Thursday May 29, 2008 – Scarborough, Tobago... In signature Kaj style, Kevin Ayoung-Julien will titillate the senses when he unleashes WILD THINGS, his newest collection, at the first ever Fashion Week Trinidad and Tobago (FWTT). On Friday May 30, 2008, the audience at FWTT’s evening of Conscious Fashion will be treated to indulgent infusions of safari and animal print that awaken the feline senses.
The young designer who took his inspiration from the textures, tones and prints of jungle wild life, eagerly anticipates the thrill of bringing the wild to the catwalk. Kaj’s couture pieces will feature against the backdrop of nature-inspired rhythms by artists Michael K. and Gab Logan which also stimulated Kevin’s creative process. In his reflections about the freeness of his design process, he said, “When I am building on a collection, I live it. I do not work in the conventional sense at all. There was no sketching. It was all free style. I listened to the music and then began draping fabric on mannequins.”
WILD THINGS is Kaj’s follow-up to his ultra successful 2007 Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) collection, Eccensual: Shake Well & Stir, where the rich tones, hypnotic rhythms and the deep sensuality and exoticism of the Caribbean met the eccentricities of high fashion. Following Eccensual, Kevin enjoyed widespread publicity in his homeland and internationally including coverage in Britain’s daily newspaper, The Independent; the US magazine, Sister 2 Sister; New York’s West Indian newspaper, New York Carib News; Guadeloupe’s newspaper, La Gazette Des Caraïbes; Caribbean Airlines’s in-flight magazine, Caribbean Beat; Primaris Airlines’s in-flight magazine, Caribbean LIFE and; the international fashion publication, Ocean Style.
Kaj releases all inhibitions with this latest collection that offers eccentric combinations of tiger, leopard, cheetah and zebra prints with raw leather, camouflage detailing, majestic peacock fringe and exotic coque plumes. Feminine contours will be sensually draped in soft chiffons, silk chamois, crinkle cotton and lambs wool offering a whimsical notion of jungle life in striking spots and strips of black, ivory, sand and brown with subtle metallic accents. The lithe limbs and touchable bare skin of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading models will tease the sensibilities in asymmetric cuts, plunging necklines and layered draped skirts.
Kaj Designs will present its latest creations at FWTT in the company of Trinidad and Tobago’s established design houses including Meiling, Claudia Pegus, Heather Jones, Radical Designs, Ecliff Elie, Millhouse, and The Cloth. As Kevin joins the ranks of the region’s fashion masters, he is poised to leave his signature on the Caribbean’s fashion industry.
WHAT: Kaj Designs at FWTT 2008
WHO: Designer Kevin Ayoung-Julien of Kaj Designs
WHEN: Friday May 30, 2008
WHERE: Adam Smith Square, Ariapita Avenue, PORT OF SPAIN
WILD THINGS - Unleash the Wild Thing within
Drawing on the textures, tones and prints of jungle wild life, Kaj’s newest collection awakens the feline senses with indulgent infusions of safari and animal print. Experience a catharsis and release your inhibitions as Kaj Designs unleashes WILD THINGS with a lavish textural mélange of tiger, leopard and cheetah prints and the bold stripes of the zebra. Eccentric combinations of wild animal prints with raw leather, camouflage detailing, majestic peacock fringe and exotic coque plumes sensually drape the feminine contour in soft chiffons, silk chamois, crinkle cotton and lambs wool offering a whimsical notion of jungle life.
Its signature couture pieces are bold and daring, teasing the sensibilities with asymmetric cuts, plunging necklines and layered draped skirts that reveal touchable bare skin. The collection purrs in striking spots and strips of black, ivory, sand and brown crawling with subtle metallic accents.
Unleash the wild thing within with Kaj’s latest creations at the 2008 Fashion Week Trinidad and Tobago.