Soowan Bramble

T&T-based model Soowan Bramble shows off this colourful ensemble designed by local fashion house Bene Caribe.

“Oui Papa Yo” was the creative theme given to the grand fashion showcase held at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) in Port of Spain last Thursday evening, and it served as a most adequate expression and one of the more common exclamations heard in response to the jaw-dropping creations displayed by over 30 designers from Trinidad and Tobago and around the Caribbean region.

From as early as 1 p.m., fashion-loving patrons began assembling at the prestigious venue in search of those elusive tickets, and by 4 p.m., there was standing room only both inside the main ballroom and outside—where the secondary catwalk offered a lovely view of the waterfront at sunset.

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