Port of Spain Fashion Week (POSFW) kicked off its inaugural staging in November with the opening of the Fashion Market at Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre.
Several established and emerging designers showcased their ready-to-wear pieces to scores of attendees, with capsule fashion shows headlining nightly at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre.
The event was curated by well-known media personality Crystal Cunningham and sought to identify, promote and nurture the business of fashion within the regional circuit. According to Cunningham, POSFW was also aimed to stimulate local and regional fashion market platform.
“I think POSFW, along with several other shows throughout the Caribbean, share a common goal; to provide a spotlight for our indigenous fashion, and to celebrate the players in the industry – models, makeup artists, photographers, stylists and other professionals that help our offering to evolve,” said the former international model.
For its first iteration, POSFW had a weeklong roster of activities which included a fashion business forum focused on making designers export-ready. The discussions included the topics of garment production, marketing, financing, and e-commerce. A designer workshop was also hosted with special guest speaker, famed Trinbagonian-born Saville Row tailor, Andrew M Ramproop.
The official Welcome Party presented an opportunity to meet the models, mingle with fashion movers and shakers at the Ciroc cocktail inclusion reception, while the Resort Wear Showcase and Fashion Party featured some of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading resort wear designers such as Claudia Pegus and Zadd and Eastman and emerging talent including SJW Designs by Sarah Jane and Adeola Monseque.
Cunningham pointed out that, for quite some time, the fashion industry has lacked real opportunities to create sustainable living for all those involved.
“We want to give all the players in the fashion industry credible opportunities to be able to generate a source of income throughout the year,” she said. Organisers also partnered with the Office of the Mayor of Port of Spain and Jamaican-based Kibwe McGann of Intuit Concepts, who shared his expertise in fashion event management to execute the affair.
Rounding out the ultimate fashion experience to attendees, POSFW offered a dynamic retail opportunity for consumers with curated shopping galleries known as the Fashion Market. The market provided local designers and artisans the opportunity to meet and build direct relationships with new customers.