Cayman Islands fashion designer Olivia B (aka Georgette Olivia Bodden) creates beautiful, bespoke custom clothes.
Olivia is in the process of making and printing her own designs for fabric to be used in a future collection. She debuted her first full collection at New York Fashion Week in September 2016, and her designs were also seen at CayFilm 2017. She is currently preparing for London Fashion Week in September of this year.
What are you preparing for London?
I hope to participate in Oxford Fashion Show during London Fashion Week. This will be my second international runway show, which will showcase 10 pieces of women’s ready-to-wear, mixed medium pieces (layered chiffon, satin, tulle, etc.) which of course will integrate some of the season’s trends (pleats, satin, silk, etc.)
As a relatively new independent designer, my vision is to first and foremost place the Cayman Islands on the “map” as an emerging, fashion-conscious destination and, secondly, to reflect my distinct personal style, passion and appreciation for fashion on an international level.
This will not be my first time in London but first time attending and showcasing any event for London Fashion Week. I’m currently seeking sponsorship of any amount because as you could imagine, this is no easy (or cheap) undertaking.
How did you get your start as a fashion designer?
The brand Olivia B is still very new but my passion for fashion started at an early age where I spent countless hours watching my mother craft eye-catching, one-of-a-kind pieces. During this time, while I never attempted to make any outfits, I helped my mother with sketches and style ideas.
Over the years, I designed outfits for myself but first appeared as a designer in 2014 at the Fashion at Heart Red Dress event, an event hosted in an effort to help bring awareness to heart disease. In 2015, I debuted my first mini-collection at Allure Fashion Weekend Grand Cayman and received unexpected, overwhelming support from the crowd as each piece was modeled on the runway. This runway show was truly the kick-starter.
Do you have a signature style or preferred fabrics when designing clothes?
I don’t necessarily have a particular style but I am typically drawn to light fabrics with a lot of flow and movement: airy, ethereal and cool.
Silk, chiffon, chalice, satin, and georgette are just a few fabrics that I like to work with and I love color, so more often than not, my collection and choice of fabrics are always very colorful.
What are some of your favorite trends that would work well in Cayman’s summer heat?
Some trend predictions for the upcoming spring and summer seasons are tight pleats, neon colors, silk and satin. Thankfully, all of these can be worn in warm climates like ours.