Every summer, Bermudians strut their stuff at the annual Bermuda Fashion Festival. The fashion exposition draws designers, models and celebrities from around the world to admire the local talent. The 2016 edition of the unique and ever-evolving showcase takes place July 10–16 and displays styles from sleek and contemporary to bright and island unique.
The fashion festival includes a full week of runway shows that visitors travel thousands of miles to see. Local designs are largely inspired by the island culture and the designers’ individual experiences. The week kicks off with the Evolution Retail Show, featuring more than 150 models, retail stores from around the island, theatrical entertainment and a massive audience. The Hair and Beauty Show follows, where local stylists show off their one-of-a-kind hair, makeup and nail styling skills.
The festivities continue with the Local Design Show, exhibiting the talent of Bermudian designers in everything from swimsuits to ballgowns. Later in the week, there is a chance to meet the designers whilst getting an up-close view of the show pieces as well as other local designs in the Local Designer Trunk Show. And to contrast the hyper-local scene and display some guest work, the International Design Show features designers visiting Bermuda and adds global flavour to the festival.
Apart from seeing a host of inspirational designs on the catwalk, the festival includes events and mixers for designers, models and fashion-loving visitors. Happy hour is a chance to grab a drink and chat with a designer in the beautiful city of Hamilton, and the after party picks up where the Local Design Show leaves off for designers, models and attendees to mingle, drink and dance the rest of the night away. If you’re looking for more subdued entertainment whilst enjoying the beautiful Bermudian views, the festival is introducing a Celebrity Golf Tournament and Prize-Giving Lunch to guarantee enjoyment for every palate. For more information, visit bermudafashionfestival.com.