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Fashion Frolic with Keneea Linton

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 2:00 AMCathy Risden
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Flair's Fashion Frolic takes you behind the scenes of another popular designer's journey - Keneea Linton-George of Keneea Linton designs.

Linton-George, who specialises in corporate, cocktail and formal wear, discovered her interest in fashion at the age of nine, when she started experimenting with sewing clothes for herself. By her first year in high school - Bishop Gibson High, she was heavily involved in making cheerleading costumes and dance performance outfits. By graduation, she was making gowns and cocktail dresses for her friends and family.

Linton-George carried the hobby through to the University of the West Indies while pursuing her degree in philosophy.

Linton-George said she was elated to have presented her first collection at Caribbean Fashionweek in 2006. Though 2006 was a happy year for Linton-George, she believes that her most successful moment in the industry is yet to come.

Linton-George's dream is to see the industry grow and return to the days when designers were exporting containers of clothing across the world. Her goal is to help develop Jamaican designers through the efforts of Mission Catwalk and The Designers Guild to become internationally recognised.

She enjoyed staging her first independent runway show in November 2012.

Keneea Linton's clothing boutique was opened December last year.

Heart-to-heart

with Keneea

1. How would you describe your sense of style?

I tend to be clean-cut and simple in my style. I love a pencil dress and tend to go for classic, feminine silhouettes.

2. How would you describe your sense of design style?

My design aesthetic is clean-cut, classic, feminine and polished. I design for the stylish woman who wants to go from desk to dinner effortlessly and turn heads at any event.

3. What is your most important rule of fashion?

My most important rule in fashion is understanding who your customer is and what they want from you.

4. What is your favourite design or collection to date and why?

I have had many favourite designs over the years, but my favorite this season is the (green) palm print with (black and white) chevron stripe combination pieces. It's a chic, tropical and fresh combination that appeals to women of all ages with a bold sense of style.

5. What advice would you give to young passionate designers who might be faced with challenges?

My advice to emerging designers who might be faced with challenges would be to learn from older, more experienced designers in the industry. Working for a design house, finding internship or a mentor is crucial in this industry. International designers like Marc Jacobs, John Galliano, and Karl Lagerfeld, to name a few, all worked for established designers - Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Chanel respectively - before launching their own labels. Most of our young designers take on a hustler mindset, trying to run their own show too soon, to their own detriment.

cathy.risden@gleanerjm.com