KARIB FASHION FOCUS – “STYLE”
RHION ELIJAH ROMANY
For quite some time, this alumnus of Queen’s Royal College has been an ardent admirer of and inspired by well-known local & international fashion impresarios, who have fine-tuned their skills to transform and enhance the global meaning of style to suit ever-changing social trends. A Caribbean climate of inspiration allowed Romany to channel his natural ability of selecting edgy, contemporary designs for his clients via his wildly successful retail boutique, KrAze.
The stirring of his honed design talent, however, came with the successful launch of his exclusive swimwear collection for summer for Cropover 2012.
A mere 2 years later, the young designer has amassed a sizeable Fan base, as well as glowing praises from his peers in the industry. The experience also served as a constant state of creative awakening: it challenged the daring 24 year-old to nurture & explore the untamed arena of fashion design.
For Rhion, design inspiration is easily motivated by the evolution of the Trinidadian social lifestyle. His productions draw real-time references from the spaces that he occupies, and he takes pride in the progress of his generation that continue to reciprocate creative avenues that keep fashion trends unique and current.
Rhion’s point of view & impeccable taste levels remain highly consistent for his premiere collection. He is a man who unapologetically continues to design for a woman, appreciate body construction and encourage his female clients to reclaim & celebrate their feminine form. There is a distinct air of elegance and richness embodied in Rhion’s design taste, and one can always expect progressive pieces of work on his runway that wholly rejects tameness and sameness in approach.
With such highly-applauded collections as “Monroe” and “She Wolf” under his belt, the birth and growth of the Rhion Romany Brand has unleashed an energy of confidence for this promising designer to give the masses a taste of “the refined”.
To date, his designs have been worn by everyone from America’s Next Top Model’s Bianca Golden to the stage dancers for award-winning Soca Sensation Machel Montano. His creations have graced the runway for audiences such as CreativeTT’s “Masquerade” event in honor of Vogue Italia & HOT Couture in St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. The ЯR brand has now announced a partnership with TRIBE Carnival for an exclusive line of Monday Wear for the 2015-2016 season.
With his next collection “Domina” on the way, his point of view comfortably positions his female clientele in a innovative space for Trinidad & Tobago: armed with the audacity to always be bold, sophisticated and timeless, ready to take on the world.
Joris Hendrik, a young Belizean, is among the first local fashion designers in his country to be internationally recognized in Belize’s burgeoning world of couture.
He began his studies in architecture, because he knew he had a talent for design and drawing, but soon realized that he could not ignore his passion for all things fashion. In 2010 he left full-time studying at the University to pursue a career in fashion design. This brave move has seen him cultivate his own distinctive and innovative style. His unique creations are in fact inspired by architecture and are bold and ready-to-wear. His work with unconventional materials in his Eco Love line caught national attention early on and landed him a fantastic opportunity to showcase his work to H.R.H. Prince Harry during his visit to Belize in March 2012. Joris Hendrik’s Eco Love gowns are made from alternative materials with a portion of all proceeds being donated to environmental clubs which help preserve the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system in the World. The Joris Hendrik label comprises of two lines of women’s wear: Joris Hendrik Ready-to-Wear and Eco Love. Both collections represent two differing points-of-view that complement and balance one another. Both are very personal, original and deeply feminine in their expression.
The Design Process is comprised of artistic responsibility and excellence. The Joris Hendrik Collection stresses the importance of the Sustainability Principle.