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How To Rock Denim On Denim

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

This past fashion season seemed to have been paying homage to many 80s and 90s trends. Denim on denim is one of those fashion crazes that resurfaced onto the scene. Stars like Rihanna, Rita Ora and Nicole Richie have been seen rocking this retro inspired must-have.

There are quite a few ways to rock this trend. I, for example, like to keep it simple. A well snug denim jacket (tone/wash of your choice) with contrasting jeans (skinny or slim fit), worn with Converse sneakers and lots of hand jewelry such as statement rings, give the perfect casual look. You could even wear your denim jacket with a cute sun dress or maxi and flat sandals (don’t forget your pedicures, ladies!). Some women may prefer to step out in a denim jumpsuit, which is chic when paired with pointy toe stilettos, bangles and a cute hat like a fedora or bowler. Keep in mind that colours/metals of your choice MUST coordinate but not necessarily match.

Another way to go would be to pair a lighter denim with a darker denim. For example, a light denim cropped vest with a dark denim high-waisted shorts with a little fringe is a perfect look for any teen or young adult. You may accessorize with navy and gold/earth tone arm cuffs or bangles, which give a subtlety to the already edgy casual ensemble. For a modernized hippie edge, wear it with a hippie headband.

If you want to be fun and funky, there are colored/printed denims! Now, there are solids and patterns to choose from. You could go for a solid peach denim vest/shirt (sleeves rolled up) and pair it with solid pale yellow jeans OR even go for a light natural denim vest and pair it with colored, stripped skinny jeans. A powder blue chiffon vest-top with tribal/Aztec printed skinny jeans are also a great combo. These are just examples, as there are so many different choices when it comes to colored denim! The key is to keep it fresh by mix-matching different types of denim, taking into consideration one’s skin tone, height, weight proportions and accessories. An outfit that could make a bold fashion statement could also so easily turn into a train wreck of a look.

(written by yours truly for KuramaMagazine.com & Photos courtesy Life & Style Boutique)

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

Model Kari McCarthy, styled by yours truly

Photo Session with Photographer LOGAN C THOMAS

Fresh off the campus of Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), my longtime friend & photographer Logan C Thomas & I thought it would be the optimum time to work together again. He was kind of in a creative slump, but I wouldn’t have any of that. We usually worked on projects together. Whether it was test shooting models, shooting for our respective portfolios & experience, or an impromptu portrait session, it was always a growing experience working with Logan & a pleasant one at that.

He had just received his shipment of equipment that he had sent over (a process that was not without its blunders) from SCAD & was more than ready to make use of them, using me as his model. I also jumped at this chance because I haven’t done a photo shoot with myself as the focus in quite some time. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get some images for my professional use & as content for my blog.

So, here you go! These are just a few out of the batch. More to come soon ;) Styling by yours truly

New Year’s Model Feature: RONELLE KING

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s finally 2014, and what better way to start the year than with a little fierce fashion!

My dear friend & aspiring Barbadian model Ronelle King shot with Russian photographer Nikka Lorak today (January 1st 2014)!

Here’s a little teaser from the shoot. I’ll be posting the other images altogether when they’re ready. So for now, feast your eyes on THIS! ;)

Dress: J'aiNique Couture by Chenique Jones  Styling: Nikka Lorak

Dress: J’aiNique Couture by Chenique Jones Styling: Nikka Lorak

INTERVIEW: Model SAMANTHA LAVERICK

I’ve featured countless acclaimed international models & supermodels on my blog. I thought it was time to do something fresh & highlight some of my favorite faces & models from right here in Barbados!

First up, model & former Miss Barbados World 2009 contestant Samantha Laverick, who is no newcomer to the local industry! Some would even say she’s been somewhat of a buzzing socialite on the island & definitely a face to remember at any party or lounge. Her bold, stunning features & banging body, like that of a Victoria’s Secret Angel, make her more than enough to qualify as one of my favorites on the island!

1. What does modeling mean to you?
– Modeling is an expression of art, creative minds and concepts coming to life. Capturing exquisite moments.

