After months of planning, and promoting on social media as well as appearances on CVM TV’s Road to Success and TVJ’s Weekend Smile; Vanessa’s “Underground Fashion takes Mainstream” expo and fashion show took place on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Christar Villa Hotel.
The event got off to a slow start according to the posted schedule. The set up of the booths and pre-expo meeting should have been concluded by 2 p.m. However at that time, four designers/exhibitors were yet to put in a showing. The DJ (DJ Echo) was also stuck in Half Way Tree for over an hour and kept saying, “I am fifteen minutes away”. Yeah right. By whose watch I wondered. I was agitated; Vanessa was cool and calm.
The doors to the Essex Suite were finally opened at 2:30 p.m., half an hour past the scheduled start time. The room was immediately overrun with young people;-chatting, laughing, hailing up dem bredren, and moving to the music that was now thumping from the speaker boxes. The show was truly underway.
The patrons soon turned their attention to the booths and in no time, sale of beanies (tams to us older folks), t-shirts, bow ties, swimwear, purses etc were coming off the tables and into the bags of the eager buyers. Many expressed that the prices were “cheap” and so they were determined to make the most of the opportunity. Make-up demonstrations were a popular hit with the crowd. The mood was kept alive by the giveaways and prizes. Old high schools friends were meeting and greeting and catching up. It was a fun atmosphere.
At about 4:00 p.m., the much anticipated fashion show got underway. Designers got a chance to show off there best pieces to an appreciative audience and to much applause. Taking the show for ENVY ATTIRE was none other than our own Julia accompanied by Rick (from next door) and a few others.
All in all it was a well planned, well executed event. The young entrepreneurs have a lot to be proud about. Everyone who participated in this event (promoters, dj, photographers, make-up artists, designers, models, mixologist) were young high school and university students. I got a chance to speak with a few of them. They were bright, articulate, business-oriented and sociable young people. Many were giving advice about how “we” (yeah they definitely saw themselves as an integral part of the whole thing) could make this event better next time.
I am so proud of all of them. Particularly I am proud of Van who worked tirelessly to pull this all together and kept a cool head throughout. Good job baby!
Thanks to the cousins (Julia, Danielle, Maya, Daviann, Kimmy, Derrick, and LaToya who was in constant contact by phone), Xavier, and big up to Heather who really had Van’s back all the way.
Underground Fashion truly, truly took main stream!!
Proud of u mi dawta.
~ Claudette Lindo