Kingston, Jamaica – Turks & Caicos own ignited Jamaican and Caribbean fashionistas sensibilities over the weekend! Kazz Forbes, principal designer and proprietor of Saint George Fashion House – opened Caribbean Fashion Week 2012 with a fashion forward spring collection that rivaled many designers working today.
Forbes debuted his ‘Island Breeze: Turks and Caicos’ Resort 2013 collection at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday, June 8th 2012 in front of a capacity crowd that went wild for the designer creation. Not only was the show a hit, his line-up consisted of the hottest and most in demand Jamaican international models working today: Jaunel McKenzie, Kimanee Wilson, Sedene Blake and Nell Robinson to name but a few.
Silk shantung, dupioni and organza were the fabrics of choice for this easy flowing nod to TCI. The collection consisted of dresses that were fitted, asymmetrical or flowing. There were swimwear, separates and a fabulous white habotai fitted two-piece suit.
Of the showing, Forbes said: “Being in Jamaica always feels great, but being here to present my collection – that, and being the first designer to represent my country – the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ Turks and Caicos Islands at the twelfth annual Caribbean Fashion Week was an unexplainable sensation. With over fifty designers, it was indeed an honor and a privilege to open the spectacle; coincidently since, on June 8th 2011 – I launched my first collection at Caribbean International Fashion Week in New York on the same day.”
Top Model Sedene Blake in SGFH 2-piece white and tropical blue swimsuit and turquoise cape.
Forbes stated that ‘Island Breeze: Turks and Caicos’ Resort 2013 collection was inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the Turks and Caicos Islands. And, for him, it was the quality of light, the sun’s rays, the sand and sea, the blue of the moonlight and the minty light of the days in the Turks & Caicos that guided his hand in design. “I go often to the beach, and there I try not just to see, but to feel the beauty of the environment. In my collection, I have tried to re-produce that feeling,” noted Kazz.
Valencia Grant, Director of Carib Fashion TV said that: “Kazz’s collection is truly the beach incarnate, with a radiant colour palette of turquoise, pink, white and yellow. An undulating, glistening turquoise cape and a starfish accent on a bathing suit top are a couple of eye-catching design elements in this beach-inspired collection.”
Grant added: “Carib Fashion TV loves Saint George Fashion House’s magnificent sheer pieces and scoop-necked white dress, and the candy-floss pink halter dress with the plunging neckline and high-low effect (thigh-high bubble skirt and flowing train) is simply irresistible. There’s so much to love about Saint George Fashion House’s ‘Island Breeze: Turks and Caicos’ Resort 2013 Collection! It’s hard to believe that yesterday marked Kazz Forbes’ first full year in fashion design since his June 8th, 2011 New York City debut.”
Caribbean Fashion Week is the Caribbean’s premier fashion and style event. Fashion designer presentations are only one component. The CFW schedule includes workshops and seminars featuring fashion-industry experts as well as buyer matchmaking opportunities. Access to the local as well as an international media pool that travels to the event is also another key feature that designers can take advantage of at CFW. It has a British Vogue rating that is an important new trend in the fashion world. With viewership of 340 million in close to 300 countries via Fashion TV Paris, CFW has a global reach.
Saint George Fashion House participation is sponsored by The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Grace Bay Club Resorts, Turks and Caicos Friends of the Arts Foundation, Digicel TCI, Karam & Missick Law Firm, Gilley’s Enterprises Ltd., The Wine Cellar/Discount Liquors, Villa Del Mar, Kenneth Gallagher, The Mail Drop International, Turks and Caicos Sun Newspaper, The Turks and Caicos Free Press Newspaper, Adrian Richards Photography, Royele Communications Ltd, Caribbean Property Management and Realty and Acres of Diamonds Ltd.