2. How & when did you first get into it?
– I was fourteen years old when I moved back to Barbados and I was approached to compete in a bikini competition. After that, word of mouth got me into most modeling jobs. I have been in love with it ever since.

3. What are some of your most memorable stints?
– I would have to say a mermaid shoot I did with Alyson Holder, it was raining, the tide was high and I had to appear poised on the reef. The shots came out amazing but you wouldn’t believe what we were going through at the time.

4. What kind of modeling are you most comfortable doing?
– Definitely editorial print, high fashion. I’m not into runway, I’m 5″7 which is considered on the short end of the spectrum in fashion, regardless it’s never been my thing.

5. What does beauty mean to you?
– Beauty is an extension of one’s soul. If your energy is positive you will appear beautiful on the outside. Of course, great makeup never hurt either (hahaha).

6. What are your views on the strict stipulations on age & size in the fashion industry?
– I believe the industry has become more open to age & size over the last 5 years or so. There is still a need for older models to represent a more mature demographic. Plus size models are also becoming more popular, but would they ever appear in high fashion shoots or NY Fashion Week? Probably not, but I do believe there is a place for everyone in the industry and for that I am happy to see. The fashion industry is definitely evolving.

7. How do you think we in the fashion industry can help to curb the rise in eating disorders among models?
– I believe knowledge is power! Models should all be guided on health regimes and workouts that will offer them optimal fitness. I believe models still fear losing their jobs and contracts if they put on weight but If we equip them with the right knowledge then the power is at them.

8. What is your diet like?
– I practice a low carb diet with little or no grains. Paleo diet (the caveman diet) is practiced in CrossFit, however, I do cheat once a week and I really make it count!

9. Do you have a workout regime?
– I work out five times a week at Crossfit with an amazing team! CrossFit is an intense exercise program featuring dynamic exercises like plyometric jumps, and Olympic lifts while using non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettlebells, sand bags, suspension systems or water-filled implements. It is my love and passion, I do not think I will ever stop!

10. Give some tips for models trying to get into shape.
– I would say don’t be afraid of lifting weights. Many people are under the impression that you bulk up but its a myth. I have been lifting weights for almost a year and I am nowhere near bulky. Truth is, lifting rips you out and leans you down. Cardio is a waste of time if you are not lifting with it!

Photo by Barbadian photographer Alyson Holder

Photo by Barbadian photographer Alyson Holder

Samantha’s mermaid shoot with photographer Alyson Holder

Samantha’s mermaid shoot with photographer Alyson Holder

INTERVIEW: Canadian Pop Duo: HighDiamond!

I present to you, a rocking dance-pop duo who is ready to take Canada & the world by storm, Catina & Angela or also popularly known as HighDiamond! Their debut single ‘Broken’ has already hit the airwaves all across Canada since May of this year & has clearly become a favorite to many! Since the release of ‘Broken’ they’ve been voted CKXS 99.1 XS Emerging Artist for the month of May by listeners, AND in Ottawa on Hot 89.9 ‘Broken’ won Battle of The Beats five nights in a row, helping them to secure a spot in the Hot 89.9 Hall of Fame!

Check out my little chat with these upcoming femme fatales here –

Q. Who/What first sparked your interest in music?
HD: From a very young age we have both been exposed to all kinds of music in every genre from our dance training. There are beautiful pieces of classical music for ballet, old style jazz, hip hop, etc. We honestly don’t remember a day that has gone by that we haven’t listened to music. We love all kinds of music!!

Q. What was your journey like to this point as artists? 
HD: The journey has been amazing! Never a dull moment that’s for sure! We’re constantly working with new people in the industry, always learning new things and evolving as artists. You really have to be like a sponge and take in everything. With two singles released and music videos on the way we have a lot going on and it’s exciting to see it all come together! We’re taking this next part of our journey to Miami to record some new music and work with new people so it will be an exciting chapter! 

