On Thursday, February 21st, a cocktail was held at the new Pied-a-Terre store in Petion-Ville to inaugurate its grand opening located at the new Lotus Plaza complex (Angle Rue Faubert et Ogé).
The shoe store has been around in Petion-Ville for more than a decade, and relocated to a bigger space to offer more to its clients while continuing to deliver the same quality in both service and product.
Pied-a-Terre offers a wide variety of shoe style: from sandals, to flats, to casual and evening shoes; as well as a diverse brand selection such as: Sam Edelman, Dolce Vita, Steve Madden, Nine West, Betsey Johnson and more …
In addition, they also have a selection of Sequoia bags and evening clutches to accessorize.
Pass by the new Pied-a-Terre located at the Lotus Plaza, (Angle rue Faubert et Ogé).
For a while now we have slowly seen the come back of elbow patches: in shirts, jackets, sweaters … for men just like for women. This trend is no longer associated with the elderly and college professors. I’m sure your idea of elbow patches is that of an old grandpa sitting on his rocking chair smoking his pipe and wearing an old sweater with brown leather patches.
Well, no. Nowadays elbow patches come in all kinds of styles, colors and even shapes. Like this gray sweaters with black heart shaped elbow patches available at ASOS (asos.com).
We are seeing this trend develop right here in Ayiti. Fashionisto Renald was spotted wearing a nice white and blue button down shirt with blue elbow patches. He coordinated his outfit with a navy blue pants and light blue loafers.
Other Fashionistos spotted wearing elbow patches in Ayiti:
Purpose: Stimulate and showcase the Fashion World of Haiti.
For the first time in history, Haiti proudly introduced its first Fashion Week from November 8 to November 11, where thirty designers showcased their collections. Also known as “ModAyiti 2012” in creole, this special event was created by the Haitian Center for Support and Promotion of Enterprises (CHAPES) and the Haitian Network of Designers (HAND), two associations working to develop the Haitian Fashion Industry. Funded by the Ministry of Culture and the European Union’s support program ARCADES, this event gave our local designers a chance to be noticed by the international eye thanks to the presence of international designers, guests and press.
Decor & Set-up
As we entered the Karibe Convention Center we were immediately transported into another atmosphere: Elaborate white draping covered the ceiling and walls, and white chairs were laid out to align the also white catwalk.
Ushers greeted us at the door and brought us to our seats while the pleasant beat of the Haiti Fashion Week 2012 theme song played in the background.
The program of Haiti Fashion Week 2012 included a forum during the day on the development of fashion in Haiti, and an exposition of items for sell by the designers after each show. The opening ceremony last Thursday was a welcoming celebration for the designers and the organizers of this event with a tribute and homage to the Haitian culture and history. The celebration ended last Sunday with a Haitian folkloric dance with colorful costumes.
Scheduled to start at 7 PM, it was not a surprise to see the shows start an hour late while the public preferred to mingle in the courtyard with drinks and cocktails. An intermission of 15 minutes took place each day, and the shows were a little too long lasting almost 3 hours. It is Fashion after all, and Fashion is fast paced.
We saw it all: beach attire, casual look, suits, cocktail and evening dresses. More than 2 dozen designers took part in this show to exhibit their creations. Native names such as David André, Michel Chataigne, Maelle David, Marie Thérèse Hilaire, Miko Guillaume, Marjorie Alexis (to name a few) shared the runway with international designers coming from the Caribbean, USA, Argentina and Japan.
Culture and heritage are at the heart of every designer in Haiti and are proudly reflected through their collections. However, it seems that the focus on culture was taken too seriously. We believe that more initiative and risk should be taken by our designers in order to push the envelope when it comes to the individuality, cohesiveness and aesthetic of their designs.
Our island is known for its beautiful craftsmanship thus making accessories our forté. Models carried the works of many jewelry, bags, and sandal designers like Phelicia Dell (vèvè bags), Créations Dorées, Gerry Romain, Savannah Savary …
The project beyond ModAyiti goes as far as creating an atelier for our local designers and hopefully opening a store in New York selling Haitian products and clothing. The world of fashion is no longer dormant in Ayiti, and this project led by Maguy Durcé marked its awakening.
