Independence couture

Published: Monday | August 6, 2012 Comments 0
Making others green with envy, Terri-Karelle sits pretty in this one-of-a-kind Ashley Martin gown. - photos by Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer
Making others green with envy, Terri-Karelle sits pretty in this one-of-a-kind Ashley Martin gown. - photos by Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer
Layered in ruffles and tassels, Terri-Karelle looks radiant in this jonkanoo-meets-high-fashion, off-the-shoulder design from Ashley Martin.
Layered in ruffles and tassels, Terri-Karelle looks radiant in this jonkanoo-meets-high-fashion, off-the-shoulder design from Ashley Martin.
This beaded lace design with ruffles says soft, sexy sophistication.
This beaded lace design with ruffles says soft, sexy sophistication.
This hippie-inspired ensemble in orange, a bold patterned combo, is a shot right back to the retro days.
This hippie-inspired ensemble in orange, a bold patterned combo, is a shot right back to the retro days.
This circa 1970s over-the-top, glam, form-fitting sequined evening gown is a must-have for any eccentric fashionista.
This circa 1970s over-the-top, glam, form-fitting sequined evening gown is a must-have for any eccentric fashionista.
Red carpet appropriate - this feathered Ashley Martin design is a show-stopper that really makes a statement. The intricate attention to detail makes this dress a stylish piece.
Red carpet appropriate - this feathered Ashley Martin design is a show-stopper that really makes a statement. The intricate attention to detail makes this dress a stylish piece.
Sara sports a casual and relaxed high-waisted palazzo pants with this off-the-shoulder mid-70s top with angel sleeves.
Sara sports a casual and relaxed high-waisted palazzo pants with this off-the-shoulder mid-70s top with angel sleeves.
Oozing Jamaican patriotism, this one-shoulder KerryKay maxi dress will be turning heads as Rashida makes her way in the black, green and gold number to the Jamaica 50 festivities perfectly accessorised with Reve pieces.
Oozing Jamaican patriotism, this one-shoulder KerryKay maxi dress will be turning heads as Rashida makes her way in the black, green and gold number to the Jamaica 50 festivities perfectly accessorised with Reve pieces.

Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer

As an independent nation, one of the things that we have to celebrate as Jamaicans is our unique sense of style. With today being Independence Day, the Flair Magazine decided to pay homage to the '60s and '70s-inspired fashions that have made their way back onto the mainstream fashion scene. However, we have fused the styles of the '60s and '70s with a few contemporary pieces to create that balance to show that old school-inspired fashion can be just as trendy and fashionable as the next avant-garde design.

Styles of the '60s and '70s were more eclectic. Our Jamaican culture is deeply rooted in a plethora of activities, with beauty pageants being one of them. After having monumental successes at the Miss World pageant, taking home the crown three times and with countless places in the top 10 and top five, it's a no-brainer that we should use past queens to don the outfits. After all, they have contributed significantly to Jamaica's cultural heritage both here and abroad.

The Port Royal Naval Hospital, has such historic value that it was the perfect backdrop. Its rustic surroundings was a great contrast to showcase these beauties in the colourful and eccentric designs of Ashley Martin, Andre Shirley and Kerry Christian.

Credits:

Creative Director: Garfene Grandison

Models:

Terri Karelle Reid (MJW 2005)

Sara Lawrence (MJW 2006)

Rashida Reckford (2nd princess MJW 2012)

Make-up by: T'rone Buchanan

Tel: 484-6836

Hair by: Zelpha Peynado of Dee's Hair care

1 Balmoral Avenue, Kingston 10

Tel: 908-2511, 392-6270, 771-4082

Location: Old Naval Hospital, Port Royal-Jamaica National Heritage Trust 79 Duke Street

Tel: 922-1287

Clothes provided by: Attitude by Ashley Martin available at Foot Candy 8 Hillcrest Avenue

Tel:

Anarchy by Andre Shirley

Tel: 384-4438

Kerry Kay's

Shop 1 &2, 2-4 South Avenue

Lane Plaza, Constant Spring Road

Tel: 754-7766

Shop DG1, Whitter Village

Ironshore, Montego Bay

Tel: 953-9600

Jah Pure: 3 Norman Road

Kingston 3

Accessories by: Reve Jewelers

Shop 12, Devon House

Tel: 908-2498

Head bands by: Yaadie Conscious

Tel: 850-5969

Photographer: Colin Hamilton

Creative Director: Garfene Grandison Models: Terri-Karelle Reid (MJW 2005), Sara Lawrence (MJW 2006), Rashida Reckford (2nd princess MJW 2012) Make-up by: T'rone Buchanan Tel: 484-6836 Hair by: Zelpha Peynado of Dee's Hair care, 1 Balmoral Avenue, Kingston 10, Tel: 908-2511, 392-6270, 771-4082 Location: Old Naval Hospital, Port Royal-Jamaica National Heritage Trust, 79 Duke Street, Tel: 922-1287 Clothes provided by: Attitude by Ashley Martin available at Foot Candy, 8 Hillcrest Avenue, Tel 924-6977 or 355-0615 Anarchy by André Shirley, Tel: 384-4438 KerryKay's, Shop 1&2, 2-4 South Avenue, Lane Plaza, Constant Spring Road, 754-7766 Shop DG1, Whitter Village, Ironshore, Montego Bay Tel: 953-9600 Jah Pure, 3 Norman Road, Kingston 3 Accessories by: Reve Jewellery, Shop 12, Devon House, Tel: 908-2498 Headbands by: Yaadie Conscious, Tel: 850-5969 Photographer: Colin Hamilton

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