Q. How would you describe your sound? 
HD: Our sound is dance pop! Very upbeat, positive and catchy! Our sound may change a little with these new tracks we’re working on now!

Q. Who are your musical influences? 
CAT: Nicole Scherzinger! I love the way Nicole can go from the pop sound of Pussy Cat Dolls to Phantom of the Opera and Don’t Cry For Me Argentina. Her voice is so pure and she’s so elegant and classy. 
ANG: Rihanna! She has a unique sound and I love her vibe.  

Q. Tell us about your  popular debut single ‘Broken’. Was it written by you both. If so, what is the inspiration behind the song? 
HD: We co-wrote the song! Its about sacrifice. Which is choosing someone else’s feelings over your own. We’ve also released our second single ‘Just Like That’. Its about missing someone you love and anticipation. 

Q. What can fans look forward to with your future releases? 
HD: ‘Dance It Away’ is licensed to a movie called ‘Idiots, Product & Money 2′ that will be coming out in the new year and we are currently working on some new music! Can’t wait to share it! 

Q. Where are you looking to take your careers? What is the ultimate goal? 
HD: Our ultimate goal is to be the best entertainers we can be. Play to huge audiences!! To connect and relate with our fans, and for our fans to know they can depend on our music no matter what they are going through at a certain time in their life. 

Q. Now lets talk fashion. Would you say that you both have specific personal styles when it comes to fashion? And would you call yourselves fashion enthusiasts? 
CAT: We both have very different personal styles! I am the ‘girly’ one out of the two of us. I love bright colors and sometimes nerdy attire. I love being comfortable! 
ANG: I am always trying new things! I like to be different, and express myself through my attire. My go to color is black and I love to be comfortable most of the time. 

Q: So boots or heels?!
CAT: Heels…all the way!
ANG: Heels!

Q. Do you follow fashion rules, or are you law breaking trendsetters? 
CAT: Honestly I probably couldn’t name off one fashion rule. I wear what I want and I wear how I’m feeling. One thing we go by; fashion is your personality, wear it! 
ANG: Whats a fashion rule? LOL I guess that makes us trendsetters!

FOLLOW THE GIRLS’ CAREER:

Website: http://www.high-diamond.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/realhighdiamond

YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/1HighDiamond

LOOK OUT FOR THE NEW SINGLE 'JUST LIKE THAT'

LOOK OUT FOR THE NEW SINGLE ‘JUST LIKE THAT’

Getting ready. On set of their video shoot for 'Broken' with my blog logo

Getting ready. On set of their video shoot for ‘Broken’ with my blog logo

BB Fashion Week: SS2014 REVIEW

Jalicia & I at the BB Fashion Week after-party at PRIVA

Jalicia & I at the BB Fashion Week after-party at PRIVA

It was that time again, when fashionistas around Barbados were anticipating the island’s premier fashion event, BB Fashion Week! They battled through last week’s horrible weather with their excellent designer line-up & fresh model faces that were great additions to this year’s show.

My dear friend Jalicia Nightengale, a former Barbadian model who was based in Switzerland, was my date for the weekend. She & I mingled up a storm & met some great designers & fashionistas who I will later interview for my blog. During the days I attended, the highlight designs came from Kesia Estwick, Shanika Burnett, model-turn-designer Rhea Cummins-Jordan, Charu Lochan Dass, Anthony Redd & Kimon Baptiste.

Shanika Burnett of Shakad Designs started off the weekend with her fabulous designs. Her use of natural fibers & colorful hues come as no surprise, but her newest collection brought a more contemporary twist to her usual look. Shanika is known for her very afro-chic/afrocentric style & excellent tailoring. She did not disappoint.

