RIHANNA Stars In DIOR’S “SECRET GARDEN”

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The 27-year-old superstar will star in Dior’s fourth installment of their “Secret Garden” campaign — a series featuring models posing in the palace of Versailles, clad in Dior creations — the fashion house confirmed on Friday. She will be shot by famed photographer Steven Klein, with the film and print versions of the campaign scheduled to run this spring.

But as if being an official Dior girl wasn’t amazing enough, Rihanna’s highly anticipated campaign also marks the first time a black woman has been chosen to front the French fashion brand. Other celeb Dior spokeswomen include A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman and Marion Cotillard.

The Dior partnership particularly makes a lot of sense given that Rihanna is often a staple at the high-fashion brand’s shows, always flawlessly dressed of course.

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Growing up, Keisha Als never dreamed of becoming a designer. After graduating from St Joseph’s Convent in Port of Spain, she took a year to figure out her career ambitions and was then encouraged by her sister to enroll at UWI, (University of the West Indies) St Augustine. There, she earned a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies with a minor in History, but promptly started training to become a flight attendant as soon as her last exam was over. “While I was at UWI,” she recalled, “I apprenticed for an artist by the name of Paulette Alfred. She really taught me a lot about Carnival costumes and the whole process of creating them because she designed queen costumes for many years.

KEISHA ALS 1 KEISHA ALS 3 KEISHA ALS“Before flying I did a lot of everything – any kind of jobs I could do for extra cash. Working in mas camps, doing lots of odds and ends including, steaming feathers – that was my introduction to the Carnival industry.  “I knew that I wanted to do some sort of costume designs; I wanted to be in Carnival, all for my absolute love for carnival…

 Als really honed her styling and design skills when she joined a local magazine as a photo-shoot coordinator. Since she had to organize everything including the location of the shoot, clothes and coordinating with models and photographers, she left the magazine with a wealth of experience. “I actually despised the word stylist because I didn’t feel I was qualified enough and you know – who died and made me a stylist? “It took people asking me for advice consistently, or asking for help with their photo-shoots. It was only when I got that outside credibility from people that I felt okay about doing it.” Als has styled singer Michelle Xavier for stage for two years consecutively, done wardrobe selection for Kees Dieffenthaller, designed outfits for Kes’ dancers, styled Anya Ayoung Chee’s bmobile campaign as well as Kimba Sorzano’s “Over You” video. Recently, Als’ Monday Wear designs were added to a new fashion e-commerce website launched by former Miss T&T Universe and Project Runway Season 9 winner, Anya Ayoung Chee. “I first met Anya about three years ago on a photo shoot where we used some of her lingerie designs,” Als said. “We had a good rapport and shared similar passions, so that meeting evolved into a number of smaller collaborations over the years and has now become this — an amazing experience. I’m amazed that she’s created something new — an online store for all things Carnival. And she’s packaged the festival and all its affiliated products in a unique way. I’m definitely happy and proud to be a part of that and I feel like it can only get bigger and better from here on.. Als can definitely identify with the saying that there is no success without failure. “I think that where I am today in terms of costume design is directly related to my failures and disappointments because the Carnival industry is not easy at all,” she stated frankly. “Its a who’s-who kind of thing, it’s about who likes you and who doesn’t like you… I guess it could mirror an international fashion industry setting in that respect. It also has to do with the power players and what they want.” She added that she has had one or two major set-backs and that being a freelance designer who is not affiliated with any one band makes disappointments harder to take. “It’s not just an artistic let down, its also a financial disappointment because costumes are not cheap. It costs way more than the average person may anticipate because you don’t sell a drawing, you sell a prototype. You have to be able to show them how it moves and looks in real life. So, as a freelance designer I have to take it upon myself to buy all the materials, get the different parts made, get a seamstress, wire-bender, whatever the design requires. “Having had quite a few disappointments for a number of years and not getting exactly what I wanted from the efforts I made, I became quite discouraged and a bit depressed. How was I not supposed to feel that way, after spending thousands of dollars and being rejected over and over?

