The front row at Caribbean New York Fashion Week was in the BRIC Media studio downtown Brooklyn, with a Facebook live audience, but the collections superbly showcased the colorful, natural beauty of the region.
Dominica-born Carla Hazel, CEO and founder of Face of Fashion, an event management company, produced — “The Fashion Studio” in partnership with Ralph Matthews. She also presented her Caribbean Fusion Collection that was inspired by her country’s green fauna, and black beaches, at the Sept. 22, fashion forward event.
“My inspiration was to promote my country Dominica,” said Hazel whose resort line of evening gowns, ready to wear, classic collection, showed sophistication and maturity in its construction and fit.
She is known for her chic sense of style and keen eye for talent. One of her biggest accomplishments is working with the International Ford Model Management, where she contributed to the Ford Supermodel of the world contest.
Hazel, later went on to discover talent under her “Who is the Face of Fashion,” contest, the first global fashion contest, to partner fashion model talent and fashion designer and/or Fashion Competition to compete in fashion via online global contesting, voting and destination live in-person fashion contest, local national social media promotions and life stream participation where the global fashion enthusiasts will be able to interact.
Hazel said she was passionate about all things fashion, and was inspired by her grandmother who was a seamstress in her homeland of Dominica, where she produced beauty shows, and promoted carnival queens.
After arriving in the United States, the fashion connoisseur promoted many up-and-coming designers, photographers, makeup artists, and stylists to reach their full potential through her company, many from the Caribbean who had traveled to New York to be discovered.
“We use fashion to changed lives, while promoting self esteem and confidents, said the expert, who provide a platform “for all to shine like the stars they are.
The iconic lady, has taken her shows to swanky venues around New York City to showoff Caribbean designers. Fashion changes life, is an initiative that also helps to shape, and propel talented nationals on to the world stage.
“We are open to everyone, there is opportunity for anyone who is dreaming fashion. Fashion models, emerging designers, whatever name you call yourself, if you have a talent in fashion, the door of Face of Fashion is open to you, call and let us have that conversation,” said Hazel.
Delia Alleyne, a Trinidad and Tobago-born fashion designer, draws inspiration from everything. She showed pieces embellished with fringe, and badges of honor to bring attention to the everyday challenges women face in life.
The military style collection showed how the bold, daring, and confident women, dresses. A multi-colored, jump suits, a black and white stripe swimsuit, a black funky fishnet balloon bottom dress with a cutout back, a color-blocking pant suit, a floor-length gown covered by multi-color fringe — all reminiscent of the University of Trinidad and Tobago trained couturier’s — “Steam Punk Collection” that premiered at a Tobago Fashion Weekend, and became an immediate hit with the audience. www.deliaalleyne.online delia
Brooklyn designer, Alain Moore was also one of the featured designers. However, this reporter was not present to view his collection under the studio lights.