• Claire’s Life: Summer Sizzle BVI Sponsored by BlackAtlas.com

    Happy Monday!

    So a few weeks ago, I was invited to the British Virgin Islands to experience their annual fashion event, Summer Sizzle. I’d never been to the BVI (as they’re called), and am always open to new international fashion experiences, so decided to go and see what was what.

    After flying in on American Airlines and enjoying two days of poolside relaxation, parties, and dinners, we were shuttled to the main event on Tortola: The annual fashion show.

    On tap were local designers like Bayroc Clothing, along with several well known international names like Laquan Smith, Rubin Chapelle, and Kevan Hall.
    Bayroc Clothing skewed cute and casual with crisp shirts, shorts, and tank dresses decorated with hand painted designs.

    One of my personal favorites was Aquacouture by Roger Gary, a line of glam swimwear cast in white, uplifted by sequins, chiffon trains, and silk accents.

    Kevan Hall showed a bevy of glittering gowns in a neutral palette of white, champagne, silver, and nude.

    And lastly Laquan Smith presented a few of his traditional netted, neon, PVC infused pieces, along with a few options from his newest untitled collection, which offers high low hems and loads of sporty elegance.

    It was a good show!

    Afterwards I snapped a bit of Real Style:

    T’Wana from the blog HeelsNPoses.blogspot.com opted for chic black, punctuated by a bright neon bag. She said she’d submit pictures soon to be Bombshell of the Day. Looking forward!

    Kisha also bet on black in a form fitting peplum dress.

    Simone kept it colorful in a printed strapless dress and a statement necklace.

    And model KC looked gorgeous in a flowing colorblocked dress, accented by platform Mary Janes.

    As for me…

    … I went for an island senorita vibe in a Kenzo reversible drawstring skirt, American Apparel crop top, American Apparel yellow clutch, LyraLoveStar earrings, and neon orange patent leather Christian Louboutin wedges. I was feeling all sun kissed and glowy, so opted for fun, bright, colors, along with a pop of Lady Danger lipstick.
    It was a fun trip and just a taste of what the islands has to offer!
    If you’ve never been to the British Virgin Islands–come! It is hands down one of the most beautiful tropical destinations I’ve ever seen (aside from the Bahamas–shout out to the fam!). The water is clear, the sun is blazing, and aside from a few thunder storms, it’s very peaceful. I’m coming back!
    To read more about Summer Sizzle BVI, visit www.summersizzlebvi.com. Many thanks to Christina Rice of LuxeLifeMedia for having me, to BlackAtlas.com and American Airlines for travel, and to Terry Donovan who put me up in the immaculate Scrub Island Resort (it’s the BOMB).

    For more pix from my BVI vacay, check out Instagram or my tumblr, xoxoclaire.com.
    What do you think of Summer Sizzle and Real Style in BVI?
    Thx to Norman Allen for snapping my pic!


    Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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