The 2009 Islands of the World Fashion Week was held on the 4th – 8th November, 2009 in Nassau and Paradise Island, The Bahamas.
Barbadian models who participated were;
The bajan team rocked the Bahamas with their unique fierceness, as they were the only contingent that were given the privilege of wearing almost ALL designers that were shown at this year’s Islands of the World Fashion Week. They were the seeming favorites of the event.
Rihanna in a floral Marchesa gown with sexy laser cut-outs.
The 2009 American Music Awards were held at Nokia Theatre. Live on Sunday (November 22) in Los Angeles.
The stellar performances of the night were Lady Gaga’s smash hit ‘Bad Romance’, Adam Lambert’s first single off his album “For Your Entertainment” and the most anticipated return of Rihanna on the international stage performing ‘Wait Your Turn’ and ‘Hard’.
Rihanna’s performance started with a Michael Jackson-esque intro with a ghostly voice welcoming the audience to her ‘madhouse’. It was very Thriller meets Marilyn Manson & Madonna. She even made her entrance on a giant pinwheel, suited in a balck & white stripped body suit with white wedged heels.
Gaga made mouths drop with yet another shocking performance involving an ablazed piano.. yes, I said an ablazed piano, as in a piano on fire!!
Lambert on the other hand was shocking in a different way. His performance not only involved fire as well, but also bondage artists and male sex slaves on leashes, a dancer’s head grinding against his crotch simulating oral sex, and had a hand on his own crotch. He also made out with a male band member and flipped his middle finger.
To sum it all up, this year’s AMAs was one to remember.
“Fashion victim is a term – claimed to have been coined by Oscar de la Renta – that is used to identify a person who is unable to identify commonly recognized boundaries of style.”
And in my opinion, there’s a fine line between being a fashionista and a fashion victim. You’ve probably heard the term before. Furthermore, you probably see them everyday or maybe you are one, but are totally oblivious to this possible fact.
So, let me share some information to help you all re-evaluate your ‘personal style’.
As many fashion journalists or stylists would agree, fashion victims are people who take a fashion trend and run with it regardless of how it looks on them, whether it is totally clashing with their skin tone, their body frame/shape, height, age etc.
First pointer; ALWAYS aim for the classic pieces, timeless collections should always be in your wardrobe. Such as, the little black dress, white shirt dress, black slacks, pumps etc. One can never go wrong with stuff like this because they usually fit the average individual, fashionista or not!
Secondly, don’t be attracted to the ‘big names’ just because of the name! Regardless of brand, one should always be conscious of whether the article of clothing or accessory suits your body, skin tone, age, etc.
Another horrible occurrence is when one is wearing too many trends at once and therefore taking the look from the glamourous to the ridiculous. For example; if pink is in, for the love of all things right, DO NOT WEAR ALL PINK then have matching accessories and shoes. It’s too much at once! Colour overload!
Also, spend more time with yourself! Get to know you! Fashion victims often forget that it’s okay to have a personal sense of style. They just wear what the rest of the world tells them to. You can avoid being a fashion victim by taking a step backward and returning to what you love to wear. Think about what style of clothing looks good on you. Don’t just buy something because it makes you feel ‘in’ or ‘trendy.’ Buy it because you love it. And don’t be afraid to match items of clothing that you haven’t seen anyone else wear. That’s okay. That’s called having ‘personal style,’ and that’s exactly what you need to do in order to avoid being a fashion victim and to promote uniqueness.
What has the progression experience been like as a model?
Well, sometimes I didn’t do anything. I was a hair model for a couple years when I was in college and now after doing the show (America’s Next Top Model/ANTM),everything seems to be going pretty well! There’ve been ups and downs but that’s just the industry.
What was the America’s Next Top Model experience like?
For me, it was definitely a great experience. It was extremely stressful though, the entire time I was there I was depressed (giggles). The first couple of weeks I had to get used to all the cameras being around ALL THE TIME! But after a while you pretty much don’t even recognize them anymore! I was really focused, so ALL my energy went into getting a little better every week and not being in the bottom two (smiles). I wouldn’t focus on winning because I think that distracts you in a way. It’s really difficult living with so many girls. You’re always around each other, bickering but… humans are adaptable, so I adapted. It was good but I don’t think that I could do it again (chuckles).
