The manager of the models who participated in the contentious presentation during a fashion show at the Trinity Cathedral on Sunday has issued an apology to the Church, its parishioners and the general public for the incident.
Christopher Nathan, in a post on the Coco Velvet International Instagram page, said: "As founder and Creative Director of Styleweek Port-of-Spain I take full responsibility for the breaches in an agreement between Reverend Shelley Ann Tenia and the new franchise holders Zetick Caribbean Limited."
He continued, " I applaud the Dean for allowing us to host the fashion week shows in the Cathedral; the public must know that due diligence was observed and promises were made by me that all fashion collections would be tasteful and any swimsuits on show would be fully covered by sarong wraps, beach overcoats and other accessories."
He continued, "The management of Coco Velvet International wishes to publicly apologize to the Bishop, Dean & Rector of the Holy Trinity Cathedral and its Diocese as well as parishioners and the general public for the unfortunate incidents that occurred over the last weekend."
Nathan explained that he had intended to be present to ensure that all guidelines were followed, but missed his flight from Seychelles and as a result missed the entire Fashion Week.
Nathan, however, said there were positives to be taken from the incident.
"It has shone a spotlight on the Anglican Church in Trinidad and Tobago; highlighting the need for corporate/government/citizenry financial support to restore the Cathedral and it underscores the moral decay in our society...for a young fashion designer to think it was okay and acceptable to showcase skimpy swimsuits in front the Cathedral's altar has me very concerned. Holy Molly has opened many national conversations about morality, ethics and the lack of spirituality amongst our people," he said.
He ended, "I stand by Reverand Shelley Ann Tenia, ready to attend the inquiry ordered by the Bishop and hope that Trinidad and Tobago will forgive her for not putting sufficient vigilance in place to ensure agreements were observed. Her trust in the Management Committee to do the right thing failed her."