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A Powerful Array Of Stars For CFW 2017

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
A look from Fuse ODG's collection
Hector Lincoln
Meiling's Parallel Collection for CFW 2017
Jeneil Turkey Vogue cover in 2014.
Alicia Burke Italian Vogue Cover

Fashion history of a special kind will be made later this week, when Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) unfolds. For the first time ever in the Caribbean, not one, or two, but three Vogue cover girls will take the CFW runway at the same time. Never before in the region has three Vogue cover models been featured on the same show. Vogue models are few and far between and Vogue cover girls are even rarer.

Vogue cover girls Lois Samuels (the first ever), Jeneil Williams and Alicia Burke (the latest) will appear together for the first time ever, at CFW 2017.

Francine James, double Vogue (Spanish and German), will hit the runway with the generation of new stars, including a slew of new faces on the verge of global domination.

The Caribbean's three Vogue cover girls will undoubtedly be a highlight of this year's CFW. The favourite, Lois Samuels, will forever be remembered as one of the stars of the game-changing Calvin Klein CK1 campaign. Jeneil Williams, long-time Nike star, Karl Lagerfeld muse and multiple cover girl: I-D (twice), French, BNP, the Wall Street Journal (twice), to name a few, remains a cornerstone of global modelling, booking her best year in 2016. Williams will debut her leisurewear line at the event. Samuels first showed a collection at CFW a few years ago.




The third Vogue cover girl who will take the CFW catwalk is none other than the world's hot model Alicia Burke (now on's 'hot list'), arguably the fastest-rising model in the world in 2016, her first year in the international market. Alicia, a Steven Meisel-lensed Italian Vogue cover girl, has done assignments for almost every major client in the global fashion space - from Gucci to Versace to Ralph Lauren to Prada to Stella McCartney - you name them, she has done them.

They join an array of stars befitting Pulse 'Best of the Best' moniker for the 2017 renewal of the event. Carla Campbell, Pulse's Esquire cover girl, and the region's only Sports Illustrated swimsuit model - will return to walk the show this year. Hector Lincoln, another Pulse Vogue model, actor and stand-up comedian, also returns for CFW. Lincoln was a host of BET's Caribbean Rhythms, and appears in movies and television shows such as The Devil Wears Prada and Law & Order.

Headline entertainers such as Grammy winning Guinness world record holder Ashanti, and hot British star FUSE ODG will also perform. The young British Ghanaian, Fuse, will also debut his African-inspired Nana fashion collection. Famed for several top 5 British hits, including collaborations with Major Lazer and Jamaica's Sean Paul, Fuse has taken the British pop scene by storm with his new 'afrobeats'.

The doyenne of Caribbean fashion - Trinidad's Meiling - will show her latest collection, as will Caribbean master designer Barry Moncrieffe; winner of the CFW Emerging Designer Award Tiger Lily Hill; and the likes of Pat Wright, who returns to the CFW runway after a few years absence.

On Friday - Urban Party Night - heavyweights such as Alkaline (who will debut his fashion line) and dance hall celebrity Dexta Daps will be featured in concert.

And the list of CFW celebrities goes on: Dancehall iconic designer Biggy returns to the CFW runway, Britian's winner of the Prince's Trust award for Young Designer of the Year and Vogue acclaimed designer, Gavin Douglas, is also back.

This promises to be the best CFW ever!