[private] Who & What?: Jessica Vega, a La Ceiba fashion designer, introduced Roatan to her debut creations in October at a fashion launch party at the Big Bight home of Eli McNab. Around 30 styles could be found at the show.
Originally, the AIIV line was launched in La Ceiba in August. All AIIV dresses are made locally, sewn by three La Ceiba seamstresses. Laura Alvarado, Jessica’s business partner, imports fabrics for the creations from the US.
The idea is to provide fashion alternatives for young women in their teens and 20s at a price they can afford. Creations in almost universal sizes, 0 through 6, should make this prêt-a-porter fashion a hit with most island women. “This is a fashion for special occasions,” said Eli, who wanted the fashion show to connect people, designers and customers and who is also looking at launching her own fashion boutique.
Gladis Gonzales’ chic, vibrant and glamorous designs have had the biggest impact on the two costeña designers’ fashion perspective. Also another Tegucigalpa designer, Miguel Chong, has been an inspiration. The October Honduras Fashion Week was a place to check out the best of Honduras’ fashion designers, most of whom stay in Tegucigalpa, maybe San Pedro Sula. Now La Ceiba has one as well.
In the photo: An AIIV fuchsia and white fur pattern blouse. [/private]