Friday, June 15, 2007

Fashion for food at Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW)

Who would have thought that models would work for food? Yet, this is just what they did in last Saturday's second show in the Pulse Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) series. The night was dubbed 'Catwalk the World Evening', as this year Pulse partnered with Catwalk the World in 'Fashion for Food'. It is a variation of the United Nations World Food Programme's annual 'Walk the World' project to create awareness and funds to help alleviate child hunger globally.

Kingsley Cooper, CEO of Pulse and chairman of Catwalk the World - Caribbean, presented representatives from the U.N. with $500,000. The international campaign consists of high-profile charity fashion shows around the world, with the biggest and most creative designers representing their respective countries. As such, it was the designers who stole the show.

The show featured 12 designers, as well as designs from sponsor Nestlé. Designs from the Caribbean included Antoinette-Olivia, 5th Element, The Millhouse, The Mushroom, Bouik, Avark, Mutamba, Uzuri International, Lubica, Paju and Rojoe, and from Nigeria, Deola Sagoe.

First to grace the catwalk was swimwear from the Antoinette-Olivia line, which was later rivalled by The Mushroom as the only swimwear lines for the evening. The former, however, did not seem beach ready. The collection began with more conservative one-piece spandex suits and bikinis that did not seem to fit properly, resembling bloomers, then filled out into sexier pieces. Some pieces included shorts with high waists and suspenders with strapless tops.

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