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Islands of the World Fashion Week takes center stage

Islands of the World Fashion Week takes center stage

10/30/2008 12:00:00 AM


ISLANDS OF THE WORLD FASHION WEEK TAKES CENTRE STAGE

October 29, 2008 -After months of preparation, the organizers of the ‘Islands of the World Fashion Week,’ are pleased to announce its official launch on Wednesday, November 5. The four-day spectacle will showcase the collection of 38 new and established designers representing 12 island states.

“This is a positive event for The Bahamas, creating opportunities for local and international designers, models and others involved in fashion. Travelers to The Bahamas will have another fun activity to attend and fashion buyers will have additional choices,” said Owen Bethel, President of Mode Îles, Ltd, and founder and organizer of the event.

As the hottest ticket in town, designers will have the opportunity to showcase a series of beautiful garments, including couture, ready-to-wear, swimwear, bridal wear, casual wear and accessories. Fashion Week commences at the Hilton with runway shows starting as early as 10:00 and will officially kick off at a gala reception at Atlantis that evening.

In addition to being a unique opportunity for talented fashion and accessory designers,
the event will showcase The Bahamas and will feature several locales including the Retreat Gardens of the National Trust, Graycliff, Nygard Cay and The Marley Resort.

During the week, patrons will also have an opportunity to view the designs of international guest designers, Peter Ingwersen of NOIR.Illuminati, Nick Verreos from BRAVO’s Project Runway and world renowned designer, Kevan Hall, who will close out the week of activities.

Even though the event is not a competition, designers will have the opportunity to vie for three recognition awards in the categories of Sustainable Eco-Fashion and Culture and Fashion and the NextGen Designer Award. Additionally, judges will select five designers to receive Seals of Excellence awards, in recognition of their attention to quality and detail with an international appeal. The panel of celebrity judges include Nolé Marin (America’s Top Model), Paris-based designer, Alphadi, former Fashion and PR Director for Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, Susan Stein, Nick Verreos (Project Runway) and Peter Ingwersen (NOIR.Illuminati II). Former Versace Executive, Tomas Frenes, will serve as Executive Producer for the event.

In keeping with the event’s focus of drawing attention to global issues, including poverty alleviation, environmental concerns and HIV/AIDS, celebrated designer and philanthropist, Kenneth Cole, will be presented the Humanitarian Designer Award for his work in turning his label into an educational tool on the scourge of HIV and AIDS and other community-related issues.

Major sponsors for the event include the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, international courier, DHL, Yves Saint Laurent Cosmetics, American Airlines, Everlast Productions and BahamasWeekly.com. The event is endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Islands of the world Fashion Week was organized by Mode Îles, Ltd, an arm of The Montague Group. The main objective of the event is to provide an annual showcase for designers either originating from or based in islands around the world.

Tickets are available online at: www.islandsfashion.com, at various outlets including The Beauty Spot, Bay and Frederick Streets, La Rose, West Bay Street and Urban Nation, The Mall at Marathon until November 2. Starting Monday, November 3, tickets will be available at the box office of the British Colonial Hilton.

For further information, contact Betty Vedrine, Press Liaison at (242) 456-4743 or Bvedrine@hotmail.com
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Nassau, Bahamas: 8th September, 2008. Mode Îles Ltd., organizers of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, today released the names of the persons who will serve as judges for the selection of recipients of the awards in Sustainable Eco-Fashion, Culture & Fashion, and NextGen Designer Award (emerging designer award) at the event scheduled to be held 5th – 8th November, 2008 at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau, Bahamas and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island.
Kenneth Cole To Receive Humanitarian Designer Award at Islands of the World Fashion Week
Nassau, Bahamas – 2nd September, 2008: Owen Bethel, President of Mode Îles, Ltd., founder and organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week, announced today that the Humanitarian Designer Award will be presented to Kenneth Cole and Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. during Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008.
Nassau, Bahamas: 25th August, 2008. Mode Îles, Ltd., organizer of Islands of the World Fashion Week, has announced the names of the designers committed, to-date, to present their creations at the premiere of the event scheduled for the 5th – 8th November at the historic British Colonial Hilton and the Atlantis Resort.
Renowned Designer Kevan Hall To Close Islands of the World Fashion Week
Nassau, Bahamas – 12th August, 2008: Kevan Hall, fashion designer to stars such as Vanessa Williams, Sharon Stone, Katherine Heigl, Felicity Huffman, Ruby Dee, Debra Messing, Angela Bassett, Salma Hayek and Charlize Theron, will close out the week of activities during the Islands of the World Fashion Week in November with the presentation of his latest collection of stunning garments on the catwalk of the Closing Reception at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island.
Islands of the World Fashion Week To Welcome Designer Nick Verreos
Nassau, Bahamas: 23rd July, 2008 – Nick Verreos, the noted designer behind the label, Nikolaki, will showcase his latest creations on the catwalk of Islands of the World Fashion Week in November, 2008 as one of the select international guest designers.
Peter Ingwersen of NOIR.Illuminati II to Lead Line-up of International Guest Designers at Islands of the World Fashion Week
Nassau, Bahamas: 1st July, 2008. Mode Îles, Ltd., organizers of Islands of the World Fashion Week scheduled to be held 5th – 8th November, 2008 at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, and Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, have announced that NOIR.Illuminati II of Denmark will lead the list of international guest designers presenting their latest creations at the event this Fall.
Nassau, Bahamas – 9th June, 2008: Ms. Arianne Etuk, Chief Operations Officer of Mode Îles, Ltd., organizers of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, announced today that American Airlines has become the official airline carrier for the event scheduled to be held in Nassau during the period 5th – 8th November, 2008.
Nassau, Bahamas – 5th May, 2008: Mode Îles, Ltd., the organizers of the Fall fashion event “Islands of the World Fashion Week”, announce the involvement of three significant sponsors in the event scheduled for 5th – 8th November, 2008.
(March 26th, 2008—Nassau, The Bahamas): The fashion world is buzzing about “Islands of the World Fashion Week” (IWFW) to take place in Nassau, The Bahamas, November 5-8, 2008, set to showcase well-known and new designers from islands around the world and to promote cultural diversity and creativity. The producer of IWFW is Mode lIes, Ltd., an affiliate of The Montaque Group, a diversified financial services operation with interest in film finance and production. Inaugural IWFW venues will include the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau and the Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, The Bahamas.