Meet the Island Child Style designers
The influence of fashion has permeated the homes of most families and anchored its roots deep in the hearts of many children. Its influence has created a demand for style to embrace children as an independent group and not just as small people.
Tomorrow, B3 Parenting Magazine will stage the Caribbean's first all-children's runway event - Island Child Style - featuring collections created by local, regional, and international designers. The event is the first of its kind in the region dedicated to children's fashion.
Seventy-two models aged four to 14 years old will walk the runway for 15 designers, and one lucky child model will be selected to attend a week-long camp at The Bailey Agency School of Fashion in Atlanta. This is an exclusive institution for young minds desiring to learn about fashion, modelling, acting, and entertainment. Agency owner and supermodel Cynthia Bailey will visit the island in June as part of an initiative to provide aspiring talent with the necessary tools to achieve success in the fashion industry.
Here's a look at some of the designers.
Gabi Girl Jamaica
Kingston-based designer RomiToyloy loves family, being creative, and Jamaica. The realisation that at just eight years old her niece, Gabi, felt insecure about her physical appearance encouraged Romi to create Gabi Girl Jamaica in 2013. Gabi Girl Jamaica is a manufacturer with a mission: To create products that complement island living and a positive self-image in young girls.
Creator and designer of the children's clothing brand Knockabout JA Dana DaSilva-Garbutt has always had a love of fashion. When her daughter was born in 2007, Dana's love evolved into creative inspiration. Knockabout JA was launched in 2009 with a colourful 'funwear' collection of hand-sewn applique designs.
Juliette Dyke, creative director behind the brand Julan, studied fashion designing at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. She launched her brand in December 2008, and soon after, she was selected to show a collection in Brussels, Belgium. She has since shown at London, Caribbean and Miami Fashion weeks. Her collection have also been featured in several publications, both at home and abroad, including the renowned Essence Magazine.
Anthony Reid began designing six years ago in collaboration with Trinidad's design icon Meiling. His eye for detail and penchant for flair are what guides him in the creation of bespoke menswear that is stylish and unforgettable. Anthony charts a new course now with children's wear, no doubt maintaining his impeccable standards and distinguishable style.
Having long created elegant custom pieces for women across the island, A'Marie now enters the children's clothing industry. Designer Andrea Beckford's collection infuses flair, dynamism, and culture, denoting age-appropriate yet stylish pieces.
Rainy days in The Bahamas serve as the inspiration for this designer whose creative collection provides stylish, full-cover protection from the rain. Former Miss Bahamas Alveeta Knight, who straddles law and diplomacy but dabbles in fashion, launches her first clothing line for children with Ajya Rainwear.
drennaLUNA is a Caribbean women's wear label by designer Arlene L. Martin. Elegant designs accentuate the beauty of a woman, while simple styles offer versatility. The label has shown internationally - twice in London (UK) and New York (USA), as well as the Dominican Republic and Berlin, Germany. For Island Child Style, she has collaborated with her sister, Angie , to present the collection "Blancobellezas".
Carlton creates urban chic apparel unmistakably clean and definitively refined. His self-named line is established as one of Jamaica's most successful menswear labels. He has crafted special-occasion custom pieces for children, and his eight-piece collection for boys and young men is guaranteed to stir excitement.