Georgetown, Guyana-based fashion designer, Karen Hughes-Braithwaite, will bring a social conscience fashion collection to a brunch and fashion, in the auditorium of the African Center, on 111-20 Farmers Blvd. in Queens, this Saturday, Sept. 28, to begin cancer awareness month.
According to the chief executive officer and manager of Kosmic Vibes fashion, the afternoon of entertainment, fashion and awareness, that will begin at 10 am, and reflect, not only the designer’s inspiring detailed collection, but her passion for creating pieces suited to all occasions.
The runway show will highlight her latest creations of male pieces, in Teal, the color, that shines a light on Ovarian Cancer.
In her support of the Green Guyana Movement, Hughes-Braithwaite, will show outfits and accessories created with the natural elements of her homeland. The runway will be flooded with more than 20 other designs showing her inspirations, such as her muse, the Chattel House, an icon building in Barbados, where she lived and marketed her work for many years.
The children’s wear collection will feature brilliant hues to bring soothing relief to the many cases of child abuse cases, that children continue to experience across the world.
A fashion tutor at Guyana’s prestigious Borrows School of Art, Hughes-Braithwaite, who honed her skills while living and studying abroad for 13 years, credits her lavish line of clothing and accessories to her roots and her passion for using natural fabric, batik and tie & dye design elements, that lit up runways in Barbados, where her brand was one of the most sought after.
Her creations were showcased regionally in Barbados, Trinidad, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Guyana, and at the International Middle Passage 2004 event at Medger Evers College.
Just last month, the designer was honored to show her designs at the Jazzy Jazz Festival honoring Guyanese musical legend, Eddy Grant.
“My current passion is up-cycling designs, giving old jeans new life,” said Hughes, who, when not creating and designing, finds the time to showcase her love of ballroom dancing, gardening, cooking and planning adventures with her children.