Sunday, 13 May 2012

FIRST LOOK: Designer Raxann Chin wants to bring out the goddess in you

LADY IN RED: Chin speaks at last Friday's pre-launch of her fashion line. (Photo: Infuzioninc).

Though she’s based in the ever-bustling fashion mecca of New York, Jamaican-born designer Raxann Chin knew there was no place like home to officially introduce her label, Femhéka, and offer local style insiders a sneak peek at her debut collection, which will grace the runway at next month’s Caribbean Fashion Week.

Last Friday night, a sizeable crowd (members of the fashion flock, media, and close friends) turned up at the Courtleigh Hotel’s Somerset Suite in New Kingston to support the homegrown beauty (and former habitué of the corporate world) on the momentous occasion and to check out the pieces.

Before the clothes took centrestage, Chin (looking fab in a sleeveless red dress and heels) emphasized that Femhéka’s mission is rooted in her desire to promote a lifestyle of spirituality while “highlighting the best attributes of a woman, a royal woman, a goddess.”

Small wonder that the three pieces shown – sweepingly elegant dresses in deep regal tones, worn by gangly models – brought sophistication, high glamour, and a hint of seductiveness to the warmly lit room as strains of live violin accompaniment added to the “ethereal ambience.” Of the three, an olive asymmetrical Grecian number, suggesting the designer’s taste for fine vintage couture, was the definite highlight.

The way Chin, 37, sees it, what a woman puts on her back should not only speak to her individual style but spark a conversation on the essence of womanhood. Says the designer: “It’s about a lifestyle, how we conceptualize beauty, how we see ourselves as women, which translates to how we wear clothes.”

COSTUME DRAMA: This olive Grecian number glowed in the spotlight.

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