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“The good thing is that I don’t ever actually stay down for long.” In bouncing back from her failures, Als stumbled upon a parallel avenue through which she is now channeling her creativity while filling a lucrative niche within the Carnival industry. Her Monday Wear was a result of re-evaluation and good advice from her friend Tiffany , she said, who suggested the line. “I said ok, maybe I’ll just do a few to remain relevant in the industry and it kind of just took on a life of its own.” Now, Als has 19 ready-to-wear designs available and a few custom-made ones in production. For her the feedback has been tremendous… “You know that whole saying that when one door closes, another one opens, well: that’s exactly what this Monday Wear is for me! “It’s so much more fluid – it fits my personality and goes much better with my spirit because its all about me and how I feel and what I like,” she said. “I don’t have to answer to anyone or consult with anyone, its my business totally. The only people that I have to impress are the masqueraders.” For more on Keisha Als, visit http://www.thecanyavalshop.com or e-mail her at: keishals.blue6@gmail.com

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DELIA ALLEYNE

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Delia Alleyne is a young and upcoming Trinidad & Tobago designer whose work has been building a buzz since she burst onto the scene a few years ago.

Born on the beautiful island of Tobago , Delia Alleyne attended the Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive Secondary School and headed straight for the John Donaldson Technical Institute right after. There she completed her Diploma in Clothing & Textile Technology . “I knew that this is what I wanted to do from a really young age,” she said as she explained her reason for going directly into fashion straight out of high school. After graduating with her diploma , Delia began teaching clothing and textiles to the students at Goodwood High School in Tobago. With all that she had achieved so far, Delia knew in her heart that she could not settle and that she wanted more. She then left her post as a teacher to further her fashion studies at The Caribbean Academy of Fashion and Design at The University of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing a degree in Fashion Design. It was there that Delia’s talent began capturing the eyes of some of the industry’s top professionals as her unique abilities in design, construction and juxtaposing of textures was paid close attention too. Soon she became the whisper around town and little did she know the impact she would soon have in the fashion industry of Trinidad and Tobago.

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 Delia has worked with some of the biggest names in the creative industry of Trinidad and Tobago. One of her most known work being with her good friend and colleague Anya Ayoung-Chee who is the season 9 winner of the international runway reality television series Project Runway. Delia became Anya’s sewing tutor for the hit reality series and was very pleased that her efforts with Anya became a worldwide success.

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In April 2013, Delia worked with The Callaloo Company (Peter Minshall’s Mas Camp), under the recommendation of Meiling to outfit the cast for a Drew Manor event. In that same month, she showcased at the first installation of Tobago Fashion Coda at the Madgalena Grand Hotel in Tobago.

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 Delia Alleyne continues to build her brand in 2014 she showcased at Tobago Fashion Weekend and Caribbean Fashion Week. Her goal for the brand is to become recognizable throughout the Caribbean region and International region.

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CLD – encompasses the essence of an elegant, sophisticated and confident woman. CLD exudes class, brilliance, beauty, elegance, sophistication, poise and sensuality. With the use of fine materials with intricate detail CLD highlights a woman’s silhouette, magnifying femininity.

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Her stunning collection is made for the Caribbean woman with a European flair. Her designs, made from silk, chiffon and georgette fabrics (which she sourced from Vanity Fair), feature bold looks that gently nod to the sixties, a period which she admitted to researching. “As a designer you have to do research after choosing your theme. The CLD collection is reminiscent of the classic, chic style of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

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JOAN SMALLS

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One does not simply define the word “supermodel” without Joan Smalls coming into mind. The 26-year-old has been described to have “The perfect face” by Elle magazine.

But what’s most captivating about this Puerto Rican beauty isn’t just her beauty but her story. (Smalls father is from St. Thomas and  mother is from Puerto Rico. The model was born and raised in P.R. alongside two  similarly stunning sisters…) She has defined all odds to be where she is today.

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The model has been using her influence since she left her small town of Hatillo to be a supermodel to rally for the next generation of models of color and the need for people to open up to fashion’s diversity.

The confidence she exhibits on the runway is just enough to tell the real struggles of this simple island girl who had to beat the odds in a highly racial sector.  In 2013, she ranked at #8 on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Highest-Paid Models” list. In 2011, she became the first Latina model to represent Estée Lauder cosmetics. In January 2014, Smalls appeared on the “Return of the Supermodel” cover of American Elle.

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Today, she is proof that despite not having the ‘usual’ model physique and a black skin color – it really don’t matter in the end. She lets her body language do the talking.

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JASMAINE T0-balmain-rtw-spring2012-runway-020_135551665962-530x795The white, black, Brazilian, and West Indian Bombshell is a Cali native who was discovered while shopping with her celebrity stylist mom.

