Styleweek Jamaica: And the winner is...
Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer
With a patriotic showing to honour Jamaica 50, StyleWeek 2012, was one of Saint International's best productions to date. All three main shows - International Men's Collection, International Mecca of Style and FashionBlock - featured designers that showcased a wide array of pieces including ready-to-wear fashion. Of course, there were both high and low points. Some designers went all out and wowed patrons, while others failed to make the cut and the chance to be featured as the best designer of the week.
- Friday - International Men's Collection
A few designers stepped out of the box for the Men's collection last Friday night on the lawns of Devon House. Ballashawn and White Sky stood out. But Rick B came out on top.
His collection featured casual shirts, tailored shorts, linen pants, Jamaican-inspired shirts and suits, many of which had the audience intrigued. The suits were not your run-of-the-mill traditional black, but were a little more edgy with intricate cuts and unique styling, colour and texture. Rick B boasted a diverse collection of 20 pieces - all with impeccable finish.
- Saturday - International Mecca of Style
Some 17 designers spread over a three-segment show rocked the historic Fort Charles in Port Royal. It was hard to narrow it down to the top designer for the night. There were a number of designers, though, who showcased stylish collections. Courtney Washington and Franz Christie did extremely well. However, NeahLis and Laquan Smith were show-stoppers.
NeahLis had the most practical collection ideally suited for the tropics, incorporating some of the summer's trends with her free-flowing dresses.
Smith brought his 'A' game when it came to creativity. His use of the colour palate and fusion of futuristic and mod designs gave each look an edgy flair. Many of the pieces were not in the ready-to-wear category, but structure and creativity were pluses. It's safe to say that it is a tie for Saturday night. You decide.
- Sunday - FashionBlock
The penultimate event of StyleWeek Jamaica saw hundreds of patrons blocking off Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston to see the designs of some of Jamaica's best as well as other world-leading designers. The show was basically a regurgitation of many of the designs that were seen on prior nights with a few tweaks and additions.
However, the collection that made the most impact on the runway was the young Mission Catwalk alumnus Franz Christie. His collection was trendy but at the same time edgy and ready to wear. His use of bright colours, bold designs and varied looks made his collection one of the most diverse.