Fresh! highlights Cayman’s fashion

Cayman became the height of fashion last Sunday night at Fresh!, a fashion show featuring designs exclusively by Caymanian designers.

Some 13 designers and 40 models came together to put on the two-hour fashion extravaganza, held at the newly-opened Harquail Theatre in-front of an almost full house.

The show highlighted Cayman’s burgeoning fashion scene. Many of the designers have become established names; others showcased their designs for the first time.

Designs ran the gamut from the chic and feminine dresses and shirts of international clothing line Crown Atelier, playfully patriotic designs by Kidan and Urban Pirate Wear Designs to stunning evening gowns by Fay Lazarus, inspired by the flora and fauna of Cayman. Accessories were also highlighted, including jewellery by Horacio Esteban and knitted/crochet handbags and shawls by Frangipani Creations, paired with fashionable items from La Chic Boutique.

Other designers included Luigi Moxam, who showed off his ever expanding One345 Collection with funky t-shirts, fun dresses and street-style tops, modelled with gusto in a well choreographed and thoroughly enjoyable set.

The show was interspersed with musical entertainment by Devon Edie, Kay Kay Alese and Love Child. Marcia Muttoo acted as MC for the night.

Unusually for a fashion show, organisers chose to break away from a traditional runway, opting for a circular stage at the front of house. It worked well, although the step up to the stage did create a few wobbles from models on sky-scraper-high heels.

Caymanian model and Victoria Secret’s catwalk queen Selita Ebanks, professional model Sincerely Ward, and 2005 winner of the Faces of Summer Treveen Stewart all made appearances at the show. Selita gave a short speech encouraging the young designers to pursue their dreams.

Donna Reid, programmes manager at the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, producers of the event, said she was delighted with the show’s response.

‘It was fantastic. People have emailed and telephoned us telling us how much they enjoyed it.

‘There are many young, talented individuals and we are excited to have been able to give them an opportunity to shine. Based on this year’s success, we are hoping it will become a regular event of Cayfest,’ she said.