TAKE TWO: A pair of minimalist looks from the Lady In Red collection.
Ladies, listen up: When day/evening dress code calls for original thinking next season, consider Keneea Linton-George’s stunning, delightfully extreme “Lady In Red” silhouettes, complete with bold strokes of red and black, and a fanciful flourish or two. This past Tuesday evening, the creative designer stayed true to her mantra of “clean cuts and sophisticated finish” by previewing a new 22-piece collection to a sizeable, invitation-only audience inside New Kingston’s Courtleigh Auditorium, gorgeously decked-out and beautifully lit.
The guest list: The haute flock aside, we spotted such well-known faces as Danielle Crosskill, Emprezz Mullings, Justine Henzell, Drew Brennan, Chris Reckord, Damian Shaw, Brian George and Novia McDonald-Whyte, in addition to a few other editors, bloggers and style watchers, and all-round high-fashion aficionados.
The couture and the models: Sleek, slender Pulse models breathed full-bodied life into the mix of fabulous pencil dresses, elegantly romantic flair gowns and chic jackets that the designer sent down her runway to a haunting, pulsating soundtrack. Think miles and miles of Chantilly lace, as well as red and black wool, silk chiffon, mesh details, taffeta, and seductively daring cuts sure to get heads turning as you glide into that ballroom or cocktail reception.
Ageless beauties: It would be remiss of me to not mention the presence of two legendary catwalk divas who bookended the fashion show: the superfierce Althea Laing (right) who opened the proceedings rocking an otherworldly Chantilly lace pencil skirt and silk grosgrain peplum jacket (with red floor-length taffeta cape), and groundbreaking glamazon Joan McDonald, who stepped out in another bonafide highlight – a Red Peau de soie gown with Chantilly lace panel detail. “I like Keneea’s line; it takes you from one mood to the next,” offers McDonald. “It says we’re women, and that’s what we like.” Looking great ladies. Age certainly ain’t on your page!
The final word: Among noteworthy local designers very few can pull off high drama (with splashes of the unexpected) quite like Keneea Linton-George. “I like to design for the bold, confident woman and she will always feel comfortable in red. I’ve always loved red, so it was an easy choice for me,” she told me after the show. “The inspiration behind this collection was about finding those designs that would be show-stopping and still make a woman feel comfortable.” Mission accomplished. Overall, a smashing set of wearable pieces boasting impeccable craftsmanship and that requisite elegant flair.