So, what are you doing now in life?
I just moved to Paris. I’m taking some classes there and I’ve been there for about 3 weeks now and when I get back there, I’m gonna be looking for some agencies. I didn’t want to just go as soon as I got there and be totally clueless so I decided to wait a while to feel out the city (smiles). My agency (Elite Model Management) is in Chicago and New York and they have an affiliate in Paris, so… I’d probably be going with them but I’m not sure yet (smiles).
What has your experience been like in Barbados?
It’s very cool!! (smiles brightly) (chuckles) Not only am I in a tropical place with very nice people, but I get to see what fashion’s like in other parts of the world where it isn’t like a big fashion centrral. The models are much nicer even if they don’t know much about the industry, they’re not at all catty and moody like (using fingers as claws and making a funny face) RARRR!! (LAUGHS) Like how those in New York and Paris are. The designers are VERY talented and you get to see things that arn’t scripted, you get to see the rawness. And that’s a good thing.
How do you handle the ‘cattyness’ from the other models internationally?
Well, alot of them arn’t very nice, especially behind the scenes, the interviews and confessions (on ANTM). All the ‘cattyness’ gets hard during the show but you would have noticed that in the show, I just went cooking and kind of ignored them (laughs). Alot of them are VERY competitive and are really mean to you but I just don’t understand how being mean is going to help your chances but it seems to be what they think!… (sigh) I just ignore (smiles).
How did you get into modeling from being a kick-boxer and martial artist?
Well, I did mixed martial arts and what actually got me into modeling was a really bad soccer accident. I had to get 3 knee surgeries and therefore modeling went pretty well with that (chuckles) because you can’t exercise too much or you’ll get too big or masculins-looking then you won’t be able to fit into the clothes so… I’m doing great! (laughs).
What is you main goal in modeling?
Hmm.. To push myself as far as I can! Do my best, then move on with my life. and do something else because I just want to be the person I am when I wake up every morning and when I go to bed every night, to feel like I’ve done something with my life. So, if modeling ever stops feeling like that for me then I won’t do it anymore.
What do you see yourself doign after your modeling career?
I would like to be a doctor, a neonatal surgeon…… (silence) (McKey laughs)
Okay.. When you were in college, what did you study?
Law, Chemistry, Biology and Government & Politics. (long pause)
So, what’s it liek being a CoverGirl® ?
It’s excellent!! CoverGirl® is a wonderful company, they’re very good to me (smiles). It helps me to do alot of things like the Make A Wish Foundation. It makes me feel good about myself.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m not particularly into fashion. I like clothes, but I don’t like shopping. I liek tiemless things, I’m not very trendy. I’d say I’m vintage, very vintage. I’m a medieval first lady (laughs).
How would you describe McKey/Brittany? … the person, not the model.
hmmm… I guess I’m just kinda lame! (laughs) I’m boring, I like to play with the dogs, I looooooove animals, I love going for walks, I love playing sports, I love cooking… I’m you’re average woman, home in her pajamas. (laughs) I don’t do crazy things, I don’t party alot….. I’M LAME! (laughs).
So, who are you wearing?
Uh…. Target (laughs)
What is your advice for aspiring models around the world?
Be organized, polite, don’t get in your head that you’re above anything, because you’re not! Remind yourself that you need to think of this like a business person. Learn how to take criticism, and you have to stay strong in who you are as a person to do so. Realize that you aren’t done growing as a person and you’re not done changing. Keep pushing because if modeling is what you really want, THEN PUSH!
As an international fashion model for many of the world’s top fashion houses in the U.S., Europe, South America and Far East, and a fashion show producer for over 25 years, Beth Sobol’s experience and dedication to producing highly professional fashion shows and special events is unsurpassed.
Since 1975 Beth has lived and worked in more than 30 countries accumulating extensive experience and international contacts in all phases of fashion show and special event production and is recognized as a pioneer on the international fashion scene.
