The renowned Haitian designer stole the show at Haiti's second fashion week
PORT-AU-PRINCE — Ayiti Fashion Week (AFW) closed with a show-stopping collection by native son, Helmer Joseph.
The new line is reminiscent of a “European journey from Italian Vogue to a sinfully red-hot Roman era,” as described on his Facebook page. His designs include geometric prints and an array of textiles and textures.
With each new outfit, Joseph’s fashions displayed new dimensions of bold color and stark contrasts. With the song, Ave Maria, as a soundtrack, the audience was greeted by a striking lace short ensemble — an edgy tribute to the Holy Mary. On the other end of the spectrum, a captivating black dress eerily reminds one of the transformation to the black swan.
In his first showcase in Haiti, Joseph received a standing ovation for his designs, but also for so eloquently illustrating the range of talent Haiti produces.
“It’s great to be home,” he said.
Joseph left Haiti when he was 20 years old. He went on to Paris, where he was trained in haute couture. He currently resides in Ottawa, Canada.
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Photos by Agnieszka Stalkoper
Cleve Mesidor is the former Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. She is also a writer with stories published by TheGrio.com and has worked for CNN and NBC’s Today Show.