Pisces Swim Official Launch Party

Hello lovely,

Last night, Pisces Swim officially launched their new line of swimsuits with a blowout party (not to be confused with the Pisces Swim Event). The event was hosted at Incudesk in Palmdale. If you didn't know, Incudesk is a hot spot for private office rentals and meeting spaces. This is the same location that hosted The Paint Me Couture event I attended in October. I was really curious to see how the space would be converted to accommodate a fashion show. It’s really not ideally suited for such an event and the set up reflected that; with people and chairs being rearranged the closer we got to show time (at times too close for comfort). Despite this, the room was alive and buzzing. The DJ played great hits for the cocktail party as the drinks flowed. I was able to catch up with people I haven't seen in years, while we waited for the show to start.

The show started a little late but it certainly did not disappoint. There were 29 looks shown on the runway all priced between $55-65. I was pretty peeved that I couldn’t capture any images without them being blurry so I did video instead. And I HATE doing videos. They’re so much work to edit and take much longer than editing photos.. Below are just a few stills from the video I captured to give you guys a peak inside the new line.

Although I wished the models would walk a little slower, the looks were amazing. The clothes deserved to be shown a little longer. Fashions show take forever to start, just to end after 20-30 minutes, so you might as well take your time on the runway. I was anxious to see the looks because I kinda hoard swimsuits. I’ve even got my eye on a particular one (the third photo above). The CEO of Pisces Swim, Jamaal Ferguson shared how the international brand is looking to expand this year to host 4 branches. In addition to the the swimwear line, there will be an athletics line and a luxury baggage line.

I definitely want to see more from this line, but so far they get my stamp of approval. As you all know, I don’t wear high-end anything. However, as a Bahamian brand, I am obligated to throw my support behind it. How do you feel about the looks for last night’s show? Share your favourites in the comment section below!

The Feast: Frida Khalo Fashion Showcase - Hit or Miss?

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This past Thursday, Bahamian fashion designer, Cardell McClam premiered his newest collection inspired by the iconic Frida Khalo. Frida Kahlo de Rivera (Spanish pronunciation:[ˈfɾiða ˈkalo]; born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón; 6 July 1907 – 13 July 1954) was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society. Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist.

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Hosted at the Courtyard Marriott, the night began with a cocktail hour hosted by Perez Clarke, who held stimulating discussions with guests about HIV and it's effects on the Bahamian population. Many vendors set up shop, while we were treated to a sensational Bachatta by the Maydi Dancers.

As always with a Cardellicious fashion show, the fashion show began with a provocative video, to set the stage for the story that would unfold on the runway. The video clip was taken from a scene in the movie about Frida Khalo played by Salma Hayek. The video depicted what appeared to be the death of Frida Khalo followed by a tribute, but it went on way too long, with the gist being understood within the first minute.

An artist by the name of Positive Energy took centre stage to deliver a prolific spoken word piece. We saw another seemingly misplaced video before a new artist named Danette performed her studio single, Melanin to the Core. In an effort to raise awareness on the facts about HIV,

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Cardell hosted a round table discussion asking tough hitting questions like, “Would you date a person who is HIV positive?” The answer shocked everyone, when epidemiologist, Glenise Johnson said, yes she would, because if a person is taking their medication properly, the antiretrovirals would prevent the infection from passing on to someone else. It gave everyone a lot to think about. We watched one more video with Cardellicious designers Cardell McClam and Christopher explaining the purpose of the new line. I loved that we were going to see pieces meant to be worn in everyday settings that we will soon be able to buy in a boutique. I can’t wait to show you the piece that I fell in love with!

We were told that the colours of the night were Blueberry blue and lemon yellow, but we saw a lot more than that. At first the men’s apparel appeared to be random pieces that didn’t belong together in a collection, because none of them shared a commonality, function or theme, but they were still very nice looks. I didn’t get a Mexican vibe from the clothing, but they do look like pieces men can add to their wardrobe.

The blue suit was my favourite men’s look because I love turbans and fitted suits. I also loved the fuschia combo with the large black belt. I felt they were the strongest looks in terms of visual appeal and marketability. Then came the women’s looks, which really blew me away. Naturally I didn’t LOVE every piece, but this collection really spoke to the theme, and I felt it flowed wonderfully. I’ll save my favourite pieces for last.

