Stars to host Fashion Week show

Cayman actress Grace Gealey of “Empire” fame and fashion photographer Nigel Barker of “America’s Next Top Model” will be in Cayman this week for Cayman Islands Fashion Week.

They will host the “Fashion Rocks” fashion show Saturday night at the Lions Centre.

“It’s no surprise that the Cayman Islands are known for gorgeous, sun-kissed beaches,” Mr. Barker said in a press release. “What is even more exciting to me is the upcoming Cayman Islands Fashion Week showcasing the talent and versatility of these three Caribbean islands, drawing interest from the fashion world and putting them on a global platform.”

Ms. Gealey said, “I’m thrilled to be returning home to co-host the Cayman Islands Fashion Week Runway event with Nigel Barker. Looking forward to an amazing time.”

Cayman Islands Fashion Week officially opens on Thursday with the Culture & Style Welcome Party at Cayman Cabana on George Town’s waterfront.

On Friday, at 5:30 p.m., Mr. Barker, who along with supermodel Naomi Campbell currently hosts the Oxygen Network’s model competition series “The Face,” will sign copies of his book “Models of Influence” at NKY Collections in Camana Bay.

At 8 p.m. Friday, the My Style Soiree at XQ’s will feature DJ Atomskilz and saxophonist Kamau Georges.

Saturday’s “Fashion Rocks” will begin with the children’s runway show and lead into the main runway show featuring designers Isy B, Akeel O’Connor, Kenzie Rose, Afrodesiack, Anthony Franco, Roger Gary, Korto Momolu, Andre Brown, Cesar Galindo and Yumi Katsura.

“We are extremely excited and honored to have not only Nigel Barker, but our very own rising Caymanian star, Grace Gealey, host our fifth anniversary event,” said Cindy Rosan-Jones, managing director of Guavaberry Marketing, and founder of Cayman Islands Fashion Week. “Cayman Islands Fashion Week continues to rise to the occasion in honoring our mandate of placing the Cayman Islands on a global platform to be recognized amongst the best in the fashion industry.”

“The attraction and interest in the event is year-round and continues to attract some of the best in the industry from fashion insiders to designers, media and bloggers,” she added.

“I’m thrilled to be returning home to co-host the Cayman Islands Fashion Week Runway event with Nigel Barker. Looking forward to an amazing time.” 
GRACE GEALEY

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