Jamaica Holds First Ever ‘Haute-Couture’ Fashion Show In Its 400 Year History
First she posed underwater for a shoot inspired by The Little Mermaid, then she did the costume design for film Shanghai Baby, now Danish-born, Monaco-London based Isabell Kristensen is putting Jamaica’s blossoming fashion industry on the world map.
Kristensen, famous for dressing Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet and her fragrance Dreams loved by Snoop Doggy Dog’s wife Shante Broadus, presented her ‘Jamaican Boa and Orchids’ inspired fashion collection worn by ‘Natural Beauties’ hand picked from the island for the catwalk called ‘Dawn to Dusk’ at Hanover Grange at the Tryall Estate and Sandal’s private island.
Young up-and-coming Jamaican fashion designers Christopher Childs and Natalie Christine also featured during Kristensen’s show. The event raised funds for the Jamaican Arts Council.
Organiser of the fashion event Theresa Roberts, Europe’s largest collector of Jamaican Art says: “The event evoked memories of the 50s and 60s when Jamaica was the glamour destination of choice for the European jet set and Hollywood A list.
“The natural splendour of the island and infectious excitement of its people combined with the highest quality events such as this surely mean that the sophisticated elite will quickly rediscover the pleasures that “The Rock” has to offer”.
Jamaica is fast becoming a powerhouse in arts & culture. In New York, Jamaican artists sell for big money, which is now taking off in Europe following a recent House of Lords exhibition organised by Theresa Roberts.
Jamaica is no longer just about Bob Marley, Jamaica’s Winter Olympic Bobsleigh team from ‘Cool Runnings’ and Usain Bolt.
Proceedings to this event went to supporting students at The Edna Manley Art College. They are all making the world take Jamaican arts and culture seriously.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching; here is a wonderful way to enhance your eyes on of us Divas. Make the most of your alluring feature (the windows to your soul)…..enjoy some of my top beauty picks…
Haute Couture: Made from high quality real hair and so there is no issues when applying heat to these lashes! They are lightweight and look tally natural. Skip the salon prices, and apply these in the comfort of your bathroom, with adhesive and a helpful applicator included its easy! Prices start at only £4.99 and there are a range of different styles they are available at Boots and Superdrug.
Anita Grant: I’ve fallen in-love with these shades. Anita Grant is known for her natural skincare, but her mineral eye shadow has a beautiful range of colours, which look amazing against brown hues. It’s mineral, so it’s less likely to irritate. Her Candy collection is my favourite, but she also has a selection of other great colours, 36 in total so you are spoilt for choice! www.anitagrant.co.uk
Green People: Rejuvenating Eye Cream by Green people is natural ways treat for your eyes! A nurturing treatment rich in essential fatty acids with soothing, active vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (Evening Primrose, Seaweed, Perilla Seed oil and Avocado) to help moisturise and soothe the delicate skin around the eyes. www.greenpeople.co.uk
Bourjois: This liquid eyeliner instantly creates an alluring cat-eye affect. Bourjois has an amazing Liner Pinceau which last for 16hrs! Available at Superdrug, it’s a sure way to get that perfect slant.
By: Teiko Dornor-Tagoe