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Tobago Fashion Week gets redefined for 2014
After three successful years of bringing fashion to the forefront for consumers, Tobago Fashion Weekend (TFW) seeks to further elevate the profile of creative talent both locally as well as from around the world on May 16-18. Spearheaded by Designer United Stores, this year’s edition of TFW is themed SPD Redefined.
The fourth instalment of this creative industry initiative hosted a glamorous media launch which was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, entertainment personalities and fashion enthusiasts on Monday at La Cantina, on Victoria Avenue, Port-of-Spain.
Addresses from TFW directors Ashley Christmas, Richard Young, Meisha Trim and Aisha Keens-Dumas-Smith all intimated one common message: fashion is a natural extension of the Caribbean being, and the commercial potentiality is a welcomed school of thought for T&T.
For 2014 and beyond, the seven-member executive remains committed to engaging and encouraging the vast bodies of creative talent that continue the sustainable development thrust rooted in Caribbean fashion, the TFW said in a news release. The executive also noted the necessity of support from the public and private sector in this initiative.
The media launch also included showcase previews from Dexter Jennings, Rhion Romany, Dominic Hutch, Dominic La Roche, Shaun Griffith-Perez, Anthony Redd, Pegus and TFW’s Art to Fashion High School Initiative. Makeup for the models was provided by celebrity artist, Krysta Wallace.
In conjunction with the Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, TFW 2014 aims to build on new and committed partnerships within the creative fraternity, and give a polished platform for viable commerce options and value chain development in a sector bursting with talent and promise, the release said.
Other partners on board this year include the Tourism Development Company Ltd, JetBlue, Full Circle Animation, Tempo, 211, Excel and Foreign Bass.
The media launch of TFW in Tobago will be held on May 3 in Scarborough.
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