Tobago Fashion Coda 2015 – “Tobago Strong”
For the third year, the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort will be the venue of Tobago Fashion Coda (TFC), which takes place on Thursday 23rd April, 2015 from 6pm to 1am. The Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort and DG Events have officially signed a two year hosting contract for this exclusive fashion event, making the Resort the home of Tobago Fashion Coda until 2016. This an all-inclusive evening full of fun, fashion and great people.
TFC has become an event staple, as a satellite production, created by DG Events in the Tobago Jazz Experience. This event is now officially a part of the Tobago Jazz Experience event’s calendar. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Don Grant is excited about this year’s edition. “We have made it to a third year! As TFC grows, I am seeing so many new elements we can highlight. This year the theme is “Tobago Strong” and is aimed at highlighting all that makes Tobago strong – its people, culture and music.
The cast of designers for Coda is always impressive, and in 2015 they intend to exceed expectations. Returning to the cast are the following fantastic designers who are ready to show case their new work – Claudia Pegus, Christian Boucaud, Delia Alleyne, Millhouse, NOOR and Saleem Samuel. They will be joined by the Adrian Foster, Charmaine Spicer, Charu Lochan Dass (CLD), Micles, Rhion Romany and The Cloth. An evening of amazing fashion! Jewellery for the show will be provided by Koko Karibi Designs, Jo Fine Handcrafted Jewellery and Monika Schenkel. These ladies are all very talented.
The Event producers have added a separate feature event entitled “Tobago Things”–featuring designs and pieces from Tobagonian designers along with pieces that pay homage to Tobago and the event’s theme. Tobago Things will take place on Friday 24th April which will allow guests to purchase designer wear, craft and jewellery in time for the Jazz weekend. It is hoped that this initiative will bring awareness to the use of local resources by local talent and creative ability. “Tobago Things” takes the form of an Expo on Friday 24th April from 10am – 6pm and is free to the public.
During Tobago Things there will be two Fashion showcases one at noon and the other at 4pm so time your visit with this in mind. Designers confirmed for Tobago Things are; Amril Fashions, Camille Khan, Cee Wee Designs, Charmaine Spicer, Curlene DeGannes, DeliaAlleyne, I say U Clothing, Krystal Fashions, Monika Schenkel, Norlan Bob, Sally Lochan Dass, TedArthur, Tobago Movement and Tobago Gyul.
This should be an interesting expo since these artisans produce a wide range of items including clothing, jewellery and accessories made from various materials such as leather and calabash. Go look for Tobago Gyul clothing designed by 15 year old Orchid Linton-Providence and give her some support. Take a look at Ted Arthur’s amazing leather sandals. We know you will enjoy it!
For the second year, Tobago Fashion Coda will also include art as a central feature of the experience. Sculptor Dunieski Lora will present a special Coda sculpture. His piece this year is called “Tobago Strong”, is a three-dimensional art piece made of aluminium and steel which stands 6ft tall in honour of the Moko Jumbie. The Moko Jumbie is a mythical creature rooted in African Heritage whose name means the “diviner”. He watches over his village and is able to foresee danger and evil because of his height. His strength, agility and power bring home the theme– Tobago Strong. This magnificent piece of art will be available for purchase at the event.
TFC tickets are $800.00 and available at a number of outlets. Online at http://islandetickets.com/ In Trinidad, tickets are available at CLD, Gallus Street, Woodbrook, Claudia Pegus, O’Connor Street, Woodbrook; 212 locations at Aboutique Mall, Port of Spain and The Falls at West Mall. In Tobago, tickets can be bought at Renmar’s, Pigeon Point, Rachad’s Menswear, Carnbee and Bang Bang Shoppes at West City.