Vincentian Designer Turns Heads At Barbados Fashion Week

Persons in the audience were left mesmerized when Kimya Glasgow’s designs hit the runway at the recently concluded International Fashion Festival – Barbados Fashion Week held from the 26-28 October, 2018 hosted and managed by the Caribbean Market Center.

 Not only was the Vincentian’s capsule collection wearable, it was downright fashionable!

In addition to wowing guests at the event, Kimya’s work was seen by a team of international buyers and fashion experts including Sharifa Murdock, co-founder and owner of Liberty Fairs and founder of Envsn Festival; Luam Keflezghi, buyer of ready to wear fashion; Danielle Cooper, fashion influencer, photographer and Elle Magazine contributor and Ouigi Theodore, founder of the Brooklyn Circus, a retro-urban fashion boutique and label.

Kimya Glasgow was one of five designers whose participation was sponsored by the European Union through the 11th EDF Regional Private Sector Development Programme (RPSDP), which is being implemented by the Caribbean Export Development Agency.

Commanding the runway with her cohesive designs, Kimya’s predominately white capsule collection included chic shirt dresses, mesh beach cover-ups, long flowing dresses and a standout jumper which is the very definition of “casual elegance”.

Describing her line as high-end casual, the structure of the designer’s garments allows for a flattering yet fabulous fit.

“It’s really classic Caribbean style for modern living…. You would realize we have lots of shirt dresses because my clients really love the ease of buttoning up something or just slipping it over their heads. What I like about my line is the versatility. I like that somebody could wear something I designed to the office but then you could wear it to a party after; put on a jacket, take off a jacket and still be cool and feminine.”

She also emphasized: “I like to cut for women’s bodies so it’s about a flattering fit. I highlight and accentuate the things that women feel comfortable with and are confident about, then skim over other parts.  I think of my customers as strong and powerful, go-getter women who have busy lives but want to feel confident when they step into a room.  I pay attention to detail because I don’t want the dress to wear the person, I want the person to wear the dress.”

Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines but raised in Trinidad, Kimya explained she studied fashion design at the Barbados Community College before settling in her birthland to establish her fashion business.