Of ALL weekends to get sick, I was sick this weekend. So, rather than being out and about, toting a hot clutch, I spent the weekend at home, wrapped in a snuggie, hugging a hot cup of tea.
Therefore, I missed the opening of the CLD- Charu Lochan Dass boutique in Port-of-Spain. I’ve been looking forward to this opening for a while- I love her style and would love to own some pieces, however the location of her first boutique in Princes Town (deEEEEep south to me) has been a block to my shopping because I’m one of the embarrassing Trinis who get’s lost passing the Churchill-Roosevelt/Uriah Butler flyover. Shameful, I know.
The opening of her Port-of-Spain boutique on Gallus Street Woodbrook changed all that! I can’t wait to get over this ‘flu, go to this store and shop ’til I drop.
Charu Lochan Dass is an incredible designer and hers is a much needed addition to the lineup of the capital’s ateliers. Although her Princes Town boutique has been in operation for some time, she’s new to the local fashion scene, hosting her first runway show in late November 2013 at Aria on ‘the Avenue’. It was a knockout and in that short space of time, the CLD label had risen to the fore-front of new local fashion.
For years, Trinidad and Tobago fashion was stuck in a serious rut of continuous variations of ‘Caribbean Resort’- Khaftans, batik prints on cotton, head ties for all occasions, Bermuda shorts, beach bags…… ugh. We’d literally seen it all before and we’d seen it done better. Then, within the past 3 years or so, things started to change. Several established designers (think Zaad & Eastman and Meiling) and a slew of emerging talents (Adrian Foster, Van De Vlugt, Noor) began to introduce higher quality, MUCH better designed and styled collections, that have reinvigorated T&T fashion. Our industry is now growing in leaps and bounds, and following her 2013 introductory show, Charu Lochan Dass proved she deserved to be regarded among our fashion best.
Charu is smart. Here is a designer showing clothing with actual international appeal in its design and construction, but tailored to our unique social and business scene. Her label features structured gowns, dresses, jumpsuits, jackets, and separates… the works! Every single piece I’ve seen is incredibly wearable and the inclusion of chic separates adds a whole new dimension of appeal into her brand- I love how you can basically mix and match every piece! Sophisticated yet edgy, this is a brand that will go far.
Since her début she has dressed the First Lady of Trinidad and Tobago, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and has become the first Trinidadian designer to show her collection in New York Fashion Week F/w 2014.
Charu Lochan Dass, you are to fierce! I’ll be stopping by very soon!