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Style Spirit Weekend is marketed as a platform for
discovery of new and emerging talent. In light of that,
this year's fashion weekend did not disappoint, with
five of the ten designers on show being totally new to
the Trinidad and Tobago runway.
Mel Gabriel, Editor of Trinidad Lookbook and the cre-
ator of Style Spirit Weekend, has a penchant for selecting
out of the box locations and this event was no different.
The South Terminal of Piarco International, nee the 'Old
Airport', was transformed into a sleek runway spot.
Guests were treated to a cocktail hour prior to each show,
sponsored by Absolut Elyx.
Menswear ruled the runway on Friday night of Style
Spirit Weekend. Two designers, DLR Clothing and Amillie
Couture 868, showed off a range of street wear styles
that included hoodies, tees and trousers. DLR's look was a
bit more urban grunge, with lots of tartan, leather and
fishnet details throughout their 'Unchained' collection.
DLR also showed some women's looks that ranged from
oversized tee shirt dresses to rompers to fishnet tops.
Amillie Couture on the other hand, played it cool with their
bold graphic prints on every sweater and tee shirt, which,
paired with their chinos and joggers made a largely mono-
chromatic collection a feast for the eyes.
Ris Anne Martin of Brown Cotton, who premiered her
collection Iris just three weeks ago at Tobago Fashion
Weekend, seized the opportunity to show her collection to
a Trinidadian audience. Her bright, shoulder and midriff
emphasising tops and jackets and floral print men's blaz-
ers were differently styled but just as well received by the
Style Spirit audience.
Making her Trinidad and Tobago runway debut was
Vincentian designer Peta Odini, who specialises in
menswear, but still offered up two female looks for con-
sideration in her collection Sans Peur which translates to
Fearless. Fearless it was. Odini's aesthetic is cool, fun and
fashion forward, and the prints used throughout the col-
lection, specially designed by artist Kern Saunders, were
an apt reflection of that. Amidst a palette of purple, grey
and gold, she sent down a selection of tailored shorts,
print blazers, relaxed trousers, overalls, and vests for the
guys and short overalls and a fabulous pair of culottes for
Also showing that night was Style Spirit alum, Wadada
Movement. Twins Asha and Ayanna Diaz did what they're
known best for and sent down a collection of fun, flirty
crop tops and African print maxi skirts, along with some
versatile swimwear and cover ups and men's shirts and
trousers. Tobagonian designer Delia Alleyne showcased
art made wearable with her bright neon solids and polka
dot prints combined with mesh harem pants, strappy
cargo trousers and cute, quirky playsuits and bodysuits.
Nobody was really prepared for the cuteness that en-
sued on night two of Style Spirit Weekend. San Sarai, a
team effort by Shari Cumberbatch and Blair Superville, is
a children's clothing line that showcased adorable
swimwear, jumpsuits, dresses and separates in pretty,
colourful prints. The wee models that came down the run-
way certainly knew how to work it, and it was an ener-
getic start to the night.
Hailing from Barbados, and making her second appear-
ance at Style Spirit, Pink Lemonade's clothing was soft
and feminine, with lots of flowy fabrics and easy fit op-
tions. Her dresses and rompers were presented with sim-
ple silhouettes and in a range of pastel hues.
Lots of swimwear presentations followed with two de-
signers, Suga Apple by Kimberley Angoy out of Barbados,
and Marie Collette, a brand new swimwear brand by de-
signer Keisha Thomas. Suga Apple, who presented in tan-
dem with Pink Lemonade, evoked a sense of true
Caribbean cool -- models sported mostly two-piece bikinis
in lovely print and different cuts. Marie Collette's Crazy,
Sexy, Cool was slightly edgier and bolder, and the
monokini options presented certainly stood out, particu-
larly one black and white, high cut number worn by Ar-
Nwannia Sorzano, and her eponymous brand Nwannia,
presented the collection Stay Dipped, an amalgamation of
tunics, dresses, tops, asymmetrical skirts and menswear
that had an almost Japanese look and feel. The stark
white tunics and trousers with ombre detailing contrasted
heavily with the black and red, or black and gold men's
shirts and structured trousers.
The weekend wrapped up on Sunday evening with
TRADE: a sip and shop opportunity that allowed potential
customers to mingle with designers and view their work
up close. TRADE was hosted by Drink! Wine Bar in Wood-
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