CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2016

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CSC-1csc-id2amazing-bKarib Nation, Inc. presented its 7th Annual CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE Awards  and Fashion Showcase on Saturday June 25/16 @the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland, College Park.

The runway show presented an eclectic ensemble of designers from St. Lucia, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, who showcased their artistic and amazing collections that ripped the runway from start to finish…… We share some of those exciting moments with you here.

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Carol Fraser of Miracle Hands, Karib Nation, Inc. Award of Excellence recipient.

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Ms. Luann Skaggs, Luz Way Designs.

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CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2017

Caribbean Style & Culture is a showcase of Fashion, Music and Art, held annually in the month of June to commemorate and celebrate NATIONAL CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. The Caribbean Style & Culture Runway Showcase is exciting, dynamic, constantly changing, … Continue reading

CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2016 “Behind The Scenes”

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In observance of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Karib Nation, Inc. hosted its 7th Annual CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE AWARDS & FASHION SHOWCASE.

This spectacular event took place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Samuel Riggs Alumni Center, University of Maryland Campus, and featured celebrated artists and fashion designers from across the Caribbean Region including Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia/London. Here’s a look “Behind The Scenes”

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GUYANA EMBASSY – Tea, Champagne & Fashion 2016

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Karib Nation, Inc. presented Tea, Champagne & Fashion held on Friday June 17th. 2016 held at the Embassy of the Republic of Guyana  in Washington, DC to celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month and the 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Guyana.

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KEISHA EDWARDS, Shasha Designs.

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BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN WOMEN

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JASMINE TOOKES

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Tookes was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She has a younger sister, who is 19 years her junior. She did gymnastics for ten years and was also active in volleyball and softball before she became a model at about the age of 15. Her mother is a celebrity fashion stylist. Tookes was discovered at one of her mother’s showroom appointments.

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LAURIE ANN CHIN

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LAURIE ANN aspires to be a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. She wishes to work intimately with more charities, making a difference where she can in the lives of Jamaica’s less fortunate. Like many young women she also look forward to being a devoted wife and mother after she build her career as a multifaceted businesswoman.

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STACEYANN CHIN

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Staceyann Chin (born December 25, 1972) is a spoken-word poet, performing artist and LGBT rights political activist. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Pittsburgh Daily, and has been featured on 60 Minutes. She was also featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she shared her struggles growing up as a gay person in Jamaica.

Chin was born in Jamaica but now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is of Chinese-Jamaican and Afro-Jamaican descent. She announced in 2011 that she was pregnant with her first child, giving birth to a daughter in January 2012. She has been candid about her pregnancy by means of in-vitro fertilization, and wrote about her experiences as a pregnant, single lesbian in a guest blog for the Huffington Post.

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Openly lesbian, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Tony-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin has appeared in Off-Broadway one-woman shows and at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has also held poetry workshops worldwide. Chin credits her accomplishments to her hard-working grandmother and the pain of her mother’s absence.

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Chin was the winner of the 1999 Chicago People of Color Slam; first runner- up in the 1999 Outright Poetry Slam; winner of the 1998 Lambda Poetry Slam; a finalist in the 1999 Nuyorican Grand Slam; winner of the 1998 and 2000 Slam This!; and winner of WORD: The First Slam for Television. She has also been featured by Public-access television cable TV programs in Brooklyn and Manhattan as well as many local radio stations including, WHCR and WBAI. The Joseph Pap Public Theater has featured her on more than one occasion, and Staceyann has toured internationally, with performances in London, Denmark, Germany, South Africa and New York’s own Central Park Summer Stage. In 2015, she was named as one of the 31 Icons of 2015’s LGBT History Month by Equality Forum.

 

SAMANTHA ARCHIBLAD

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Samantha Archibald. Fairly new to the scene Samantha Archibald captured my attention walking for the Andrew Gn Spring 2014 runway show. Archibald, who is Jamaican and German, has gone on to walk for Christian Siriano, Roksanda Ilincic and Nina Ricci. Samantha has also shot for Armani Exchange’s look bookSA 7SA 9SA3CCDC_ Worldwide CaribbeanCDC 6X9

CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE – 6/25/2016

CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE – 6/25/2016

CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2016 AWARDS & FASHION SHOWCASE  In observance of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Karib Nation, Inc. is hosting its 7th Annual CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE AWARDS & FASHION SHOWCASE. This spectacular event will take place on Saturday, June … Continue reading

BEAUTIFUL CARIBBEAN WOMEN

 

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Help us celebrate the strength and beauty of our Caribbean Women! Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and famous Caribbean Women………..

MARISA MAHADEO

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Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2013 finalist.

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MERCEDES LeANZA

 

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Mercedes LeAnza is an American film actress & producer. Born November 12 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She is of Spanish, Italian, Danish, Venezuelan and Trinidadian descent.

She and friend Sarah Louise Wilson (Actress/ Director / Writer/ Producer) founded their independent film production company Stella Bella Productions. The first film Mercedes LeAnza Produced & Acted with Stella Bella Productions Jelly (film), a John Hughes (filmmaker) themed romantic comedy starring Sarah Louise Wilson.

