Monday, December 18, 2017

Models to represent T&T in St Lucia


graced the runway: Trinidadian model Soowan Bramble, who is expected to grace the runway at St Lucia HOT Couture Fashion Event on May 7. —Photo: Gary Jordan

Mark Fraser

 Trinidad and Tobago continues to foster key relationships with our Caribbean neighbours within the growing regional fashion industry, as two local models are slated to participate in the widely popular St Lucia Hot Couture Fashion Showcase in May 2014. Hosted in conjunction with the St Lucia Tourist Board, this fashion extravaganza is held as part of the internationally acclaimed St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

This year, prominent models Soowan Bramble and Athaliah Samuel are scheduled to fly to the capital city of Castries to participate in this fashion showcase. Both models have expressed excitement at the opportunity to represent their twin-island Republic on a regional and international scale, and humblest gratitude to the St Lucian government and organisers who have facilitated this opportunity, including Runway Director of Hot Couture and Trinidad-born fashion impresario, Richard Young.

 According to Young, “The inclusion of models from T&T in the prestigious Hot Couture Fashion Event—a signature and pivotal component of the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival—signals the metamorphosis of an all-inclusive creative arts showpiece, and also speaks to the building of a true regional cultural industry platform.” The runway director also says he is proud of our dynamic models that will certainly lend a professional and experienced element to the overall look of the show.

 Recognised for her flawless, mahogany skin, carved physique and unmistakable form on the runway, Athaliah Samuel has certainly become one of the most accomplished models in the Caribbean. Samuel has walked the runway for notable Caribbean designers, such as Claudia Pegus, Peter Elias and Sonia Noel of Guyana. Her recent roster of runway accomplishments includes the recently concluded Cayman Islands Fashion Week 2014, and Cycle 1 of Caribbean’s Next Top Model, which was hosted by international beauty icon and Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam.

 The image of Soowan Bramble has become synonymous with extensive modelling success and accomplished fashion and beauty branding in the Caribbean. In addition to being a full-time fashion sketch muse at the Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Bramble also has held the title of the inaugural Best Model of the Universe, a competition that she won in Panama in 2013. She has been the official Face for Campari Rum and SHE Magazine, and has graced the runway and multimedia campaigns for a myriad of designers, including Heather Jones, Gillian Harding of the USA, Rhion Romany and Noorulani Agha of India.

Billed as an opportunity to showcase local and regional talent to the world, these two selected models have evidently proven their versatility and prowess and have made significant inroads into the Caribbean fashion modelling landscape.

 Saint Lucia Hot Couture will be held on May 7 and features a full, quality runway presentation from some of the foremost names in Caribbean fashion, as well as an international calibre trunk show from the slated designers.

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