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Belize comes to CFW in force - Delegation to be headed by PM's wife

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Kim Simplis-Barrow (left), wife of Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow (second left), will head a delegation from that country to Jamaica for Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) 2013. Kingsley Cooper, chairman of Pulse Investments Ltd, organisers of CFW (second right), called on Prime Minister Barrow in Belize City recently, along with Romae Gordon, Pulse's fashion director (right). - Contributed

Kim Simplis-Barrow, wife of the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow and the country's special envoy for women and children, will be leading a delegation to this year's Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW). The Belizean delegation will include officials, designers and models. Belize is interested in developing its creative industries, including fashion.

This year, CFW takes place in Kingston from June 6-10.

While in Jamaica, Barrow and her team will visit CFW events and participate in activities such as the business forum and designer workshops. She will also meet with local officials, especially those responsible for creative industry development.

The initiative comes on the heels of an official visit to Belize by Kingsley Cooper, executive chairman of Pulse Investments Ltd and chairman of Jamaica's Entertainment Advisory Board. Cooper was accompanied by Romae Gordon, Pulse's general manager and fashion director. They went on the invitation of Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Mrs Kim Simplis-Barrow, their visit organised by Belize's Foreign Ministry.

While in Belize, Cooper was special guest at an invitation-only gala event called Fashion Forward, organised in his honour and hosted by Mrs Barrow. It featured Belizean designer Rebecca Stirm's collection, shown by the country's top models, including reigning Miss World Belize Chantae Guy.

Caribbean Fashionweek will feature five days and nights of top designers from around the Caribbean and outside the region. There will be supermodels, superstar performances, after parties, workshops, and an Exhibition Hall for designers.

A new Caribbean Fashionweek feature in its 13-year history, a made-for-television live event titled Ready for CFW will feature emerging designers in the lead-up to the main shows. Some will be rewarded with prizes, including the opportunity to show at CFW 2013.

Music superstars and fashionistas Kelly Rowland and Sheila E will perform at Caribbean Fashionweek 2013. Rowland will present a full concert performance with her dancers and back-up singers, while Sheila E will also do a full concert backed by her band.