Theodore Elyett emerges as Mission Catwalk fan favorite
Published: May 10, 2013
Since capturing the attention of the judges as the challenge winner in the first episode of “Mission Catwalk” season three, Bahamian designer Theodore Elyett has stolen the hearts of the show’s fans, securing the coveted fan favorite title for the third consecutive week.
Elyett emerged as the winner of the popular Caribbean design competition’s first challenge. He wowed the judges with his interpretation of a look representing the Caribbean. His winning design was the first of the competition to retail at Lee’s Fifth Avenue in Jamaica, which carries reproduced looks of each week’s winning design.
Following episode two, Elyett advanced as the week’s fan favorite. He secured 52 percent of the votes tabulated in Jamaica by “Mission Catwalk” sponsor Digicel. After week three, the Bahamian designer remained at the forefront of the competition as the show’s fan favorite with 37 percent of the votes. Elyett placed second in episode four which aired May 4. He dominated the runway with a risqué look complete with handmade horns in keeping with the challenge theme “Art on the runway”.
“It's awesome to know that from day one, to date, I've captured the hearts of Jamaican MCW fans,” said Elyett. “When you think of participating in a reality TV show, you are in the spotlight 24/7 and to know that viewers enjoy watching me showcase my craft and represent my country ... it's fulfilling. A good thing to note as well is that these fans not only ‘like’ me as a TV personality or a designer, but they seem to also respect my work. That's amazing because it is one thing to be ‘liked’, but it's a completely different ball game when you are also respected.”
Local fashion enthusiasts following the show have also shown respect for Elyett’s designs, clamoring to own an original Theodore Elyett piece. Since appearing on the show, the designer has outfitted Bernadette Christie, wife of the prime minister and several other fashion enthusiasts in his winning runway to retail design from episode one of the competition.
The fashion design competition, which premiered with 15 designers from around the Caribbean on April 13, now has 10 designers representing nine Caribbean countries remaining, two of whom are Bahamian. The other Bahamian in the competition is David Rolle.
The 11-week series will culminate with a showdown between the top three remaining designers, all vying for the opportunity to show a collection at London Fashion Week. The winner will also receive approximately $5,000 funding to start their clothing line, industrial sewing equipment valued at approximately $2,000, a contract to sell their designs at Lee’s Fifth Avenue, a fashion editorial in 6 Carlos Magazine and a scholarship to pursue a fashion program at London College of Fashion.
Tune in to “Mission Catwalk” Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable 12 or watch online via youtube.com.