As the Olympics beckon and the global spotlight is cast upon the Caribbean’s world class athletes for a typical show of excellence, another team of industry pioneers have descended upon the UK. The Caribbean Collections exhibition makes its 2012 debut at London Fashion Week this weekend featuring capsule collections from ten esteemed and exciting handpicked designers, ranging from debutante Juliette Dyke of Jamaica, to Phelicia Dell of Haiti, whose range of handbags were chosen by Diane Von Furstenberg to sell in her chain of stores across the globe marking International Women’s Day.

The aim is to create export opportunities for the Caribbean fashion designers and introduce the fashion design talent which the islands have to offer to a global fashion audience.

The exhibition is supported by, and will honor Jamaican fashion & musical icon Grace Jones who said “It is an honor to accept the first ever Caribbean International Fashion Icon Award, presented by the Caribbean Fashion Industry Association. In all my years of travelling the globe I have never forgotten my Jamaican roots and it is a distinct pleasure to have my work recognized by the Caribbean, in London, my home away from home. In receiving this award, I hope that I am also contributing in some small way to the further development of the Caribbean’s growing fashion industry.”
Photo: Arlene Martin…


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