Fashion meets Mas- RIDDIM, The Lost Tribe 2017

The Lost Tribe 2017’s name and logo
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During a phone call with Val sometime late last year, I was lucky enough to get a rundown of his ideas for a new addition to the mas of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival. It was to be a fusion of old and new, a mix of fashion and the giant parade that T&T mas is- it was to be something new and exciting! Fast forward a few months to February 2016, and The Lost Tribe hit the road for two days of spectacle and even- unheard of for a new band, 2nd Place winner of the Band of the Year and Downtown Bands Association Award! With creative director Valmicki Maharaj and his team at the helm, I knew the costumes and band would be the hit that they are, and I’ve been eagerly waiting for the reveal of the 2017 designs.

Boy, were they worth the wait!

Areito female.
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Dudup female
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Colourful, bright and with references to a worldwide spectrum of ethnic inspirations, the costumes fill a spot somewhere between sexy and artsy-tribal. I really like all the details that become apparent the more you look at the costumes- the shell necklace in ‘Djun’, the black and white geometric bodysuit in ‘Dudup’, the painted additions in the ‘Arieto’ male backpack. Great!

Djun female
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Arieto male
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Huge props to the band for finally having a great lineup of male costumes! Every year, I always look for something more than a pair of board shorts to play in and usually end up finding just one or two okay-ish options. Not so with the Lost Tribe. Every male costume is well designed, attractive and mostly easy to wear (I still feel some of those backpacks might work against you on a windy stage). My favourites are ‘Arieto’ and ‘Jab’.

Jab male
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Djun male
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Finally, the campaign- I am here for it! A friend said it’s like the team got high while playing around with a kaleidoscope, and printed fabric of what they saw. I have to agree. With ethnic patterns done in pop art colours, the backdrops to each image work well to display and enhance the costumes on show. Add all that to some damn fine models who know how to do it and you’ve got a great campaign. I mean… look at all that-

Iron female
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Dudup male
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Bamboo female
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Cutta female
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Jab female
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Bamboo male
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To the Lost Tribe team- all the props, you guys did great work! For full info on the band and more costume images, check out The Lost Tribe’s site.

My best,

Estevan

Friday Fierceness!

“Driving Miss Odette”- Vogue Japan September 2016

Trousers: Chloé, Sunglasses: Dior, Jewelry: Buccelatti. Image VOGUE JAPAN/LUIGI + IANGO

Model: Odette Pavlova
Photographer: Luigi & Iango
Stylist: Anna Dello Russo
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Makeup: Georgi Sandev

Friday Fierceness!

“In a Fairy Tale”- Harper’s Bazaar Russia August 2016

Gown: Gucci. Image HARPER’S BAZAAR RUSSIA/RACHELL SMITH

Model: Karen Elson
Photographer: Rachell Smith
Stylist: Anna Katsanis
Hair: Keith Carpenter
Makeup: Niki M’nray

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image STÉPHANE ROLLAND

Fall 2016 brought out a softer, simpler side of Stéphane Rolland’s dramatic aesthetic, with the designer taking a more pared down approach to his Haute Couture collection. Premiered at an intimate presentation in his Paris atelier, the designer showed his gorgeous 16- piece collection of sensational red carpet gowns.

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image STÉPHANE ROLLAND

Inspired by the work of Spanish painter Pablo Palazuelo, Mr. Rolland continued his exploration of movement and form with variations of angular and cubic shapes. “I think unconsciously I have always been inspired by the pure, graphic nature of his paintings,” Mr. Rolland remarked. And truly, his collection mirrored this graphic quality, with sculptural gowns in monochromatic block colors being manipulated into dramatic shapes with the help of jagged cutout ‘windows’ that exposed large expanses of the bust, leg and hip.

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Daring and sexy, these details added provocative flair to column gowns and shift dresses, but were especially intriguing when paired with full bubble- skirted silhouettes à la Grace Kelly, to create a modern twist on the classic ballgown. It was stunning, especially when used on color- blocked gowns of black and nude taffeta, organza and tulle with soft, duvet- like skirts. These were the epitome of elegance.

