Pulse, the Caribbean’s leading model agency responsible for launching the careers of international supermodels Jeneil Williams (Jimmy Choo, L’Oréal Paris), Alicia Burke (Gucci, French Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar) and Francine James (German/Spanish Vogue), are pleased to announce Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) 2016 as an official Caribbean tribute event to honour the late global superstar Prince. CFW will be filled with ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ and guaranteed to have guests singing ‘U Got the Look’ courtesy of an exclusive live set by Prince’s band, Morris Day & The Time (19 June). As tributes from the entertainment and fashion worlds continue to pervade headlines and social media sites, Pulse’s supermodel stars prepare to channel their inner ‘Purple One’ whilst CFW designers create exclusive Prince-inspired looks and collections for the upcoming event (17 – 20 June 2016).

Fans of the music and fashion icon will be immersed in Purple Rain nostalgia (a blockbuster film which featured Morris Day & the Time), as music from the project is set to permeate the 2016 offering of CFW, with models strutting the runway to Prince’s memorable anthems.

CFW will continue to highlight top designers from the region as well as their international contemporaries, with the fashion world’s leading supermodels gracing the runways. Pulse’s superstar models, Jeneil Williams, Nell Robinson (Arena Covergirl) and Oraine Barrett (Polo Ralph Lauren) will join Alicia and Francine among invited local and international celebrities and VIPs at Pulse’s Villa Ronai – only the Caribbean’s key fashion diary date could boast a backdrop of waterfalls, palm trees and 9 acre grounds. Previous guests over the years include international celebrities such as Kelly Rowland, Maxi Priest, Billy Ocean and Eve who have all performed at the event.

PrincePassionate about supporting emerging designers in the development of their brands and business, there will be a “Women on the Frontline Networking & Empowerment Summit” hosted by UK-based entrepreneur Claudine Reid MBE as part of CFW’s supplementary Business Forum.  New talent will also be given the opportunity to present their work in an Emerging Designers showcase as well as on the main stage during the final CFW weekend.

Francine James

CFW 2016’s expansions from last year within the concept of ‘Total Fashion’ will continue through partnerships with restaurants, bars, boutiques, spas and gyms offering special CFW discounts to patrons for services, as well as CFW tickets, ahead of the event.

The entertainment offerings at CFW will be strengthened by the popular after parties each night as well as the closing event on the Monday after the final CFW weekend.

Romae Gordon . Luca Khouri photography

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