Glitz: Royal Oasis Rooftop Fashion Show

Last Friday December 6, to launch its fabulous rooftop terrace, Royal Oasis hotel organized an international fashion show featuring renown models from Europe and USA as well as many promising young Haitian talents.  Royal Oasis will donate Parts of the profits to Happy hearts foundation (HHF) a foundation owned by supermodel Petra Nemcova who announced that the funds will be used to pay the teachers of a school in Cite soleil (Ecole des archange).

With “Glitz” as a central theme (logical since the main sponsor was Taittinger champagne), the rooftop welcomed the audience with an all white breathtaking decor and hint of old Hollywood glamour, works of the talented event planner and designer Johanne Gardere from Caprice Events.

Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.
Event designer, Johanne Gardere ( black pants, and gold jacket in the middle) poses with her models.

The night delivered everything it had promised and more from a surprise performance by Jperry to a titillating fashion show which proved to be one of the most professional fashion shows ever held in Haiti.

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Host Luc Merville opened the show with a short yet touching video about Nemcova’s Happy Heart foundation. Soon after, the international models and a few Haitian models graced the catwalk modeling the clothes and accessories of stores such as Karma, MOI and Le Boudoir for women and Ibiza featuring Hugo Boss and BOGOSSE clothing line for men. The show stayed true to it’s theme by delivering a “glitzy” show with dazzling evening dresses and suits.

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After being relitively quiet in the Haitian fashion scene lately, the internationally renown Haitian clothing line Bogosse startled us with an electric presentation of their menswear collection that had the public cheering and applauding.

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M.A.C cosmetics event

We had the pleasure to attend a M.A.C cosmetics event this week. It was a promotional event for the new Holiday collection. We took the liberty of asking a couple tips just for you guys!

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Q. What is the secret for a perfect smokey eyes?

A. I really think a great brush makes the biggest difference! Being able to blend easily make the effect all the more smokey and fabulous. The best in my opinion is the 224 Tapered Brush.

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Q. What is the best product in this new collection?

A. There are so many! I love them all. This Mineralized blush/highlighter is amazing! The color is so flattering on any skin tone. I also love the eyeshadows. Sometimes, I wet my brush a little to make the eyeshadow have a metallic finish.

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Q. What is the M.A.C product you cannot live without?

A. Oh that’s easy! The concealer saves me every morning. I have horrible dark circles and so the mineralize concealer is my go to. Even if I don’t wear a full face of makeup, I just hide my little kinks.

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After getting our makeup done, we enjoyed the lovely entertainment, and hors d’oeuvres. Hope to be a part of it again next season!

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Invasion

     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.

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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.

Guys in interesting pants... Yay!

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.

Talk about individuality

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Met Gala 2013 “PUNK: From Chaos to Couture”

With a different theme every year, and hosted by fashion magazine Vogue in New York City, the Met Ball or Met Gala is the fashion world’s best red carpet event with an exclusive guest lists of stars, models, designers, and Hollywood’s A-list.

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This year, the theme Punk: from Chaos to Couture added more edge to the gala event with celebrities wowing us with leather, lace, studs and even punk hairdo and make-up. This is what happens when Punk meets Couture … Can anybody say AWESOME?!

THE BEST DRESSED:

Nina Dobrev looked stunning in a black Monique Lhuillier gown.

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Rooney Mara, breathtaking in this Ricardo Tisci for Givenchy. The combination of lace and zipper gave it the perfect sexy edge twist.

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Emma Watson looking impeccable as always in Prabal Gurung. Hermione who?

EmmaWatson_PrabalGurungEmmy Rossum in a plunging V-neck Donna Karan Atelier sequin gown.

EmmyRossum_DonnaKaranAtelier_The 23 year old Taylor Swift threw away her usual romantic look and pulled off a more daring J Mendel edgy dress with a beaded neckline. Now if she could only write something as grownup as her look…

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AshleyGreene_MarchesaAnne Hathaway in Valentino. The platinum is very punk… Approved!

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It girl of the moment Cara Delevingne in an also plunging V-neck studded dress from Burberry.

