Anya Ayoung Chee Helps Celebrate Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence

As part of a diverse offering of events dedicated to celebrating Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence, Anya Ayoung Chee, tourism ambassador and winner of Project Runway season nine with support from the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago (TDC) and Tobago House of Assembly Division of Tourism (THA), hosted a night of fashion and culture on June 6, 2012, as Ayoung Chee previewed her 2012 Summer Collection in New York. Held in the West Village at 632 on Hudson, the cultural extravaganza, themed Color + Sound, featured the Trinidadian designer’s collection, live entertainment and iconic local cuisine.

Caribbean jazz sensation Etienne Charles and his Quintet performed tracks from a new Kaiso album, “which features modern jazz renditions of timeless classics from legendary calypsonians, including the late Lord Kitchener.”

Ayoung Chee said, “To be able to showcase the rich culture of Trinidad & Tobago and present my Summer 2012 capsule collection in the world’s most fashionable city was a dream come true after winning Project Runway. [. . .] I look forward to representing my country on the world stage as I continue to grow my global fashion brand.”

Simon Khan, Antilia’s chief executive officer, also announced, “The Color + Sound production has been coordinated to underscore the richness and vibrancy inherent in Trinidad and Tobago’s culture, to showcase the beauty of a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society, and to utilize the world’s fashion capital, along with our unparalleled local talent, to celebrate the Golden Jubilee and the magic of sweet T and T.”

[Many thanks to Jennifer Johnson for bringing this item to our attention.]

To view Ayoung Chee’s Summer 2012 capsule collection, visit

For more information on the event, see

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