Saint International goes marching tonight
SAINT International's Fashion Face of the Caribbean 2014 and Avant Garde Designer of the Year is scheduled the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, this evening.
Deiwght Peters, CEO of Saint International, said the 14-year-old competition has never been in better health.
"The competition is the longest running and most prestigious of its kind and with Campari on board this year, the theme Red Passion is in full effect," Peters told the Jamaica Observer.
The event will feature 60 contestants in the Fashion Face model competition and 20 designer pieces up for the Avant Garde prize. Both segments have seen an increase in participation indicating the high level of interest Saint International has managed to garner.
Patrons can look forward to red carpet, a Campari built tunnel leading to the auditorium, and an exciting entertainment package featuring TOK. A few of the fortunate few will be able to watch the whole event from the ultra-exclusive VVIP RedRoom.
"Last year we only had 13 designers, now we have more than 15 competing in front of international media this year for the grand prize of $50,000," said Peters.
Judging will be carried out by Junior Minister of Tourism Damion Crawford; Josef Forstmayr, general manager for the world famous Round Hill Hotel, Hanover; criminal attorney Tom Tavares-Finson; Fashion entrepreneur Sophia Max Brown; International Jamaican designer Courtney Washington; and Ugo Fiorenzo, marketing director of Gruppo Campari, all led by famed US attorney Sanford Rubenstein. Instead of the winning piece being put on display, the top three picks will grace the stage.
For the Fashion Face of the Caribbean, the 40 young women, and 20 young men that have entered did so on the fact that the contest is a route to their dream of walking the runways of the fashion centres of the world. 2013 winner Kai Newman, ranked in the top 10 newcomers by models.com and 2012 runner-up Tami Williams, who recently returned from Paris continue to highlight the success the competition can bring.
Judging for the Fashion Face will be done by a bank of international Fashion agents, flown in specifically for the occasion.