Designer Heather Jones has authored the Red, White and Black Story, her latest line of clothing that was specially created with the country's upcoming 50th Independence anniversary in mind.
The 12-piece line, which took Jones one month to create, features the national colours in skirt and pant suits and jackets using fabrics such as Valentine linen paired with Jones's signature hand painted silk organza.
"As the only designer in the country with a Chaconia Gold award I felt that I had to do this line," Jones said from her Luis Street, Woodbrook atelier in reference to the national award presented to her in 2009 for long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago in the sphere of fashion.
"Other designers have received the Chaconia Silver but I am the only one with the Gold so putting out this line was the right thing for me to do.
"To whom much is given much is expected."
Jones said she felt a sense of national pride putting the line together. Among her influences were the people of this country and their ethnic make up , the music of the island and the country's national treasures.
"You would notice the national bird on the jacket and the steel pan and the musical notes, painted on the jacket. These things say Trinidad and Tobago.
"I wanted to capture us – our rhythm, our movement, our passion."
The 2002 Pret-a-Porter award recipient at the Fashion Week of the Americas, Jones has been in the fashion industry for the last 30 years and said she would not have put out the Independence Anniversary line if she didn't believe in it.
"You know that I am a perfectionist when it comes to my designs. I think it is absolutely beautiful."
Although the Red White and Black story is not available for retail, Jones said she would be happy to take orders from those who want to wear any of the pieces to Independence Day events.
Jones is also preparing another clothing line for her showing at the Me My Mode trade show at Bouse de Commerce, Paris from September 28 to October 1st.
The Me My Mode trade show will showcase international designers and new talent in a space that mimics a boutique – making it easier for the buyer and designer to interact more effectively.
The new line, Jones said, would be a mix of pieces that represent the Caribbean aesthetic.
"I have spent most of my life as a fashion designer and I feel so proud to be living in the era where the country is celebrating its 50th Independence anniversary.
"My Red ,White and Black Story is my contribution and my celebration of this milestone.