Thursday, 29 May 2014

RIP THE RUNWAY: Flashing lights, fab couture electrify Saint’s Fashionblock spectacle

MADE FOR WALKING: A pair of models sporting cool designs at the fashion showcase.

By the time Shena Moult sashayed onto the catwalk, Naomi Campbell style, to open Kadian Nicely’s 11-piece women’s wear collection in a breathtakingly stunning black lace creation, the massive crowd that had assembled along New Kingston’s Standford Boulevard for Saint International’s Fashionblock showcase had swelled to over 5,000-strong as the night warmed up.

In addition to such delectable eye candy as the fabulous Miss Moulton (who is now all of 20!), the hefty white-clad 150-foot runway (the longest this side of the world) was sweetened by an impressive cross-section of models (leggy chicas with shoulder-grazing hair and sturdy hunks like Korey Rowe flashing abs of steel) who imbued the wardrobe with no shortage of pizzazz as they put in legwork to selections by DJ Nico and exuberant voice-overs from MC Jerry D.

NeahLis showed her glorious 23-piece Mariposa collection, a mélange of figure-flattering dresses, bold prints, dazzling pops of neon-bright colour inflected with wearability that makes it easy to see why she’s dubbed one of the most innovative and hard-working women in the biz right now.

Other highlights? Crocheted beachwear courtesy of Nina Swimsuit; head-swiveling party wear from Rochelle Lindsey; and the laid-back masculine cool of Portmore-based designer Balla Shawn’s 11-piece menswear set. Plus, a handful of other noteworthy pieces from the event’s foreign-based participants. And what big fashion extravaganza would be complete sans a couple of hot musical acts to blaze the stage. The dapper gents of T.O.K and the ever-stylish I-Octane did their thing in trademark style.

And special mention must be made of Mercedes Benz, who teamed up with the fashion agency (helmed by the inimitable Deiwght Peters) to add an elegant touch of automobile chic to the whole shinding. Fashionblock 2014 marked the auto giant’s very first fashion-themed event in the entire Caribbean. Enough said.

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