The 2018 Bermuda Fashion Festival is set to be held from July 8 to July 14, with local designers Chineza Augustus, Christine Jones, Desiree Riley, Charda Simons, Nicola Lucas, Shantia Seymour, and Taijhaun Hollis to be featured.

A spokesperson said, “Each year the Festival showcases collections of local designers, many of whom have never seen their collections on a runway. Hopeful designers submit a proposal of their collection for consideration by the Festival committee.

“The successful designers are then paired with an international fashion expert who will help to shape their collection and lend advice through a 4-month mentor program. This ultimately prepares them to debut their collection at the Bermuda Fashion Festival to a public audience.”

Festival Executive Producer Danilee Trott said of the program, “The mentor program for our local designers is invaluable and really gives the designers an up close and personal experience with an industry professional. It acts as a directive and tutorial, especially for new designers who may have no idea how to launch and market their own line.

“This is the sixth year of the program and it continues to be a vital component for the designers, as it really gets them ready for the runway and gives them the confidence to debut their collections in a public setting. We are very excited about this year’s designers as their individual styles are all so different.”

“Seven local designers will be debuting at the Bermuda Fashion Festival this year. The local designers selected are Chineza Augustus, Christine Jones, Desiree Riley, Charda Simons, Nicola Lucas, Shantia Seymour and Taijhaun Hollis.” [read more]

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