Glamming it up for Fashion Solstice

Get your party frocks out and your dancing shoes on – the much anticipated Cayman Fashion Solstice is about to begin.

It’s set to be a weekend filled with glitz, glamour and haute couture – plus a packed schedule of parties and fashion shows.

Grand Cayman will be living up to its reputation as one of the most elegant and sophisticated destinations in the Caribbean with this event, which is being hosted by visiting fashion celebrities and will provide a platform for international and local designers to display their new collections.

Three days of glamorous parties have been planned where guests will have the chance to mingle with celebrity hosts, models and designers.

Best of all, it’s fun and fashion for a good cause: Guavaberry Marketing, organisers of the event, have recently announced that in support of breast cancer awareness month they will be donating 20 percent of proceeds from ticket sales to the Lion’s Club of Tropical Gardens mammogram cause.

The line up

The event has been warming up for several months with model casting calls, runway workshops and a Welcome Party last night.

Cindy Rosan Jones, managing partner of Guavaberry Marketing, is anticipating another successful event that she hopes will help to add a new dimension to Cayman’s tourism product. In addition to at least 300 tickets sold on-island by early October, Ms Jones also confirmed they were expecting around 100 people to come from overseas for the event.

Tickets for tonight’s main event, the Sunset White Fashion Fete, which is being held at Ristorante Pappagallo, have been selling fast. It is bound to be a night of quintessentially Caribbean casual sophistication, as all guests are asked to dress in white. A buffet of traditional local fare will serve to showcase Caymanian culture for visiting guests and residents will have the opportunity to mingle with top names in the world of fashion.

Local organisers have teamed up with New York fashion events producer Terry Donovan of Terry Donovan Events to produce the fashion show on Saturday, 22 October, which will be the climax of the weekend’s festivities. The event, which takes place at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay, will be hosted by two celebrity figures: Yendi Phillips, former Miss Jamaica Universe and Joel Steingold, of Style Network’s hit reality show Clean House will be joint comperes.

A team of models from Cayman and overseas will be showing off the designers’ latest creations as they strut their stuff on the catwalk.

The party will move on to Elements Lounge later in the evening.

Local and International Talent

Both local and international designers have been invited to show their new collections at the fashion gala. Internationally famed designer Kevan Hall is delighted to be introducing some of his designs to Cayman. “I am honoured to be invited to share my fashion designs at this year’s Cayman Fashion Solstice as they continue to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands. Kevan Hall company enjoys giving back to the community, especially when it involves children, who are our future,” he said. “I trust that the people of the Cayman Islands will enjoy my new spring 2012 designs and be inspired that everyone has a talent that can be shared and appreciated by others.”

Cesar Galindo, another fashion designer with an international following is also participating in the event. He feels the Cayman Islands will be the ideal backdrop for his work. “The tropical setting will amp the vibe of my work and exposing myself to a broader market is a great advantage to expand my brand base. Escapism is my season inspiration and the islands simply make that a reality,” he enthused.

The Fashion Solstice will draw to a close on Sunday, 23 October with a relaxed day of boat trips and a final farewell party by the pool at Royal Palms.

Tickets are still available from Arabus, NKY, Sand Angels and all Tortuga 7mile shops: the Greenery, Governors Square and the Marquee Plaza

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