If you like your clothing breezy and easy to wear, J.Riviera is the brand for you. Designer Jerrianne Alleyne launched the Pineapple Beach Collection recently and the pieces were all perfect for island weather. Here are ten things to know about her and the brand.
1. How did J.Riviera get started and what’s behind the name?
I started working on J.Riviera over a year ago, at first only taking custom orders. J is the first initial in my name, and Riviera set the tone for everything I wanted my brand to represent, as there is a very coastal feel to my style.
2. What are some of the products you offer?
Our Pineapple Beach Collection(which was resort wear)varied from simple linen tops, and wrap skirts, to beautifully beaded maxi dresses. Unfortunately some of the items are sold out, but we have an amazing project launching just in time for Valentine’s day so keep your eyes out for our Instagram page.
3. Who is the J. Riviera woman?
Our brand caters to women who value comfort, want to feel beautiful, and chic, but aren’t afraid to show a little skin 😉
4. Which types of fabrics do you like to work with the most?
5. Where do you find your inspiration?
6. Are there any designers you look up to?
Christian Siriano. He has an amazing work ethic, gorgeous style, and he’s achieved so much at such a young age.
7. What do you enjoy most about fashion design?
8. How does your personal style influence your designs?
9. Where do you see J.Riviera in another five years?
10. How can we get our hands on some J. Riviera goodies?
Also in the 10 Questions series: Cherise Harris of Wilhelmina Heart.
Another Pompasette event, another impressive display of fashion design talent.
I’ve been covering Pompasette-related fashion events since 2013 (Pomp Wknd at the time) and I have never been disappointed with the design talent on show. Last year’s pop-up shops also made it easy to purchase Caribbean-made clothing and accessories. This was a much-needed outlet for both designers and those of us who love their work.
This year I attended my first Pompasette Brunch Party. It featured 24 of the leading designers from Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. In addition to being an exciting fashion show, the event raised $5 000 for Variety, the Children’s Charity.
Toni Thorne once again curated a fantastic line-up of talent. I loved pieces from every designer so choosing favourites is hard. However, there were some collections that I thought really made an impact.
Let’s start with 13-year-old Aerin Ewing-Chow. Her first collection was youthful and whimsical but still sophisticated. Aerin’s pieces were perfectly accessorised with fascinators by Candi Nicholls.
One collection is challenging enough but Alexis Campbell managed to present two distinctly different lines. Both were fire!
Kesia Estwick is nothing if not bold. Her collection was called Wild AF and that it was! Sexy, daring and totally Kesia.
I love seeing Kimmysticclo on a runway. Kimon Baptiste-St Rose from St Vincent and the Grenadines presents colours that pop and garments that move well and I’m here for all of it.
Out of Trinidad and Tobago, Lisa’s Fabrics offered up some vibrant hand-dyed silk dresses.
I loved the crisp white pieces from NiaChris Designs (extra marks for the pockets.) The incorporation of African prints and clutch bags added to the collection.
Shakad Eco Wear is always, always stunning. Just look:
Finally, S.M. Warner from Trinidad and Tobago. These hand-painted designs were excellent! The fact that the collection was all black and white meant the focus was solely on the intricacy of the designs. What’s not to love?
It’s not everyday that young, emerging designers get the opportunity to share a catwalk with their more experienced counterparts. (Part 1 of review here)
That’s why I have to give full props to Image Modelling Agency of St Vincent and the Grenadines for choosing six “Fresh Faces” to open FLOW Fashion Caribbean 2017.
The mini collections were definitely on-trend with asymmetry, ruffles and off-the shoulder looks. The pieces were not necessarily boundary-pushing but they showed some creativity. After seeing some of the older designers’ full collections, I’m sure the youngsters walked away with lots of inspiration.
First on stage was Elpatrena’s Designs by Elpatrena Findlay. The 19-year-old college student presented a mini collection entitled Futuristic Passion.
Next up was Virtuous Designs by Owen Paul. He presented four pieces unambiguously entitled Modern Tradition. The collection was intended to be worn to parties, formal events, church or pageants.
Tyreek Isaacs’ presented The Weekend under his brand Moziz. It was a collection centred around a weekend getaway for teenagers.
Sheer simplicity from Olive Art Designs
Olive Art Designs by Christal Oliver showcased a collection called Direction which stood out in its simplicity. The perfect pairing of outfits with handbags only made it more impactful. It was not surprising to read that Christal has been designing accessories since 2009. Her experience showed.
Next up was Atiah Stephens. She displayed her love for vibrant colours as she presented three pieces under the brand Tia – la Mode.
I can’t wait to see what these designers do next. Check out InMyWardrobe’s Facebook page for a full album from Fashion Caribbean 2017.