FASHION HAPPY PLACE - COLLECTION MODA

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA

Fashionedits.com was front row and in the mix at the Sixth edition of Collection MoDA in Kingston, Jamaica last week. As the only US-based media house at this stellar event, you, our readers now get the privilege of knowing first hand what went down at this, the premier fashion event in the region, which even outdid some of New York Fashion Week shows. First and foremost, the Moda Series is a multi-layered event that included the `Moda Runway’, a two-day spectacular `Moda Market’ which brought thousands to shop for not only the fashions seen on the runway but exquisite one-of-a-kind items from Jamaican and regional artisans. This was all augmented with the publication of `Moda Mag’ a slick, glossy publication, (of which I am honored to be a contributing editor) that is slowly becoming an international fashion/lifestyle guide, that will keep you in the loop of whose shifting the needle in music, travel, cuisine and of course fashion, which is the benchmark of the Moda Series.

 

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA
A GARDEN OF STYLE
So, the Ballroom of the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston was transformed into a firey catwalk complete with flames and burning tyres against a hardcore iron scaffolding. EIght fashion designers: two from the US with roots in Liberia, Africa and Mexico, five from Jamaica and one from the Bahamas ruled the massive catwalk with original creations that moved the stylish audience into frantic rounds of applause, reaching a climax at the show’s finale’ when Jamaican Olympic star runner, a shirtless ASAFA POWELL took to the runway. The misc-en-scene opened with Liberian born designer KORTO MOMOLU, of `Project Runway’ fame, showing part one of her `African Botanic Garden’ collection. Tight pencil skirts came with billowing tops in bold African prints that were re-embroidered with sequin and guipure lace motifs. Later in the evening, Korto showed her dazzling evening collection that featured sequins in shades of silver and white. A sheer empire gown with deep V neckline and sequin highlights was modeled by Jamaican star model Danisha `Dani’ Scott. Korto told me backstage, that moving forward she wants to take some time away from her custom-made clothing, and, pay more attention to her online presence.

 

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA

 

FIVE MISS JAMAICA WINNERS ON CATWALK

Legendary Jamaican label drennaLUNA by ARLENE MARTIN was next up, Arlene lavished the catwalk in a haze of pastels, her simple styles that offer versatility was warmly received by her fans in the audience. Even her dramatic gowns swirled in simple elegance. Her use of four former and the current Miss Universe Jamaica on the runway brought thunderous applause. Yendi Phillips (Miss Universe Jamaica 2010) modeled the luxurious black feathered-skirt ballgown. Kaci Fennell (Miss Universe Jamaica 2014) modeled white cigarette pants with a flared white poncho and matching skull cap. Kerry Baylis (Miss Jamaica Universe 2013) modeled the most beautiful `blush’ colored bridal gown. Angelie Martin-Spencer (Miss Jamaica Universe 1994) appeared in Arlene’s pink chiffon ballgown with a `space age’ circular collar effect. Davina Bennett, the reigning (Miss Universe Jamaica 2017) modeled the bouffant, black silk ballgown.

 

A JAMAICAN SHOWDOWNYoung Jamaican menswear designer JOHNELI presented a rare look at menswear and DTS by DANIELLA STONE spiced up the catwalk with an incredibly beautiful beachwear sequence. COURTNEY WASHINGTON, a popular name in Jamaican fashion, showcased a wide array of his creations. it seemed like his whole showroom was spilled on the catwalk. He even showed some winter wear among loose caftans, flowing chiffon black and white prints and his infamous bubble fabric dress in the colors of the Jamaican flag.

 

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA

CESAR’S CONQUEST
New York-based, Mexican designer, CESAR GALINDO who has dressed several famous celebrities like; Madonna, Missy Elliott, Grace Jones, Chaka Khan and talk show host Wendy Williams (he created the famous `Statue of Liberty’ Halloween costume that she was wearing on air during her Halloween Show when she fainted.) Cesar’s eye for bold tropical color and sexy fringes evening dresses were a hit on the catwalk.  His expert workmanship, figure-flattering silhouette and keen use of fine fabrics, shone like a dazzling rainbow. “This collection was inspired by Art Deco and Cuba.” said the designer after the show.

 

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA
BAHAMAS `AFTER 7′
Bahamas leading fashion designer DAVID ROLLE made his Collection Moda debut with a collection entitled: `After 7.’ The 2015 `Mission Catwalk All-Stars’ winner and 2013 `Mission Catwalk’ first runner-up, presented a cohesive collection of gay party dresses and gowns that had the flavor of a woman who enjoys a lavish lifestyle. With black as a base, David injected bold floral situations and jeweled accents on sheer tops. His flowing brocade skirts and dresses were fun and flirtatious. David is certainly a designer to watch as an upcoming International game changer of fashion.

 

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA

 

MODERN SWAGGER
Menswear designer CARLTON BROWN closed out Collection MoDA with a show entitled `The Mirror,’ which proved to be one of his most passionate collections to date. Known as the leading Jamaican designer of Bespole menswear tailoring, Carlton delved into modern menswear silhouette with an elegant `old-school’ twist. He opened his scene with twin models; Christian and Kyle Haddad, who created a dramatic mirror effect with their stage antics. Worsted wool suits in subtle plaids were tailored to perfection, as were the suits worn by his celebrity models – Asafa Powell and singer Agent Sasco. Kibwe McCann and Khani Conderson captivated the catwalk in Carlton’s lush jeans and African inspired tops, not to mention the amazing tri-colored shoes embellished with silver studs.

 

FASHION HAPPY PLACE – COLLECTION MODA

 

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