Our latest virtual sit down is with Isy Obi, the designer behind the fashion brand Isy B from the Cayman Islands. We’ve teamed up with the line to host a giveaway, just keep on reading to find out how. So without further ado, let me introduce you…
What sparked your interest in fashion design?
I’ve always loved design; my mother was a fashion designer and she was taught by her mother, so it definitely runs in the family.
How do you gather your inspiration, and what does your design process look like?
I love to travel and no matter where I go I’m always taking in information on colours, shapes and textures. Nature is my greatest inspiration when it comes to finding balance in color. I also find inspiration in observing women. I love to see women in their element and when I design that’s how I want them to feel in my clothes. Special.
Every season we start with a concept and our colors, prints and the final styles are created from that concept. This season the concept was Caribbean Mermaid.
Today’s feature interview is with the designer – Karen De Freitas-Fraser, a womenswear designer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who has recently expanded her portfolio into menswear as well. She has had her designs walk in Carnival Catwalk, Virgin Islands Fashion Week, Islands of the World Fashion Week, and Miami Fashion Week. She has also been featured in SHE Caribbean, POSH Caribbean, Caribbean Styling, and Panache Magazines. She has been seen on Vogue.com and Fashion Bomb Daily and is the recipient of the Caribbean Style and Culture – Award of Excellence – Fashion Innovation from Karib Nation.
Without further ado, here is my virtual sit down with the designer…
Laura Narayansingh wowed us with her first year of Monday Wear pieces and ever since we, or maybe I should say I, have been waiting with bated breaths to see her creations. As you may already know, the mix of carnival and fashion design has a special place in my heart. Laura’s Monday Wear collections all exude luxury and elegance. I want to wear one of her pieces on a yacht while drinking from a champagne flute and wearing sky high stilettos because they are just so damn gorgeous.
The Caribbean is home to some of the prettiest blue waters you will ever lay your eyes on. That being said, if you need appropriate attire to enjoy these gorgeous waters then there’s a plethora of designers to meet your swim attire needs.
I have to say that I have been a little disenchanted by swimwear lately. The reason for this may be two fold and one of them may have to do with the fact that I am an architect by day. Have you ever heard of form follows function? A lot of swimwear these days just don’t look like they’ll stand up to getting wet or doing any sort of strenuous activities. They look like they’re just made for boat cruise parties and posing on the sand. Others just seem to be the least amount of covering without being deemed as indecent exposure.
But all of that aside, today, I am sharing with you a few Caribbean swimwear designers. I do hope that if you decide to go to the beach in the Caribbean that you will do so donned in an ensemble by one of these designers.
Today’s with love from Guyana designer feature is of a Guyanese designer who has launched her line within the last year. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Brooke Glasford, keep on reading…
What sparked your interest in fashion and made you want to work in this industry?
There was always something innate that drew me to clothing. I’ll never forget being in Prep B and my classmates’ mothers’ asking me for style advice, or where they could go to buy something. I think I’m a little obsessed with fashion to be honest– I’m constantly in awe of new interpretations of old designs, and fabrications and I make an effort to consistently learn about the history of clothing and the way that it connects to architecture, engineering, and life in general. In much the same way I’m a businesswoman and buying behavior and retail trends are very, very interesting to me so the business of fashion became the natural path of my career.