Carnival Escape into Colour.

I have it. Jade Gadeon’s Carnival, adult colouring book.

Jade has realistically rendered the costumes, colour and music of Trinidad Carnival. You can tell that the book was made by a mas playing Trini.

I was surprised by the Minshall costumes that she included in the book. She clearly had access to his work.

I got mine from Caboodles on Long Circular Road. It’s signed by Jade. I’ll start colouring in it very soon.

Also I’m really enjoying Ryan Chan’s Pretty Bitch colouring book. It can take water, so I have used my watercolour pencils in it,  images below.

I’m really happy with my collection of Caribbean inspired adult colouring books.

 

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Jouvay Jewellery

wp-image-133852774jpg.jpgMy favourite jewellery designer Gillian Bishop held a fashion show with a difference this morning at the Normandie Hotel. It combined the fashion available at The Shop accessorized with her jewellery.

My cousin is one of the jewellery designers whose Carnival collection was on display.

Here are a few of my snaps.

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The Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Robert Young’s band Vulgar Fraction’s presentation for 2017 is called the Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.

The models were people Robert selected from the crowd. He dressed them and they began twirling. The band has a loose structure, but I was surprised by how I was warming to it. The costumes, the concept, the possibility of playing mas with the band.

The mas camp is based at Propaganda Space, 24 Erthig Road in Belmont. Check them out there or virtually via their Facebook page.

See you (maybe) on the road.

Afrofunkking Trinidad Fashion

I really, really enjoyed the Afrofunk Fashion show The Warrior Walks Alone. It took place last Saturday at the Big Black Box on Murray Street. If you follow me on Instagram (@soyinification) you can tell, I took so many pictures. And I posted to the blog during the show and shared from shots in another blog post after.

I had the opportunity to talk to Charlene Shephard-Duncan about the local fashion industry and she was very vocal about what it lacks. She also told me whose vibe she likes. Check out my story for the news:

Dresses Galore at Afrofunkk Show

I was pleasantly surprised by T&T/US Designer, Charlene Sheppard-Duncan’s Spring/ Summer 2017 collection for Afropunkk. I had an awareness of the brand and it’s aesthetic, and didn’t expect to find stuff I’d want in my wardrobe. But what came down the runwalk was very, very wearable, and I now have plans to add a dress or two to my closet.

Here are some blurry snaps of some of my faves.

Adventures in Fashion Journalism

Spent some time at The Cloth on Wednesday talking to Robert Young about FashionTT’s plan for a Garment Production Facility. Robert is advocating that it be a worker-owned arrangement.

He was also excited by the re-opening of a permanant retail space, at the place where it began, the Normandie. 

It was nice seeing people pop in and leave with a piece or two. The Cloth makes statement pieces, I may be adding one of its pieces to my wardrobe soon.

Trinidad Fashion

I’ve been doing a bit of shopping lately, window and otherwise, of local fashion things. I’ve mentioned my Meiling adventures, I stopped by the Jade Gedeon pop-up at Medulla, and yesterday I interviewed Robert Young of The Cloth. I should mention that I’ve ordered a Loud by Afiya skirt, I’m so excited about that purchase.

Local fashion is having a bit of a revival. With places like Blue Basin, The Shop at Normandie, Anya’s Exhibit A and good ole’ Social Media, Trinbagonian shoppers are spoilt for choice.

And we have everything from workwear, swimwear, pret a fêter and Monday wear, local designers are covering all bases.

What I’m really interested in is the sustainability of all of this. Garment production facilities are urgently needed, or so some local designers have told me. FashionTT is looking to start-up one that would be ready to take orders as early as April. But there’s a problem. When FashionTT presented their plans to local designers, some of them walked out, because they were concerned with the ownership of the facility. I spoke to Robert Young who says, they prefer a “worker-run” and managed facility so that the workers have a stake in the company. But they also manage their own affairs. It remains to be seen what comes out of this. I will try to keep you posted.

That said, it’s nice to see more retail shops finding space for local designers on their racks. Like J.Angelique for Jebelle and Marie Collette and Adrian Foster for 212 Location. I attended the launch of the latter, and my report for C News Live is after this post.