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Islands of the World Fashion Week Attracts Major Sponsors

5/8/2008 12:00:00 AM

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.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has become a Platinum Sponsor, in addition to hosting a cultural reception for visiting dignitaries, presenting designers, participating models, the media and invited guests. Arianne Etuk, spokesperson for the organizers, explained that they are pleased with the enthusiasm and support demonstrated by the Ministry and indicated that the Ministry has also agreed to be involved in a number of areas of execution such as the promotion of the event internationally, the greeting of dignitaries at the airport, assistance with the hospitality suites and registration process, and support to the visiting press and fashion media.

Ms. Etuk conveyed the organizers’ gratitude to DHL, the prestigious international courier service company, for its commitment in transportation of the garments and accessories of presenting designers and other material for the event. She noted that DHL has developed an impressive track record for excellent service provided to a number of other fashion events, and expressed that the local management team of Messrs. Rommel Knowles and Wallace have already been extremely supportive.

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) cosmetics line has agreed to provide all of the make-up for the event and will be sending a team of make-up artists to work with the designers and models. Ms. Etuk communicated that the principals of Mode Îles Ltd. were in discussions with several top model-management agencies out of London, New York, and Miami to provide models for the shows. These models will be complemented and supplemented by professional models selected through casting calls in the Bahamas, Cuba, and Jamaica.

Islands of the World Fashion Week will take place at the historic British Colonial Hilton Hotel in Nassau, and the world-renowned Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The four-day event will showcase both established and new designers originating from islands around the globe. According to Ms. Etuk there have already been expressions of interest, and submissions of applications by designers from Bermuda, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Indonesia, Jamaica, Madagascar, St. Croix, St. Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, and The Bahamas. She indicated that the number of designers allowed to present at this inaugural event will be limited to 15 – 20. She also stated that several international guest designers, from non-island nations, have also committed to participate. The event, supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will be used to highlight the themes of cultural diversity, the environment and climate change, the education of youth on HIV/AIDS, and poverty alleviation, particularly as they impact islands.
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