Saint Lucia’s Third Annual HOT Couture Hits the Runway on May 6

Saint Lucia’s Third Annual HOT Couture Hits the Runway on May 6

Back with a stylish bang this year, Saint Lucia’s third edition of HOT Couture will once again prove why the event has already built a reputation around the region as the runway show with a difference. Again, Mae Wayne and Adrian Augier have come together and presented a vision and theme for this popular fashion spectacle at the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

Once again, the Johnsons Centre in Rodney Bay will be the venue for an avant guarde production the details of which are a well-kept secret. Already, activity behind the scenes has amped up with model castings held in the north and south of the island for the last week. So far, many of the cast members from 2014 have returned, citing HOT Couture as a pivotal moment in their budding careers on the catwalk.

SHE Caribbean publisher Mae Wayne, former runway model Denise Lay and make-up artist Mike Celestin made up the panel of judges and were happy to see returning models as well as new talent taking part in the auditions.

Although the designer line-up for the show is under strict wraps for now, HOT Couture producer Mae Wayne is excited that the third event will continue to exceed expectations, “The show is going to be a fabulous evening of the best local and regional fashions on the runway, and we have an amazing twist which will be revealed in due course,” says Wayne.

“HOT Couture has already gained a strong following in the region, and there are also international designers knocking on our door to get involved, so this year we plan to have a really eclectic mix of talent on stage. It’s also been great to see so many models at auditions who were trained by Richard Young last year. It means that the skills and experience we are giving them are being carried forward and not wasted.”

With initial rehearsals to be conducted by Denise Lay, Richard Young will return to Saint Lucia to oversee the final rehearsals in May, and speaking to some of the models who have come back for a second or third time on the HOT Couture runway, it’s obvious that the Trinidadian “Style Evangelist” made a deep impression during the many hours of training in 2014.

Not only will the show include secrets and surprises, but this year will feature a glamorous after-party on Rodney Bay’s floating entertainment venue, The Pearl, with VIP packages available for the whole evening. The HOT Couture Trunk Show will take place at Bay Walk Mall on Thursday, May 9th, where one-of-a-kind fashions will be on sale by many of the participating designers.

The final casting call for models takes place on Friday, April 10th at the Star in Gros Islet.

Look out for more news and details on Saint Lucia HOT Couture 2015 at– it’s going to rock!

About the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival

The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is into its 24th year and opens on April 30th, 2015 at the Mindoo Phillip Park. The festival’s main headliners include singer/songwriter Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae musician and actor Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, acclaimed Paris-based pianist Alain Jean Marie featuring Grant Stewart and two-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFranceso. 

 Sponsors for the 2015 festival include Gold sponsors: Columbus Communications St. Lucia Limited, Digicel, Heineken, King Ocean, LUCELEC, Silver sponsors: Bank of St. Lucia, Coco Palm Resorts, Windjammer Landings, Exelsigns, Bronze  Sponsors: Bay Gardens Resorts, Chairman’s, Royal by Rex Resorts, The Landings, RJB Hotel Supplies, LIAT 1974 Limited, KFC, Landmark Events, Collateral sponsors: Blue Waters, Guardsman, Johnnie Walker Black, Guy’s Rent-A Car, JP Chenet, Avis Rent A Car, Associate sponsor: Banana Boat, Duty free Caribbean.

Media partners include Platinum sponsor The Wave, Gold sponsors: Helen Television System/Radio 100, Radio Caribbean International, Daher Broadcasting Service, MBC TV/Real FM, Kairi FM, Silver sponsors: Hot FM, Choice TV and Radio St. Lucia.

For more information on the full lineup for Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2015 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call: Saint Lucia: 1 758 452 4094|USA: 1 800 456 3984|Canada: 1 800 869 0377, UK: 44 207 341 7000

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