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SARAH JANE WADDELL

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Sarah Jane Waddell is probably one of the most down-to-earth beauty queens that you’ll ever come across. Her lively spirit, warmth, humility, friendliness, compassion and straightforwardness are commendable.
The 26-year-old accomplished her dream of winning the 2014 Miss Trinidad & Tobago Word competition.In 2012, she participated in local leg of the Miss Universe pageant where she copped the third runner-up spot and was awarded the prize for “Fan Favorite”.

sarah j sarah j 1 sarah j 2sarah sarah j 3A former student of Political Science and Mandarin Chinese, she is also fluent in Spanish. Currently holding the position of Account Executive at Ross Advertising, the professional equestrian also delves in copy writing and social media management. Before the world of advertising, she did work as an event coordinator and was also a strategic communications officer at the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Energy.

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JACKIEMA FLEMMING

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Jackiema was born and raised in Sandy Point on St Kitts Island. Describing herself as ‘Dynamic and optimistic’, she currently works at a bank and is saving up for her future in which she has dual aspirations to either train to become an attorney, or study to be a Dietitians. Aside from her career plans, Jackiema likes to play table tennis, to model, and to sing. She is an avid reader, citing the Harry Potter series as her all time favorites, and when it comes to music, she absolutely loves house music.

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SANYA HUGHES

 

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Sanya, a former Miss Jamaica Universe 2002, was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive for North America and the Caribbean” by Global Beauties, the leading authority on beauty pageants.  She was selected for this honor from a field of 260 candidates.  These candidates were the world’s most beautiful women who competed in Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth during 2002.

Sanya appeared in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), alongside Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz.

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CARIBBEAN FASHION FOCUS – “Style”

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MUTAMBA by JACQUI “Amba” COHEN

“Kingston Style”

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Inspired by ethnic prints and designs, Mutamba’s creations are interesting and an exciting mixture of colors and fabrics. Artistically charged outfits blend everyday simple Street Style with evening elegance. MUTAMBA designs is a line designed by Jacqui Cohen. She has been in the Fashion Industry for years and is a regular fixture at Caribbean Fashion Week, as a featured Jamaican designer. Her pieces are ethnic inspired, with Indian and African fabrics used to construct modern pieces. 

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 STELLA JEAN

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Stella Jean is an emerging Haitian-Italian fashion designer and former model, whose cultural identity often provides inspiration for her eponymous label.

  • She is a mother of two, and resides in Rome with her children.
  • Jean, pronounced like the French word for John, was born in 1979 and raised in Rome to a Haitian mother, Violette Jean, and an Italian father, Marcello Novarino.
  • Her decision to use her mother’s maiden name for the brand was in order to equally represent both parts of her heritage; a consideration that is also evident in her collections.
  • Jean was studying political science at Sapienza University of Rome, when she dropped out to model for Egon von Fürstenberg, the fashion designer and ex-husband of Diane von Fürstenberg.
  • In July 2011, after turning her hand to design, self-taught Jean became one of the winners of the prestigious Vogue Italia talent contest Who Is On Next; despite the fact that her application had been previously been rejected two years in a row.
  • In September 2012, Jean presented her debut collection at Milan Fashion Week.
  • Jean has established her signature aesthetic as a merging of the exoticism of her creole heritage and the craftsmanship of her Italian roots. The result is classic feminine tailoring – cinched-in waists and dirndl skirts infused with bold tribal prints and color.
  • “I want to communicate through clothes a concept of opposite worlds and traditions fusing together in a sophisticated way and standing side by side with equal importance, not covering the other up,” Jean said.
  • In September 2013, Giorgio Armani – in an unprecedented move – personally selected Jean’s spring/summer 2014 collection to show at his 550-seat Teatro show space during Milan Fashion Week.1-stella-jean-spring-2015-MFW stellajean12Stella JeanCSC 54Elegant Invitations

CHARLES CORVSKY DIEUJUSTE

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The elegance of New York City, along with the picturesque visions of his native Haiti– with its rich culture full of life and ambiance, plush green mountains and a colorful array of flowers, became the spark which ignited his passion as a fashion designer. His family, savvy with textiles and knowledgeable in the art of garment-making, gave him the exposure he needed to teach himself the skills to begin his journey. With a strong educational background in fashion marketing and management from Berkeley and a two year dual-placement with contemporary fashion brands LaRok and Elizabeth and James, the vision of his collection began to emerge.

With a focus on quality garment construction and opulent textiles, Charles’ mission blends feminine sophistication, romanticism, and impeccable workmanship. Through a palette of vibrant colors and a splash of sensuality, Charles embodies the female physique with pieces that not only complement but exude signature style.

“Fashion is something that came in me as I grew up. Since I was, I believe around the age of 8 or 9, I told my mother my goal was to become an artist.” “As you may know, Haitians wouldn’t allow that for their child. As I am sure she wanted the best for me. But since I was young I wanted to study fine arts and everything that was involved with it.” “When I came to the states things changed. The older I got the more passionate I got when it came to the arts.” “However, garment making was in my family. One day it dawned on me why not fashion? Ultimately, at the very end its art or in other words wearable art.”

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“In the future I am hoping to becoming a House Hold name. A House Hold name like Oscar De La Renta, Givenchy, Elie Saab.” “These designers inspire me to be great and this is the goal I am setting for myself.” “I am a start-up brand/company of 3 years.” “My goal is to be a part of New York Fashion Week. That goal I am sure is around the corner. Events in the future completely not sure. ” “All I can say is to stay tuned.”

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The SHOWCASE – Caribbean Style & Culture 2014

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NATIONAL CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 2014

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HARDOUR COLLECTION

by Anthea Bullard

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