Attendees of Caribbean FashionWeek 2017 were left dazzled by awe-inspiring collections from island based designers including Meiling and Lois Samuels, and livening performances from artists Fuse ODG and R&B princess Ashanti, this weekend in Jamaica.

South London based artist and champion of ‘New Africa’ Fuse ODG performed and debuted his NANA fashion collection on the international runway, followed by an energetic performance by Grammy award winning artist Ashanti who performed well known hits such as “Foolish” and her duet with Ja Rule “Always on time”.

Caribbean FashionWeek welcomed collections including ‘The Vessel’ by Lois Samuels, while Meiling’s new ‘Parallels 2′ collection looks set to inspire summer island wardrobes. Some of Jamaica’s most successful models including Jimmy Choo campaign star Jeneil Williams and Vogue cover girl Alicia Burke – the midwife turned model Stella McCartney, Ralph Lauren, and Dolce & Gabbana can’t get enough of, return to the runway.

British artist of Ghanaian descent Fuse ODG, born Richard Abiona, has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as Sean Paul and dance music superstar Diplo’s group Major Lazer. The platinum selling dancehall-fuelled electro smash was a global hit, selling over 2 million records worldwide and clocking nearly 200million views on its music videos. His previous UK Top 5 Chart hits include ‘Million Pound Girl’ and “Dangerous Love” with Dancehall star Sean Paul.

Fuse ODG said “I’m honoured to have brought my new Africa message to Jamaica through my music, and having debuted NANA on the Caribbean FashionWeek runway. We teamed up with two talented designers to bring the vision of the clothing line alive. VA Designs for menswear and Karentino for womenswear. I was a fan of their work and reached out to them as I knew were the right people for the job. The results speak for themselves.

New African Nation is something that encapsulates what Africa is now. The stuff I saw on TV about Africa when I was growing up was so negative… but these kids have grown up now, and they’re showing the successful and positive side of Africa – it’s about cultural identity and being proud of where you’re from.” 

Caribbean FashionWeek is pre-eminent in drawing the world’s attention to the talent the Caribbean has to offer. The powerhouse behind Caribbean FashionWeek and some of the fashion industry’s major players is Pulse International, which has been instrumental in the launch of international models.

“We are pleased to have hosted Fuse ODG at CFW. He is a multi-talented star and has a powerful message of self love and empowerment which Jamaica connects with deeply, it resonates with everything we stand for. It has been an epic year!” said Pulse International founder Kingsley Cooper.

See more via www.Caribbeanfashionweek.com

To purchase items from the collection go to: www.newafricanation.com