ALTERNATING between guitars and piano, American Rhythm and Blues singer Brian McKnight brought the curtains down on the three-day Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) on Sunday at the National Indoor Sport Centre, St Andrew.
The 16-time Grammy nominee engaged his audience with standards such as You're Only One For Me, Crazy Love, Find Myself in You, Still, Anytime, Back At One, One Last Cry, and 6, 8, 12.
He was a hit, especially among female patrons.
Earlier that evening, 14 designers —- from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Suriname, Haiti, and the United Kingdom — showcased their collections for fashion industry insiders, government officials, and fashionistas.
Haiti's Prisca Milliance, who made her catwalk debut with her earth-toned Mina Tinera collection, was first to strut the runway.
"It's my first trip to Jamaica. For me, it was a little intense but I love it and would love to come back," the 29-year-old told the Jamaica Observer.
Milliance — who graduated from the Jackson University in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, last year — had high praise for CFW.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for designers of the region to get their work out to the rest of the world," she said.
The evening's designers included: KAJ by Summer Jarett; Mushroom swimsuits by Brigid and Jason Lawson; Vere Accessories by Haiti's Phelicia Dell; Kokobeenz by Ann Marie Robinson-Chin; Julan by Juliette Dyke; Bang! Swimwear by model Nell Robinson and Ann Marie Clarke; Shenna Carby by winner of season one of the television series Mission Catwalk, Shenna Carby; Atelier Dore Accessories by Suriname's Henri and Judith Uiterloo; The Cloth by Trinidad and Tobago's Robert Young; Ashley Martin by Ashley Martin; Hope Wade by Hope Wade; Biggy by Earl Turner; and, Zadd and Eastman by Nigel Eastman and Ozman Khan from Trinidad and Tobago.
British designer Gavin Douglas was making his eighth trip to CFW. His black "ecclectic" pieces were the last collection of the evening, and he said there was something different about this year's event.
"This year has a different energy and vibe. The designers are becoming more aware that they need to be more business-mined," he said. "It's all good and well just creating a collection for the catwalk but designers are now realising after the show at CFW, there needs to be some follow-up in sales. They're getting more business savy."
He said with his advice, some emerging designers were assisted in getting their pieces sold.
This year's emerging designer award went to Tiger Lilly from the Cayman Islands.
Portland's mento band Jolly Boys were also part of the entertainment package.