We’ve previously had a virtual chat here with the designer behind the MisimBeachBabe swimwear brand who is now also a carnival costume designer. Today, we are catching up with her because there has been a lot of new developments since we last spoke.
Elizabeth Karlson popped on to my radar as I was scrolling through Instagram one day and saw a video of her painting watercolor coasters. Her paintings yelled out to me and I just had to share them with you. You’re probably already aware of the fact that I am a huge fan of abstract art. Her ability to pair complementary colors so well makes for some very stunning pieces.
I discovered Mary Katrantzou by chance on Pinterest, of course. I have taken a liking to embellished garments and of course Pinterest is one of the forums that I get a lot of inspiration from for outfits or garments that I want to make for myself.
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…