Wednesday, April 24, 2024

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Step aside, traditional wear; the style of ‘avant-garde’ is here. This style of fashion was the basis of the Forever I Do Style Designers Challenge held May 3 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
According to show coordinator, Catherine Rocheford, “avant-garde, loosely translated as ‘the forerunners’, requires designers to use traditional materials in a non-traditional way, pushing the boundaries of style”.
And the final showcase was non-traditional at its best. The five exceptionally talented designers in the challenge were Kevin Small, Alexis Campbell, Krystal Byer, Andria Wallace and Gayneldor Grazette.
As patrons vocalised their support for the captivating designs, the contestants were judged by a panel of expert judges: well-known TV personality and aficionado of the arts and fashion Jewel Forde; fashion tutors at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and the Barbados Community College, Lisa Holder, and Bernadine Scott-Boyce.
In keeping with the theme of the Forever I Do Experience, designers were each given a bag of pins, material and an assortment of accessories and asked to design a wedding dress in 45 minutes. With no previous knowledge of the contents of their bags, designers were not allowed the use of a sewing machine and were each given a helper. An additional 20 minutes was allotted for hair and make-up to complete each model’s look.
At the end of the showcase and judging session, Gayneldor Grazette emerged the winner and was awarded a cash prize of $600, a feature in The Nation newspaper and a year’s subscription to The Nation. Second place went to Krystal Byer and in third position was Alexis Campbell.


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