During the past several years, Beth has become most notable for her concept, development and implementation of Miami International Fashion Week. Miami International Fashion Week, which initially presented the latest collections of designers from Latin America, has grown to include designers from North and Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Canada, Asia and the Caribbean, and has garnered international attention within both the fashion and corporate worlds, securing sponsorships from major multi-national companies and media partners from around the world.
Beth has worked with many of the industry’s most influential designers and producers and has developed both professional and personal relationships worldwide. Her clients include local, international and major U.S. fashion designers, international special event production companies, charity and fund raising groups, foundations, national fashion associations, international fashion councils, international designer salons, fashion magazines, public relations companies, trade show management companies, shopping malls, national department stores, art galleries and private educational institutions.
When did your interest in fashion start?
At the age of 19, when I started modeling.
I heard you were once a top international model. Tell me a little about that, the experience.
I model for 20 years in 28 countries for all the top designers in the world.
What was the most challenging part of modeling?
Managing all of the bookings, I was a very busy internationally traveling model.
What was your most memorable moment of your modeling career?
Doing the press shows in Paris, Milan, London and Tokyo.
What would you say to aspiring fashion models?
Stay focused and treat it as a profession. If managed well, you can have a long career and make a lot of money.
How did you get into fashion show production?
When I retired from modeling my old clients asked me to produce their shows when I no longer wanted to model. My first clients were Chanel, Fendi, Escada, St. John and all of the designer shopping malls in South Florida.
How long have you been doing fashion show production?
Where did the idea of Miami Fashion Week come from?
I produced a show in Guyaquil, Ecuador with 21 Latin American designers from 12 countries and they all wanted to go to Miami. Two years later, I launched the first Miami Fashion Week and brought them all in.
What was your initial intention?
To create a fashion week for the best emerging designers from around the world and introduce them to the international press and US market.
Would you say that you have fulfilled this initial intention?
How do you decide which designers will participate in Miami Fashion Week? (see attached)
When you first started in modeling and were traveling around the world, did you see yourself doing what you’re doing now, or did you have other ambitions?
I originally planned to be a chef and have studied cooking all over the world but plans changed and I created Sobol Fashion Productions.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
Continuing to build MIFW into an even greater world class event and supporting more international designers.
Requirements for Designer Participation
Miami International Fashion Week 2010
The designer must have been in business for a minimum of two (2) years continually designing collections with a minimum of four (4) collections in total or two (2) collections per year.
The designer must have received press coverage in their country from prior collections.
The designer must produce a minimum of 30 pieces per collection and provide all shoes and accessories required to complement the collection. Jewelry and accessories designers must produce a minimum of 15 pieces per collection.
The designer must be able to manufacturer, produce and ship the collection on the US timetable of 60 days from the date that any order is placed. Manufacturing/production capabilities and quality control are very important in the evaluation process.
Photos of the latest collection and designer biographies in English must be submitted by email for evaluation.
Vita blew the roof (and let’s not talk about how hott those shoes are, hahaha)!!!!! She rocked the house at this year’s Soul Train Awards presented by Centric at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia on November 3, 2009, alongside the likes of Estelle and all the other greats she met like Fantasia, Toni Braxton etc. The show will air on Centric on November 29.
Vita’s seatholder at the Soul Train Awards
Beyonce, Keri Hilson, Maxwell and Jamie Foxx were big winners at the awards show. Congrats to all of the winners and nominees.
Many of you have probably heard the term ‘LBD‘ before, and if you’re not a fashionista, one tends to get lost. Okay.. so, according to most fashion sites,
” A little black dress is an evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often with a short skirt, originally made popular in the 1920s by the fashion designer Coco Chanel. Its continued ubiquity is such that many refer to it by the abbreviation, LBD.”
Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel changed the whole scope of things when she first designed the little black dress/ LBD. In 1926 Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel published an image of a short, simple black dress in VOGUE Magazine. It was calf-length, straight, and decorated only by a few diagonal lines. Vogue called it “Chanel’s Ford.” Like the Model T, the little black dress was simple and accessible for women of all social classes. Vogue also said that the LBD would become “a sort of uniform for all women of taste.”
Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971)was a pioneering French fashion designer whose modernist philosophy & menswear-inspired fashions have made her a fashion legend and an important figure in 20th-century fashion.
And they were absolutely correct! Even DECADES after (about 8 decades to be exact), the LBD is still a must-have for women everywhere and has become a staple within the fashion industry WORLDWIDE. Designers such as Hubert de Givenchy, Christian Dior & Bill Blass have all tried to copy the original design and replicate the initial image of Coco.
However, in most recent times, designs for the ‘LBD‘ have evolved. For example,
Allessandro Dell’ Acqua FW08.09
Now, there are many different ways to utilize and accesorize the ‘LBD’. Feathers, ruffles, sequins, beads, leather, wool …there are so many materials and accesories that designers are using now to make their ‘LBD’ stand out of the bunch [look at photos below] and to try to revolutionize what was once simple (although in my opinion I prefer the simple ones😉 ).
It’s so classic [and also depending on how simple it is], this elegant yet sexy piece suits most women. You can pop in a simple sexy ‘LBD’ when paired with bold colored or bold pattern heels and bag/accesorizes that match or coordinate (as pictured below) to get that simply-chic look.
Victoria Beckham (left) and Lady Gaga in LBDs
For those who may be unaware, there is actually a new term called ‘TBD’, according to Glamour.com which basically means ‘tiny black dress’ -the modern version of the ‘LBD’. There were just a few tweaks made to make it look more personal [please look at photos below] to portray more character and individuality for the unique fashionista.
Why do we need LBDs? Here are four great reasons why, according to fashion stylist Colin Megaro: 1. Black is flattering for all sizes, shapes and skin tones. No matter who you are there is a LBD out there for you! Take the time to find one that makes you feel great and fits you properly.
2. You can wear black any time, during any season and to most events. The LBD is chic, classic and sexy all rolled into one. It’s the perfect dress to be worn for a night out on the town or as a cover up at the beach.
3. You can wear this dress a dozen different ways. Jazz it up for evening with a beautiful beaded bolero or tone it down with flats and a wrist full of bangles. If you would like to wear it to work layer a cardigan sweater or blazer for a more refined look.
4. Last but not least: one of these dresses is never enough. Have a few versions on hand that can work with the rest of your wardrobe.
The 2009 Absolute Caribbean Fashion Weekend was held at the Fairmont Royal Pavillion, St. James, BARBADOS. There were three nights for different showings. The designers were categorized by region; Barbados Night, International Couture & Caribbean Catwalk. Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Designers featured on the Caribbean Catwalk night were as follows; Shawn Griffith Perez, Kimya Glasgow, Kimon Baptiste, Queen Esther- Kummba Designs, Heather Jones and Claudia Pegus. Special runway appearances were made by America’s Next Top Model winner McKey Sullivan and international Canadian top model Simone Small.
Absolute Caribbean Fashion Weekend, Caribbean night, showcased talented designers from across the region, whose works consisted of some FABULOUS designs, coupled with a few near misses as well as a few total disasters……
Claudia wowed the audience with her ‘Tribute to Michelle Obama’ line. Inspired by the fashion stylings of Michelle Obama herself. It was a definite hit amongst the audience and fashion media.
Queen Esther, from St. Lucia, was another crowd pleaser with her Kuumba Designs. Showing many fresh, innovative ways to design, wear or create clothing strictly from white cloth. Which, in my opinion, is VERY hard to pull off, as the preceding designer hailing from Trinidad &Tobago, Shawn Griffith Perez, failed at his attempt to TRY to achieve the same effect. Don’t get me wrong! Some of his white pieces were beautiful, just very few! And his tie-dye pieces were HORRENDOUS!
Ms. Heather Jones… hmm.. colorful, VERY colorful, very caribbean-inspired. Liked it for the most part but some of her pieces were just WAY over the top, and not in a good way (as pictured below) !
Favorites of the weekend were Claudia Pegus, Pat Blackman, Kuumba Designs, Jewel Shannon & Kimya Glasgow. Other participating designers were either disappointing or fell short of average, or just plain old boring, has-been stuff. Sorry, I like to be honest😛.