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, when Bruce Weber photographed Tookes for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her first commercial ad campaigns were in 2010 for Ugg boots and Gap. French Vogue named her as one of its 10 New faces from fall/winter 2012-2013 Fashion Week. Her runway experience includes Calvin Klein, Tom Ford, Prada, Miu Miu and Versace.

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She was one of eleven new models for the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in 2012, and is now she is the face of Scandalous,

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 Chrishell Stubbs (born January 24, 1992 on the Turks and Caicos Islands) is a young super model. She was discovered at the age of 11 on Hollywood Blvd. at the Pig’n Whistle restaurant. Her big breakthrough came in 2010 and since then she has made a name for herself in shoots for numerous magazines and doing campaigns for fashion brands all over the world.

She has since become the face of United Colors of Benetton and Ralph Lauren.

She has walked the catwalk for names such as 3.1 Phillip Lim, Lacoste, Mulberry, Anteprima, Malandrino, Vivienne Westwood, Juan Carlos Obando, Erin Fetherston, Ralph Lauren, Cynthia Steffe, Dennis Basso, Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation to name a few.

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She appeared in editorials for magazines such as V, Uptown, Teen Vogue, Joey, Arise, Ponytail and Pop. Bloomingdales Catalog,

She’s currently signed with Supreme Model Management in New York, Traffic Models in Madrid/Barcelona, Select Models in London, Modelwerk in Hamburg and with Women Management in Milan and Paris.

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 Niketa Barker is two years away from attaining her Degree in Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Guyana. Not all about the books, Niketa is in fact a philanthropist, a children’s advocate and a part time model. This family oriented nature-lover, fashion and pageant enthusiast is the 2014 Miss Guyana Universe Delegate. She has been motivated not only to pursue a prestigious career but also to live everyday as if it were her last. She hopes that when she leaves this world, she leaves nothing short of a legacy in her wake, a legacy that others would be proud to emulate. NIKETA is also the recipient of KARIB NATION’S “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE – Print & Runway Model”

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JUNKANOO CARNIVAL IN MAY 2015

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The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, is a festival that provides an experience showcasing a collage of culture. Additionally, it is a celebration where Bahamians and guests from around the world will be immersed in all things Bahamian. The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival events scheduled to debut in May 2015. (May 7th-9th, 2015) will showcase Junkanoo, Rake -n- Scrape, Arts and Crafts, Bahamian Cuisine, Visual Art, Music, Dance and more.

The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival season will open from Easter Monday through May 9, 2015 consisting of diverse parties and gatherings leading up to one weekend, four main events: JunkaMania, Midnight Rush, Music Masters, and Road Fever. Bahamas Carnival will be featured in the vicinity of Clifford Park, The Western Esplanade, and Arawak Cay.

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The birth of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival emerged from the vision of the Right Hon. Perry Christie, cultural icons, Percy “Vola” Francis and the late Gus Cooper among others, who are passionate about presenting our unique culture and Junkanoo to the world.

As a result, the Bahamas National Festival Commission, (BNFC) was formed in October 2013 with the mandate to stimulate sustainable economic opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Creative Sector throughout The Bahamas, to bring to fruition a new Bahamian-styled Carnival in May of 2015, to stimulate year round employment in the Creative Sector, and to significantly impact the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is truly the rebirth of culture, tourism and entertainment, in The Bahamas. It will showcase the uniqueness of Junkanoo in a way that is unprecedented, as it is the music and spirit of Junkanoo that drives our carnival.

Roscoe Dames, CEO, BNFC, expressed his excitement at featuring over 27 Bahamian Carnival Companies, who will provide costumes for purchase via the e-commerce site.

The Family Islands will also experience a taste of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival through our support of local cultural events.

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Although the roots of the Junkanoo parade remain subject to long and passionate debates, what is agreed is that, after centuries of practice, today’s cultural extravaganzas have become the most entertaining street Carnivals of not only The Bahamas, but also the world at large.


Grand Bahama “Jumps In da Line” in excitement of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

On Friday, 17th April 2015, The Music Masters Concert, will be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama where 25 Semi- finalists of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival song competition will perform on stage, to select the 10 finalist. A world class headliner will also be featured.

Saturday, 18th April 2015 – Midnight Rush – 6am – All are invited to “jump in da line” and participate in sweet Junkanoo! This is a rush for the people.

Saturday 18th, 2015– Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Beach Party – Music, food, and cultural entertainment on display. We invite the world to participate from 11am until.


