Curaçao FW Day 2: Brooklyn Represent, Naomi Campbell’s Clone
The second day of CURAFW (their abbreviation since CFW is reserved for Copenhagen Fashion Week), was a mish-mash of fashion, surprise performances and more BK love. The night started with Holland designer Ellen Willing’s show, which was an experimental showcase of ecological looks set to the sounds of IDM. While some spectators were a bit confused by the progressive production, for a second I felt like I was transported to the Box venue at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, which was comforting.
Next was Castro Rojas—a Puerto Rican model-turned-designer raised in Florida. Her collection was a dizzying display of fashion genres, ranging from ’70s retro to ’90 minimalism, so it wasn’t as streamlined as I hoped it would be. She partially redeemed herself by rolling out the two dresses above—a Victorian showstopper and a black-nude gown that looked like a Patrick Nagel illustration.
All of the sudden, there was an interlude musical performance, which introduced me to Nixon—a local singer-rapper that I imagine is the Akon of the Caribbean. It was something else.
Day Two culminated with a collection by Brooklyn’s own Adha Zelma, designed by best friends Sheanan Bond and Cherise TrahanMiller. (Side note: yesterday featured work by BK’s Washington Roberts, so it looks like New York style is definitely a thing here.) While the duo’s globally-inspired body jewelry (beloved by everyone from JLo to Michelle Williams) was a major hit, I couldn’t help but zero-in on the above model, which could very well be Naomi Campbell’s body double. Sonja Wanda is a striking Norwegian model born in Sudan, Africa and has walked for everyone from Dries Van Noten to Proenza Schouler. Someone get this girl a fashion campaign ASAP because she’s out of control.