Friday, 12 May 2017

LIFE + STYLE: Spotlight on upcoming J’ca International Exhibition + Logos Hope’s artistic offerings + Jeneil’s foray into design

DESIGNING WOMAN: There comes a time in every ambitious supermodel’s life when she wants to do more than just grace the runway in glamorous couture; she wants to create her own pieces. By all accounts, Jeneil Williams is at that stage of her career. The Pulse supermodel, who has been a Nike ambassador for the past few seasons, is set to debut her first swimwear collection at Caribbean Fashion Week, come next month. According to the catwalk pro, her freshman collection has been inspired by her travels to some of the world’s most exotic destinations. Hence, she plans to draw on the lush colours of the islands and the cosmopolitan flair of the big cities. In other words, swimwear that is highly fashionable, sexy and super functional. CFW 2017 (dubbed the Best of Caribbean Fashion Week) returns to Villa Ronai, Stony Hill, from June 7 to 11, for a glitzy, star-studded celebration featuring Grammy winner Ashanti, Fuse ODG, Meiling, Lois Samuels, Drenna Luna and dancehall hotshot-turned-urbanwear designer Alkaline, among a host of other noted names. 

BRANDS, BUZZ, BUSINESS: The countdown is on to next month’s inaugural Jamaica International Exhibition (JIE), which invites Jamaicans and members of the global community to experience the wealth of unique and high-quality products and services from over 40 different countries! Being put on by the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, the JIE is a first in terms of its sheer size and magnitude and will see some 600 buyers and suppliers from within the region, South America, Canada, the United States, the UK and other parts of Europe and China, coming together to form new business relations and create investment opportunities. Following the Opening Ceremony and exhibition tour, led by PM Andrew Holness and government officials (on June 1), the exhibition will be open to the public for two days of business connections and retail therapy. A Jamaica International Party will bring the curtains down on the event on the night of Saturday, June 3. 

COME ON BOARD: The hundreds of Jamaicans who are expected to visit the Logos Hope Book Fair at Rockfort in Kingston, from May 12 to June 11, will be able to do more than just explore the ship’s 5000+ book titles. They will be able to participate in several onboard activities. Among the offerings: a live theatrical rendition of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (based on the classic C.S. Lewis novel, full of magic and mystery), being adapted for the stage by Jimmy Hendricks, working with director Tim Whitson. The performances are scheduled for Sunday, May 21 and Sunday, May 28 at 2:30pm. But prior to those shows, Friday, May 19, brings a Battle of the Arts, which invites patrons to experience the diversity of the world in a perfect mix of dance, music and more, performed by Logos Hope international crew members and young Jamaican artistes. The Logos Hope (considered the world’s largest floating book fair) is open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays (10am to 9pm) and Sundays (2pm to 9pm). Information hotline: 585-3871.

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