She may not be a Caribbean woman but her music, her style, her attitude and her values as a woman of colour, affects Caribbean women across the globe. International recording artiste, Beyonce Knowles continues to impart her knowledge and humility on the rest of us, through her words of wisdom. Giving her acceptance speech upon receiving the Council of Fashion Designer of America (CFDA) Fashion Icon Award on Monday, the R&B mogul acknowledged the strength of her ancestors in shaping the stylish woman she is today.
For many young women in today’s society, beauty amounts to how many likes and shares a photo posted on social media receives. Taking the podium in New York Beyonce Knowles Carter, the wife of one of Rap music’s finest, Sean ‘Jay Z’ Carter, reminded designers of the power they carry in what they do.
“I want to say thank you to every designer who works tirelessly to make people think they can write their own story. Y’all are fairy godmothers, magicians, sculptors, and sometimes even our therapists. I encourage you to not forget this power you have or to take it lightly. We have the opportunity to contribute to a society where any girl can look at a billboard or magazine cover and see her own reflection. Soul has no color, no shape, no form. Just like all of your work, it goes far beyond what the eye can see. You have the power to change perception, to inspire and empower, and to show people how to embrace their complications, and see the flaws, and the true beauty and strength that’s inside all of us.”
The entertainer who’s hairstylist is Trinidad and Tobago born, Neal Farinah, on Monday night, rocked a striped Givenchy suit paired with a broad-brimmed hat. She shared a moving speech, which, in its entirety, reminded the world that when she began in the music and entertainment business, the struggle was real and many elite fashion designers refused to dress she and her fellow Destiny’s Child singers, leaving the task to her mother, Tina Knowles who eventually made a name for herself as a result. Just goes to show- sometimes being humble amounts to even greater successes than one could imagine.
Caribbean Menswear Designer, Ecliff Elie Pushes Past Covid-19 with Big Lessons Learnt.
When the Covid-19 pandemic reared its head in the aftermath of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival this past March, Caribbean menswear designer Ecliff Elie had only five months prior, opened his new design house at C3 Centre in San Fernando, South Trinidad. His atelier location in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain maintained its market position, posturing the designer’s imminent rise to regionwide gratification, by all markers. He never expected what eventually came; a pandemic that would bring great uncertainty, but with it, even greater lessons.
The Caribbean menswear aesthetic continues to blossom into something of its own niche character, Elie believes, and because of this, he has had unwavering hope for the industry despite the pandemic. “There have been wonderful lessons learnt by the Ecliff Elie team in the past nine months,” he says, explaining that business equates to risk and one must be strong, enduring and fearless to combat the effects of such risk. “This period, while extremely daunting for many, opened my eyes as a business owner to many things, and I’ve weathered the storm very well. I have been able to keep all of my employees over the past nine months and that came with the implementation of more effective business strategies,” he explained.
Restrictions imposed as a direct result of Covid-19, in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean has certainly affected sales to some degree, however Elie says he remains steadfast and resolute in his belief that this storm of sorts, will soon pass. “Weathering the storm requires a lot of patience but it also demands resilience. What we’ve done during this period proved effective for the long-term business strategy. Virtual consultations, available at www.ecliffelie.co may have been overlooked prior to the pandemic, and it’s actually an effective method of reaching clients around the world,” said Elie. In fact, he explains, he’s seen increased regional sales during Covid-19.
The male client, Elie’s target demographic, continues to be acutely marketed to, particularly during the present Christmas season. “While we understand that for many, these are some tough financial times, we also feel that men require emotional support during this time,” said Elie. “Because men are often required to be strong in the face of hardship, the man’s emotional pain can be overlooked. In the same way a woman feels good when she purchases a new pair of shoes or a new dress, we believe men should feel comfortable releasing their stress with a little shopping from time to time,” said the designer.
Ecliff Elie’s Southern branch offers off-the-rack suits that can be altered for fit on spot. “While dinner parties and New Year’s Eve events may be very limited this year, we’d like to encourage our Caribbean men to boost their spirit and feel good despite the effects of this pandemic. It’s been a tough year, but we must have the right attitude heading into 2021, which will ultimately determine our altitude. For some reason, stepping into Ecliff Elie has a way of changing attitudes,” he said.
Rihanna Apologizes to Muslims Worldwide.
She may have messed up but she’s been quick to admit to the blunder and like any powerful woman who understands the role she plays in society, Barbados born international superstar, Rihanna has apoligized openly to the Muslim community.
On Monday, the Fenty Beauty creator, faced sudden backlash after a song featured on the Savage x Fenty Volume 2 playlist on Amazon, was played during Rihanna’s second Savage x Fenty lingerie fashion show. Lingerie models danced to the song “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe during a portion of Rihanna’s show, which streamed on Amazon Prime on Friday. The song, released in 2017, includes a remix of a hadith narration about the end of times and judgment day. The hadith, a written record of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Mohammed and his closest companions, is considered extremely sacred to Muslims, and come secondary only to the Quran in terms of textual authority.
Rihanna has since apologised via social media to the Muslim community, citing the use of the song as a “huge oversight” and saying that she is incredibly disheartened by the situation. “I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!”, she said.
Rihanna’s virtual Lingerie fashion show was featured exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and it was the second time the Barbados born singer and businesswoman used Amazon Prime Video to stream her Lingerie fashion show to fans around the world. Last September, the private event was held at Barclay’s Centre in New York and streamed weeks later via the platform.
Now, check out some of the new lingerie designs by Fenty.
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