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CFW buoyed by artiste line-up, Caribbean designers

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) is the lifestyle event that epitomises the essence of Caribbean fashion.

Having been informally launched in England, during London Fashion week a few months ago, CFW's official launch was held at the chic Villa Ronai in Stony Hill last Tuesday night.

The signature event for Caribbean fashion set to take place on June 7-11 at the National Indoor Sports Centre and will feature the Carbbean's best designers as well as acclaimed international stylists.

Celebrating its 12-year anniversary, CFW is one of the most important and far-reaching fashion events in the region.

Over the years, Pulse has showcased the best Caribbean designers as well as other designers visiting from various parts of the world.

Pulse's Romae Gordon, in her address to the audience, said Pulse continues to grow bigger and better each year.

Moving to higher heights

In similar fashion, CEO of Pulse, Kingsley Cooper, told Sunday Gleaner Entertainment that CFW is being elevated on many levels.

"In terms of the strength of the fashion collections and because of the initiative with Caribbean export and their programme for the year, which includes London Fashion Week, which was held in February, CFW in June and London Fashion Week again in September. We're bringing the best of our Caribbean designers," Cooper said.

Cooper also spoke of the workshops that are to be held during CFW.

"We are bringing people like David Jones who is a world expert and who is going to be taking some of our designers and giving them representation in the major markets, in the UK [United Kingdom] and elsewhere in Europe," Cooper said.

Jason Hall, deputy director of the Jamaica Tourist Board, emphasised that his organisation was pleased to be associated with CFW. He highlighted the achievements of Cooper and stated that he represents one of Jamaica's great achievements in the fashion world.

Safia Cooper, director of sales and marketing at Pulse, said her organisation had upped the ante this year with its musical line-up.

last week it was announced that Brian McKnight will join a star-studded musical line-up, which includes Grammy-winning British artiste Estelle.

"What we've done is that we have increased the attention paid to the music line-up this year. We have Estelle, we have grammy-winning artiste Brian McKnight, we have Konshens who is hot right now in Jamaica, we have Shurwayne Winchester out of Trinidad for the soca lovers and it will only get bigger over time as we release more details about CFW this year," she said.