The stars shine bright and the Sun beams beautifully in the island of St. Kitts and its sister island of Nevis. On November 20th-24th they closed out Fashion Week with their second annual “Renaissance Red Fashion Extravaganza”. This event featured four days of nonstop fashion, shopping and mingling. Designers came from as far the United States, Nigeria and as close as home to feature fierce designs. Kittitians are excited to welcome such events like this to the island where people from all over can visit and experience the richness of the St. Kitts and Nevis culture. This island is beautifully located in the center of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. One of the highlights of the island is Timothy’s Hill where you get a spectacular scenic view of the Sea and Ocean on the hillside of the land. With a population of over 40,000 people, this island features some of the best beaches and because it’s sister island of Nevis is close by, tourist can get a two for one deal.
Fashion is one of the increasing areas in St. Kitts where models and designers alike are emerging. Renaissance Red was created by Kirah Griffin, a native Kittitian who desires to make St. Kitts a global force in fashion. The purpose of creating fashion events such as Renaissance Red is to highlight, promote and market the island of St. Kitts to the world. Everything from swimsuits to couture hit the runway in the big show on November 21st in the Marriott Dome located next to the luxurious St. Kitts Marriott Resort. The host of the show each had Caribbean roots; Damaris Lewis a 3x Sports illustrated cover girl, whose parents were native to St. Kitts kept the audience laughing with her bubbly personality. The second host hailed from Jamaica, and in 2014 she was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe and competed in the Miss Universe 2014 pageant, the lovely Miss. Kaci Fennell. The two host were able to keep the audience entertained and they each rocked the runway in showcasing designer clothing.
Designers Roger Gary wowed the audience with his colorful swimwear pieces, Kimon Baptiste with her eclectic line called “Kimmystic” from St. Vincent and Jamaican Men’s wear Designer Mark Anthony where just a few of the designers who showcased in the show. The audience enjoyed delectable treats from Bloom Cupcake Bouquets. The week concluded with a trunk show where audience members and fashion lovers could purchase pieces from the designers directly. The fashion team and tourism board is gearing up again for 2016’s event. They are seeking to take it to another level, making it bigger and better than 2015. We can’t wait to see what they have in store.