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THE DECEPTION:

Gwyneth Paltrow in a hot pink gown by Valentino. I think she could be a little sexier, especially after that great fighting scene in iron man 3. Her abs were rock solid, so she can pull off wearing less.

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Kerry Washington in Vera Wang. The leather glove is very sexy but the combination of gloves, lace, and floral print dress is a little too much.

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Elle Fanning in Rodarte. Not a big fan of the full Tye-die skirt … Like other critics have said, it looks like she just came back from summer camp.

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Chloe Sevigny in Proenza Schouler. A bit deceiving and boring for a fashionista.

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The Olsen twins.

Ashley Olsen in Vintage Dior and Mary-Kate Olsen in Vintage Chanel. Girls, we all know your styles are very different and unique, but what is up with that orange parachute and fur kimono ?

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THE SHOW-STOPPERS:

We added this category to highlight some of the celebrities that managed to catch our full attention, whether it be good or not so fabulous.

Beyonce in Givenchy. This may not be her best dress but Queen Bee looks literally like she’s on FIRE!

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Katy Perry was definitely out there from her crown, to her cross-shaped earrings to the thousands of beads featured in her Dolce & Gabanna dress making up a religious design from the mosaics of Sicily’s cathedral.

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Madonna in Givenchy. With just fishnet stockings and no pants on, Madonna arrived on the red carpet leaving us all in astonishment as usual.

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And of course style icon Sarah Jessica Parker in a gorgeous abstract print gown by  Giles Deacon and with PhillipTracy head piece that had us all stop and stare.

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WTF moment:
KIM!!!!! I wish I didn’t have to be rude, but come on! There was nothing remotely okay about this dress. Pregnant women glow, but even that couldn’t save this travesty. Guess it’s another way for this sister to steal the spotlight …

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PUNK BEAUTY:

ROONEY MARA pulled her hair slick back with a clear complexion, big strong brows and bold dark lips.
JENIFER LOPEZ looking fierce with her pompadour hair style, smokey eyes, and natural glowing skin.

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KRISTEN STEWART looked stunning in dark red smokey eyes.
NICOLE RICHIE pulled of her snowy bouffant hair do.

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We cannot forgot MILEY CYRUS who looked punk personified. MileyCyrus

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December Fashion

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In previous posts, we’ve mentioned that the month of December has sort of it’s own fashion show in Haiti. This year we got to snapshot a few of these fashionista(o)s’ outfits…

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Gray V-neck with harem pants
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Yellow pants with a plain white V-neck and a scarf
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Gray jacket with black lapel
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Blazers and more scarves !
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Blue pants and distressed boots
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December 24th men chic !
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Bow tie !
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Siblings in style on December 24th
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swag spotted at Magdoos restaurant
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well dressed at Vanity Fashion Show
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2 of Ayiti’s fashionistas at Vanity Fashion Show
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December 24th chic
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Sisters in style
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Backless beach dresses
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Beach attire

Accessories:

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BOOTS!
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Even more Boots !
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Embellished collar and funky clutch
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Pumped up kicks
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Spiked ring !
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Handmade Haitian necklace from Mountain Maid (Mission Baptiste) Fermathe Haiti.
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Canvas boots to the beach
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HAT !
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And more hat !

Haiti Fashion Week 2012

Event: Haiti Fashion Week 2012.

Location: Karibe hotel.

Purpose: Stimulate and showcase the Fashion World of Haiti.

For the first time in history, Haiti proudly introduced its first Fashion Week from November 8 to November 11, where thirty designers showcased their collections. Also known as “ModAyiti 2012” in creole, this special event was created by the Haitian Center for Support and Promotion of Enterprises (CHAPES) and the Haitian Network of Designers (HAND), two associations working to develop the Haitian Fashion Industry. Funded by the Ministry of Culture and the European Union’s support program ARCADES, this event gave our local designers a chance to be noticed by the international eye thanks to the presence of international designers, guests and press.

Decor & Set-up

As we entered the Karibe Convention Center we were immediately transported into another atmosphere: Elaborate white draping covered the ceiling and walls, and white chairs were laid out to align the also white catwalk.
Ushers greeted us at the door and brought us to our seats while the pleasant beat of the Haiti Fashion Week 2012 theme song played in the background.

