show partner of MBFWA.
Caribbean fashion extravaganza:
On Saturday July 11th 2015, it will be all about Caribbean fashion and entertainment in the ‘Gashouder’ at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, for one whole hour. Six designers in the mid- and high segment will be showing their collection, both clothing and accessories, to Dutch fashionistas and international guests.
The fashion labels that will be featured are: Atelier Doré ( Suriname), Bea Rodriguez Suarez (Puerto Rico),Charu Lochan Dass (Trinidad & Tobago), Gigliola Designs (Aruba), Heather Jones Designs Ltd (Trinidad & Tobago), and Ms. Ray (Netherlands). The looks of the designers will be complemented by beautiful shoes and accessories from sponsor JustFab.
Visitors will not only enjoy a great Caribbean fashion show, but also stunning performances by ‘DJ Djamila Celina Melcherts’, voted as "Sexiest Female DJ 2014," and dance group ‘ LuXuryLatin’. It will be a Caribbean sensation, where visitors will be pleasantly surprised! These visitors and all fashion lovers are also welcome to visit the pop-up store of CFS for the Caribbean designers which will be open from Monday, July 13 until Friday, July 17. The pop-up store will be located in the World Fashion Centre in Amsterdam.
Caribbean Fashion Spot:
CFS is part of a young Dutch (online) marketing and PR company 'International Relations Consultancy'. It is an online medium that promotes Caribbean fashion and recently also organizes fashion events in Europe for mid- to high-end Caribbean fashion designers. The first fashion event in Amsterdam will be in collaboration with Fashion Week Netherlands (FWN), as their show partner. As part of MBFWA, CFS will showcase six mid- and high-end clothing and accessories’ designers from the Caribbean on the catwalk at the Westergasfabriek, in Amsterdam for 1,260 people. These are designers from Suriname, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and a local designer from the Netherlands.
CFS would like to put the Caribbean fashion also in the spotlight in Europe. The main goal is to raise awareness and recognition (nationally and internationally) for the Caribbean art and culture through fashion. Hence, to create more brand awareness in Amsterdam and Europe for talented Caribbean fashion designers, while indirectly influence its export positively. Besides creating brand awareness for the designers, CFS also aims to have models of Caribbean descent to take part at an international fashion event, in order for them to be recognized as well as potential international top models.
This first Caribbean fashion show during MBFWA is made possible by many partners and sponsors, namely: Dy Muñeca the Caribbean Fashion Spot, XX Fashion Diva FWN, SouthEast, JustFab Nederland, World Fashion Centre, Aydin Acik, Jeyinti Slagveer, Deborah Kramp,Crissy van Riet, Randy Spong, Blush by Daphne ,Precillia Soekhai Make-up & More , Beautyby Warsha ,Ilvie Greenwood , Pearly Raechel HESIPhotography ,Halfmanfotografie ,Caribbean Dream, Spong Design ,Radio Club Paradise , Djamila Monteiro , Wilma Stomp, Studio JNNFR , Made by Angel, and Korporate Kouture.
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