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A Rose Hall Escape finds luxury and couture

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Adrian wearing one of local designers Pablo Palair's designs at the recent Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Escape to Luxury showcase in Montego Bay.
Model Christopher showing not only his fabulous six-pack but an easy-looking pair of pants by designer Pablo Palair.
Annmarie and Anita strutting some cool Island Company wear accessorised with Sankyle jewelry.
Salome dons a Cinderella hat and swimsuit by Candace Peart.
Model Salome dons a magnificent blue swimsuit by Uzuri at Ritz-Carlton Escape to Luxury Couture recently at the resort in Montego Bay.

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer


Using a James Bond '007' theme, Montego Bay-based designer Pablo Palair showcased an all-male revue at the recent Escape to Luxury Couture by the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall in Montego Bay.

Creatively feeding the eyes with bright coloured oranges and greens made from linen and cotton blends, the designer, who has been strutting his stuff on the bodies of fashionistas for the last 10 years, offered the best of Bond, tropical chic and resort wear during the two-hour fashion show at the elegant resort.

"We have always thought we needed a black 007 because the character James Bond was born in Jamaica," said Palair's business partner Leeroy Williams.

The late Ian Flemming created the character at his Goldeneye St Mary property then. So Palair and his team choreographed music from the movies Goldeneye and License to Kill to emphasise their theme.

International designers

But Palair was one of a number of local and international designers including the United States' Island Company, Sankyle Couture and Allison Hurt and Canada's Josa Tullum, paired with Jamaica's Uzuri, Candace Peart, Cinderella Hats, T&T Designs, Julan and adopted son, the Dominican Republic-born, Ernesto Castro.

Spencer Antle, creative director of Island Company based in Palm Beach, Florida, showed a lot of women linen dresses, shirts and pants, beach sandals, island totes, bikinis, men linen jackets and men swimwear.

"Our style is upscale casual, for the tropical traveller," Antle told The Sunday Gleaner.

His Canadian counterpart Josa Tullum, a lifestyle clothing brand that is inspired by the calm beaches of Tulum and the sophisticated, chic style of New York City, was as simple.

They took their favourite vintage kaftans and transformed them into contemporary, sexy dresses for the beach that were chic enough for the evening as well and had eyes feasting at Escape to Luxury Couture.

The JOSA dress reflects the simple, carefree Tulum lifestyle, yet also possesses the fashionable sophistication of the New York scene, is how they describe their resort wear.

The line consists of five dress styles, all of which are wrinkle-resistant and are offered in one size that is flattering to all. Dresses are available in three fabrics - a silk Charmeuse; a Polyrayon, which is a luxurious cashmere-like t-shirt material; and a medium-weight jersey, called Ityway. With a style and shape that is complementary to all body types, everyone will find a JOSA dress style that fits to perfection says their website.

"The goal and concept of JOSA is to provide women with dresses that can be tossed into a beach bag in the morning and are there on hand throughout the day as a cover-up, yet are stylish and sexy enough to take you into the evening hours for a late cocktail or a glamorous dinner - the perfect go-to dress for all occasions."

Known designer Uzuri, which has dressed some of Jamaica's most beautiful women did not disappoint, and their new beach line was sophisticated, sexy and fresh.

Ernesto Castro, who works with linens and cottons was upfront and on par with the créme de la créme of designers as well.

 Photos by Janet Silvera