Fashion industry gets FRESH look with local designers

International designers, stylists, make up artists and musicians are all participating to make FRESH 2012, which takes place Saturday, 28 April, an exceptional event.

Organised by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation as part of Cayfest, the fashion event seeks to showcase the work of aspiring local designers, expose them to existing opportunities and give them the chance to make contacts with influential individuals in the fashion industry.

Six local fashion designers, Jacqueline Bleicher, Mara McBean, Melissa Dilbert, Sandra Lichtenstein, Shirley DaCosta and Virginia Foster have been selected to show off their work. All will be competing for four awards.

Established Caymanian fashion designers Kidan Brooks and Jawara Alleyne will also be presenting their latest collections.

Caribbean celebrity stylist, designer and model coach Dexter Pottinger arrived in Grand Cayman earlier this week to start preparing the 40 or so models. He will also be styling them on the big night and will be one of the judges.

Celebrity make up artist Natasha Gross, who has worked with the likes of Venus and Serena Williams as well as Selita Ebanks, will be the lead make up artist for the fashion show.

Accessories designers Coco&&Breezy, best known for their unusual sunglasses, have teamed up with Caymanian sculptor Horacio Esteban to design and create a unique pair of sunglasses that featuring Caymanite. Attendees will be able to bid on the sunglasses during a silent auction taking place during the reception.

The main fashion event, which takes place in the Governor’s Ballroom at the Westin, includes a red carpet reception, silent auction, musical entertainment and an after party.

Tickets for the event are available from La Belle Salon, all Fosters Food Fair locations and CNCF, located at Harquail Theatre.