Thursday, 24 May 2012

WITHOUT LIMITS: A Letter from the Editor

It’s that time of year when Caribbean fashion takes centrestage and our luminous style talents put their best foot (hand, leg, toe…) forward. And who is more luminous or talented than Mr. Calvin Whilby, more famous as Prodigal Son, that superstylish ‘radikal’ who is not only putting out an excellent new album, 7699, but is also busy taking his philanthropic endeavours to a whole new level?

As you will read in “Prodigal Power,” Calvin is an admirably driven and family-minded man, who is intent on testing the boundaries of what he can do and who he can be – including how he dresses.

As a curtain-raiser to the CFW June collections, TALLAWAH brings you “The New Guard,” a brief meditation on (some of) the next big names in regional fashion. One can only sing the praises of people like Pulse’s Romae Gordon and Keneea Linton-George of Mission Catwalk, who’ve made it their business to help young and emerging designers find their place in the fashion landscape. Kudos.

Elsewhere in this edition, it is a pleasure to witness the grand return of the Calabash Literary Festival after a year-long absence from the cultural scene. Enough cannot be said of the hard work of organizers Justine Henzell, Kwame Dawes and Colin Channer, who insist year after year on staging a world-class event – and always succeed.

Very much like Prodigal, Pulse and Mission Catwalk, Calabash reminds us that Jamaica is full of infinitely talented people who continue to show what can be achieved when you put your mind to it.

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