Cayman gets stylish with Island Couture

Last Friday night the Orchid ballroom at the Marriott hotel was transformed into a scene that could have been from any of the major fashion weeks, whether it be in Paris, London or New York.

Haute Couture in Cayman

Jamaican designer Dexter Pottinger, left, adjusts model Treveen Stewarts outfit backstage prior to the start of the fashion show. Photo: Anna Wootton

Local and international designers featured their collections on local models to an excited and equally stylish crowd, whose sets lined the runway to provide the ideal viewing point to take in the clothing on display from every angle.

Island Couture, hosted by RocSteady, premiered in Cayman with international designers Dexter Pottinger and Lubica showcasing their designs alongside award-winning 17-year-old local designer Jawara Alleyne, Cayman clothing boutique Chiclit and Caymanian designer Nasaria.

VIP ticket holders were treated to a special reception area before the show, where free cocktails were served and goody bags filled with hair and beauty products were handed out. The show started shortly after 8pm and popular music pumped from the speakers, giving the models energy and attitude as they strutted down the catwalk.

Opening with Streety by Dexter Pottinger, audience members were treated to a display of cutting-edge design by the Jamaican model-turned-designer, who made a brief appearance onstage with his models at the end of the show.

Treveen Stewart, recently returned from representing Cayman in the Miss Caraibes Hibiscus competition, was among the collection of talented models and displayed her professionalism with a fierce gaze and an appropriate pause at the end of the catwalk, giving photographers and audience members a chance to capture her outfit.

Mr. Pottinger surprised guests by closing the show as well, with a more futuristic line of clothing featuring metallic details and sharp lines.

Local designers Nasaria and Jawara Alleyne, hot on the heels of showcasing at Cayfest’s Fresh! fashion show in May, displayed their signature styles with Caribbean collections with a chic edge.

Lubica, a designer originally from Slovakia but based in Jamaica (by way of Toronto, Canada!) opened her collection with her signature crochet bikinis, and then moved into her floral-accented dresses in pastel and neutral tones. She made a brief appearance on the catwalk at the end of her show, giving audience members a glimpse of the woman behind the designs.

The event was sponsored in part by Cayman Free Press product What’s Hot magazine.