Hey StyleLeeders! I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving last night. If you’re still trying to recover from all the food you chowed down on last night, grab a cup of green tea & enjoy today’s read ♥
Last week Thursday, the fashion enthusiasts on our little island gathered at The Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel for the fifth staging of The Collection Moda Runway Show. An event that is arguably the most anticpated fashion showcase in the entire Caribbean. Mostly because they serve as one of the only platforms for creative talents across Jamaica and the Caribbean to showcase their work while also promoting the business side of fashion on the island. I attended my very first Moda Runway Show last year and it instantly made a lasting impression on me. This year I marked my calendars months in advance and counted down the days to this marquee event.
The day finally arrived and despite the showers of rain, guests showed up to impress. From velvets, slip dresses, statement tops, duster coats, top hats and suits tailored to perfection. The Moda attendees were dressed to the nines and looked as if they planned to strut down the runway too.
I walked in and was greeted by an all-white space which immediately had me swooning. White themed decor speaks directly to my soul because it sets the stage for elegance and romance. Above the stage were white balloons which though utterly simple, had me feeling like I was floating on cloud nine. The balloons added the perfect touch to the delicate but powerful space. From the cool, upbeat music to the blue ambient lighting, Collection Moda presented an inviting, comfortable and enchanting setting for their guests. By the time I was seated the blue lighting faded away and the stage lit up. It was show time!
The show was opened to the beat of Classical symphonies with an EDM twist as members from National Dance Theater Company first presented us with a hip-hop, ballet rendition of the Black Swan. By the ending of the performance my heart was pretty much racing with anticipation of what was to come. What came after were collections of the designers which included, Lisa Vega, Carlton Brown, Carlton Jones, Korto Momolu, Irina Shabayeva and Czar Galindo. The show was fun and definitely got my creative juices going because the mood and clothing of each collection were all so different.
Carlton Brown hands down was one of the stand-out collections of the night. Plus, based on the audience cheering as men wearing afro-centric tuxedo’s made their way down the catwalk, the audience was definitely showing approval for his work. His collection was incredibly dramatic but still wearable. It was very invigorating to see and I am dying get my hands on a few of his pieces for Manny. Now I just need to convince him to wear a statement suit like that, haha!
As I made mention in my previous post sharing my outfit details (HERE), I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the Collection Moda Fashion Showcase but more so because of the experience and not so much because of the show itself. The overall production and decor had me saying, “wham bam thank you mam!” But what was displayed on the runway didn’t wow me one bit. I was just expecting so much more from the designers and this left me just a tad bit disappointed. Nonetheless, I do look forward to next years show and I am confident that Kerry-Ann Clarke (Founder of Moda Series) & her Moda team will bring us an even bigger and better show! Cheers to The Collection Moda 2016 Show! Til next year…Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