Nassau Features Four Main Events of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival:

JunkaMania, a grand explosion of Junkanoo Orchestras that you don’t want to miss. It will be featured on May 7, 2015 from 8.00 pm-12.00 am.

The Music Masters Concert – Experience a concert like none other. Music Masters will be held on May 8, 2015 from 8.00 pm-12.00 am. This is the Mega concert that will showcase our 10 song competition finalists who will share the stage with a Grammy award winning artist. Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival sets the stage for Bahamian recording artists to nurture their sound and express themselves in front of a global audience. It will also include an immersive parade on an iconic stage.

Midnight Rush: At this event, the world is invited to feel the “rush” and participate in sweet, sweet Junkanoo. On May 9, 2015, 12.00 am-6.00 am, a Junkanoo rush out will be held at the carnival village following the mega concert.

Road Fever is the main masquerade that will evoke you to let loose in the streets of Nassau on May 9, 2015 from 11.00 am – 8.00 pm! It will be an epic collage of costumes, color and culture on parade.

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The word “Carnival” is an international term for a cultural festival. There are over 200 carnivals worldwide. The Bahamas will now be added to the worldwide Carnival destination list. Carnivals are among the largest income generating festivals in the world. Carnival has contributed significantly to increased tourism and economic growth in over 100 cities worldwide.

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 VASHTIE KOLA

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Vashtie Kola, often stylized as “Va$htie” is a New York based Director, Filmmaker, Artist, Designer, Creative Consultant and DJ. She’s cultivated the Downtown New York City scene for over a decade as a style icon. She moves easily among Fashion, Film and Music, she has emerged as “a role model for young tastemakers,” as the The New York Times titled her when they wrote about her in a Style section feature profile. Black Enterprise coined her “Vashtie Kola: Curator of Cool.

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Kola was born and raised in Albany, New York and is of Indo and Afro-Trinidad & Tobago descent. Vashtie moved to New York City to attend film school at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where she studied directing/cinematography. At the same time, Kola interned at RSA/Black Dog Films and HSI while working part-time at Stussy in SoHo

2005: Vashtie was signed to Box Fresh Pictures as a Director alongside Anthony Mandler. Many of her first videos were done with this company, including videos for artists such as Beans, J-Status and Tony Hussle. At the same time she was also writing music video treatments for established directors such as Anthony Mandler, Lenny Bass and Dr. Teeth. She wrote the treatment for Common’s video “Testify” which starred Taraji P. Henson and Wood Harris. During the same time, Vashtie styled and modeled for the clothing line Billionaire Boys Club.

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2006: She was asked to re-vamp the company of Island Def Jam as Director of Creative Services. Antonio “L.A” Reid, president of Def Jam, said she would be “the one to keep the building cool, someone in tune with downtown cool and pop mainstream.” That same year, Vashtie also started an iconic monthly 90ʼs party with her friend Oscar Sanchez called “1992”. Spinning only music from the late 80’s and early 90ʼs, the event brought out a mix of tastemakers and celebrities such as Dave Chappelle, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri, Patrick Ewing, Redman, DJ Premier, The Clipse, Maxwell, Chanel Iman, Zoe Kravitz, Grand Puba, Lord Finesse, and KiD CuDi among others. Although its residency is in New York City, the party has taken place in Miami, Paris and Amsterdam. In 2008, 1992 was nominated for Best Party at the Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards and also received a lot of press, like; The New York Post, i-D Magazine, Trace and Paper but most notably a feature in The New York Times

2008: Vashtie starts her own clothing line, VIOLETTE. With an official debut in Fall 2008, the clothing was said to be inspired by “a mix of opposite worlds: uptown and downtown, hip-hop and rock, feminine and masculine, casual and couture”.

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2009: Vibe listed the “31 Most Stylish People Under 31” with Vashtie coming in at the 23rd spot among names like Kanye West, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake. She was also featured in Nylon Magazine as part of their lineup of “It Girls”. In this same year Vashtie interviewed Sean “Diddy” Combs for Supreme Magazine, which was photographed by Terry Richardson, and was included in the Nike Destroyer Campaign alongside notables like Dee & Ricky and Scott Campbell.

2010: Vashtie was featured in a Rachel Roy campaign. Later that year, she became the first female to collaborate with Brand Jordan on her own Air Jordan 2.

