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Eithiopian trained, London schooled St Lucian designers to present collections at CFW

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Fiona Compton’s fabulous dresses.
Tarriba do Nascimento bags.

The 15th edition of Pulse's Caribbean Fashionweek is now in full swing with more than 10 days of activities which began with the 'Ready to Wear Pop Up' shows on Saturday.

Designers, models, stylists, media and fashionistas from all over the world are scheduled to arrive in Kingston for the remaining events, and among them are a contingent of St Lucians, including designers, Fiona Compton and Tarriba do Nascimento.

Officials, as well as a team of media professionals, will be filming a documentary on the designers' debut at CFW.

While Fiona Compton is keen to welcome the CFW audience to her bold and colourful world of Paradise Prints, Taribba do Nascimento will present her Meme Bete line of handbags.

Do Nascimento, who trained in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Abba, has been designing since 2009, and intends to show off the lively side of handbags on the biggest fashion stage in the Caribbean. "My new collection is called Masquerade, which is inspired by traditional St Lucia folklore. I use a lot of fringe, weaving and other techniques to create bags that mimic the vibrancy and movements of the Sensay characters in Mas," do Nascimento explains to Flair.

Paradise Prints

Like her counterpart, Fiona Compton also draws inspiration from her native island. An artist at heart, Compton is not only a designer but also a photographer. Having honed her skills with her lens in London, this vibrant young woman wanted to reflect more of the beauty and brightness of her native St Lucia in her work, and so began Paradise Prints.

The fashion line became an expression and appreciation for the tropical colours of Caribbean flora. Cultural influences are also significantly present in the designer's work. "I hand-paint unapologetic bold prints, vibrant colours, iridescent metallic, tropical flora and fauna, mixed in with Tribal Amerindian prints to create my designs," says Compton.

The collection she will present at CFW will reflect Carib, Arawak and Taino Petroglyphs left behind in various Caribbean islands. The artist is able to see the beauty and art in the rock carvings and other works of her ancestry and is intent on bringing this to life with her own influence of brash, bright and bold.

true to her roots

A true Caribbean woman to the core, this daughter of former St Lucia Prime Minister John Comption wants to remain true to her roots and is keen on sharing her love of colour by continuing to create quintessential Caribbean clothing for the confident and expressive woman. Fiona's collection will be presented at CFW's main shows which begin this Friday, June 12 and conclude on Sunday June 14.

Caribbean Fashionweek 2015 celebrates total fashion! incorporating spas, boutiques, restaurants, gyms and related lifestyle entities. The Emerging designer showcase takes place tomorrow and the invitation-only Pulse 35th and CFW 15 gala is scheduled for Thursday ahead of the main collections on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The event will close with a full-scale concert featuring Billy Ocean and his band. The Pulse-produced event is presented by Audi in association with Epson, Supreme Ventures, Catherine's Peak, Campari, The Jamaica Tourist Board and several other sponsors.