Local retail outlets 27th Century Boutique and Marion’s Fashions presented stock showcases on either side of the Regina Q collection, which gave the event a bit of an amateur feel. The clothes were fine, and the models were good, but the idea of an international fashion excursion kind of makes boutique stock showcases passé. Perhaps these were added late to accommodate the unmentioned no-show of Theo Sealy from the Bahamas. In any event, the hype surrounding this show was deflated considerably by the community centre style shop showcases.
The next actual designer to show was Bermuda’s own Shay Ford. Shay presented a small but cute collection of summer wear that was clearly inspired by the eccentricities of a Bermuda summer. Print swim trunks, gregarious drawstring skorts (skirt shorts, shorts, and skirts), and bright, glossy prints dominated this sunny little collection, giving the pint-sized local designer a decidedly impressive seminal showing.
The last and biggest collection to show was from the New York City-based designer Thomas Lavonne. Guest model Kamela, from the Bahamas, stole the show in a dazzling silver sparkling gown during this portion of the exhibit. Other standout designs included a red ‘leaf’ dress, various sequined delights, and a plethora of flowing print dresses in bold colours with subtle, nuanced cuts.
Lavonne’s offerings were sometimes glamorous, sometimes practical, and always beautiful. It was the kind of collection from which you could find a nice summer dress for your mom or a sizzling evening gown for your lady; a collection designed to be shown on the runway, and worn for a sunset stroll on the beach. Lavonne closed the show, which was fitting, as every model seemed to glow in his luminous, flowing designs.