Hope Wade heading to London Fashion Week
America-based Jamaican designer Hope Wade will be taking London by storm when she presents her eclectic mix of designs at the much-anticipated London Fashion Week, on September 13.
Wade has been selected as one of seven designers to represent the United States in the 2013 Emerging Trends Fashion Challenge. The show, which will take place at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in London, will feature an elite group of fashion designers from around the world showcasing women's apparel and trends.
Wade told Outlook that she is ecstatic at being given this extraordinary opportunity to showcase their talent and ability to a variety of sponsors, buyers and media. The winner of the competition will receive an exclusive US$10,000 marketing package.
Known for her use of rich fabrics such as silk, linen and lace, Wade's opulent designs have not only garnered her a dedicated clientele, but have received rave reviews during Caribbean Fashionweeks 2011 and 2012.
When asked how she got started in the fashion business, Wade used the old adage 'necessity is the mother of invention'. She revealed that while unemployed, she needed a special dress for a New Year's Eve event. Using the limited knowledge she had while watching her mother sew, she crafted her own design for the event. "Everyone at the party asked me where I bought the dress. This encouraged me to start my own business," she revealed.
In 1991, Hope Wade Designs was born as a custom design fashion house for sophisticated persons looking for outstanding couture designs. Wade believes her talent is a gift from God.
Since establishing her signature style, which includes elegant evening gowns, casual wear, and lingerie, the company has evolved. She also has a line of children's clothing called 'Jasper's Closet'.
Hope has appeared on several television and radio shows and her work has been reviewed in several magazines and newspapers, including the Gleaner's Flair Magazine, Exist-Media, Nyack News, and Feva La Bella. One of her designs is also featured in Nelson Thornes' textbook English A for CSEC for Caribbean students learning English.
Hope is also an accomplished actress who recently had the lead role in the Off Broadway stage play All My Struggles. In May 2013, she was nominated Most Outstanding Performer for the ACOR Awards. (Arts Council of Rockland).
But Wade has never failed to give back. She has hosted several charity events for the American Cancer Society, her alma mater - the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha), and the Alpha Academy Alumnae Florida Chapter Tea Party, among others.
Wade is the fourth of five siblings, including renowned reggae artist Paul Blake, formerly of the Blood Fire Posse band. She is married with a daughter and resides in New York.