With Style Week Jamaica and Caribbean Fashion Week, Kingston is fast becoming the fashion capital of the Caribbean with the addition of a new fashion event called The Collections sponsored by Audi.
The exclusive event will take place at Wyndham Kingston poolside and Kerry Manwomanhome boutique on 14th and 15th of June and will debut three collections including Complexd Woman Lubica Slovak who was featured in our Island issue on page 24-25.
Lubica took on an active role as Executive Producer in the making of her first fashion film ‘BEYOND’, directed and produced by Nile Saulter and Storm Saulter – renowned for his role as director in the celebrated Jamaican movie ‘Better Mus Come’.
Organisers and event management duo Kerry Ann-Clarke and Kibwe McGann plan to make The Collections an annual event and if you can’t make it to Jamaica you can catch up with the action on Lifestyle Caribbean series Splash, which airs on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Centric TV.
We also couldn’t help but notice another Complexd woman Make-up artist and DJ Loni L. Jones (featured on Complexd web/blog) will be spinning techno beats on the night and with a strong team of Jamaican influencers and Complexd Women behind this event we look forward to reporting on the success of their opening night.
Complexd Woman Arlene Martin featured in the 2nd Anniversary issue (page 72-79) will be one of the designers opening the showcase of designer collections tomorrow at Caribbean Fashion Week, now in its 12th year.
Featuring regional and international design talent, Arlene will be showing her latest DrennaLuna collection inspired by Jamaica’s indigenous birds and butterflies as a tribute to her homeland, which is celebrating 50 years of independence this August.
Continuously inspired by Jamaica, there is no doubt that Arlene creates at her best when her designs embody the simplicity of Jamaican life. Her earthy palettes represent the richness of the land, while her stand out pieces express the vibrancy of its people.
We met Arlene at the Caribbean Collections exhibition in London and got a chance to inspect the quality of her choice of fabric and precision of her cuts. Although they lay their roots in Jamaica her designs transition easily into an international market and we are extremely excited about her plans to make her pieces more accessible.
The Complexd team is eagerly anticipating her next collection and if the previous collections are anything to go by, she won’t disappoint.
Over the past 3 days there has been a grand scale of celebration in London marking 60 years of The Queen’s reign. The Diamond Jubilee Pagent in Windsor Castle organised a showcase titled, Around the World in 60 Years and 90 minutes, featuring performances from the 7 continents of the world.
The show was a reflection of The Queen’s State and Commonwealth visits starting from Great Britain to The Americas, Australasia, Asia, The Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Indigenous dancers, musicians, military personnel and horsemen put on a stunning and captivating cultural display. Russia showed off their impressive acrobatic skills atop galloping horses, dancers from the Cook Islands charmed the Queen with their quick hip gyration by performing the traditional Hura dance and Africa presented all the tribes of the continent to the backdrop of the beautiful sound of a young African choir.
There are 54 countries in the Commonwealth and Queen Elizabeth II has visited every country except 2. I was proud to see the flag of my island Grenada (a member of the Commonwealth) in full view at the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
At the age of 86 she continues her duties as Queen of England and Monarch to 16 Commonwealth countries with so much poise, making her an extremely well travelled cosmopolitan Complexd Woman. The celebrations over the past couple of days have made me very proud of my British Caribbean heritage.
Alex Mazerolle founder of Girlvana featured in the Complexd Women issue on page 24-29. In this video she talks about her passion for Yogo and how she aims to empower teen girls and young women though Yogo, meditation, fashion and healthy living and encourage them to celebrate who they are!
Occupation: CEO & Founder of Jawels/Jewellery designer at Swizz Beads
Place of Birth: Lausanne, Switzerland
Current Residence: Kingston, Jamaica
I was born in Lausanne, Switzerland to a Jamaican mother and African-American/Swiss father. We were among the few black families living in the area at that time so growing up there was a very interesting experience. My upbringing taught me how to approach the world differently and because Switzerland has three main languages I am fluent in French, German and Italian.
It was my Jamaican heritage that inspired me to set up my dental jewellery business Jawels. Coupled with my father’s knowledge as a Doctor of dental surgery and my creative flare we came up with a unique and fun concept that went down very well on the Jamaican party scene and in the entertainment industry.
Our formula is that we offer professional dental fitting and high quality stones and crystals while ensuring the constant delivery of new products with professionalism, precision and punctuality. Like most new start-ups, it took a while for Jawels to take off, but having a degree in Marketing and Public Relations was definitely an asset for both my business including my newest venture Swizz Beads.
‘When it’s dark enough you can see the stars’, is a Persian quote I always remember when things get challenging and I always appreciate the experiences and opportunities I have had, such as working with the likes of Rolex and the world leaders in synthetic stones and Swarovski crystals.
I believe the most importance aspect of life is not just being a woman. It is going through the process of getting to know yourself. I am Complexd because I know who I am and I am unique.