The Event

The program of Haiti Fashion Week 2012 included a forum during the day on the development of fashion in Haiti, and an exposition of items for sell by the designers after each show. The opening ceremony last Thursday was a welcoming celebration for the designers and the organizers of this event with a tribute and homage to the Haitian culture and history. The celebration ended last Sunday with a Haitian folkloric dance with colorful costumes.

Scheduled to start at 7 PM, it was not a surprise to see the shows start an hour late while the public preferred to mingle in the courtyard with drinks and cocktails. An intermission of 15 minutes took place each day, and the shows were a little too long lasting almost 3 hours. It is Fashion after all, and Fashion is fast paced.

Designers

Top Left: Marie Thérèse Hilaire. Bottom Left: David André. Center: Michel Chataigne. Top Right: Watson St-Louis. Bottom Right: Marjorie Alexis

We saw it all: beach attire, casual look, suits, cocktail and evening dresses. More than 2 dozen designers took part in this show to exhibit their creations. Native names such as David André, Michel Chataigne, Maelle David, Marie Thérèse Hilaire, Miko Guillaume, Marjorie Alexis (to name a few) shared the runway with international designers coming from the Caribbean, USA, Argentina and Japan.

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Culture and heritage are at the heart of every designer in Haiti and are proudly reflected through their collections. However, it seems that the focus on culture was taken too seriously. We believe that more initiative and risk should be taken by our designers in order to push the envelope when it comes to the individuality, cohesiveness and aesthetic of their designs.

Left: Garment painted with Haiti’s geographical departments by the students of Verona Fashion school. Center: Folkloric garment in Haiti’s colors by Harry Lafond. Top and Bottom right: Works of Jacqueline Francis.

Our island is known for its beautiful craftsmanship thus making accessories our forté. Models carried the works of many jewelry, bags, and sandal designers like Phelicia Dell (vèvè bags), Créations Dorées, Gerry Romain, Savannah Savary …

Top Left: Men necklace by Gerry Romain. Bottom Left: bag by Sibylle Denis Touat. Center: Accessories by Gerry Romain. Left: Vèvè bags by Phelica Dell

The project beyond ModAyiti goes as far as creating an atelier for our local designers and hopefully opening a store in New York selling Haitian products and clothing. The world of fashion is no longer dormant in Ayiti, and this project led by Maguy Durcé marked its awakening.

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Modeling

Nearly 30 models carried the designers’ collections down the runway 10 of which were international. While some were too fast, others like international Haitian model Nayeli Fanfan among others (see below pictures) made their way down the runway with the perfect modeling grace and attitude. Reigning miss Haiti International Anédie Azael brieftly joined the modeling team.

                           

Male models appeared shirtless and some with paintings on their faces to showcase some designers jewelry collections.

                                

A group of 20 Haitian and 10 international models, stylists and makeup artist were part of the team that made Haiti Fashion Week possible.
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Who would have thought that a country who has suffered so much from recent natural disasters would one day hold it’s very own Fashion Week? Surely a lot of work needs to be done but thanks to ModAyiti and its team, we hope to make this event an annual rendez-vous.

Vintage

Vintage is my new favorite word! Last weekend Kat and I attended the bi annual OldWIG Happening Vintage event… I must say, being new to Montreal, I am not quite in the know yet. Thankfully, as soon as Kat mentioned a vintage sale, I immediately said yes. I had never been to a vintage shop, let alone an exposition of Montreal’s finest Vintage stores. I just had to investigate.

As soon as we walked in, I realize how special this event would be. Everywhere you turn,
there is a great looking woman in an ultra fab outfit, with killer makeup, and accessories so different I’m just baffled.

I was amazed by the selection of clothing items that were on display… A lot of sequins… But very tastefully made. The craftsmanship that went into the clothes was meticulous. The cuts were perfectly tailored, the prints were inspired, and the originality was astonishing.

They really don’t make clothes like this anymore.

                                                                                                  

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