Adrian Foster at #NYFW

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 6.16.03 PM Yesterday was the official beginning of New York Fashion Week S/S 2015. This week's fashion week roster contains some familiar names that we need to look out for.

I just left New York on Tuesday, but I really wish I could have stayed to see Adrian Foster show his new collection on Sunday 7th September as part of the 9th Fashion Gallery NYFW event at the Helen Mills Event Space in Chelsea. This showcase is really focused on giving young designers exposure and that includes our local talent as well. The FOMO is real people.

And just because he's presenting in the Big Apple, doesn't mean he's forgotten his Caribbean influences. The inspirations for this collection, come from Caribbean architecture, specifically raw concrete surfaces, whitewashed walls, and the way light travels through louvres and fretwork. Adrian is one of my favourite young designers because he is really exploring how pieces can be uniquely Caribbean but still function in foreign countries.

I could only get my hands on one teaser image from the collection (courtesy the designer's Instagram page) and am already mentally putting in my order for those striped wide leg pants.

I can't wait to see the images and I hope that anyone who's interested in moving Caribbean fashion forward  heads over to Chelsea to see this show at 8 pm on Sunday. Local designers Charu Lochan Dass and Delia Alleyne are also participating in this showcase so be sure to check them out as well!

Shift

IMG_6995 IMG_6996 IMG_7001 IMG_7002 IMG_7005 IMG_7010 IMG_7013 IMG_6979 IMG_6993 Took a couple of pics before I headed to participate in Runway Shift, in which three local designers, Adrian Foster, Lisa See Tai and Megan Charles won the opportunity to sell their pieces in boutique, Simply Runway. Retail is my specific focus in the fashion industry so I was excited to see it being paid more attention to in Trinidad as well. The designers really had to consider the commercial viability of their looks, the price point they would sell them at, and the reproducibility (not a word) of their items, if they won, and in my opinion these are factors that aren't considered enough when designers go from runway to retail. See pictures of all the designers looks, and the fashion show in the event gallery here.

I was also in the show modeling Lisa See Tai's collection. See me below with the designer trying to blend in and look like one of the other gorgeous models she had showcasing her looks. And below see one of my favourite looks that I got to sport on the runway. Lisa's collection blended an easy island-sporty vibe and I immediately gravitated to the raglan-esque sleeves and stripes that made a simple shift dress extremely cool.

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 Photography:Kyle Walcott

Other images courtesy Runway Shift and Gareth Leigh

Shirt: Zara, Shorts: Nastygal, Bag: Fossil, Shoes: Zara (similar here), Necklaces: H & M and the cANYAval shop, Sunglasses: Nastygal

The A's Have It

I'm really excited to see young designers in Trinidad, stepping up and producing work and marketing material that's really on an international level. I really want to highlight two of these, Aisling Camps and Adrian Foster, who both released really impressive lookbooks last week of their recent collections. I think it's Aisling's engineering background that lends itself naturally to her focus, precision and technical skill when it comes to knitwear (if you don't believe me check out her behind the scenes pics of her graphs on her Facebook page. GRAPHS.). The result is an undeniably beautiful collection of knit dresses, tops and skirts in soft neutrals, that can be worn forever. Aisling's growing brand is attracting a lot of welcome attention.

Color blocked pullover, cotton polyester monofilament

Aisling's label

Double strap tank & pencil skirt 100% linen w polyester monofilament details

Cropped top w cutout detail Cotton, polyester monofilament

Double Strap Tank 100% linen

Open back tunic 60% viscose 40% Nylon

Price information available on the Aisling Facebook page. Photos courtesy Aisling. Photography: Donald Michael Chambers.

Just in time for Carnival, Adrian Foster, a graduate of the Caribbean Academy for Fashion and Design, just released the lookbook for his new collection Shadows. I'm in love with the monochromatic imagery, chic minimalist fashion (something that we don't easily achieve in the Caribbean generally) and most importantly, clear prices and ordering information!!

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Black Linen Shirt Dress

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More information available on the AF Adrian Foster Facebook Page. Pictures courtesy AF Adrian Foster. Photography: Marlon James.