Dolita Paris’ ‘Bermuda’ dress *Photo supplied
Dolita Paris’ ‘Bermuda’ dress *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20: Bermuda could become a mecca for style-conscious celebrities, a top US clothes designer has said.

Now Dolita Paris — who has designed for stars like Lady Gaga and Beyoncé — is hoping to organize a show on the island and invite a host of big names from her star-studded client list.

French-born Dolita said: “Fashion has a future in Bermuda — it’s a small island but there’s a lot of ambition here, which really impressed me.”

New York-based Dolita was in Bermuda to show her stunning collection in partnership with new Front Street fashion boutique Daisy’s at Saturday’s Evolutions fashion show at Hamilton’s City Hall. It was the biggest event of its kind held in Bermuda.

She said: “I’ve been working with a very good company here — I’ve been made very welcome and the people involved have been great.

“I really want to organize an event in Bermuda and bring some celebrities here. Bermuda has a lot of resources — beauty, quality and a natural luxury.

“If Bermudians learn how to use that and promote it, it could be good for the economy because it’s so close to New York.

“There are a lot good things in Bermuda — all it needs is a bit of spice and fashion and art can give it that.”

Dolita was speaking after the successful event showcased Bermuda style — and attracted more than 1,000 people to the five-hour fashion extravaganza.

She added: “For me, as a designer, fashion will work when it makes people happy. Bermuda should have more events like this.”

The designer started her career aged just 16 with top Paris fashion house Jacques Esterel. She was headhunted by the long-established label after being spotted dancing on a nightclub table wearing one of her own creations — a recut medical gown liberated from her doctor mother.

She later branched out on her own, moving to the US in 2007, where she opened the Dolita Paris store earlier this year.


She caused a sensation during the 2009 New York Fashion Week when she staged a show highlighting her white collection on the streets around the city’s Bryant Park.

One of the dresses caught the eye of Beyoncé, who wore it for a shoot in Los Angeles Confidential magazine, where she wore a $600,000 jewel-encrusted necklace with a $600 Dolita shirt.

Dolita said: “Someone came to me and said Beyoncé wants to see your collection — of course, I went and met her and she fell in love with one of my dresses.

“Beyoncé is a superstar — she’s extremely busy and she knows exactly what she wants. She’s someone who really understands my work.

“Some people aren’t so easy to work with but I won’t mention any names.”

Other celebrities who have worn Dolita Paris creations include singer and actress Toni Braxton, movie star Halle Berry, model-turned-actress Tyra Banks, as well as singers Madonna, Tina Turner and Janet Jackson.

Former supermodels Linda Evangelista, Helena Christiansen and Claudia Schiffer have also bought clothes from Dolita’s collections and her clothes have featured on hit TV show Sex in the City.

Dolita — who can sell dresses with prices tags of thousands of dollars to wealthy clients — said she could work her magic on people with less cash to splash.

She said one wealthy client based in Italy ordered a jumpsuit from her New York store and asked Dolita to deliver it personally because she thought she needed a break from work.

Dolita said: “I wasn’t going to go because it meant a long time flying — but she sent a private jet to pick me up and take me to Italy. I later designed a dress inspired by the fabric used on the seats of the jet.”

Her black lace Dubai dress, which was on show on Saturday, proved a hit with a wealthy sheikh from the middle east oil state, who ordered 100 of the $1,000 dresses for his wives.

But Dolita said: “We can do things which are much more affordable, but which still make women feel special — I’ve designed a dress for an 82-year-old woman and she loved it.

“I’ve loved working with Daisy’s and I really enjoy seeing people buying my more affordable clothes and  feeling good about themselves wearing them.”

Daisy’s owner Dawn Zuill said: “Every woman has what I call battle scars — very few of us are perfect, but Dolita has something for everyone.

“I saw her clothes by chance in New York and we bought the collection even before we’d opened the store. Dolita is a real pro and you can see the pleasure women get from her clothes.”