Her style influence has grown considerably in recent years, thanks to a number of high-profile gigs. She hosted a popular party at Santos Party House with the rapper Q-Tip. She started Violette, a T-shirt line sold at Colette, and she directed the video for Justin Bieber’s debut single, “One Time,” in which the young pop star has a party for his pre-pubescent friends at his mentor Usher’s house. It’s been viewed 240 million times on YouTube shoe was offered at select boutiques nationally, most of which sold out in the first few days.

vashtie-ebonyIt’s hard not to be enchanted. Ms. Kola is charming, smart and disarmingly low-key, able to hold her own whether she’s talking about her favorite artist, Egon Schiele; a cool new Supreme skateboard collaboration; or her fashion inspirations.

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DAVID PAULUS

David Paulus Head ShotIn the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast, David Paulus was born on the tropical island of Curacao. After finishing high school, he left Curacao for Amsterdam, Holland.  His love of fashion led him to a job with haute couture designer She Guang Hu. David then went to work for ecological clothing brand Van Markoviec.

After 5 years working and creating collections as an independent designer, David has finally find his way and vision in the fashion industry. The biggest satisfaction for David is seeing his vision come to life on the runway season after season. He calls his creations Art Couture; each collection is inspired by a certain theme, where his imagination just takes over.

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David Paulus not only designs his own fabrics (as e.g. sketched portraits of Anna Wintour in his “No Name”-collection in 2013), but also produces all of his own shows; location, models, music and choreography!  David’s goal on the catwalk is always entertainment!

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A beautiful example can be seen in a short video of his “Cirque de vogue” collection presentation in Amsterdam June 2014. Definitely a beautiful sample of one of the many aspects of David Paulus, the artist, the designer, the entertainer … (https://vimeo.com/99505503)

David Paulus 1525424_675291835856744_426403136_nBeing chosen to represent Curacao at this year’s (2014/2016) World Fashion Week in Paris is not only considered a huge honor by David, but has also inspired him not only to start creating more prêt a porter fashion (thus far David’s main goal has been creating fashion to entertain his followers), but also to give a follow-up on his wish to set up an education possibility in his homeland Curaçao (due to the shortage or lack thereof) where he would love to teach and assist young people wishing to work in the fashion industry!GRACE FOODS

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Red-hot revolutionary fashion ripped the runway at The Collection MoDa show held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Friday, November 21/2014…Global Fashion icon, Trinidad & Tobago designer Claudia Pegus brought her sophisticated legacy of excellence edge to the TCM runway.

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CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2014 – Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage

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12 CSC AWARD 1A tailor by trade and training, Haiti born Helmer Joseph is a demanding perfectionist who left Montreal for Paris shortly after completing his studies at Lasalle College. An outstanding technician and plastician, Helmer practiced his art for the benefit of some of the greatest names in fashion and the performing arts in France, Italy, Japan and Spain. Concurrently he worked on his own creations and completed his training in knits, embroidery, art and textile design. An alchemist of volumes, Helmer creates fashions free of superfluity, minimalism and fluff. His constant quest for perfection and refinement eventually led him back to Montreal, where he could more effectively devote himself to his art. He put his 20 years of European know-how at the service of Philippe Dubuc and teaching. He also crafted costumes for the stage and wedding dresses reflecting a daring blend of techniques, styles and materials. Some of his limited-edition creations are available in the great fashion capitals. Helmer…exclusively for the elegant!

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CLAUDIA PEGUS DESIGNS

The Claudia Pegus touch is indeed golden. This couturier, after receiving numerous decorations for creative excellence over the years, one being Karib Nation’s “Awards of Excellence”  is an inspiration to women who need look no further for a definition of success and sheer strength. Claudia is a rear breed of Caribbean designers. Pegus’ clothes are fresh, innovative and decidedly sensual.  While not screaming ‘tropical,’ there is a cool Caribbean sensuality that subtly influences the Claudia Pegus line.

The line produces two labels: The Claudia Pegus label carrier featuring the Haute Couture lines, and the CPFS label which produces the ready wear and career apparel lines for retail and wholesale purchases by boutiques, hotels, resorts and corporations.

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MARIE COLLETTE 

KEISHA THOMAS debuted Marie Collette, her first resort wear collection titled “Crazy, Sexy, Cool 2014” at The Style Spirit Fashion Weekend in Trinidad & Tobago at the Piarco International Airport. The collection features a decent mix of barely-there bikini bottoms with richly textured pairings. A Daring n’ Amazing collection.

