Artist Spotlight: Jessica Durrant

Jessica Durrant popped up on my Instagram. I am a huge fan of fashion illustrators and they always jump out at me. However, a different aspect of Jessica’s art caught my attention. She has a series of silhouettes that are all like double exposures except she’s painted them with nature.

I think that these would be especially beautiful on a gallery wall.

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The Lost Tribe 2019 slayage

Carnival band launch season is here. I find that my news feed is almost always littered with carnival costumes. If it’s not band launch season then some island or country has carnival and you just couldn’t run away from it even if you wanted to.

Click here to take a step back and look at the slayage that The Lost Tribe gave us last year. Every year I find myself thinking that if I were to play mas then it would be with The Lost Tribe because their costumes are always so well designed and executed. I live for carnival design that is done well, and that creatively borrows references. This year, the Lost Tribe pays homage to a culture that is across the Caribbean and is a huge part of the West Indian history.

Take a look at these pictures, they exude carnival and never once use a feather. Wow, right? As this post goes live, a few sections have already sold out and it hasn’t even been 30 days since band launch. I cannot wait to see what a parade of this would look like!

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Designer Spotlight: Manish Arora

Manish Arora is an Indian designer whose work popped up on my Pinterest feed. It blew me away and sent me down a rabbit hole. I just had to share his garments with you. He teams up with companies like Swarovski (why not?) and embellishes his pieces to absolute perfection stopping right at the cusp of them almost becoming over done. In some pieces, you can definitely see an Indian influence of what looks like Sari-esque fabric. Here are a few of my favorite looks from various collections.



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Feature Interview: Laura Narayansingh x HER

Laura Narayansingh catches my eye for two reasons – the first, her architectural designs and the second, her Monday Wear designs. I’ve always said that I wanted to teach a studio class that combined different design fields. Laura does just that in her every day life. Without any further ado, here’s our virtual sit down with Trinidadian architecture, Monday wear, and now Every day wear designer – Laura.

You are an architect, what was the reason behind your career choice?
I’d always associated architecture with art. I’d been inclined to anything that had to do with a pen and paper for as long as I can remember. My parents both came from humble means and grew to become highly respected liberal professionals. So, my sister and I were always expected to do the same. To my father in particular, my attraction to art meant that I would have to become an architect.

I’d always answer the question “what would you like to be when you grow up” with “an architect”.

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Feature Interview: Simone Michelle Neilson

Simone, the quintessential Misim Beach Babe

We’ve previously had a virtual chat here with the designer behind the MisimBeachBabe swimwear brand who is now also a carnival costume designer. Today, we are catching up with her because there has been a lot of new developments since we last spoke.

So here is Simone Michelle Neilson! Read More