Caribbean fashion, from neon bright and glittering dancehall getups to the eternally cool rude boy style of flood pants and skinny ties, has long been a global style inspiration. But never has the region’s invaluable contribution to fashion– and the talented Caribbean voices behind its creation – gotten its own shine on big screen. Until now.
Carib Style Week, the popular week-long festival that brings fashion talent from across the Caribbean to South Florida every summer, also took Caribbean fashion to the big screen this week, premiering a full feature documentary at the Gateway Theater in Fort. Lauderdale. A bevy of fashion stalwarts attended in honor of the landmark event, including former Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell, former Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago Jevon King, Caribbean’s Next Top Model Judge Richard Young, and leading Trinidadian designer Rhian Ramkissoon of Honamic Designs.
The film features an intimate look at the numerous designers, models and idea makers that make the future of the industry in the region bright. The project is all a part of Carib Style Week’s effort to feature the growing industry and the works coming out of the Caribbean region.
“The documentary is a step in the right direction,” says Executive Producer Asa P. Sealy. “The Caribbean fashion industry is bursting at the seams with talent and Carib Style Week gives those ready to present to a mainstream market the opportunity to do so, and to do so with ‘style’.”
The documentary has already been picked up by major TV networks servicing the Caribbean region and with content distributor partners such as Synergy TV and One Caribbean TV. Hopefully, this important documentary will also premiere soon on local TV for South Florida fashionistas.