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image STÉPHANE ROLLAND

A series of sculptural black and white gowns provided dramatic contrast with modern silhouettes that referenced nature and raw sexuality. “This is the yin and the yang,” Mr. Rolland explained, and the gowns reflected this. Each was centered around rigid black sheafs with undulating white accents and large body- baring cutouts. One featured ruffles that enveloped the torso like the petals of an orchid, another had panels that draped down the right flank like huge folded wings, the third, a bi-colored gown with a cape effect back was cleaved straight down the front and bared an angular line of almost naked flesh from breast to ankle. This was the most spectacular (and my favorite) of the three and makes me wonder exactly I’d wear it without an unfortunate wardrobe malfunction- but I’m willing to try!

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image STÉPHANE ROLLAND

Elsewhere in the lineup Mr. Rolland showed his softer side with gauzy gowns in draped chiffon, and cocktail dresses in nude silk duchesse. Fur was also used to tremendous effect, with Mr. Rolland taking the opportunity to showcase a few pieces from his new 15- piece “haute fur” capsule collection alongside his gowns. A white mink windowpane vest was great, as was a suede kilt skirt with a knitted mink panel at the front and two outsized knitted mink capes that left everyone wondering at their complex constructions.

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image STÉPHANE ROLLAND

Done in a graphic openwork style each knitted module was mounted on a sturdy grid of leather or silk, allowing the movement and fall of the pieces to remain light and flexible while still retaining solid strength. These pieces were fresh, modern and pure luxury, and offered a new way to approach the look and design of traditional fur coats and capes.

Mr. Rolland said that a fur interior design line is in the works, and judging from the work seen in this collection it’s bound to be great.

Stéphane Rolland Haute Couture Fall 2016. Image STÉPHANE ROLLAND

Stéphane Rolland’s Fall 2016 Haute Couture collection was absolutely gorgeous. Presented without the fuss or fanfare of many other houses, it was one of the best shows in the Fall Couture schedule. His work was fresh, modern and dramatically beautiful. It was pure luxury and one of my favorite shows of this season.

Xx – Ana

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Milan 2015.
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Over the last few weeks of writing this column, I’ve come across some really good images of stylish folk being stylish that for one reason or the other, didn’t make it to the blog. Being both a bit of a pack-rat and an appreciator of good style, I’ve kept them around for the sole purpose of writing a post that that can highlight good street style, regardless of season.

Possibly New York. I love this laid back but stylish look
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So, here we are. Men and women from all over the world and in all kinds of temperatures looking great.

New York. ALL so good!
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Enjoy.

Cool and beautiful in white at Pitti Uomo, Florence.
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LFW 2016. Dapper, sir.
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New York 2016.
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LFW 2015. Ever wonder how models dress between shows and shoots? Just like this.
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Pitti Uomo, Florence 2016.
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NY 2016. Another model between shows. I think I actually have exactly what he’s wearing!
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Milan, 2016.
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My best,

Estevan

Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Fall 2016

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Few designers can stage a show like Jean Paul Gaultier. His sense of grandiose and excess is unmatched, and his knack for theatrics is what has made him one of the reigning kings of Haute Couture. Season after season, the designer’s use of crazy characters and a hugely codified sense of glamour and mischief create a grand spectacle on the Parisian runways. Yet, for the past few seasons I’ve been somewhat bored… but no more! His Fall 2016 Haute Couture show provided a remedy, serving up perfect amounts of glamour and extravagance- just what you want from JPG.

I’m in love!

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Inspired by a stroll through a forest in Japan, Monsieur Gaultier took us to the woods with a luxurious Fall 2016 collection that echoed the beauty of deep natural woodland. He adapted his theme in a most literal way, and looking through the show you can almost smell, feel and hear the sounds of the woods in cool autumn air. “It’s all about Zen and nature and the environment…It really was like a revelation. I saw magnificent woods, so I made wood prints and worked them in planks, like marquetry,” Mr. Gaultier remarked.

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Tranquility and harmony might have been on his mind, but the designer tackled his inspirational source with signature gusto, making the collection far more dramatic than his words would lead you believe. True, Fall 2016 was far more restrained than usual, with rustic wooden floorboards lining the runway and meditative “nature sounds” playing over the sound system, but all this tranquility faded once the designer unleashed the full arsenal of his atelier’s work.

