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Bunji Garlin was accused of glorifying banditry when he covered his face last year.

Last year, Bunji Garlin’s name was embroiled in a bit of chaos after he wore a bandana (handkerchief) across his face. His outrage on social media after television morning show host, Fazeer Mohammed deemed his face covering “gangster fashion,” sparked an outpouring of public support with many, from all walks of life sharing photos of themselves, donning their bandanas across their faces, in true Garlin fashion. Bunji had brought to the fore, the social issue often faced when it comes to fashion and how certain items of clothing is worn.

Fast forward to 2018 and the bandanna trend has been upgraded, so much so that a business has been created that’ll see varying bandanna patterns accessorised to highlight the trend positively. Peter Q Bannz Richards is a producer, dancer, choreographer, costume designer, television host and the list goes on. He now adds accessory designer to that resume, as he delivers bans by Bannz- ‘blinged’ out bandanas. “The aim is to remove the stigma that bandanas are classified as a downtown/ghetto accessory. Now, we’re wearing our bandanas like crowns, making them classy with a little bit go gangsta infused,” he told EBUZZTT.

The idea for the accessorised bandanna came to Richards in October 2017 and he has since been working arduously behind the scenes, creating various patterns and telling a story through them that would in essence, make people from all walks of life feel comfortable with the popular fashion trend.

Question now is, what’s next? Imagine those Rihanna inspired face masks…? Could it be on the horizon? Oh, what a riot that may cause when conservatives get wind of such a movement.

Rihanna wore this face mask at Coachella 2018.

 

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Designer Ecliff Elie, Soca’s Go-To Designer.

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For yet another year, Trinidad and Tobago menswear designer, Ecliff Elie is the man dominating the carnival scene with his spectacular menswear designs. From Swappi to Teddyson John, Problem Child and Ding Dong, this season, Ecliff’s delivering the wow factor with every stitch and hem.

In the past, the designer has shown his ability to show up and show out on carnival stages, using many soca artistes as models for his creativity. Trinidad and Tobago, his main arena over the past few years, Elie has even penetrated the markets up the islands, laying menswear fashion design claim to territories like Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. From cricketer Darren Sammy to Soca’s Mr. Killa from Grenada and even new sensation, V’Ghn, Elie’s proven that his fit is always a cut above the rest and his touch is magic, something that every client he’s worked with, can attest to.

Designer Ecliff Elie at work.

“What I try to ensure of first and foremost, is the fit. Clothing, whether menswear or female clothing, should always fit well. Once that’s achieved, everything else is window dressing,” he told us. Elie’s styles, when customised for soca artistes like Swappi, SuperBlue and even V’ghn, are often embellished. Much like extravagant costumes worn by international celebrities, Ecliff’s signature pieces, whether jackets alone or complete suits, hold their own on stage, offering the artistes an undeniable opportunity to be seen like no other clothing option would allow.

“I take a lot of pride in how my clients look. Whether it’s a groom, a career professional, a superstar or a casual fetter, at Ecliff Elie we work with the client to match their personality and ambitions, after all, there are some people who, while low key in their professional lives, love to explore fashion options at carnival time,” he said.

Ecliff Elie opened a new menswear store in South Trinidad, at C3 Centre, last year. That store offers on the spot alterations and even boasts Elie’s signature accessories, inclusive of bags, belts, ties and more. “We’re pretty much a one stop shop for quality menswear. We’re a brand that has been built on quality and attention to detail. That will never change,” he assured.

Here’s are just a few of the Ecliff Elie designs that’ve stood out, worn by top billing Caribbean entertainers, over the past year:

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Beyonce Caught Candidly ‘Bubblin’ To Sean Paul in New Ivy Park Promo.

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While Beyonce’s IvyPark may have already sold out online, the entertainer’s promotion of the activewear line that sees her collaborate with Adidas, continues to be heavily promoted across social media. So heavily promoted is the awesome line of sweatsuits and other fitness gear that Bey’s even pitched her look to Caribbean fans around the world.

Beyonce’s Ivy Park has sold out online.

There’s really nothing like the sound of reggae to get us Caribbean folk all flustered and ready to peep the scene. Well Bey and her team certainly know us well so like clockwork, Caribbean people are buzzing about the Ivy Park brand, and many of us would’ve likely been in the online shopping craze. The brand officially relaunched on Saturday and features a number of style options, including sweaters, snap track jackets, track pants, jumpsuits, harness bags, hoodies, tees, cargo sweat pants and even skirts.

Beyonce on the dancehall tip.

The line primarily consists of an orange, burgundy and off-white color palate with prices ranging from $25USD to $250USD. Pre-sale items from the new collection, and Beyonce’s first with Adidas after dropping Top Shop and becoming the sole owner, went on sale on Friday and by the end of the day, Ivy Park socks were the only item left. By Saturday, there were reports that even those were sold out.

 

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