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Taking part: Michael Costello (Image supplied)

Five top overseas designers have been lined up for this year’s Bermuda Fashion Festival.

Michael Costello, Lisa Nicole Cloud, Mitchell “Mickey” Freeman, Evelyn Lambert and Thomas Lavone will showcase their creations in the International Designer Show on July 12 as part of the festival.

Mr Freeman, whose brand Freemen by Mickey is inspired by history but with a futuristic flair, will take part in the festival for the first time.

He said: “This will be my first time travelling there and I’m super excited to thoroughly explore its vibrant and dynamic culture with rich heritage and such deep-rooted traditions.

“I travel extensively around the world and my designs are influenced by different cultures so I can’t wait to be inspired by such a beautiful place.”

Mr Freeman, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, added: “It really is an honour to showcase my fashion line in Bermuda.”

Mr Costello, a favourite in TV’s Project Runway season eight, will also be on the main stage this year after he was featured in last year’s fashion expo.

He shot to fame after he dressed singer Beyoncé for the Grammy Awards, which he said was the turning point in his career.

His celebrity clientele also includes Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Gwen Stefani and Queen Latifah.

Mr Costello has also taken island designer Desireé Riley under his wing as part of the mentor programme.

This year will mark Ms Lambert’s fourth appearance at the Bermuda Fashion Festival.

The New York-based designer, whose brand is defined by classic-yet-modern designs, started creating clothes at the age of 12.

Her ambitions took her to London where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design and marketing from Westminster College.

Thomas Lavone is an award-winning New Jersey-born fashion designer and entrepreneur known for his talent in ready-to-wear gowns and suits.

He has worked for top fashion brands like Tommy Hilfiger, DKNY, Nautica, Jones New York, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren and Anne Klein.

Lisa Nicole Cloud, star of Bravo TV’s Married to Medicine, is an author, motivational speaker, direct sales expert, the founder of the Women’s Empowerment Network and since 2013, a fashion designer.

The Lisa Nicole Cloud Elevation Collection premiered earlier this year at New York Fashion Week and was presented by luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce.

Ms Cloud will also mentor island designer Charda Simons.

The International Designer Show will start at 6.30pm on July 12. General admission tickets cost $45 and VIP tickets $60. Tickets are available at ptix.bm

Taking part: Michael “Mickey” Freeman (Photograph supplied)
Taking part: Lisa Nicole Cloud (Image supplied)
Taking part: Evelyn Lambert (Photograph supplied)
Taking part: Thomas Lavone (Image supplied)