Mode Îles, Ltd., the organizers of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week, has announced significant changes to the production and format of the event commencing in 2012.
The event will become known as “Islands of the World Fashion Showcase” (“IWFS”) and will be presented twice annually in May and November. Each event will be hosted for two days with participation limited to ten designers at each event representing island nations around the world, along with international Fashion Designers. The event in May will highlight designer resort, sports and swim wear and accessories. November will feature designer couture, pret-a-porter and casual wear and accessories.
The growth in demand for the products showcased during the previous Islands of the World Fashion Weeks has prompted the organizers to advance and prepare for the simultaneous launch of the online magazine, “ExÎles”, and the online store, “ExÎles Boutique”, both of which will feature designers, arts and crafts, and accessories unique to the global island lifestyle, becoming a major distribution and sales outlet for the creative designs presented on the runways of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase.
An important feature of the event that will continue in the new format will be the awards component in the categories of NextGen Designer, Sustainable Eco-Fashion, and Culture & Fashion. The presentation of the Humanitarian Designer Award will also continue to be an integral part of the new format. Previous recipients of the Humanitarian Designer Award have been Kenneth Cole and Hennes & Mauritz (H&M).