As you all may know, I am slightly biased to Kesia Estwick due to my undying love for her impeccable taste as an artist. Kesia showcased both her popular KISS collection & her new SS2014 self-entitled collection. Her SS2014 Kesia collection, which features pieces that were used in one of Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model‘s couture photoshoots, gave the audience a eyeful of modern elegance. This collection is a testament to her versatility as a designer. Kesia is already known for her edgy/risqué urban looks of KISS but switched it up to show that she is no ‘one trick pony’. The collection comprised of black & white combos, wine reds & navy with a touch of luxury for the sassy, sophisticated woman. Elements of sheer & cut-outs were focal trends in the Kesia collection. When I asked her what inspired her, she said, “It was a spur of the moment collection. I just had the feeling one day to create something beautiful so I started sketching & didn’t stop until I had about 20-something sketches on paper. Just like that, with no solid inspiration. Just a feeling in the pit of my stomach. I used a mix of brocade, lace, silk chiffon, sequined fabric & quilts in the collection. The Kesia SS14 collection I would say is soft & ethereal yet bold & powerful.”

Rhea Cummins-Jordan is also no stranger to the local fashion scene. The Barbadian model & ‘it-girl’ showcased her first ever collection, entitled Aria. It was a huge hit!! The collection was filled with fun, funky, effortless style. Perfect for teens & young adults. Denim, stretch twill & jersey were all used in the making of the collection. When asked about what inspired her, Rhea said, “My line was fun & quirky. It was a reflection of my personality & everyday dress basically. I drew inspiration from shapes & lines so a fair amount of patchwork is on many of the pieces.” Rhea is definitely one of the newest designing talents to watch out for.

A dynamic duo of two Trinidadian designers, Charu Lochan Dass & Anthony Redd, made for a great combo. Jalicia & I actually met these two during the intermission on the first night. We all instantly clicked & started chatting away. They had mentioned that they both actually have their own lines, but decided to come together & showcase under the name Anthony Redd Fashion House. Charu’s line is self-entitled, whereas Anthony’s is called Island Urban. I was immediately a fan of both of them when I saw their designs on the second night. Charu’s designs had classic, tailored lines with sensual cuts & alluring patterns. She describes her aesthetic as poised, elegant & confident. “Fabrics used were mainly silk for that look of aristocracy. Sheer fabrics for movement & lace to add that sexy element,” said Charu. Her professional counterpart, Anthony Redd, designs the male aesthetic of the collection. His look is much more relaxed with a casual urban finish but does not stray too far from the aim of confidence & polished style.

Last but by no means least on my list is Kimon Baptiste. Baptiste’s refreshing take on the use of color & patterns served up an ambiance that was authentically Caribbean, but with a contemporary take. Her all female collection was also wide ranged, from casual chic to feminine glamour. Pieces shown could easily cater to the trendy woman looking for something one of a kind to wear to a cocktail party or lunch/dinner with friends, & even to Caribbean pageant queens looking for that eye catching dress that stands them apart. All in all, despite any discrepancies, BB Fashion Week has always got great fashion talent on showcase with dazzling designs. Producer Rodney Powers has been a constant supporter of the arts & I congratulate him on pulling off yet another BB Fashion Week. I look forward to next year’s showcase.

Shakad Designs

Shakad Designs

Shakad Designs

Shakad Designs

Kesia Estwick design

Kesia Estwick design

Kesia Estwick design

Kesia Estwick design

Rhea Cummins-Jordan's 'Aria'

Rhea Cummins-Jordan’s ‘Aria’

Aria

Aria

Rhea (on right) on the runway after her collection was shown

Rhea (on right) on the runway after her collection was shown

Anthony Redd Fashion House, design by Charu Lochan Dass

Anthony Redd Fashion House, design by Charu Lochan Dass

Anthony Redd Fashion House, design by Charu Lochan Dass

Anthony Redd Fashion House, design by Charu Lochan Dass

Charu (left), Anthony (right) - Anthony Redd Fashion House

Charu (left), Anthony (right) – Anthony Redd Fashion House

Kimon Baptiste design

Kimon Baptiste design

Kimon Baptiste design

Kimon Baptiste design

Kimon Baptiste design

Kimon Baptiste design

Kimon (left) with model Kari, finale walk

Kimon (left) with model Kari, finale walk

Kesia Estwick's 'KISS'

Kesia Estwick’s ‘KISS’