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Fashion was the order of the week, last week, with the launch of Trinidad and Tobago designer, Ecliff Elie’s TIMBA men’s resort collection on Tuesday evening at the Normandie Hotel in St. Ann’s Trinidad.

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Radio personality, Sunny Bling rocked the runway on show night in Ecliff Elie’s TIMBA.

Fashion was the order of the week, last week, with the launch of Trinidad and Tobago designer, Ecliff Elie’s TIMBA men’s resort collection on Tuesday evening at the Normandie Hotel in St. Ann’s Trinidad. The event proved to be a success- one that Elie told EBUZZTT.COM he was certainly humbled by. The runway show kicked off at 7:30pm and with a  massive crowd gathered to catch a first look at the signature designer pieces, all inspired by Cuban culture and music, entertainers Kees Dieffenthaller, Shurwayne Winchester, footballer Kenwyne Jones and comical radio personalities, Ro’dey and Sunny Bling were busy preparing to strut their stuff, backstage. The show would however precede the news of Cuba’s Fidel Castro’s death, on Friday.

The half hour long TIMBA unveiling was seamless to say the least and by the end of the show,  T&T designer, Ecliff Elie who proudly represents for Arima, Trinidad, could bask in the warm congratulatory wishes he would receive. Already, the collection is in high demand by eager male fashion lovers and the women who yearn to deliver the best gifts to their mates this Christmas. Elie told EBUZZTT that gift cards are in the works and will be made available from December 1st. He also disclosed plans to host an in-store Fashion party each Friday from December 2nd- December 23rd, at his Rosalino Street, Woodbrook fashion house, where the public at large would be invited to RSVP to attend and check out the designs first hand.

90 year old Fidel Castro- the former President of Cuba who ruled with an iron fist for years, has died.

90 year old Fidel Castro- the former President of Cuba who ruled with an iron fist for years, has died.

Ecliff Elie, (centre) with Cuba's ambassador to T&T and the rest of the Cuban delegation.

Ecliff Elie, (centre) with Cuba’s ambassador to T&T and the rest of the Cuban delegation.

In the aftermath of the TIMBA unveiling on Tuesday, came word that former Cuban President, Fidel Castro had died at the age of 90 on Friday. The irony of this momentous but certainly mournful occurrence,  stared the designer starkly in the face. He had only days prior greeted the Cuban ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Guillermo Vazquez Moreno and other members of the Cuban delegation at his collection unveiling. He had been told that that the collection truly epitomized the Cuban culture. “The irony of this happening just after the show is pretty shocking. Cuba is certainly in thought at this time,” said Elie in chatting with EBUZZTT.

In Cuba, a period of nine days of national mourning has begun.
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Designer Ecliff Elie, Soca’s Go-To Designer.

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For yet another year, Trinidad and Tobago menswear designer, Ecliff Elie is the man dominating the carnival scene with his spectacular menswear designs. From Swappi to Teddyson John, Problem Child and Ding Dong, this season, Ecliff’s delivering the wow factor with every stitch and hem.

In the past, the designer has shown his ability to show up and show out on carnival stages, using many soca artistes as models for his creativity. Trinidad and Tobago, his main arena over the past few years, Elie has even penetrated the markets up the islands, laying menswear fashion design claim to territories like Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. From cricketer Darren Sammy to Soca’s Mr. Killa from Grenada and even new sensation, V’Ghn, Elie’s proven that his fit is always a cut above the rest and his touch is magic, something that every client he’s worked with, can attest to.

Designer Ecliff Elie at work.

“What I try to ensure of first and foremost, is the fit. Clothing, whether menswear or female clothing, should always fit well. Once that’s achieved, everything else is window dressing,” he told us. Elie’s styles, when customised for soca artistes like Swappi, SuperBlue and even V’ghn, are often embellished. Much like extravagant costumes worn by international celebrities, Ecliff’s signature pieces, whether jackets alone or complete suits, hold their own on stage, offering the artistes an undeniable opportunity to be seen like no other clothing option would allow.

“I take a lot of pride in how my clients look. Whether it’s a groom, a career professional, a superstar or a casual fetter, at Ecliff Elie we work with the client to match their personality and ambitions, after all, there are some people who, while low key in their professional lives, love to explore fashion options at carnival time,” he said.

Ecliff Elie opened a new menswear store in South Trinidad, at C3 Centre, last year. That store offers on the spot alterations and even boasts Elie’s signature accessories, inclusive of bags, belts, ties and more. “We’re pretty much a one stop shop for quality menswear. We’re a brand that has been built on quality and attention to detail. That will never change,” he assured.

Here’s are just a few of the Ecliff Elie designs that’ve stood out, worn by top billing Caribbean entertainers, over the past year:

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Beyonce Caught Candidly ‘Bubblin’ To Sean Paul in New Ivy Park Promo.

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While Beyonce’s IvyPark may have already sold out online, the entertainer’s promotion of the activewear line that sees her collaborate with Adidas, continues to be heavily promoted across social media. So heavily promoted is the awesome line of sweatsuits and other fitness gear that Bey’s even pitched her look to Caribbean fans around the world.

Beyonce’s Ivy Park has sold out online.

There’s really nothing like the sound of reggae to get us Caribbean folk all flustered and ready to peep the scene. Well Bey and her team certainly know us well so like clockwork, Caribbean people are buzzing about the Ivy Park brand, and many of us would’ve likely been in the online shopping craze. The brand officially relaunched on Saturday and features a number of style options, including sweaters, snap track jackets, track pants, jumpsuits, harness bags, hoodies, tees, cargo sweat pants and even skirts.

Beyonce on the dancehall tip.

The line primarily consists of an orange, burgundy and off-white color palate with prices ranging from $25USD to $250USD. Pre-sale items from the new collection, and Beyonce’s first with Adidas after dropping Top Shop and becoming the sole owner, went on sale on Friday and by the end of the day, Ivy Park socks were the only item left. By Saturday, there were reports that even those were sold out.

 

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