Local fashion designer Olivia B has been selected to participate in the Nolcha Shows during New York Fashion week in September.
The Nolcha Shows are a leading award-winning event, held during New York Fashion Week, for independent fashion designers to showcase their collections to a global audience of press, retailers, stylists and industry influencers.
Olivia B, also known as Georgette Bodden, is a Caymanian singer, painter, makeup artist, fashion designer and style blogger.
Ms. Bodden’s Facebook page states that while working in the finance industry for well over 17 years, she immersed herself in various art forms as a creative outlet to express herself and maintain balance. Although the brand Olivia B is new to runways, her passion for fashion started at an early age where she spent countless hours watching her mother craft eye-catching, one-of-a-kind pieces.
During this time, while she never attempted to make an outfit herself, she helped her mother with sketches and style ideas, which honed her fashion design sills.
Over the years, Olivia B designed outfits for herself but first appeared as a designer in 2014 at the Fashion at Heart event in Grand Cayman, an event hosted in an effort to help bring awareness to heart disease.
In 2015, she debuted her very first collection at Allure Fashion Weekend Grand Cayman and received overwhelming support from the crowd as each piece was modeled on the runway. Her second collection was shown at Cayman Islands Fashion Week 2016 in April 2016 and since her debut in November, Ms. Bodden has designed for Miss Cayman Islands 2008 Nicosia Lawson and reigning queen, Miss Cayman Islands 2016, Monyque Brooks.
Over the past seven years the Nolcha Shows have become established as a platform of discovery, promoting cutting edge, innovative fashion designers through runway shows and exhibitions.
“I did research and applied to Nolcha Shows New York Fashion week shortly after I debuted at Allure Fashion Weekend in November 2016. After sending them images of that collection and providing them with information, they responded and said that I was approved to showcase in September 2016,” Ms. Bodden said. Her vision for the Oliva B brand is to place the Cayman Islands on the map as a fashion-conscious destination, and to reflect her distinct personal style, passion and appreciation for fashion on an international level, with the goal of changing the way women express their femininity through quality clothes.
Her style features bright, bold colors, reflecting her personality and the vibrant mixed culture of the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean.
As an artist and avid traveler, Olivia B draws inspiration from everything around her.
“In the words of Coco Chanel, ‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening,’” Ms. Bodden said.