All eyes on V.I.'s growing fashion industry
Published: August 16, 2013
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ST. CROIX - One of the territory's biggest fashion experiences, Fashion Link VI Exposé, is taking place this weekend with three events designed to encourage networking among local members of the fashion industry and showcase their skills and talents.
Event organizer Anastasia Rivers said she decided to put on the expo because she wants to showcase the talents of local models, photographers, hair stylists, make up artists and others in one place so that they could network on upcoming projects and be able to showcase their work to those who attend.
"We have so much talent here, if we are able to expose it to the world, the entire community could benefit," she said. "This event allows me to pool everyone together in one location and on one stage and attract business from across the country or even the world." The VIP reception 7 p.m. tonight at The Lyme will feature music by Eddie Russell and Sherise King, an art auction that will benefit a number of non-profit organizations and a presentation paying tribute to some of the homegrown fashion and artistic trailblazers who have continued to set the bar for others to follow.
The main event at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Educational Complex will feature the showcase and will feature entertainment from Music In Motion Dance Academy, karaoke by DJ Unique in between segments and prizes for audience members, including best dressed, best hairstyles, a 50/50 raffle and plenty of door prizes, according to Rivers.
There will also be the crowning of Miss Fashion Link VI.
Following the show, all roads lead to Two Plus Two Night Club for the official after-party, with music by Hart Atak Band.
On Sunday, the showcase moves to Divi Carina Bay at 4 p.m., featuring music by Sabor Latino, Kris Kline Band from New Orleans, DJ Porter, as well as a bachata and salsa competition.
Rivers said she is excited about the show and the local representation, but she also is honored to have fashion designer Gadol Wilson as part of the event.
Wilson, who has a background in fashion design from Pratt Institute in New York, has won several national design awards, including the first New Day Designer of the Year, the Canadian Club Designers Showcase and the Golden Designer Award.
The show will feature some of Wilson's pieces, as well as pieces from River's line Kisura's Fashion, which specializes in plus-sized designs.
She said she hopes the showcase can become a regular event and grow over the years to attract models, designers and others from around the world.
Tiffany Jones, editor-in-chief of "Pose" magazine, also will be on hand at all of the events, providing coverage for her magazine, which is geared to plus-sized men and women and covers fashion events all over the world. The Exposé will be featured in the October issue of the magazine and is something Jones said she is really looking forward to.
"This event is so much more than a fashion show. It is not traditional in any way, and the fact that it is here in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I had to come," she said. "No passport is required to come here, so there is really no excuse to not come."
Jones said the multiple locations spanned across the three days of events also is an asset to the event and she has great expectations for the event to grow.
For more information about the events, contact email@example.com or visit www.kisurasfashion.com.
Rivers said anyone who mentions seeing the advertisement or article in The Daily News will also receive a $10 discount on ticket purchases.
Tickets for the various events are available at One Love Service Station, Armstrong Ice Cream and Hillarie's Beauty Spot.
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.