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Bold ethnic-inspired for CFW 2014

Published:Monday | June 9, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Each year, Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) welcomes vibrant and exciting new talent to its stage. This year, the young and innovative women's wear designer Yvonne Jewnell will unveil her bold and ethnic-inspired collection at CFW 2014.

The ambitious Jewnell is a graduate of the New School of Fashion and Design in Parsons, New York. She started her fashion-design career at age 17 with her mother, Tandra Yvonne Birkett, who has been an educator and youth developer for more than 20 years.

To convey a solid message of her identity, the designer wants her collection to be seen for its inspired message. For Jewnell, the pieces in this line are about overcoming obstacles and revitalising strength. She uses a mixture of neutrals, bold colours, fun prints, non-traditional fabrics, and unexpected silhouettes to celebrate women of all colours. The influence of cultures from around the world is also a feature of the Yvonne Jewnell aesthetic.

Looks from Jewnell's collection, along with looks from more than 40 other designers, are expected to show at CFW, June 12-16, and will be available for sale on the newly launched e-commerce store This new initiative by Pulse, the producers of CFW, along with its London partners JHPR and She Builds Brands, will go live at the event. The site has been implemented to ensure that designers exhibiting at CFW are able to sell their collections, both to persons in attendance as well as to a global audience.

This year's CFW will feature a black-tie gala, celebrity concert performances, after parties, a business forum, and a number of other activities across the city of Kingston.