A Fusion Of Islander Culture

Posted on August 30, 2016

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

With its breathtaking views and stylish clientel, there couldn’t have been a better backdrop than the chic Cotton Beach Club in Cala Tarida for the Islanders Fashion Sunset event. Celebrating a new wave of young creatives either born or based on the island of Ibiza, the evening merged beautiful garments, colourful art and soulful music in one inspirational gathering.

Organised and hosted by online boutique and fashion magazine Islanders Ibiza together with Ladio Clothing in cooperation with the popular beach club, the overarching theme was a celebration of the strength, passion and beauty of women.  As well as fashion presentations by the two hosts, the event also offered live music performances and an art exhibition to round off the cultural experience.Amante closing by La Skimalcotton_beach_fashion_essentialibiza_2016_by_la_skimal007Amante closing by La Skimal

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Islanders Ibiza founder Alix Bond and Ladio Clothing designer Laura de Grinyo, who were busy organising models and making last minute arrangements. Giving us a few minutes of her precious time, Alix told us, “We really wanted to collaborate with other local creatives to modernise the world’s perception of the island. There is a new generation of hot young designers emerging with an edgier international aesthetic. It’s about showcasing that island-based talent and bringing it to the world in a more polished way, on a platform that’s easy to engage with. Islanders Ibiza is all about representing local fashion, so some of our designers are purely from the island and others, like L’Azul London, are splitting their time between Ibiza and other destinations. But everyone has a strong connection to the island.”cotton_beach_fashion_essentialibiza_2016_by_la_skimal026Amante closing by La Skimal

Wandering out onto Cotton Beach Club’s spectacular Grand Terrace, which overlooks the aquamarine waters of Cala Tarida Bay and is one of the most beautiful spots to watch the sunset from, we were treated to a complimentary glass of champagne before being led to our table. The space was already bustling with diners enjoying the restaurants delicious cuisine, and we couldn’t resist ordering a selection ourselves. Famed for its seafood offering, the amuse bouche was a modern take on the Galician octopus, presenting a deliciously dense piece of the meat on a potato crisp with a silky layer of creamed potato and a fine foam on top. The Cala Tarida salmon sushi roll delighted us with its divine flavours and perfectly cooked rice – not too sticky, not falling apart and with just a hint of crunch. The Honey Island Tiger Shrimps combined juicy shellfish served with a tasty coconut and tropical fruit curry sauce with a mix of black Canadian wild rice and Thai jasmin rice, an explosion of sweet summer flavours with a hint of spice. We also swooned over a scallop and squid risotto that was enriched with crunchy asparagus and tangy parmesan cheese, an indulgently lush and satisfying dish. And our vegan friend was thrilled with the Bulbs & Roots vegetable selection, an array of potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, black turnip, cauliflower and broccoli served with a creamy truffle sauce.

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cotton_beach_fashion_essentialibiza_2016_by_la_skimal019Talented singer Majo Leiva entertained us with her husky vocals and soulful repertoire while we waited for the next presentation, performing sensual renditions of classic hits such as You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and current dance hits like Dennis Ferrer’s Hey Hey. Her sultry but authentic set was the perfect soundscape for the slinky and feminine designs that were featured in the showcase curated by Islanders Ibiza’s Alix, a mix of beach, swim and evening wear highlighting the most covetable pieces from the boutique. Flowing kaftans in tropical prints and wrap dresses in jewel colours offered sophisticated but eye-catching looks that could take you straight from beach to bar, while Sumarie’s couture bikinis and one-pieces had a sleek modern vibe thanks to their cool geometric patterns, stripes and monochrome palette.cotton_beach_fashion_essentialibiza_2016_by_la_skimal023essentialTess_Mike interview Ibizalovesfood by la skimal

Seriously slinky dresses with low-cut backs, sheer panels and imaginative patterns in moody shades of blue, as well as cute and flirty ponchos by Felt By Natalie completed the presentation. The outfits were accessorized with gorgeous gold necklaces and earrings by Alice Springs Jewellery, as well as some retro-inspired headbands and turbans. At the end of the night, co-host Laura told us, “We have worked so hard on this project with the Cotton Beach team and it’s amazing to see it come together. I think we need to make something new and something fresh, and as a collective we can achieve this. Artists, performers, singers and designers, there are so many creative in Ibiza that I think together we can make something big.”

w: www.cottonbeach.com
w: www.islandersibiza.com
w: www.ladioclothing.com

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