Thursday 26 November, 2020

The Collection MoDA: MoDA Runway 2019

Claudia Pegus resort. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Claudia Pegus resort. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Albeit metres away from the busy city thoroughfare that is Trafalgar Road, there was nothing pedestrian about the 2019 staging of MoDA Runway.

A product of The Collection MoDA series and brainchild of kerrymanwomanhome founder/CEO Kerry-Ann Clarke, the glow-themed spectacle was quite magical.

The Main Event production amplified the fairytale conjured by pussbackfoot and Tai Flora Luxe.

But, the true beauty of the show was revealed when The Rock’s prima ballerina Kerry-Ann Henry and her “glow” ensemble opened.

A contortionist, aerial silk dancers and Solae and Sahai Panton, daughters of MoDA Market Curator Aiesha Panton left guests intrigued.

Neon strobe lighting and whimsical décor complemented the stage, accentuating the collections to be revealed thereafter.

Trinbagonian couturier Claudia Pegus’ latest collection brought trending pastels to the fore.

Inspired by a recent trip to Montego Bay in June, Pegus merged structure and sensuous pastels with designs from her previous black and white collection.

Three-dimensional fabrics, silk organza blouses paired with wide-legged trousers, and lots of texture gave vintage classics a mod update.

The designs were accentuated by Rêve Jewellery, Peoples From Barbados eyewear, and GloRi retrofit flower headdresses.

Then came Venezuelan-American fashion designer Lisu Vega, who presented monochromatic gem tone kimonos and loose-fitting technicolour dresses accentuated by rope armour.

“Nothing is wasted,” Vega told Loop Lifestyle. “I like to create pieces that are versatile… like an armour or warrior piece, somewhat for protection.”

Vega’s “armours” were woven together by upcycled fibres and remains from The Rope Project – a secondary passion of the multidisciplinary visual artist.

The showman Carlton Jones was next. He unveiled sumptuous resort wear tailored for the woman who’s “chic in the heat”.

Among the myriad colour influences was painterly works of Jones's friend, artist William Corprew (@80gramz).

Brushstroke prints, cheeky peek-a-boo cut-outs and solid neon ’fits elevated the “lack of colour” found in sand and neutral pieces.

Jones told Loop Lifestyle the colours of the collection was a “deviation from his typical earthy aesthetic”, and we concur.

Kimmysticclo designer Kimon Baptiste-St Rose repped St Vincent & the Grenadines.

Hers was a vivid collection of solid crushed linen tents and cotton A-line dresses.

Backless rompers and botanical printed shifts accentuated by flounces offset the coy-yet-understated designs.

Detroit-based fashion designer Joshua Christensen preceded his Project Runway alum Korto Momolu.

However, unlike Momolu, Christensen combined baroque elements with non-traditional designs.

Christensen’s collection was teeming with pizzazz from a merlot leather men’s suit with corset detail to jackets with lace trims. 

Stained-glass-appliquéd velvet ponchos, lots of embroidered lace, latex and even an LED-lit corset for the finale.

If you’d seen the related article 'Rock daughter' Korto Momolu takes hemp to the runway, then you’re familiar with Momolu’s hemp fashion.

Her revamped wax prints made the fad desirable yet again as she merged print-blocking Ankara with gorge hemp fabrics.

Adding “GROW”-emblazoned copper tags and intricately placed swatches of sequin gave each look more dimension.

Naturally, the lone Jamaican designer had to put on a show and Premier Gentleman’s founder and creative director Andre Stephens was up for the task.

Stephens’ collection opened with a two-piece leopard print jumpsuit and trench that conveyed unisex flair.

Alas, the superfluous print blocking, though eclectic, was well-received.

And, inviting some popular faces – Instagram faves and media personalities – to walk the runway, upped the ante.

Tortola, BVI native Germain Smith closed the show with a monochromatic capsule from his Kym’Asia label.

Smith's intentions of “bringing sexy back” were emphasized by elegant black and white dresses and gowns.

Incorporating neoprene numbers with flounces – some cinched by black ropes; others baring midriff – added depth to many traditional silhouettes.

More MoDA highlights

A major push for MoDA Runway 2019 was incorporating regional designers through a partnership with the Caribbean Export Development Agency – a few of which presented at MoDA Market.

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