Guyana Fashion Week 7 promises to deliver even as organisers confess that to garner sponsorship for this year’s event has been very difficult as businesses have complained that the economy is not doing well.
Nevertheless, a press release from the organisers said that rehearsals for the event have intensified and the event begins on November 6, with a church service followed by a Model Workshop facilitated by designer Richard Young the following day. There will also be a Leadership Workshop facilitated by Sonia Noel, Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Fashion Week on November 9 among other events.
November 11 will see Meet & Greet In Style, with a Cocktail Reception the following day. The final events, inclusive of naming the most promising designers and up and coming models, will be held on November 12 and 13.
According to the release, the Beauty and Fashion Expo is free of cost to the public and persons can purchase from designers as well as support the other beauty businesses that are not part of the runway shows. With the holiday season just around the corner, the organisers promise that items purchased can be great outfits for Christmas parties and gifts.
“One of the main reasons we are plodding on is not to disappoint the young talent who are looking for to the exposure. It is very sad when the relevant authorities don’t see the creative sector as important but we will continue to do what we can with the limited resources available to make a difference,” Noel said in the release.
“Our camp believes in young talent because we all have greatness within and should be given a fair chance,” she further stated.
This year the event will be featuring indigenous fashion in the line-up of designers and Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe and Minister of Social Protection Volda Lawrence have been very supportive. Trafficking in Persons, Domestic Violence and people living with disabilities are the causes GFW will be highlighting this year.
On the corporate support end, Fly Jamaica will fly in international media to cover the event and will also provide the first prize for the winning young designer and male and female models. Pegasus Hotel has also continued to support the event.
Other corporate sponsors are Courts Guyana, Royal Castle, Caribbean International Distributors, Impressions, Kings Jewellery World, The New Breed, Pulse Entertainment, Star Party Rentals, E-Networks, Trophy Stall and Icon Media Queens Atlantic.
Guyana Fashion Week boasts that it is the second longest fashion event in the Caribbean.