Saturday 31 October, 2020

Models on the Move: Fashionable homecoming for Heroes' Day weekend

Saint International model Tami Williams in a series of images posted to her Instagram page. (Photos: via Instagram)

Saint International model Tami Williams in a series of images posted to her Instagram page. (Photos: via Instagram)

Edvin Thompson, the chief creative mind behind the NYC-based contemporary brand Theophilio, has had quite the week.

Having delivered his SS ’21 collection, revealing his ‘labour of love’ fashion film Migration, and returning to his home away from home after a work-cation visit to The Rock.

The lookbook – which was released before Migration, the film – features a slideshow of images plastered atop a recording of a couple on a bike cruising along Sir Florizel Glasspole Highway in Kingston.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The footage, according to Thompson, was captured on a ‘trip to Jamaica for my great grandmother and grandmothers’ funeral last year’.

Jamaican lifestyle is at the core of Migration with patterns one could easily spot on the streets of Kingston.

Khaki-coloured separates, hues of the Jamaican flag, less-than-subtle bursts of zinc-fence-esque rust, and a Zebra-striped wig to boot.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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‘With this collection, I wanted to have deeper conversations on why people migrate: for love, for work, for education, and many do flee to seek asylum. I think these conversations should be at the forefront of the topic of immigration,’ Thompson shared with TeenVogue.

Migration is, in my opinion, the best one yet. Kudos to the team!

Theophilio is a contemporary clothing brand based in Brooklyn New York, created by Edvin Thompson, the Jamaican-born designer and creative director of the brand.

Giraud makes the press, yet again!

Following her turn for Jil Sander’s Spring/Summer ’21, Saint International model Aurelie Giraud, kickstarted her Monday as the pros do: fresh-faced, and sartorially understated.

Two times the charm for the Martiniquan beauty, whom, it appears, has found favour with Jil Sander's design duo Luke & Lucie Meier.

(Photos: Giovanni Giannoni for WWD)

She slipped into Looks 1, 9, and 25, for WWD’s daily edition.

What better way to present the ‘sophisticated spring collection that proposed a warm, emotional take on minimalism,’ than with the languid Giraud?

The digital cover was linked to an article penned by Alessandra Turra, with images from fashion photographer Giovanni Giannoni, with Karine Valbrun on make-up.

Boys Who Luncheon

Saint up-and-comers Mario Grant and Val Haughton may be feeling full after a 12-page spread in Luncheon Magazine Issue 10.

The Made In Jamaica-titled story, shot by Jamaican-blooded team of photog Ekua King and stylist Candice Bailey, featured the iriest hint of Martine Rose’s SS ’21 collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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King’s thoughts on the project opened the feature. In her words: My grandma left Kingston in the early 1960s, to come to England to give her children (her two sons and her daughter) a better life. I am her daughter’s daughter shooting in Kingston, the place they left in order for me to have the life I have right now. I’m truly humbled and proud, as shared with the magazine.

Mario Grant is the title-holder of the 2017 Saint International Fashion Face of the Caribbean, who, along with Val Haughton, were among the 11 Saint models in British Vogue’s feature on The Jamaican Modelling Agency Working With Gucci And Prada earlier this year. 

That online feature was also styled and captured by Bailey and King, respectively.

On that note…

’Tis noteworthy that Saint International model Tami Williams graced the cover of Issue No 5, the Spring/Summer 2018 edition, wearing Christian Dior Haute Couture as styled by fashion editor Grace Coddington.

Speaking of Tami, she’s back home, just completed quarantine, and is enjoying a pre-fall socially distant vacay with her family on the North Coast.

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