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2 Donette Brotherson MODERN AND EDGY Caribbean fashion trends compare with the runways of the US, Europe and around the world, says Guyanese- designer Donette Brotherson, " with a notable inversion. That is, neon colors, huge fl oral prints and ruffl es". An up- and- coming designer who created the ' DonJ' clothing line for both ladies and men in 2007, Brotherson adds: " The turquoise waters that are a distinct Caribbean trademark and also the unspoiled splendours of the Amazon rainforest infl uence the bright colours and exotic fl oral prints I chose for my latest collection, which I'd call sophisticated and modern with edgy cuts indicative of the latest global trends." Brotherson's most stunning designs are created out of linen, cotton and satin and enhanced with macramé. For example, there is the fl oor- length red evening dress trimmed with gold tassels around the bottom and a matching woven gold bodice that offers a peek- a- boo glimpse of the tummy. Equally smart for men is an outfi t of solid black pants accented by a mountain- green shirt cut to chisel a man's shoulders in a stylish way. " I consider myself young in the designing arena," says Brotherson, who gravitated to the arts and things creative early in life. " But I'm confi dent I can bring a ' breath of freshness' to the fashion platform in Guyana and the Caribbean." ALL IMAGES: DEAN BARNES 58 lime January - March 2009 Caribbean fashion trends compare with the runways of the US, Europe and around the world, with a notable inversion. That is, neon colors, huge fl oral prints and ruffl es FASHION

3 Frantz Coulanges SIMPLICITY " Simplicity is best", says Frantz Coulanges, a native of Haiti and pastel artist who got his start as a fashion designer in 1995 when he created his wife's wedding gown. The couple moved to St Thomas from Massachusetts seven years ago. " For example, I designed a dress aptly named ' X'. It's a very simple white dress with a black crossover in the front intersecting at the buckle. It's very light evening wear, ideal for a formal event." Temperature is a factor taken into consideration by Caribbean designers. " You may look great in a suit but if you are sweating like you are stuck in a sauna, you lose all the ' Wow' factor," says Coulanges. " My male suits are simply made, without the felt, because these tend to bubble up after only a few months of wear and tear in our climate. Linen and light fabrics are used like gold by a Caribbean designer." This year, Coulanges' Simply Originals collection focuses on casual wear for men and formal wear for women. " The tops and pants for men may be worn together or separately," he says. " For women, I use silky whites with mostly off- white, grey and black accents. The goal is to capture every natural curve and accentuate them in a fl attering light." ALL IMAGES: PARADISE PICTURES LL January - March 2009 lime 59