Spring fashion's Wonderland
Garfene Grandison, Assistant Lifestyle Coordinator
We could think of no better way to showcase a few fashion trends that work well in Jamaica for spring than with an extraordinary trip down the rabbit hole into the land of merry unbirthdays and late-running rabbits. Using the the world-famous fairy tale of Alice in Wonderland, the Flair Magazine decided to discover the world of the unknown using the picturesque Hope Gardens as ground zero.
The general idea was a bit sketchy at first but if Vogue could do it, so could Flair, and our inspiration started right there.
Trying to shy away from eccentric over-the-top fashion, we decided to call upon the expertise of noted stylist and fashion blogger Natalia Oh!. To source a few of the season's trendiest pieces, our journey took us to Flirt Boutique and Spokes Apparel. We wanted to stay true to our Alice in Wonderland theme, making it dramatic and edgy, but wanted to keep the fashion realistic with pieces that could be worn throughout the season and beyond. But Alice's adventure involved a number of eccentric individuals and interesting animals. Naturally, we had to choose the most eccentric individuals that would be perfect for our fashion fairy tale. We regrettably narrowed the casting to the three main characters - the Queen of Hearts, the 'Mad Hatter'; Alice, of course, and the bunny - after all, a bunny with a pocket watch isn't an everyday occurrence. The casting wasn't easy. We needed models who could embody the innocence and maturity of Alice, the eccentricities of the Mad Hatter and the cold and calculating emotions of the evil queen.
Alice's story ...
One sunny day, Alice and her sister were sitting under a tree. Alice is getting bored when she sees a white rabbit and decides to follow him down a rabbit hole. When she arrives at the bottom of a very long rabbit hole, is when her adventure begins.
One drink and she changes size. She meets animals who can talk and she joins in a strange race with them where everyone is a winner. Then there is a rather rude caterpillar who teaches Alice to control her size, and a smiling cat that can disappear when it wants to. As Alice continues to explore this strange world, she meets a duchess with a baby that changes into a pig, and she takes part in a very strange tea party. Finally, she meets the King and Queen of Hearts. The Queen is a strange woman, who always wants to cut off the head of the animals and people around her. The Knave of Hearts has to stand trial for stealing some tarts, and when Alice is told to leave the trial room because she is getting too big, she refuses. She begins to fight the cards. But suddenly she wakes up. It was all a dream after all.
'Now, I give you fair warning, either you or your head must be off, and that in about half no time! Take your choice!
It's been said "When entering a room, always look for the man dressed in a well-tailored suit, for a man in a well-tailored suit is always in charge."
Men have grown tired of dressing down. There are men who appreciate the finer things in life, men who define luxury, setting a new standard and definition of what it means to dress the part, and dress well. The attention to detail in a tailored suit is what's key.
Trends: Flirty florals, electric blue, white shoes, mint green
Trends: Baroque: emphasis on texture, lace, velvet, brocade, damask in dark reds, burgundy, black or gold, wine-red lips, dark nail polish.
Trends: Double-breasted Suits; Tuxedo Blazer; Mixed Prints
(gingham and paisley) and Textures (tweeds and leather); Cropped length