Like I said, these looks, looked as though they belonged in the same collection. Bold colours, powerful lines and structures - I was able to see the Frida Khalo influence in these pieces and they were well done. These next two pieces I gave a little nickname: The one on the left is what you would wear to your ex’s funeral, and the one on the right is what you would wear to your ex’s wedding. You know, THAT ex. Am I wrong? Or just petty? You be the judge.

That leaves my favourite looks of the night. Everything about these looks screamed fantastic: the hair, the makeup, the models. I loved these looks because they looked the most ready to wear. That’s pretty much what I look for in fashion. It’s all well and good when a designer makes something couture that belongs on the cover of a magazine, but what happens to it afterwards? If a look transcends from the runway to my closet, I’m sold. The first look is a beautiful beach cover-up that looks luxurious to lounge in. Then there is a simple black tuxedo look that I love (I told you I love a fitted suit). It’s on my bucket list to own a matching fitted suit one day. Then there is a sexy long sleeved dress that screams DATE NIGHT! That’s the piece I want the most!

What did you think of the looks? Share whether you think this collection was a hit or miss in the comment section below. If you missed any or want to see them on the runway, check out my live stream here for a full rundown! On Friday I’ll have the complete breakdown of EVERYONE nominated for an Elevation Award in the 2019 Award Show, so stay tuned for that! Will I be nominated again? Only one way to find out!

The Feast Frida Khalo: BEAUTY PRESS PREVIEW

Hello lovely,

 On November 22, Cardell Mcclam Men & Women Fashion Brand & Cardellicious "The Full Figured Fashion Brand of the Bahamas" will showcase its NEW 2019 Fashion Collections, under the theme, "The Feast: FRIDA KAHLO" at the Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach.

This past Sunday, Cardell and his team invited me to their exclusive Press Party to highlight some of the makeup and hair we’ll see on the runway next Thursday. Check out the highlights below, including an exclusive interview with the designer himself!

 

Before I go, I want to wish a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend (one of the greatest friends anyone could ask for), Doran!

Pisces Swim Event

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On Saturday, Jamaal Ferguson, the brains behind Pisces Swim hosted a fantastic fashion show at Mario's Bowling & Entertainment Palace. The line is said to pay homage to its culture, narrating the lifestyle of the people and unveils the beauty behind the 700 islands and cays of The Bahamas. Pisces Swim radiates its essence with vivid colors and prints. At an average cost of $60 per swimsuit, Pisces Swim sets out to be an affordable luxury line.

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Due to extenuating circumstances, the show got a late start, but once it started, it flowed exceptionally well. The show began with a performance from Thin Ice. She got the crowd pumped and excited after that long wait, with her colourful Junkanoo headpiece and sparkling costume. Her back up dancers almost stole the show with their moves, but overall it was a fun performance. Then it was time for the first set of looks (each model had three looks).

Following the first fashion set, was a simple yet stellar performance of smooth reggae vibes by the talented artist Judah da Lion. He hit the stage with his latest hit “Outlaw (Ride On)”(I almost know all of the words now). Then the second fashion set was underway.

There was no musical performance in between the second and third set but the third set did not disappoint. 

The show was closed with an exhilarating performance by Patrice Murrell who is quickly becoming my favourite Bahamian artist! I'm amazed at how such a powerful voice comes out of someone so timing.

I think the event was a success. Some of my photos weren't usable because I didn't capture the lighting as well as I would've liked to, but trust me, the swimwear is gorgeous! The models were spunky, which brought a lot of energy to both the fashion and the audience. If managed well, this company should be making some big splashes soon.

The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition

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This past weekend, I attended The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition at the Dundas Centre. The event featured designs from designers Anthinique Black, Reneil Ingraham, Del Simone , Alex Turnquest, Rebel, Racquel, Jarressa Johnson , Ryan Dean and Delano Marc. The Miasma Art and Fashion Exhibition was meant to tell the story of "an Afro/European inspired civilization called the Cicada. The story begins one day preceding an outbreak of the Miasma Plague, a Plague that was a weapon used against the tribe's enemies but now it will bring them DOOM..."

The coordinators of the event never mentioned that it would be outside so that was the first surprise. While waiting for the event to begin, I was able to chat with a few retailers pictured above, and a local artist who was disappointed that there was no art exhibit at 6 as advertised. I don't personally know the host of the event but I must admit, although the idea behind what he was doing was great, the execution left much to be desired.

