Cayman on the catwalk

One of the UK’s top fashion designers, Ben de Lisi, is hoping the idyllic setting of the Cayman Islands will give him inspiration for his haute couture bridal collection.

His business partner, Debbie Lovejoy, visited the islands earlier this week and returned full of ideas to inspire a very special dress.

American-born Ben, of Italian descent, designs glamorous evening and bridal wear for Europe’s leading ladies, and attracted international fame in 2002 when he dressed film star Kate Winslet in a stunning red evening gown for the Oscars.

Ben launched his bridal collection a few years ago and welcomes the challenge to dress his clients for the occasion, but recognises that a long haul flight to a tropical destination can spell disaster for the traditional white wedding dress.

The visit to the Cayman Islands was to source inspiration for a dress that can travel long hours in a plane, disembark in perfect condition, and then stand up to testing tropical conditions – and still make the bride look and feel glamorous and sexy.

Both Ben and the Department of Tourism view their partnership as having great synergy and marks a new phase in the Department of Tourism’s intention to promote the weddings and honeymoon market more heavily in the UK in the coming years.

During her visit to the Cayman Islands, Debbie met with many islanders closely involved in the weddings business.

The fashion house is hoping the Cayman Islands’ inimitable combination of white sand, warm waters, cool winds and the welcoming disposition of the people works its magic.

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