The Boston Caribbean Fashion Week (BCFW) is back again this year to celebrate Caribbean culture through fashion October 13-16. BCFW is a multi-day diverse series of festive fashion events founded and produced by Althea Blackford. Featured designers will include Sharisse Scott-Rawlins, owner of bySharisse, Ayanna O'Brien, owner of ICANDI WEAR, Prince Citi, owner of Viezoe Lifestyle and Ariel Koonce Fortes, owner of Fashion Fun Pop. In addition to these designers, throughout the fashion week, stylists, models, and spectators will take part in joining together to celebrate, educate, and pay homage to Caribbean design, fashion, style, and culture, with representation from Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and more.
In 2013, Althea created an annual event that celebrates Caribbean heritage and culture while providing a platform for designers to showcase their collection and connect with other fashion professionals. 2021 marks the 8th annual Boston Caribbean Fashion Week. The week includes a virtual kickoff event, a style workshop, style panel discussion, and runway fashion show. Events can be attended in person, or people can register for online tickets and attend all events virtually.