Hello my Awesome ones, hope y’all are A-OK!
Recently, I had the opportunity to strut my stuff on the runway at a fundraiser brunch in Brooklyn, New York. This event was organized by the “Take your friends to Grenada” team in collaboration with the “St. Patrick Development Foundation” in support of Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica, hurricane-ravaged countries.
The food and entertainment were great. Susan Kennedy, a very humorous Trinidadian comedian, created a muck of laughter with her jokes. There were awesome giveaways and raffles from sponsors like True Blue Bay Resort and Jouvay Chocolate.
Three Caribbean designers, two residing in New York and the other in Toronto Canada, presented their fabulous work in the fashion show segment. I was totally excited about the pieces I had to wear. They were very stylish, versatile, sexy, sophisticated and can suit any personal style.
These talented designers are amazing in what they do and truly take great pride in their craft. The Caribbean is a melting pot of many talented people and I felt proud wearing the works of these awesome ladies.
Here are a few looks by the designers:
Audrey Lindsay hails from the island of Montserrat and began sewing at the tender age of 7. She is quite a charismatic lady with a fun, jovial, spunky personality. According to Ms. Lindsay, she can sew anything down to a house. She has produced clothing for broadways shows and even the likes of Beyoncé.
Ms. Audrey’s future goal is to move to a bigger storefront, where she can teach sewing classes to pass on her creativity and in turn leave her legacy. The pieces portrayed at the fashion show were just a small dent in her collection. She presented her African print line, which I found to be very stylish, with a youthful flair. I modeled an off shoulder top with frills, matched with a beautiful print skirt that flowed nicely down to my shins.
Her shop is located on 319 Utica Avenue, corner of President Street, Brooklyn, New York or call on 1-347-499-2436. Facebook page coming soon.
Creator of LaBellatRude, Tahirah Simmons is a self-taught designer, naturalista and certified Spice girl, living in Brampton ON. Her pieces were African inspired with vibrant fun prints. I modeled a jumpsuit (I am a huge jumpsuit fan) from her collection, which was a versatile piece that can be tied in various ways. It’s a definitely feel good piece that can be dressed up with some heels for a formal outing or dressed down with some sandals for a easy breezy stroll on the beach.
Tahirah believes that every person has the right to wear clothes that make him or her feel good about themselves, regardless of body type, age, gender or other social stereotype. This wish for fashionable and socially sensitive clothing led her to open up her online store “Labellatrude” in 2015. Her spring/summer 2017 collection debuted at the Montreal Caribbean Fashion Week to stellar reviews. She is currently working on her spring/summer 2018 collection that will launch in the spring 2018.
Marcelle, also a self-taught seamstress/ designer has been working on her craft for the past 35 Years in New York City. She is a Grenadian native, who specializes in custom-made occasion dresses. According to Marcelle “I do everything except shoes”. Her passion and enjoyment for what she does is visible immediately on meeting her.
Her work definitely speaks for itself. The collection she presented at the brunch showed versatility. The classy, modern, clean lined, sophisticated pieces are easy to fall in love with. I totally fell hard for the dresses I modeled. They hugged my curves and accentuated my shape as though it was made just for me. An online store featuring her designs is her future goal. Marcelle can be reach on 347-612-2151. Appointments only.
Tell me what you think about these pieces.