Have you ever walked in to a place and are just instantly transported to somewhere else? In this case, the ladies at Just Cito Boutique have truly outdone themselves. The red carpet at the entrance, the beautiful chandeliers dangling about, and the assortment of real roses were a beautiful touch. They manage to create a sexy and intimate affair all the while having quite a big crowd.
Myria Charles the singer, humorously started off the soirée before presenting the women behind the event.The fashion show in itself was beautiful. The very elegant yet absolutely seductive style of the Vorbe sisters was apparent in their store’s clothing. The candlelit feel gave the entire affair a sensual air, and let’s face it, everyone looks better under candlelight.
The models were of various origins, mostly haitian ladies, but they were all, and I mean all, gorgeous. I’m almost positive every woman in the audience hid their significant other’s eyes during the more racy moments.
The model who stole the show was the one and only, mother of the heads of Just Cito, Marilyn. She step out at the end of the show as a surprise, and looked so regal it warranted the standing ovation she got.
Last Friday December 6, to launch its fabulous rooftop terrace, Royal Oasis hotel organized an international fashion show featuring renown models from Europe and USA as well as many promising young Haitian talents. Royal Oasis will donate Parts of the profits to Happy hearts foundation (HHF) a foundation owned by supermodel Petra Nemcova who announced that the funds will be used to pay the teachers of a school in Cite soleil (Ecole des archange).
With “Glitz” as a central theme (logical since the main sponsor was Taittinger champagne), the rooftop welcomed the audience with an all white breathtaking decor and hint of old Hollywood glamour, works of the talented event planner and designer Johanne Gardere from Caprice Events.
The night delivered everything it had promised and more from a surprise performance by Jperry to a titillating fashion show which proved to be one of the most professional fashion shows ever held in Haiti.
Host Luc Merville opened the show with a short yet touching video about Nemcova’s Happy Heart foundation. Soon after, the international models and a few Haitian models graced the catwalk modeling the clothes and accessories of stores such as Karma, MOI and Le Boudoir for women and Ibiza featuring Hugo Boss and BOGOSSE clothing line for men. The show stayed true to it’s theme by delivering a “glitzy” show with dazzling evening dresses and suits.
After being relitively quiet in the Haitian fashion scene lately, the internationally renown Haitian clothing line Bogosse startled us with an electric presentation of their menswear collection that had the public cheering and applauding.
An eclectic set-up in the gardens of Karibe, a titillating show, and a wild after party, Rumors delivered everything it had promised.
International models walked down the runway to a cheering crowd wearing vibrant bathing suits from Calle Swimsuits and local store “Moi”. As exhilarating as this show was, applauds and cheers continued throughout the night with the performances of Jperry and Team Lobey.
Of course our favorite part of the night was seeing another fashion show materializing within the public. As promised Fashion Ayiti chose not one, but 3 best dressed that night:
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.
“I started to sketch in St. Tropez over the summer and it was so hot I wanted some fresh air.” And so Karl Lagerfeld once again let his imagination take over and this time, transformed the catwalk into a solar panel with gigantic wind turbines.
See below the slideshow of yet another classic Chanel ready-to-wear collection
Theatrical and exuberant are words associated to fashion house Alexander McQueen, and this season, Sarah Burton – the face behind Kate Middleton’s wedding gown – delivered nothing less than a very extravagant show and had the runway buzzing!
The spectacle was a show of ornate tailored garments: double-peplum corseted jackets, harness bustiers, and cage-like dresses decorated with pollinated flowers. The palette choice: cream, pale yellow, red, gold and black. Each of her ‘Queen Bees’ had a metal chokers with jeweled bees, and for her climax, Burton obscured her models’ faces with black meshed beekeeper hats.
The New Yorkers have surprised us, the Londoners have wowed us, now it’s Milano’s turn to mesmerize us.
It seemed like the flowing style was a common factor at day 1 of Milan Fashion Week where designers created a fluid look for their ss 2013 collections. The catwalk at Gucci was a show of bold colors, where models in long silhouettes displayed fushia, electric blue, mustard yellow, and bright green in silk, leather and suede fabrics. Alberta Ferretti created an “Under The Sea” atmosphere in her show. She had her models in a palette of ocean blue, sea green, and pearl colors, and fabrics such as tulle, chiffon, crêpe, organza and lace, creating a dainty mermaid look.
Other designers : Simonetta Ravizza, Mila Schön, John Richmond, N°21, Francesco Scognamiglio, 1a Classe – Alviero Martini Collection, Paola Frani.