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 MONDAY Is The New TUESDAY – TRINIDAD & TOBAGO CARNIVAL

Customized Monday wear is a rapidly growing trend over the past few years. Some masqueraders want to wear a costume of sorts on Monday so tank tops and hot shorts will not do. These masqueraders purchase Monday wear from designers , this can range from simple swimwear to elaborate costuming including wire bras and headpieces. Some Frontliners get Monday wear as a complimentary “gift” from the designer, mostly this happens with private sections .

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CHRITIAN BOUCAUD

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It might look African, but this is the work of Trinidad and Tobago designer Christian Boucaud. With beautiful printed colors, she managed to create great straps and patterns to blend with very creative swimwear designs.

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The SWIMWEAR LINE by Athaliah Samuel

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Today, the name Athaliah Samuel is quickly becoming a household name throughout the Caribbean as Miss Trinidad and Tobago World 2012, runner-up for Caribbean’s Next Top Model 2013-14, current representative for Miss Intercontinental 2014 and now designer of the swimwear line, “Afrodesiack.”

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16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day 16 Couples Selected Destination BAHAMAS

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16 Couples Selected to Wed on 16 Islands In The Bahamas at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015

PLANTATION,  Florida, After four months of promotions and submissions from more than three thousand couples from throughout the United States of America, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) announced today that 16 lucky couples have been selected to have their dream wedding, on sixteen of its 700-islands chain, all of which will occur at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015.

The unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” commenced on February 14, 2014 and ended on June 31st, 2014. The promotion was opened to residents of the United States of America only and showcased The Islands Of The Bahamas as the premier destination in the region for romance – weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic escapes.  In addition to this, the promotion also highlighted the diversity, beauty, charm and distinct characters, flavors and cultures of each of the 16 Bahama Islands and simultaneously provided an opportunity for 16 newly engaged couples to have a complementary dream wedding.

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The priceless wedding experiences are expected to take place on Acklins, Crooked Island, Abaco, Andros, The Berry Island, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador, Bahamas.

Each lucky couple will receive complementary round trip airline tickets from their respective towns to The Bahamas, hotel accommodations including meals for 4 nights and a wedding ceremony, cake, flowers and reception for up to four guests. Wedding rings, a bridal gown, tuxedo and personal wedding coordinator will also be given to each couple.

The 16 lucky couples were selected by a panel of travel and romance experts, based on interviews conducted and the total number of votes each couple received from their Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook accounts of their shared story of romance and reason for wanting to get married in The Bahamas.

THE WINNERS

  1. From Houston, LaShaundra Coleman and Roderick Dowel who will wed in Acklins;
  2. Rachelle Powell and George Stover from Washington, D.C. to wed in Crooked Island;
  3. Wanjira Banfield and Pierre Alex Demosthene from Florida to be wed in Abaco;
  4. Patrice Prescott and Jose Macias from Florida will wed in Andros;
  5. Krystina Barbella and Ryan Saja from New Jersey who will wed in The Berry Islands;
  6. Crystina Gaston and Rudy Lechshorn from Miami to wed in Bimini;
  7. Darius Smith and Ariana Veiga-Barbosa of Indiana will wed on Cat Island;
  8. Breauna Brown and Anthony Harley from South Carolina will wed in Eleuthera;
  9. Deana Whitlow and Henry Coleman from Texas will wed in Harbour Island;
  10. Lauren Gough and Steve Swangstu from Texas will wed in the Exumas;
  11. Shametria Almond and Victor Courtney from Ohio will wed in Grand Bahama;
  12. Sheri Smith and Roth Johnson from California will wed in Inagua;
  13. Najean Lucky and Benjamin Meza-Wilson from Michigan will marry on Long Island;
  14. Aurelia Balint and Phillip Gomez from Pennsylvania will marry in Nassau;
  15. Katherina Smith and Ezequiel Medina from Texas will wed on Paradise Island and
  16. Shannon Morgan and Alex Jester from California will get married in San Salvador.Freeport-2grandlucayaninfinity beach-wedding-cakes-10Elegant-Island-weddingDr. Bone. 234

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  17. CC DC shipping-flyerAbout The Islands Of The Bahamas

    The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for The Bahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.+

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CARIBBEAN STYLE & CULTURE 2014 – The Event

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Caribbean Style & Culture 2014, held Friday June 27 @The Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center, University of Maryland College Park, Maryland 

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