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Archived: T&T Designer Ecliff Elie Shows Dreevait At Mega Fashion Event in DR.

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The Ecliff Elie menswear brand- a steadily growing and well-reputed Trinidad and Tobago design brand, was recently, a part of the Caribbean’s most anticipated fashion event, Dominicana Moda 2018.

From left Ecliff Elie, Haitian Fashion Designer Helmer Joseph and Jamaican designer Carlton Brown.

Staged in Santo Domingo, the 12thedition of the red carpet event, which sees celebrities from various parts of the world, in attendance, welcomed Elie and his Dreevait Resort collection. Both Caribbean Export and Dominicana Moda had extended the invitation to the Trinidad and Tobago designer. He accepted and would subsequently showcase the collection at an event dubbed, “Caribbean Runway” on Wednesday, October 24th. “It was truly a success. The collection was well received,” said Elie

Dominicana Moda is considered one of the most important fashion events in the Caribbean with growing importance internationally. For Ecliff, the experience was certainly a welcomed one, and graciously, he accepted and executed, delivering the Dreevait collection, which was revealed a few months ago in Tobago. The collection boasts bold colours and according to the designer himself, it suits men who have no restrictions, and reflects those who are confident and ready for any occasion.

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One of the designs from the Dreevait collection.

The opportunity to showcase his work on a main stage at this very prominent Caribbean fashion event was worthwhile. “There’s really no better place for this collection to have been showcased. The DR is an ultimate resort destination in the Caribbean region, coupled with an appreciation for the Caribbean aesthetic, which is ultimately delivered in this collection,” he said. Elie also explained that the opportunity was seen as a very good business move. “It was good for Trinidad and Tobago as well. It allowed our country to be seen and highlighted among the best in Caribbean fashion and that’s promotion we certainly cannot pay for,” he said.

Ecliff Elie received tremendous kudos for his showing at the fashion event on October 24th.

A number of businesses in the Dominican Republic had expressed a desire to carry Elie’s clothing brand there, so essentially, the move to showcase the designs to such a wide audience, was a smart one.

Ecliff Elie’s name has been receiving widespread attention in recent time. He is credited with outfitting reggae sensation, Jah Cure for a concert event hosted in Trinidad earlier this year. The reggae artiste was certainly satisfied with his look, telling the crowd that a “Trini designer” had dressed him. Subsequent to that, Ecliff Elie designed a number of suits for Trinidad and Tobago singer, Olatunji Yearwood who appeared on the X Factor, making it through to the Live rounds, before making his exit this month.

It was good for Trinidad and Tobago as well. It allowed our country to be seen and highlighted among the best in Caribbean fashion and that’s promotion we certainly cannot pay for. – Ecliff Elie 

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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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