Wednesday, 27 February 2013 18:52

FAB Model Sibu Dladla

Model: Sibu Dladla make Feb cover of FAB Magazine.

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Model: Sibu - Evolution models/ LC models (south africa)
Make Up and Hair: Julia Laza
Stylist: Ashumi Sangh
Retouching: Anna Alef
Photographer: Nina Kadatko
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:27

BZion AW13 London Fashion Week

Photo Credit: Trevor Griffiths iDeLick Media
Monday, 25 February 2013 18:25

Guests at London Fashion Week 2013

The Jamaican High Commissioner, Deborah St. Louis, guests & exhibitors networking after the show.

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Monday, 25 February 2013 12:08

Lessons in fashion at London fashion week

I really got an education this Fashion week thanks to some very creative exhibitors our Fashions Finest shows. I love fashion which reflects upon social issues and blurs the traditional boundaries between fashion and art. This year I had so many lessons to learn as I sat attentively pen, paper and camera ready.

Business and Ingenuity Lessons

Their legs must have been aching but the effect was sensational. Bow tie and apparel boys Velsvoir certainly pulled new tricks out of the bag when they decided to exhibit their collection upright. And, what a joy this was to be greeted with this sight when arriving a little late for their evening exhibit. Expecting to find empty chairs and hear respective reports of a 'great catwalk, ' I was happy to walk into this statuesque display of their work in a relaxed and informal setting topped off by relentless chunky beats provided by DiASCO and a musical pa by up and coming performance artist, Smith.

I had to hand it to these guys for combining fashion exhibition, music and business ethos. Afterwards, having had the pleasure of meeting parents of the velsior boys I heard that business was expanding well in Dubai and a new female range called S*uce had launched successfully. Two very proud parents I'm sure.

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Photograph Rachel Jackson

History Lessons

The theme running though both collections by Sydney-Davies and Ocansey Bianchi was war and combat. Sydney's collection took me on a journey of destruction and devastation post war to the rebirth of life and regeneration. These pictures below depicting a picture of survival after bombing and destruction.

Ocansey, still fighting war battles in her 'Immortal combat' collection with her clever use of combat styling, military blazers and bare midriff nineties- esq styling. 

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Photographs Michael MBA & Designer Sydney - Davies & Ocansey Bianchi

Lessons in Art, Structure and Expression

New comers Charlene Edwards and K McBETH pushed traditional boundaries of sculpture and shape in their Avant guard, futuristic collections. K.McBETH In particular for putting the puffer sleeve on the style barometer in her clever mix of futuristic and leather lux. Two names definitely worth keeping an eye on. 

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Photographs Michael MBA & Designer Charlene Edwards

The most memorable lesson for me, however came from Scotland's very own Brain Chan. Taking out an art attack on fashion with his fusion of art medias and even the odd rubber glove thrown in good measure, he successfully achieved in bringing art to life.

And then to hear that this talented fine art, paint and print trained artist had no formal training in fashion. I had to avert my ears as this man is fashions future itself. Already gaining rave press reviews and accolades, Brian is a man we need be watching this year. Thanks to his work, there are no boundaries between the catwalk and the art room anymore. And to quote his words "Art is a life style, we live it, so let's wear it." Indeed, lets!

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Chloe Woolcott wears K MacBETH. Photo Jonathan Tennant via Apeture 

The most memorable lesson for me, however came from Scotland's very own Brian Chan. Taking out an art attack on fashion with his fusion of art medias and even the odd rubber glove thrown in good measure, he successfully achieved in bringing art to life.

And then to hear that this talented fine art, paint and print trained artist had no formal training in fashion. I had to avert my ears as this man is fashions future itself. Already gaining rave press reviews and accolades, Brian is a man we need be watching this year. Thanks to his work, there are no boundaries between the catwalk and the art room anymore. And to quote his words "Art is a life style, we live it, so let's wear it." Indeed, lets!

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Photographs Stoyanov and Jones photography 
Monday, 25 February 2013 11:37

Fashions most glamorous

I felt truly favoured to have a front row view of Fashions Finest's London Fashion week shows. Already anticipating a real treat of vibrant Caribbean flavours, urban street wear and couture, I was even more mesmerised to comprehend some truly glamorous clothes exhibited by a number of talented up and coming designers. And, with the Oscars round the corner I took a detour down celebrity-vile.

In my head, pretending for just a minute that I was a fifties movie siren, I had to replay you back my most favourite moments from these collections. And, building that that dream wardrobe for me were talented designers such as Keneea Linton and H.O.D by Gregory Williams from the Jamaican collective, Sara Hegazy, Sonata and Itzy Bitzy Vintage.

Turning the catwalk red as if it led to a film premiere, I caught these two dresses and made a mental note to add them to my wardrobe. The first, this gorgeous black long sleeved sequined number by Keena Linton, capable of transporting the most bold and confident woman to an accolade of Oscars and prestige. The second green sequined dress by Sara Hegazy, equally striking and sexy despite missing a daring plunge neckline, still worthy of equivalent Oscar nominations. Both, taking my breath away. Sara in particular, sweeping me away in a cloud of sequined shimmer with other high points in her collection such as her stunning gold sequined cape attached to a long black maxi. Indeed, if you are as dedicated as me, you will respect the cape with the upmost this year. And having a long sparkling one attached to a dress..., a whole new height of cape appreciation in my world!

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A dress for the red carpet is one thing, but a dress for that romantic candle- lit dinner, down -town is another matter. Thankfully H.O.D had all this catered for and indeed, afterwards I learnt that he considered an outfit for every kind of woman in his collection and, with this lovely gorgeous rose petal inspired dress; he had certainly had me covered. Its hemline taking the 'waterfall' to new floral depths of what I can only coin the 'ruched rose petal hem'. A perfect dinner date combination of sex appeal and romance.

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Sex and glamour became mere understated words when recounting the exhibits of Sonata in their fifties bedroom glamour apparel fit for the likes of Marilyn Monroe or Liz Taylor featured below.

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Photographs by Michael Mba of MIDO photography

And, as if the eyes and expressions of press could tell a story that we probably wouldn't appreciate to hear in its entirety, I could only but absorb the buzz and awe created by these cheeky burlesque creations by Itzy Bitzy Vintage. 

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Photographs by Michael mba at MIDO Photography

I just love the way that this peep- hole bra combo is tastefully executed and completed by this chiffon gown. It's yellow and nude shades complemented perfectly by the skin tones of the model.

Talented designers behind the brand, Oonagh and Tracy also exhibited models wearing nipple tassels and corsets in gorgeous shades like lime green and aubergine. Sheer film- star quality originating from a love of vintage fabrics and timeless glamour.

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All in all, everything we would all dream of to complete that red carpet look from start to finish. Wardrobe complete, job done! 
Friday, 22 February 2013 11:35

Jocely Dee AW 13 LFW

Photo Credit: Trevor Griffiths iDeLick Media
Friday, 22 February 2013 11:30

Chico De Barrio AW 13 LFW

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Thursday, 21 February 2013 23:22

Jamaican Collective AW 13 LFW

The designers in this collective were, Jae Jolly, Tashia & Taianne, Shenna Carby, Julien by Juliette Dyke & Keneea Linton.

Photo Credit: Trevor Griffiths iDeLick Media
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 22:27

Sara Hegazy A/W 2013

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 21:41

Kayleigh MacBeth A/W 13 LFW

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