The Poinciana Ballroom at the Fairmont Southampton played host to a mini-invasion of international designers, models, photographers, writers, and fashionistas on Friday night. It was a rare gathering of designers from the United Kingdom, New York City, and Bermuda that had the international fashion industry abuzz.
The show was dubbed ‘Some Like It Hot: An International Fashion Excursion’ and featured exciting new designs from four up-and-coming designers. Ms Phyllis Garraway emceed the show with considerable humor and charm, and United Dance Productions presented a delightful opening act.
Sidnie Pee out of Manchester, England was the first designer to show, bringing chiffon, lace, and satin to the party early on. Bold glossy prints collaborated with sharp whites and ethnic sensitivities to deliver some stunning ensembles from this collection. Flowing chiffon-trimmed dresses and majestic prints exuded class and sophistication, while summer-themed pieces added funk and fun to the proceedings. This was a nice collection that ranged from spectacular to bizarre, and struck a lot of classic fashion chords throughout.
The next designer to show was a local, Regina Simmons, whose Regina Q designs represented very well for local textile tinkerers. Glossy print tops with long, flowing white bottoms, accentuated with pastel coloured sash belts, lace, teal, animal prints, and shiny satin; oh my! This was a very satisfying collection; a collection to make Bermuda proud, and a wonderful show for a young designer.