Eclectic UTT

Source: Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Published on Saturday 3rd June 2017

ONE can expect to be draped in colour, twined in style and wrapped in creativity as this year’s University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Fashion Week gets on the way. The annual event, “a fixture on the local fashion circuit,” will begin on June 13 with the ninth annual Art and Design Exhibition at the UTT Campus, National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port-of- Spain and ends on June 18 with Eclectic –the fashion show.

“As a collaborative and unique experience, UTT Fashion Week 2017 will see students and staff at CAFD (Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design) engage with notable fashion industry stakeholders. Designers, Shaun Griffith Perez and Dianne Hunt have mentored UTT’s students during this year’s Designer Critic project while international wardrobe stylist and image consultant, Crystal Ivy London, will take an active role styling for the Senior Thesis Fashion Show,” UTT said in a media release. 

The university launched the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design (CAFD) nine years ago, “as the first tertiary-level fashion design institute in the Caribbean region.” The week is expected to, “showcase the creative ideas of these young designers in garment designing, fashion illustrations, textile techniques, digital technologies as well as fashion accessories design.” The work of the third and fourthyear students will d be on display. Also, they will host Designer Spaces, a static display of their boutique spaces, at the John S Donaldson campus, Port-of- Spain, from 10 am to 7 pm on June 14. 

The week of colour and style closes on June 18 with Eclectic, which, “will highlight two segments. The first part will feature the Designer Critic Show will featuring designs by CAFD’s third-year students, while the second part comprises the Senior Thesis Fashion Show.” The release said of this year’s theme for the event: “Eclectic, was chosen as the designs are derived from ideas, styles and tastes from a broad and diverse range of sources.” CAFD’s graduating class of 2017 is comprised of “young, eclectic designers who collectively are a diverse mix of ages, backgrounds, personalities, nationalities and so much more. Thus, they have created a collage of creative themes so eclectic, that it exhibits a fresh, new and vibrant perspective for the Caribbean Fashion industry. 

Tickets for Eclectic cost $200 and are available at UTT’s John S Donaldson campus, Room 329; Simply Runway, Grand Bazaar; Adrian & Lisa’s Boutique at Hotel Normandie; Fashion Focus and Caribbean Arts & Fashion Feature Festival. 

For more info: 642-888 ext. 21145 or 26236.