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ZAID: From abstract to fashion

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence

"The fabric is my canvas, the thread my paint, and the machine my brush." That is how Zaid Smith describes his creative process when it comes to designing. Zaid, an abstract artist, did not expect or predict his career would have pushed him into the fashion industry.

He had always done paintings for reggae artiste Tony Rebel, this time he had a unique request.

"He wanted to know if I could sew because he wanted my work on a jacket. At the time, I could not (sew), but I knew someone who could. They could not do it on time, so he told me that I should learn to sew just in case these offers come up," he said.

That was in 2006. In 2015, after much hard work and a few avant-garde designs for Red Bull, he showcased a fabulous collection at the recently concluded Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW).

Zaid's creativity has definitely been flaunted, showing his versatility from ready-to-wear garments to avant garde piece. His collection bore a consistent theme of grey, red, and white. Boat necks and wing designs were also a recurrent feature - intentional and sentimental as it is a reflection of his journey. The boat is the journey and sailing towards it, the wings represent him soaring to new heights.

His unisex collection has something for everyone. The sophisticated woman, the girl next door, the edgy woman, the gentleman, the carefree man with a sense of style. He touched everything but admitted he loves to design more for the fairer gender.

"Designing for women keeps me creative. They always want something to wear and they are willing to experiment. Men, not necessarily. Sometimes a shirt and a pants is enough for them," he added.

His dreams have no bounds and he wants to go as far as he can in the industry. Getting to New York Fashion Week next year is his next step. He hopes to one day design costumes for a movie of a mythological nature as avant garde design is still in his blood.

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