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Archived: T&T Fashion Designer, Ecliff Elie Uses Cuba As Muse for New Collection

Cuba is at the centre of the energy at the design house of Ecliff Elie these days. The Trinidad and Tobago native who’s been a part of the fashion industry for over 20 years, says his new collection, which hits the market immediately upon unveiling on Tuesday, November 22nd, feeds off the energy and vibe of the similarities found in both Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago’s  cultures. The collection will be shown at the Normandie Hotel in St. Ann’s, Trinidad next Tuesday at 7pm.

Designer Ecliff Elie dresses soca artiste, Kees Dieffenthaller.

Designer Ecliff Elie dresses soca artiste, Kees Dieffenthaller.

A number of entertainers in the Caribbean have been outfitted by Elie- among them, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Kees Dieffenthaller. The Arima fashion designer says his clothing affords those wearing it to be comfortably, but impeccably dressed. It’s something most people want, really! The collection is dubbed, TIMBA and is the Cuban word for a fusion of African and Cuban beats and rhythms- a new age Cuban sound that epitomises an unmistakeable Caribbean flair.

Caribbean people are generally fashionable- never missing a beat when it comes to the runway looks, often time making it their own by adding a touch of Caribbean spice to the mix, whether it be with bold accentuations like earrings and other female accessories, or for men, a watch that’s more than just a time piece. Ecliff Elie says he believes in a person looking and feeling their best. He also understands the role fashion plays in bringing that to reality. On November 22nd he says he plans on demonstrating how even casual clothing can be made to fit impeccably well. The TIMBA collection will showcase a variety of comfortable looks, all boosted by contemporary colours and accents. The fabric of choice for the collection is cotton- the fabric of life they say, and according to Elie and his team, men who value quality clothing that’s suited to island life, can certainly look forward to TIMBA- a refreshing burst of caribbean energy, brought to life through fashion.

For further information, or to be apart of the fashion event at the Normandie Hotel, you can call : 868-624-2773.

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