This year’s BCFW took place in the middle of August and enjoyed an influx of newcomers. The week-long event showcased an homage to West Indian culture captured through the artistic visual expressions. Audiences treated to visceral fashion shows and eclectic pop-up shops. Opening night featured an exceptional performance by Reggae Artist Alandon under the elegant backdrop of Dorchester’s Caribbean Art Gallery. Additionally, Event Sponsor Oasis Cafe delighted guests with island flavored finger foods and delectable pastries. Most importantly, BCFW founder, Althea Blackford articulated her vision to a crowd of community business owners and members of the press.
The second day kickstarted with a Caribbean Pop-up shop titled All About Style Shopping Night.This event was held at event partner Pink Shoe Lounge Boutique. Attendees had the opportunity to shop at the clothing store. We featured BCFW Creative Director, Designer and Make-up Artist Sparklle Thames. She provided a unique experience where attendees can ask about their make-up questions and she used attendees to demonstrate the make up questions she received.
Day three commemorated the 50th Anniversary of Barbados’s Independence with a Cocktail Sip hosted by Dj Larry Jordan and DJ Warlock kept the crowd moving. The Experiential festivity wonderfully dramatized the vibrancy of Barbados culture. The fourth night stimulated minds and sparked creativity during the Live Design and Art Show. Visitors got an opportunity to handcraft their very own DIY handbag. The night featured handbag designer VLure Designs by Stephanie Voltaire. Attendees had the opportunity to see her latest collection's painter Joseph Chery paint interesting designs on her handbags that were readily for sale. Which brings us to the main event that took place atSimmons College.
BCFW Runway Presentation featured designers: Carnival Costume designers Island Oasis and One Love Xperience, Mt. Ida College Alum designers Amira by Fatima Brooks and Cece Marie Designs by Cece Marie,Caribbean Apparel, Tierrah Chere Designs by Tierrah Reynolds. With significant contributions from event partner Final Touch Boutique. With a 40% increase in attendees, the final night of Boston Caribbean Fashion was certainly impactful.
2016 marked a huge success for BCFW thanks to the dedication of VStyle Productions and their partners, sponsors and designers. Althea Blackford made significant strides in her mission to bring awareness to Caribbean designers. As a testament to this year’s success, many in the fashion industry have already started inquiring on their upcoming events.
To learn more about the designers and retail vendors who participated in this year’s BCFW visit www.BostonCFW.com.You can follow BCFW on Twitter and Instagram at @BostonCFW.