Hello Hello Hello! Beautiful People! As you may or may not know I attended Style Week Jamaica over the weekend and guess what….? Today I’m giving you an all access VIP pass to all the events! Let’s get this style party started shall we…
So to my lovely readers outside of Jamaica, Style Week Jamaica happens to be the “Iriest Fashion Week Worldwide,”and hosts a series of outdoor shows and parties at unique hot spots around Kingston, Jamaica. I’ve never personally been to any of the other fashion weeks across the globe, but I definitely keep up to date with them. It wouldn’t be fair to compare international fashion weeks to Style Week Jamaica, because Milan is Milan, Paris is Paris, New York is New York and well, Kingston is Kingston; each of which are unique in their own merit. What I will say however…here it’s all about flavor, all about culture, theatrics, unusual locations that tell a story, and mostly it’s all about having a grand time (basically it’s more entertainment than commerce).
White Night, White Style
This past weekend seriously felt like one endless party. The 3-day extravaganza featured a mix of VIP cocktail receptions, after parties, glitzy runway shows, and of course the models. It all started with an Ultra Chic All White Event at the very attractive Pegasus hotel in an idyllic setting. Marines dressed in white, marched the runway in pairs to open the show, and within minutes the show was off and a team of models moved past guests wearing all white. The two hour long show featured a bevy of mostly local designers who gave us only a taste of what to expect over the days ahead.
T&T designer Tasha Gordon opted to showcase an all white bridal collection, but designers like Nina (dubbed the Queen of Knitwear) had her models gracing the runway in an array of colors, and Jamaican designer Courtney Washington did the same with his blend of vibrant fabrics in long, asymmetrical silhouettes.
The following night we attended a black tie event at the National Gallery…fancy shmacy I know! When this particular venue was announced butterflies filled my already empty stomach because once again Saint was making a statement that location was a key factor behind Style Week Jamaica. Think about it, a mix of fine art, fashion, beautiful models (& alcohol), this my dear friends will forever make for a phenomenal night.
My favorite designs of the night included 1950’s inspired lace pieces from Jamaican designer H.O.D, Dexter Pottinger’s mens wear collection, Kurt Campbells ethereal, magazine worthy designs, and lastly Bahamian gal Kejuana Beneby’s ‘Monarchy’ collection where she showcased Afrocentric, printed pieces in vivid colors, accented with ruffles, pleats and capes (peep below for pics).
(3 Photos: Infusion Inc)
For the grand finale I attended the internationally acclaimed Fashion-Block, where a total of 13 designers sent collections down a huge runway in the middle of one of the main streets in Kingston’s business district. Despite the late start, my posse & I used that time to to grab a few drinks as we waited for the fashion showcase to start. By the time the show started I think we all had just the right amount of ‘buzz’. Now picture a huge catwalk beaming down one of the main streets in the city, surrounded by thousands of high spirited onlookers, mixed in with fashion, music, beautiful tall, lean models and a few drinks….YES!!! A very enjoyable way to rock the block and end style week off on a good note.
(8 Photos: Sean Drakes/Getty Images Latin America)
I think the most incredible thing about style week was how they’ve helped to widen the message of what fashion means to us here in Jamaica. People tend to associate our country with sun, sand, sea, music, food, track, and an ‘every little thing is gonna be alright’ vibe. Many don’t realize just how much Caribbean women in general take fashion seriously, and Style Week has helped bring that to the forefront. Fashion in Jamaica is growing tremendously, and thanks to events like Style Week which supports emerging designers, a platform has been created to exhibit the talent, beauty and culture of us. This is one to go down in the books for me. Definitely a weekend to remember, and definitely a must go event next year 2016!
See you tomorrow with the second installment of this short series where I’ll be sharing my ‘All White Outfit!’ Stay tuned…Nuff Love, Natasha ♥