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Models appeared swathed in swirls of hand- painted chiffon or sparkling sequin- encrusted silk. Large, ostentatious fur stoles draped over their shoulders and faces were framed by snug, wide- brimmed caps trimmed with iridescent feathers or more richly- coloured fur. This was everything you could ever wish for in a JPG show and more: silk catsuits patterned like wooden planks, slinky gowns covered in elaborate ornamentation, outsized knits, lush fur- trimmed cashmere cardigans worn belted over leather pencil skirts and dramatic fur- lined cape- coats in silk brocade and velvet. There were some glamourous pieces made entirely of silver lamé jacquard and covered with extensive crystal and sequin appliqués, and more dreamy fur coats constructed from patchwork pelts of fox, astrakhan, beaver, coyote and lambskin.

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Evening gowns were layers of simple sheaf dresses worn under heavily- adorned bustier tops with trailing attached panels. Plain satin minidresses worn over fussy skirts of organza, tulle, fur or feather- embellished net, and figure- hugging column gowns constructed from silk, velvet and net wowed the press. An ode to JPG’s trademark ‘hybrid’ gowns (half dress, half suit) were ultra- glamourous, and an unmitigated improvement to the original look.

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However, this being a JPG show, there had to be a little contrast to all the luxury. Since the glamourous fare referenced an untamed forest, lumberjacks provided his opposition. Rugged windbreakers, deconstructed knitwear and even a large fur- topped backpack, appeared draped over gowns and embellished seperates. There were leather gloves, hardy-looking leather leggings and even some tartan in the mix! Mr. Gaultier’s ode to the “chemise Canadienne”(lumberjack shirt)- made into evening gowns and long robes of silk, wool, velvet and fur were notable. Extravagant and over- the- top, these pieces added a little jaunty grit to an already- fabulous lineup.

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With all that said, this was one of the most restrained JPG collections in years- and in many ways it was one of his best, since Mr. Gaultier’s toned- down dramatics allowed the audience to really see and appreciate the extraordinary creativity and workmanship that goes into his garments. A lustrous palette in multiple shades of greens and browns really allowed Mr. Gaultier’s unexpected shapes, sculptural cuts and dramatic silhouettes to shine, while providing a neutral base for all the elaborate surface treatments that were on display.

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This was a collection that was incredibly focused on textural contrast and seductive imagery, with beaded embroideries, feather embellishments and trompe-l’œil appliqués mimicking the textures of lichen, bark and moss, while prints on metallic satin and floaty chiffon depicted a moody forest landscape with a brooding, dreamlike effect. “The workmanship is very, very, very couture,” Mr. Gaultier emphasized. “It can’t be copied.”

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And it really can’t be copied! Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2016 Couture show was an inimitable mix of seductive, luxurious glamour with an incredibly creative and deeply imaginative central vision. It was a great collection with a craft level of striking heights, and a dramatic factor that was even more so.

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This was true Haute Couture, and proof that Jean Paul Gaultier can even do woodsy- chic.

Xx – Ana

Friday Fierceness!

Brandon Maxwell Fall/winter 2016 Campaign

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Model: Ophelie Guillermand, Herieth Paul, Leila Nda and Maria Borges
Photographer: Brandon Maxwell
Hair: Wesley O’Meara
Makeup: Tom Pecheux

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

The roads are overflowing with models! There are some great summer wedding worthy looks in this pic.
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The Spring 2017 Men’s shows have taken over New York and attendees have turned up the cool factor. Although it’s spring on the runways, summer style is what’s on show throughout the city- and no one does effortless summer cool like a stylish New Yorker. Let’s pick up some tips!

