6 June 2016

UTT/CAFD SENIOR THESIS FASHION SHOW 2016






PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS | LUIS YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHY 
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DISCLAIMER: Kindly note that the names of some designers from the Junior Designer Critic Show may be incorrectly spelt. I documented the names based on hearing them for the first time, when the emcee announced them at the show. It's a bit difficult to know the correct spelling of all of the designers names, especially on hearing them for the first time and not having had a document where the names were written. Please do not take offense to the incorrect spelling of names. I suggest that you leave a comment with the correct spelling of the name(s) so that I may make the necessary change(s). Thank you.
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The reason I love fashion shows so much is that I literally do not know what is going to happen next. That excitement of not knowing and of watching something live is compelling. Fashion is so much fun. Yes it promotes materialism, but it also promotes dreams. So even though it has its flaws it's becoming more inclusive. I love fashion shows for the atmosphere of it- namely all the eccentric personalities. I love that the fashion mentors and facilitators are motivated  by the joy of discovering talent and that the designers create art and beauty in personal brand-building.

So you may have heard that UTT fashion week was underway this past Sunday. When it comes to fashion shows most style obsessives celebrate these momentous occasions by taking to the compulsively check social media for up-to-the-minute details, on who designed what, how the models looked  (did any models trip, or fall), who was there, and which designer is their favorite.

Well here’s the rundown:

The show began with the Designer Critic, which featured presentations from sixteen junior designers who are third year students of the the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design. These junior designers were mentored by Robert Young of the Cloth and Shaun Griffith Perez of Shaun Griffith Perez Designs. Eight junior designers had the privilege to work under the mentorship of Robert Young, producing designs which captured the theme "A National's Return", while the other eight students under the mentorship of Shaun Griffith Perez produced designs inspired by "Caribbean Architecture"


JUNIOR DESIGNER CRITIC SHOW- A NATIONAL'S RETURN
Fulani Greigg with her models

Design by Janeen Charles

Design by Janeen Charles

Design by Latoya Samuels

Design by Latoya Samuels

Design by Nelson Sterling

Design by Nelson Sterling

Design by Ruben Gonsalez

Design by Ruben Gonsalez

Design by Kerry Bezi

Design by Kerry Bezi



Steven Basano with his models
Design by Hazel Stanislaus
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JUNIOR CRITIC SHOW- CARIBBEAN ARCHITECTURE


Design by Jamila Douglas


Design by Jamila Douglas

Jamila Douglas and her models



Ms. Williams and her models

Design by Kenisha Charles

Design by Kenisha Charles

Design by Launesha Barnes

Design by Launesha Barnes

Launesha Barnes and her models





Design by Gabriella McMillan


Design by Gabriella McMillan

Gabriella McMillan and her models

Design by Adrian Wilson


Design by Adrian Wilson

Adrian Wilson, winner of the Designer Critic award, with his models
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DESIGNER CRITIC SHOW AWARDS
The designer is responsible for setting a project and then lending their expertise and help to a group of Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design (CAFD) students. The most successful student designer of each group will receive the Designer’s namesake Award.

Shaun Griffith Perez Award for Designer Critic 2016
* 2nd Place Gabriella McMillan
* Winner: Adrian Wilson 

Robert Young Award for Designer Critic 2016
* 2nd Fulani Greg
* Winner: Hazel Stanislaus
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SENIOR THESIS SHOW
The students of this show are stars in their own right, each contribute to a unique, intricate and beautiful formation. they are putting forth modern and distinctive collections that comprise of carefully developed collections that comprise of carefully developed garments, interconnected through theme and technique. The coming together of these designers and collections culminates in this show entitled "FASHION CONSTELLATIONS"

Christiana Isaac - " In Paramaribo"







Cheryl-Lee Christian - "Tribute"






Harvey Robertson - "I am Soca"





Marie Richardson- "The Void"








Hannah Charles - 'Greek Roman Fusion"







Fanny Murray- "Bossa Nova"






Shaahida Carr - "Peace Over War"





Nicketa Frank - "Atlantis" 








Rakesh Ramoutar - "Madame a la Mode"




Graduating class of 2016
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FASHION MANAGEMENT AWARDS
Fashion Styling project where the students were required to create editorial stories for a prominent fashion magazine. These editorial stories are then assessed by an independent panel of judges from the Fashion Management community.
* 2nd Place: Rebecca Aird "Tomboyish"
* Winner: Gerard Perry for "Boudoir Chic" 

DESIGNER SPACES AWARDS
Senior students hosted “Designer Spaces”; a static display of their retail/boutique spaces for their 2016 mini thesis collections. The goal is to display an envisioned boutique to complement their final collection. This exhibition is also a competition toward the “Student of the Year Award.”
Creativity Award
* 2nd Place: Shaahida Carr,
* Winner: Marie Richardson 

Janoura's Award for Most Promising Designer
* Winner: Shaahida Carr

Harvey Robertson- Student of the Year


Congratulations to Harvey Robertson, CAFD Student of the Year 2016 for attaining the achievement of Student of the Year, Harvey will receive a photo spread in Caribbean Runway Magazine, A retail space at Simply Runway, Grand Bazaar, and one complimentary runway showcase at the next New York Fashion Week! Congratulations to all fashion students! Caribbean Academy of Fashion Design, UTT Fashion Week 2016.


The Takeaway: Caribbean designers possess talent that belong in the pages of Vogue and on the best runways of the world. Fashion shows not only give designers and brands a platform to show their collections, but to establish a point of view and communicate the rich stories for which the luxury world depends on. They celebrate the vision of designers and their work. Fashion shows also create numerous opportunities for content. Not only for brands, but for retailers and bloggers  who capitalise on social media to share their own personal experiences, which in turn gives longevity to the event.