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Thursday 22 March 2018

Dutch designer to premiere collection in Tobago

UNITED: General Manager of the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort Vinod Bajaj, left, DGEVENTS president Don Grant and Netherlands Ambassador to TT Jules Bijl, right, in a show of unity yesterday at the media Launch of Tobago Fashion Coda 6 ‘Smile’ at the Embassy in the Trinre Building, Port of Spain.


AWARD-WINNING Dutch fashion designer Liselore Frowijn, who has worked with famous brands like Prada and Gucci, will be premiering her new collection at Tobago Fashion Coda 6 “Smile” in April instead of at the prestigious Paris fashion week. She spoke via Skype from Paris at the event’s media launch held yesterday at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Trinre Building, Port of Spain.

She said she is keeping the collection secret including the name but he did reveal that it will include an influence from Tobago. “What I can promise you is that it will be really excellent,” Frowijin said.

Asked why not a launch in Paris, she said it made sense for the launch to be in Tobago because of the concept of the collection and also because she believes fashion should not be centred in one spot of the world. She pointed out that Chanel had an event in Cuba and Louis Vuitton in Quito, Ecuador.

Frowigin recalled DGEVENTS president and event executive producer Don Grant writing to her in October 2016 and then last year about Tobago as a possible venue for her launch. Grant said he chose Frowijn out of five Dutch designers because of how colourful her collections were and how she takes time to study fabric and aesthetics.

He said Frowijn will share her Parisian experience and bring something to the local fashion fraternity.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Trinidad and Tobago Jules Bijl said Frowijn’s work seems to be designed and shaped for the Caribbean and described her as a remarkable Dutch designer.

The Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort’s Vinod Bajaj, in his remarks, said it was a pleasure to host the event for the past five years and added that the resort management believes in giving back to the community and is committed to working with Tobagonians.

The event will be held on April 26 at the Magdalena Grand and it will also feature Tobago-born, New York-based fashion designer Elizabeth Arthur presenting Kimimi Swimwear, local designer Ecliff Elie who specialises in luxurious men’s apparel and Austrian designer Andrea Jack Voight working with Tobagonian designer Dayle Abeje Angus.


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