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Michael Kors designer for Styleweek Jamaica

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Another dress designed by Allan Virgo.
A model wears an Allan Virgo design.
Allan Virgo - Contributed photos

Michael Kors outerwear (coats, jackets etc.) designer Allan Virgo will be one of the many local designers debuting at this year's Styleweek Jamaica, organised by Saint International, and planned for May 27-30.

"I am pleased that Jamaica-born Allan Virgo, a member of the design team for the iconic American sportswear brand Michael Kors, has agreed to show at Styleweek 2010," said Deiwght Peters, creator and executive producer of Styleweek Jamaica. "This will be an addition to the proud legacy of global fashion dynamic that Styleweek Jamaica brings to play."

A number of leading global brands have shown on the Styleweek Jamaica platform including Ed Hardy, Julia Clancey (London), Bas Kosters, Gaspard Yurkievich and ABAETE, among others.

Virgo, 26, was born in Kingston and attended Denham Town Primary, Norman Manley High and Kingston College (KC). He left Jamaica a few months after completing sixth form at KC in 2003.

Virgo studied at the highly respected Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where he received a bachelor's degree with a double major in fashion design and international trade and marketing. Virgo has an enviable resume, having worked at Baby Phat, Guess and currently Michael Kors. At Michael Kors, Virgo is one of three outerwear designers on the team of the legendary designer who was a feisty judge on the just-concluded Emmy Award series, Project Runway.

Working on the outerwear design team of Michael Kors, Virgo said, has given him a strong sense of appreciation of a culture of style and sophistication, attention to detail from fabric selection to silhouette definition and retail. Michael Kors is popular with celebrities such as Britney Spears, Molly Sims and Joy Bryant.

His inspiration

Virgo said of his inspiration for his collection he will launch at Styleweek: "The geometric and architectural shapes of select European buildings in the 1940s is the inspiration behind my collection. My fascination with the lines, shapes and overall simplicity of these buildings, as they stood out from the crowd, have greatly influenced the silhouettes. Therefore, all of the pieces in my collection were geometrically tailored to capture the effortlessness for these structures, as well as the sultry edge and elegant style to associate with the opulent 1940s."

The Allan Virgo International Collection will be unveiled at the International Mecca of Style event of Styleweek on Saturday, May 29.

Peters said Virgo's appearance is fulfilling a larger mandate.

"This has always been our mission - to be the premier platform to bring the best fashion design and model talents from across the world to create dialogue and exchange of ideas with a cultural and historic backdrop," Peters said.