There was no designated announcer so the DJ had to try his best to announce when the models were approaching the runway. The runway was far too long (about 30- 50 yards) and not very well light, so when nighttime fell, the photographers could not see a thing. At the next event, the runway should be MUCH shorter and INDOORS. You do not want your guests to be attacked by random bugs in the dark while trying to enjoy your show.

The first designer, Jarressa Johnson debuted African inspired looks that were gorgeous and practical, but the music of Fall Out Boy did not match the designs at all. As a tip an afro-beat would've paired significantly better with her African designs. Also, spread out the models more; you should never have one model directly behind another as it makes it harder to focus on one look at a time.

Next up was Justin Moultrie (the art segment) who even walked with the other models holding his paintings. The paintings told an interesting story of power and love in the African culture.

Racquel Barr was up next with her resort swimwear designs. I've never been a fan of the plastic raincoat look, which some of her models sported, but I can always appreciate when designers create plus size wear.

The BTVI designers were the last looks I saw before leaving because it was too dark to take any more photos. Mckaila Lett, Reneil Ingraham, Del Simone and Anthinique Black blew everyone away with their designs! They were hot and definitely something that should be sold in boutiques all over the island.

The biggest problem of the show was the incredibly long pauses in between each designer, on average 10-15 minutes between each set. Luckily we have the musical stylings of Shon P and Ophine from the Savage 100 music label to fill in two of the gaps. The full lineup was both admirable and enjoyable. Just work on a faster turn around with the models, host the show indoors so that time of day or weather won't be a factor, and your next show could be a huge success!

 

Sail Away Fashion Show Recap

Hello Lovely,

This past Sunday, the remarkable designers, Cardell McClam and Christopher John of Cardellicious collaborated with R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas. R.E.A.C.H to bring The Sailor Boy 2018/2019 Collections. Bahamas is a non-profit organization that aims to provide parents with comprehensive knowledge and tools in all areas of the Autism disorder and other related challenges in the Bahamas. 

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The show opened with a sizzling performance by Patrice Murrell, singing her original hit song, "Your Ting." Patrice's confidence translated superbly as she sauntered around the catwalk, getting everyone excited for the show that was about to come. She was followed by the incredible Chase Fernander who rocked everyone with her smooth Hip Hop song entitled, "Repeat". The last musical artist was Rapp Quelle. I've heard of him for years but never had the opportunity to meet him so I loved hearing him live.

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The show consisted of over 20 dazzling looks! Just like the Cardallicious showcase at Bahamas Fashion Week, the apparel was ready to wear! I loved almost every single piece that graced the runway.

This one was particularly my favourite look. I'm completely obsessed with the duster look right now so I immediately gravitated towards this look! I genuinely would wear this look belted around the waist with a "Cinderella" heel.

I love how this model and the others walked the runway so confidently. I felt compelled to buy the clothes right away! (Not like I need an excuse to shop any way).

Here are some more of my favourite looks.

Areas that I thought could improve were the environmental and runway music, and lighting in the room. Someone kept dimming the lights making it near impossible to get a decent shot of the models. There was a point when the lights were fully up and it was the perfect lighting, however, once they were dimmed, it became a real struggle. Another area for improvement was the direction the models entered and exited the runway. With the media in the back of the room, the entrance of the runway for many models was at the back of the room. This also made it near impossible to get a decent shot of the models as they did not pause long enough in front of us.

But don't worry. I was able to capture the final walk, with Cardell's closing vote of thanks. See the full recap in this video below. 

I was so happy to purchase a R.E.A.C.H t-shirt as well as a pin and car decal. I look forward to volunteering with them in any way I can this year. Which look was your favourite of the night? What do you look for in a Fashion Show? Share your reactions in the comment section below!

Bahamas Fashion Week

Bahamas Fashion Week

Bahamas Fashion Week is focused on propelling Bahamian and international designers to the forefront of the global fashion market. It is the Nation’s Premier Fashion Showcase. a fusion of art, style, culture, fashion, entertainment and runway. This event captures the international sensibility of the country while providing a calendar of social and educational activities. For 3 strategically focused days, The Bahamas becomes the epicenter of fashion, art and entertainment, as all eyes on local and international stage witness collections unveiled for the first time. And I was there for everything! Here's my review of the first ever Bahamas Fashion Week.

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