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Hats on to Easter

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM
It's a family affair. Trade Winds Citrus Head of Marketing Kim Lee took time out with her adorable offspring Simon and Rhemy Lee to not only enjoy brunch, but also a quick photo op.
Wine connoisseur Marilyn Bennett in this very unique fascinator at Sunday's Brunch & Rhythm ahead of the female Best-dressed Hat Competition.
Jamaica, land we love: In a Kameka Thomas design, this innovative hat worn by Children's First representative Angela Johnson was braided with hair to create this unique Jamaican-inspired design.
MoBay native and Joyce's Hats and Bags owner Joyce Hart took her attention away from the proceedings for a quick second and flashed us a curt smile.
Something borrowed. Jamaican artist P.J. Stewart flashed us a bright smile ahead of the Best-dressed Hat Competition in which she was a contender with this ethereal design.
Actor/comedian/radio personality Rodney Campbell shows that 'dons' can have 'HATtitude' too as he takes part in the fashion show.
2011 Festival Queen winner Krystle Daley flashing her pearly whites while donning this ites, green and gold creation.
We reckon that there's a seemingly fresh glow from 'Ghett'a Life' star Lisa Williams, sporting this black Jamaica 50-inspired ascot cap during last Sunday's fashion show.- photos by Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
One of our very own island beauties, former Miss Jamaica Universe top-10 finalist Jameela Geddes, shows off her Jamaica spirit in this kepi from the Jamaica 50-inspired collection.
One thing's for sure, this wide-brimmed fascinator is just perfect in our tropical island climate to protect one's skin from the scorching heat.
Bigger is always better. This wide-brimmed multi-coloured number adds a bit more panache to this little black dress.
The bandana will be making its way back to centrestage, thanks to our Jamaica 50 celebrations throughout the year.
The effervescent Deon Silvera showcasing this black and red number from Cinderella Hats and Bridal House Company Limited.

Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer

Kingston's waterfront provided the ultimate backdrop for one of Easter's premier events, the Hats on to Easter charity fashion show and brunch. Set on the lawns of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) car park under a bright Sunday-morning sun with a steady wind, women and men turned out in their numbers: albeit late to enjoy the Jacqui Tyson cuisine offerings in honour of the founder of the event, communications consultant Christine Bell. With talk swirling that this might be the final staging of the event, all the stops were pulled out to ensure it was a success. The proof could be seen in the seamless execution of the event.

Since its first staging in March 2005, 'Hats on to Easter' has been a signature event on the Easter calendar for men, women and even children. The event's lifetime patron Ambassador Madge Barrett was there to share in the proceedings. Hosted by the comedic antics of Dahlia Harris and Jerry Benzwick, the event came alive after most persons had finished brunch. Others looked on as they ate, laughing from time to time as Benzwick and Harris injected a few fun anecdotes.

As is customary and quite fitting, there was a marvellous hat show, courtesy of Cinderella Hats and Bridal House. The models were mainly some old-school faces mixed with some new school that have been gracing our television screens over the years such as Karen Harriott, Rodney Campbell and Lisa Williams, among others. The hat competition for women sported some stunning and innovative hats while Harris did her best to gather some male contenders for the male hat competition.

During each break, Glen Campbell known more for his comedic performances, proved to be a very capable DJ as he mellowed the vibe of the evening with a few classic 'Sunday music' hits. There were a number of giveaways, including best coordinated couple that went to a couple celebrating 54 years together, from Pioneer Manufacturing Distribution and Totally Male. Other giveaways were courtesy of Isabelle's Day Spa and Body & Soul.

This year's staging of Hats on to Easter was done in collaboration with the Jacqui Tyson and Dr Dennis Howard-organised monthly event, Brunch & Rhythm, at the UDC car park on the Kingston waterfront. Kudos to Jacqui Tyson and Carmen Patterson on a job well done!