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.
Top Nollywood Producer Obi Emelonye Appointed Creative Director
One week after the Screen Nation nominations were announced, Obi Emelonye, Nigeria’s most successful Director/Producer of the last few years now firmly takes the helm as Creative Director for the 9th Screen Nation Awards. The Nigerian born, British-based filmmaker will bestow his artistic vision to a variety of home-grown and international African heritage stars from the UK and international film & TV industries.
The 2014 nominations saw global Nigerian talent lead the way with the overwhelming number of nominations in the much coveted People’s Choice African International Awards section with Ghana, South Africa and Kenya making up the numbers. Nigeria was also well represented within the highly competitive UK Screen Awards with Oscar contender Chiwetel Ejiofor and star of The Butler, David Oyelowo being the picks of the nominees. You can see the full list of nominees and vote for your favourite rising African talents exclusively at www.screennation.com
With all the major nominees converging on London for the film Bafta’s on the week before, this year’s Screen Nation is set to be one of the ‘hot’ awards ticket of the 2014 awards season. And with Obi at the helm the prestigious ceremony is anticipated to also host many Nigerian dignitaries and elite stars from both Hollywood and Nollywood who will attend to celebrate diversity.
Obi reveals: ‘as a previous Screen Nation Award winner, I know what this award means to a filmmaker. So, to be part of birthing the 2014 show…well that’s the stuff dreams are made of! It is indeed an honour beyond words to serve as this year’s Screen Nation Awards Creative Director.’
Over the last 3 years Obi has become arguably the successful Nollywood cinematic talent working today. His 2011 film The Mirror Boy broke barriers for Nollywood cinema across the world; Last Flight to Abuja set new standards in moviemaking as it flew high to become the most watched online video in Nigeria in 2013 and his latest hit Onye Ozi has single handedly revived the Ibo language film industry. He is currently nominated with Last Flight to Abuja at the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) 2014 for Best Sound Editor, Best Movie Director, Best Movie and Best Movie (Drama). Vote here http://t.co/S2ZbHm1o05
He says: ‘No-one will celebrate us, unless we celebrate ourselves. After 9 years of Screen Nation recognizing and appreciating UK and international African heritage Film and TV talent with awards, it looks like black talent has suddenly become fashionable for the mainstream award bodies. However, even after this new fad has faded and the mainstream has returned to business as usual, Screen Nation will remain to continue recognising the talents that help to give our people a voice and a face on TV and in films.’
The 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards takes place on Sunday 23rd February 2014 at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London. The star-studded ceremony will be hosted by the hilarious comedian Ali Baba aka the Godfather of Nigerian comedy who shares the stage with Caroline Chikezie, the gorgeous Hollywood based actress and newest star of the iconic 24 series starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Voting for nominees in all categories are open now until February 20th, with public voting categories accessed exclusively via the Screen Nation website.
Recognising that space is at a premium for many city-dwellers, Heal’s has introduced a new urban living focused furniture range to its Spring 2014 collection. The company has teamed up with London-based designer Rob Scarlett to create Brunel, a versatile, stylish and contemporary furniture range that helps organise and maximise space in city properties.
The Brunel collection is inspired by Heal’s archive pieces, including a space-saving leaning storage unit that was designed by Robin Day and Clive Latimer in 1948. Crafted from oak and steel, Brunel draws on mid-century modern design but updates it to reflect the needs of contemporary homes.
Each of the streamlined industrial-style pieces is multi-functional, meaning it can adapt to the space it is placed in; for example, a bench that can be used as an occasional table and a mirror that doubles up as a valet stand. Easy, fuss-free assembly also means the furniture can move as often as its owners.
Rob Scarlett comments: “My Brunel collection for Heal’s is targeted largely at design savvycity dwellers who are short on space and accessibility but big on style. “I felt the best way to address the constraints they face was to design furniture which uses space intelligently and efficiently, offering dual purposes or hidden storage details. “I wanted to create a functional range without compromising on quality or style, so the balance of materials with the aesthetic were key to my design process.”
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