Nearly 30 models carried the designers’ collections down the runway 10 of which were international. While some were too fast, others like international Haitian model Nayeli Fanfan among others (see below pictures) made their way down the runway with the perfect modeling grace and attitude. Reigning miss Haiti International Anédie Azael brieftly joined the modeling team.
Male models appeared shirtless and some with paintings on their faces to showcase some designers jewelry collections.
A fashionable public
Who would have thought that a country who has suffered so much from recent natural disasters would one day hold it’s very own Fashion Week? Surely a lot of work needs to be done but thanks to ModAyiti and its team, we hope to make this event an annual rendez-vous.
Here in Haiti we often have long weekend holidays and luckily for us this past November 1st/2nd, we were able to take a break from our hectic lives, travel earlier and enjoy almost a week-long vacation.
Here are a few pictures of what we spotted at the airport:
My favorite look was this Fashionista wearing colored pants, a black blazer and those cool booties.
In Ayiti we travel in style by accessorizing …
Either with carry ons or backpacks like these youngsters …
… Or With a big purse and scarf
Even when taking longer flights and colder weather:
Royal Oasis, the most anticipated project in Pétion-Ville this year, opened its doors on Friday September 14, 2012. After over two years of reconstruction, a selection of seven stores opened their doors to the public, offering potential clients delectable Kir Royals and tasty hors-d’oeuvres.
On the opening day, we were not able to thoroughly tour the stores because of a rather large crowd, so we decided to go back after a few days. The site is gorgeous and very welcoming. On the first floor, you’ll find Ibiza and Karma, two stores carrying clothing lines respectively for men and women, and Le Boudoir showcasing their assortment of accessories. You will also find Edge, an electronics store and Caprices Events, a “one-stop”, full-service event planning store. Gallerie Marassa, an art gallery featuring contemporary Haitian art and Atelier Canush, a well-stocked furniture store that promises to satisfy a variety of tastes and styles, are located on the second floor.
In a luxurious fashion, Ibiza offers impressive articles of clothing for men. Being the representative of the Green, Orange and Black Lines of Hugo Boss, its set-up mirrors that of a classic Hugo Boss store. But the appeal of the store does not end there. What makes it more unique and captivating is that it also represents the Bogosse Line from Haitian designers Patrick and Fabrice Tardieu. From jeans and casuals, to stylish shirts and suits, you will find an impressive variety of clothing for men including swim wear. Also available at Ibiza is a selective line from Diesel.
No one does it better than Priya Saint-Rémy when it comes to fashion merchandising and the opening of her 4th store “Karma” proves it. Her merchandise ranges from cool, casual tops to elegant cocktail attire. Karma truly does have a selection for different occasions and styles. Jean Paul Ataker, Collective Concepts, Lauren G Adams and Kelsi Dagger are also exclusively sold at Karma. You will also find fine 18kt gold and semi-precious jewelry.
The talented handbag designer, Francoise Elizée, opened her fashion boutique Le Boudoir, carrying a selection of beauty and personal care items, such as fragrance body lotions and bath items, as well as a section of Black Up make-up. Browsing through her store, we noticed a colorful collection of Anick Vorbe’s Tunics, Gucci, Emporio-Armani and Carrera sunglasses, Fossil and DKNY watches, and a variety of accessories, including fantasy jewelry and evening clutches. Of course we cannot forget Françoise Elizée’s own line of exotic crocodile, python & ostrich skin handbags which are exposed on the right side of the store.
The opening of Royal Oasis, and particularly the opening of its clothing stores, will help in increasing the clothing options we have available in Haiti. It gives consumers a wider variety of choices when it comes to shopping (and let’s face it, we need it). Also, instead of buying clothes abroad, we can shop in Haiti. In doing so, not only do we support the store owners, but we stimulate the economy and make Haiti a better place to live. We would like to formally congratulate Royal Oasis, Ibiza, Karma, and Le Boudoir on a fantastic opening and would like to wish them nothing but the best in the future.