Here’s What Went Down at the Kingdom Arts Fashion Show
There is creativity in the kingdom and it was on display in abundance at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre during the 2019 Kingdom Arts Fashion and Visual Arts Gala.
From start to finish, the eyes of patrons were glued to the catwalk as one impressive piece was presented after the other. It’s not always easy to create interesting and even somewhat dramatic looks which are also very wearable but let me tell you, it was done!
The first collection to grace the stage was that of Chudi Creations by Trudy Mayers. For her debut runway collection Sang Lave (meaning blood-washed), she chose a beautiful palette of red, white, black and gold.
It was a captivating collection – from the opening piece which featured a detachable tiered skirt to the stunning red and gold formal gowns which came at the end. There was lots of movement and lots of details to take in on every garment.
I was excited by the idea of a bag collection and totally impressed by reality when I saw what Jamal Mederick of JM Designs. It’s probably safe to say that if it’s a bag, he’ll make it. There were satchels, clutches, backpacks, messenger bags and duffel bags in a range of materials, colours, and prints. If you like your bags vibrant, you’ll like this brand.
Prophetess Sarah Smith from Jamaica relaunched her fashion design career with a 30-piece collection called Ruffled. What a stunning return it was! Under the brand Clothed by Sarah, the collection was presented in two parts, one of which closed the show.
Sarah embraced ruffles in bold, unexpected ways and while she used a variety of bright colours exceptionally well, she was equally impactful when with her black and white looks. Each piece was exciting to look at. Sarah’s collection also included some pieces for the guys.
Now, let’s talk about Breadfruit Leaf Bridal Designs by Juliana Trotman-Griffith. She opened with a fairly traditional white bridal gown and mini bride dress but after that, it was all about the non-traditional.
The collection included a shimmery black and yellow wedding dress, a hot pink gown and a white one-shoulder number with a floor-length rainbow veil and train. Even those of us who aren’t in the market for a wedding dress had to sit up and take notice.
Tavia Drakes of Fab & Favoured debuted her first collection which featured vibrant Ankara prints, and flirty black tulle. The line featured some interesting silhouettes and the garments moved well on the runway. And if the looks weren’t enough, the models incorporated some dance choreography dance into their routine to make the pieces come alive.
Also on show was the Kingdom Arts Collection of long and short-sleeved themed tees and these too were a hit. Not only were the designs young and fresh but the styling was impeccable. When you’re showing something relatively simple like a tee, styling is key if you want to put on a show and the team nailed it.
Smooth, Well-Run Event
Fashion aside, this Kingdom Arts event was executed almost flawlessly. It started promptly at 7 p.m. and performances by Omari O’Neil, Jalisa Josiah and Shanice Lashley were interspersed between the collections.
Danielle Norris was fabulous MC both in relation to her outfits and her ability to keep things running smoothly while interacting with the audience and chatting about fashion and styling.
There was a variety of art, clothing, and accessories from local, regional and international creatives on display and available for sale.
This was my first Kingdom Arts Fashion Show and it definitely won’t be the last. If you’re looking for a night of amazing fashion and entertainment that’s suitable for people of all ages, this annual event is for you!
If you want to see videos from the event, be sure to check out the Kingdom Arts highlights on my Instagram profile. You can also keep an eye on my IG and Facebook pages for more photos from the event compliments Nu Visual Media.