FRESH! Couture was fierce

Cementing his position as one of
Cayman’s leading young designers; Jawara Alleyne was voted Designer of the Year
in Cayfest’s annual FRESH! Couture show for the second year in a row last Sunday.

The 18-year-old’s collection won
the nod from international designer Sushma Patel.

Mr. Alleyne, an amateur designer, accepted
the award and acknowledged the congratulations of his supporters and peers.

“It feels good to know that I could
win it a second time and that all my hard work paid off,” he said later.

He won a trophy and a trip to this
year’s Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston, Jamaica.

Hours earlier he was one of 13
designers who were hurriedly putting the final touches to his line.

The Cayfest event was a packed-out
runway show with barely a vacant seat in the house. Fashionistas from the ages
of six to 60 were glued to the runway as fashions of all stripes and hues made
a dramatic appearance.

The lines judged that evening were
from Dwight McLean, Virginia Foster, Sandra Lichtenstein, Evana Medina, Carol
Iton, Tendai Alleyene, Norma and Kimberly Ebanks, Jessica Randall, Natasha
Bodden, Jawara Alleyne, Vinnette and Chanda Glidden.

Equally alluring as much of the clothing
were the models who had their supporters in the audience. Sleek, elegant and sometimes
streetwise and playful, they proved to be winning foils for the clothing.

 From playful pastel pink jump suits, to formal
evening wear, flamboyant men’s wear, recycled clothing and barely-there garments,
the show appeared to have it all.

Exercising the right to bare arms
and midriffs, three designers featured swimwear as part of their collections.

Each designer infused his or her
collection with a concept or inspiration. In the case of Evana Medina, the
inspiration for her Plantana Viva line was Cayman’s flora and fauna. Carol Iton’s
line titled Dots & Stripes R Us: The Geometry Of It All translated into a
collection of casual comfortable clothes for the beach, brunch and beyond.

Mother and daughter design duo
Norma and Kimberly Ebanks creators of Caymanian Panache, used feathers, the
colours of the national flag and Silver Thatch, which were matched with taffeta,
fine linen and Egyptian cotton for striking outfits and ensembles.

In the international section of the
runway show, Indian designer and FRESH1 judge Sushma Patel showcased her collection
titled Romance in Disguise, which consisted mainly of intricately beaded gowns.

Mr. McLean’s collection called The
Entertainer was a clothing line geared towards those in the entertainment
industry and was noticeable because of its exaggerated use of colour and cut.

The designer’s gold hairy organza shirt
paired with crisp white stretch polyester trouser was a distinct crowd pleaser
as was his Dirty Diana skimpy one-piece outfit mini dress and his blue iguana

Emcee for the evening Preston
Onfroy from KISS FM shared the mic with co-host, the reigning Miss Cayman,
Nicosia Lawson who also modelled in the show.