Saturday 17 November, 2018

Style Week celebrates UDC 50 in style

A Saint International model on the runway during Style Week Jamaica's City Style 2 event in downtown Kingston on Friday. (PHOTOS: Shawn Barnes)

A Saint International model on the runway during Style Week Jamaica's City Style 2 event in downtown Kingston on Friday. (PHOTOS: Shawn Barnes)

The slight evening sea breeze failed to cool the embers of flames that came from the runway at City Style 2 on the Waterfront, downtown Kingston Friday evening with models and designers blazing a fashionable trail.

The designers were all Jamaicans honing their craft on the island and they put on a high-calibre show for the gathering that turned out for the Style Week event, which was also used to celebrate the Urban Development Corporation's (UDC) 50th Anniversary.

To mark the milestone of the government agency, the show started and finished with a segment that chief organiser and Saint International CEO, Deiwght Peters called the Golden Glow.

It featured models spray-painted gold, the same colour of the wrap worn by both genders and the additional tube top of the women. Adorning headpieces were also spray-painted gold, with one having a big 50, for the UDC, as Peters called the models ‘Golden Mannequins’.

Style Week 2018: City Style

Moses Fennell kick-started the designers' segment, with most of his clothing having a V bust cut, arousing a second look, but giving away very little. His colours were mainly black and gold and he also had a few one shoulder pieces.

Janseen Graham opened with a huge frill split to the left but had others with pleats with a mellow set that was mainly white with blue floral arrangements, as well as fully red and black dresses with sequins to enhance the look. She was also splendid as a model in one of the red.

Oshane Hinds had an unusual collection, which started uniquely with the opening verse of the Bible. Another of his unusual pieces also had bits of glass on the jacket of a man's suit.

Winner of the Campari Avant Garde Designer of the year competition, Rico Vassell, was fashionable with black, a lighter shade of blue and creme accentuated by floral patterns, while Mercy-Ann Copeland's burgundy women's suits and big sleeve designs were hits.

Desmond Onfroy went back to Africa with his collection called, Spring Summer 2K19 while Karlene 'Nina' Levy had a colourful display of knitwear, before the return of the Golden Mannequins and all the models and designers.

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