Designer Hope Wade returns for CFW

Friday, May 22, 2015

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EFFERVESCENT America-based Jamaican designer Hope Wade returns for the 15th staging of Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) slated for June 6 to 15 in the Corporate Area.


"I am pleased to be back in a purposeful way to the event that has propelled my career to international heights," said Wade.


Wade said she will be presenting a collection that reflects the theme All Lives Matter.


"I believe that designers can project what's happening on the landscape of humanity in the creative space. In fact, in some cases, we have a responsibility to be a voice because we are able to influence people's expression based on what they wear," she said.


Wade was recently selected as a top three finalist to hold court with Tim Gunn of the Project Runway TV series. She credits CFW in assisting her exposure.


"This is great for my brand, and the professionalism of CFW, the excellent models and the wide exposure have contributed to the significant recognition to my work," she said.


Academy Award and Grammy winner Darlene Love wore one of Wade's signature designs to perform at the White House in April.


The designer's route to fashion was incidental, as she pursued graphic design and photography at the prestigious Cooper's Union for Art, Architecture and Engineering in New York.


"I became a fashion designer out of the need to get an outfit to wear to a New Year's Eve event. In desperation, I asked a friend to be a mannequin, and with the limited knowledge of watching my mom sew, I did an outfit that looked great on the outside," she said.


CFW has a full slate of activities from a black-tie gala, on- and off-site runway shows, after-parties, a business forum, as well as a major concert performance by Billy Ocean.


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