An eclectic set-up in the gardens of Karibe, a titillating show, and a wild after party, Rumors delivered everything it had promised.
International models walked down the runway to a cheering crowd wearing vibrant bathing suits from Calle Swimsuits and local store “Moi”. As exhilarating as this show was, applauds and cheers continued throughout the night with the performances of Jperry and Team Lobey.
Of course our favorite part of the night was seeing another fashion show materializing within the public. As promised Fashion Ayiti chose not one, but 3 best dressed that night:
Nothing screams fame and spotlight like a family with an abundance of talent. The Kardashian sisters, the Olsen twins, Venus & Serena Williams, Paris & Niki Hilton… and the list goes on!
Two sisters have caught our attention lately, mainly because of their individual style, their vivacious colorful characters, and their popularity. To top it all off, one of them is a music performer. We are talking about Niska and Vanessa Garoute. We interviewed our first “it girls”, and we must say… They did not disappoint!
These sisters, as we have come to learn, are not only original and beautiful, but also smart and witty. They made us feel at ease as soon as we sat down for the interview, and what was supposed to be a serious endeavor, became a dinner amongst old friends. We got sidetracked quite a bit, but it made the whole experience light and fun.
Describe your personal style
V: I love new style, not always accepted and different, I like to have what no one has. If someone has what I have it bothers but I get over it eventually. I love shoes, I would kill for shoes, I can go a whole day without food to get shoes.
N: If I’d have to describe my style in a few words it would be “simple” . I like neutral and warm colors, summer times I obviously brighten up a bit. I’m into shoes but I’m not as much as a heel freak as Vanessa. She always makes me feel underdressed. My favorite things are my glasses, my bras and my shoes.
Niska, how do you describe your stage style and how it influences your performance?
N: My stage style is a lot like my everyday style. As far as influencing my performance I like to be comfortable. I’m trying to get in top shape enough where I could just wear a bra on a stage with maybe just a cover up around it but everything else open. Like Selena.
Do you borrow each other’s clothes, and do you fight about it?
V: Your recording is going to be so long after we tell you stories. But before we start this argument, you have to know the person that got us into fashion and it’s our mom. And her closet is our closet so we shop when we go to Haiti.
But, to answer your question, yes we do steal from each other, a lot … and physically fight. We hurt each other for clothes. Now we don’t live together anymore so it’s much better because we don’t have to deal with each other all the time.
What trends are you currently obsessed with?
V: Black and White! I’ve been buying a lot of white for summer but since my grandmother died I had to throw in black. I love Neon yellow. And Leopard any season all season.
N: She’s the trendy one I’m more vintage. I prefer being a bit different, questionable at times.
Style Inspiration (Any celebrity or any individual whose style you admire?)
N: My mom and my grandmother. If I have to answer for Vanessa it will be Kim Kardashian, my mom and Rihanna.
Any favorite designers?
N: Depends on the season. But current favorite designer Tom Ford.
V: Ahhhhh! Okay skin care product: Chanel. Make-up: anything in Sephora. Actually I went
to Sephora in Dubai, and every Sephora in Dubai is different than America. You knew Dolce and Gabanna made make-up? People I never knew made make-up have a make-up line. Okay, lipstick: the Sephora Lipstain, Mascara: I use “they’re real” by Benefit. For clothes: Marchesa, I can’t afford Marchesa but their stuff are so different with so many details. And I love Kenzo also. Shoes: I don’t want to say Giuseppe because it’s so common but he’s an artist. So Giuseppe and Cassadei
N: Honestly for shoes I like boutique brands I’m not really a name brand person but if I have to chose a brand, it’s Lanvin. As for heels, I really love YSL. Make up Chanel hands down and Guerlain. For clothes it’s too much I like to mix no brands with brands.
What’s A “Must Have” in your closets?
V: My red Sephora lipstain…
N: In your closet girl, not your cosmetic drawer.
V: Sorry, a must is a pair of leggings for that one day that you don’t feel like doing anything, a nice pair of heels, at least one. And a scarf cause it can dress up or down anything.
N: I’d have to say, leather either leggings or pants, any kind of ballerina slipper. And any button down collar preppy style shirt. I need linen, white linen.
V: Oh I forgot to say! Nail polish, I change my nail color every 2 days, and when I travel I bring a big bag full of nail polish, it’s so hard to pick a color!
What is sexy to you?
N: Back out! Anything low cut reaching almost to your but, I think is beautiful. Open front is so overrated these days, it’s all back!
V: I agree but, these days what I’ve been looking for and haven’t been able to find are zippers. It’s like “what’s under there?” … and it’s so easy to just …. Unzip !
And what do you find sexy in men?
V : I think fitted pants. Anything fitted, anything custom tailored that fits their body …
What’s a big Fashion DON’T in men style
V: I hate flip flops!
N: Baggy pants. I don’t like when guys wear their baggy pants under their but. I like it when they wear on their hips.
Lastly, do you ladies have anyshopping secret you want to share with us?
For the second time, international DJ Max Vangeli graced us with an amazing performance last Friday at Tara’s. This time however, the dancing took place in a more intimate setting called “Il encuentro” behind the usual monster stage. Vangeli played for a roaring crowed who wildly agreed the music was great.
Dear fashionistas and fashionistos, we are so happy to see the women stepped it up this time. We saw colors, different cuts, and jersey was not so much “de rigueur”. To our dear men of the evening, yes you also had shinning moments, but ladies, we side with you this time.
Stay tuned for RUMORS this Friday. We will be picking the best dressed lady of the night.
Was that a party or what? Invasion my friends, was a crazy spectacle for the ears with DJs K9, Bernard Chauvet, Franco the Saint, and Joachim Garraud, special guest from Paris (ou lala), but let’s face it, dear fashionistas and fashionistos, the party was way more of a mind blowing experience for the eyes. Haiti’s first 3D party was a success, and all the props and applauds go to Black Palm Events and its amazing team. The stage made of LED lights gave a HiDef surpassing all expectations (Were we really on EDH?), and for the first time, Fashion Ayiti was there to capture all of the best fashion moments.
We all know (because we’ve been there), that most of us go on big shopping sprees right before December and the summer season. We feel for our wallets, and throw a tiny b**** fit when someone else bought the exact same thing. It was all apparent at Invasion. We saw some crazy combos, some slick outfits and lots and lots of short jersey dresses.
Ladies, as much as it pains us to admit, the guys took this one. We saw a lot more originality, sleekness and all around swag from the men. Yes you’re gorgeous and your legs go on for days, but we wish you would take more risks with fashion. Short doesn’t necessarily mean fashionable and more coverage leaves more things to the imagination. We now give a small round of applause to the guys who truly set themselves apart, made this night a little more vibrant and showed us the true meaning of personal style.