The featured Wednesday-night designers, each a winner of UNESCO’s Islands of the World Fashion Week 2009, came from exotic locales — including Bali and Madagascar — to show their worldly wares. And they didn’t disappoint.
Eric Raisina of Madagascar created fashions from hand-woven and hand-dyed natural silks and cottons. Nadya of Indonesia showed fashions by Bali artisans. Designer K-Bobby of Jamaica featured his evening fashions. Harl Taylor Handbags of the Bahamas exhibited men’s and women’s hand-woven handbags with embellishments of Swarovski crystal, bone, and wood.
The evening also premiered V&G accessories and belts — all hand-painted, embellished with semiprecious stones and mixed media, and made with natural fibers. Messages of empowerment are painted inside the belts.