Face it- this picture is all about that beautiful dog. What a puffball! It’s owner is totally on point too, with that great matching dress and natural hair! Matching your dog- it’s the new thing!
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That jacket is on 100%.
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I really like this look, but with a black, beep navy blue or grey tshirt instead of that coral.
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Common could put on anything and make it instantly cool, but this man has serious style. That jacket is on. point.
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I love this- stylish parents raising a stylish child! The future is bright. All the points for the fresh white outfits and cool kicks!
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Looking sharp sir!
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Model Lais Ribeiro looking stunning in a breezy daytime/ running errands/ going to castings look. Hail that cab Lias!
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An obvious model wearing a vest that says “unsigned”… what’s not to love! Not so much a street style picture, but a cool one. I like his vest and bracelets.
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I’m really into the rough, military look of this fella’s shirt. His grey hair is pretty cool too.
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Not a fan of those shorts, but that Asian inspired jacket is great. I’ll give this man points for his overall use of color though.
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Seriously… how cool are those vintage looking bikes?! The suits and 50’s hair are great too.
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This gentleman’s got a great all denim look going.
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This is a great look. With the cap, Don Trentalange is ready for strolling around or maybe evening drinks. Without it, he’s ready for the night. Versatility is an important part of fashion and Don gets it.
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My best,

Estevan

Friday Fierceness!

“Tilda”- Vogue Italia July 2016

Tunic: Chanel, Hat: Maison Michel, Jewelry: Chanel Haute Joaillerie. Image VOGUE ITALIA/YELENA YEMCHUK

Model: Tilda Swinton
Photographer: Yelena Yemchuk
Stylist: Cathy Kasterine
Hair: Odile Gilbert
Makeup: Elsa Durrens

SIDEWALK SAUNTER

Legendary supermodel, actress and author Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace. Like a true supermodel, Naomi is ALWAYS on point.
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Haute Couture- which literally means “high fashion”, is the highest form of expression in the craft of designing and constructing clothing. Presented in specific bi-annual fashion weeks in Paris, the shows draw the world’s stylish elite and boast some of the highest international media coverage of the fashion calendar. Everything is glitz and glam… put simply, haute couture fashion weeks are spectacles.

Model, fashion writer, presenter and style star Alexa Chung in Brioni. More of a casual, androgynous look for a daytime show, she looks like the epitome of cool.
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From runway presentations to the endless dinners, cocktails and parties, attendees always put on just as much of a show as the couture House’s, with an equal addition of formality to their dress. High fashion reigns the streets, and it’s commonplace to see style stars like Olivia Palermo or Chiara Ferrigrini strolling around in pieces from the most coveted and historic labels.

Australian fashion blogger Nicole Warne in Chanel. Kind of 90’s, kind of quirky, completely cool. I like her round sunglasses.
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For this post, SIDEWALK SAUNTER is focusing on the women of the just concluded Fall 2016 Haute Couture shows. Dressed to the nines, lovely ladies ruled the streets of Paris, so join me in appreciating just a few of the best looks.

Model Leila Nda looking so good on her way to a show.
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Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova in Dior. Beautiful (as always), but cool- from the dress to the bag and shoes, nothing really matches. but they all work.
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Stylist and writer Giovanna Battaglia Englebert looking beautiful in white with some truly great accessories- like that coral tassel necklace!
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Actress Natalie Dormer wears Schiaparelli Couture to the house’s show, looking just as regal as the queens she’s played on Game of Thrones and The Tudors.
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Blogger and style star Chiara Ferrigrini in Dior. You’d think this was a simple outfit, but the details of the tailoring and quality of fabrics show it’s worth as Dior couture. Chiara looks great!
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Model Joséphine Le Tutour manages to look comfortable, well dressed and sexy all at once while outside of a show.
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American writer, actress, socialite and heiress, Olivia Palermo, in a beautiful Schiaparelli coat.
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Spanish lawyer turned fashion editor and stylist, Barbara Martelo, keeps it simple and classic with jeans, a black blouse and heels while navigating the shows.
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Actress Jessica Chastain in Chanel. I’ve always thought Jessica to be a real beauty with a 70’s look, and she definitely looks like a glamorous throwback in this image. The amazing jacket and oversized sunglasses are a great pairing.
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Fashion editor of Hong Kong Tatler, Justine Lee, chose an amazing Dolce & Gabbana combo of a black sheer dress with a leather jacket!
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Stylist, fashion director at Tatler Russia and Creative Consultant at Conde Nast’s Allure Russia, Anya Ziourova is one of the major players in the fashion world. As such, she’s head to to on point in a printed dress and leather boots for the haute couture shows.
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Actress and model Milla Jovovich looks beautiful in Valentino as she arrives for the show. I have to say this… I love her.
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