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‘Gangsta’ Fashion Trend Gets Some Caribbean Designer Pizazz.

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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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Patrice Roberts Is Serving Up Those Looks. Have You Seen Her?

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Kees and Voice are among the male soca stars who’ve been photographed enjoying some sporting fun.

No matter where she globe trots, fashion’s atop Patrice Roberts’ agenda it seems. The soca mom has been showing off her looks daily aboard the Uber Soca Cruise, this as her male counterparts have been getting in on the sport excitement aboard the Royal Caribbean vessel. Patrice is just one of several artistes who’ve been cruising for the past week, with two sailings by the soca promo outfit.

We’ve been keeping our eye on Patsy. Her music’s already causing a stir, all with several releases already circulating. Her most recent release, “Touch Me” on the Toco Loco riddim, also hears her mentor, Machel Montano deliver a single called, “Toco Loco”. Roberts also has ‘Like It Hot’, ‘Into You’, ‘Work 4 It’ and ‘My Side’ with Sekon Sta.

Momentum ahead of the season high, the young artiste is definitely serving up the action. Her image, certainly a major part of overall promotion, Patrice Roberts is making sure she’s on her A game, no matter what it takes.

Check out some of her USC looks.

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T&T Designer Ecliff Elie Shows Dreevait At Mega Fashion Event in DR.

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The Ecliff Elie menswear brand- a steadily growing and well-reputed Trinidad and Tobago design brand, was recently, a part of the Caribbean’s most anticipated fashion event, Dominicana Moda 2018.

From left Ecliff Elie, Haitian Fashion Designer Helmer Joseph and Jamaican designer Carlton Brown.

Staged in Santo Domingo, the 12thedition of the red carpet event, which sees celebrities from various parts of the world, in attendance, welcomed Elie and his Dreevait Resort collection. Both Caribbean Export and Dominicana Moda had extended the invitation to the Trinidad and Tobago designer. He accepted and would subsequently showcase the collection at an event dubbed, “Caribbean Runway” on Wednesday, October 24th. “It was truly a success. The collection was well received,” said Elie

Dominicana Moda is considered one of the most important fashion events in the Caribbean with growing importance internationally. For Ecliff, the experience was certainly a welcomed one, and graciously, he accepted and executed, delivering the Dreevait collection, which was revealed a few months ago in Tobago. The collection boasts bold colours and according to the designer himself, it suits men who have no restrictions, and reflects those who are confident and ready for any occasion.

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One of the designs from the Dreevait collection.

The opportunity to showcase his work on a main stage at this very prominent Caribbean fashion event was worthwhile. “There’s really no better place for this collection to have been showcased. The DR is an ultimate resort destination in the Caribbean region, coupled with an appreciation for the Caribbean aesthetic, which is ultimately delivered in this collection,” he said. Elie also explained that the opportunity was seen as a very good business move. “It was good for Trinidad and Tobago as well. It allowed our country to be seen and highlighted among the best in Caribbean fashion and that’s promotion we certainly cannot pay for,” he said.

Ecliff Elie received tremendous kudos for his showing at the fashion event on October 24th.

A number of businesses in the Dominican Republic had expressed a desire to carry Elie’s clothing brand there, so essentially, the move to showcase the designs to such a wide audience, was a smart one.

Ecliff Elie’s name has been receiving widespread attention in recent time. He is credited with outfitting reggae sensation, Jah Cure for a concert event hosted in Trinidad earlier this year. The reggae artiste was certainly satisfied with his look, telling the crowd that a “Trini designer” had dressed him. Subsequent to that, Ecliff Elie designed a number of suits for Trinidad and Tobago singer, Olatunji Yearwood who appeared on the X Factor, making it through to the Live rounds, before making his exit this month.

It was good for Trinidad and Tobago as well. It allowed our country to be seen and highlighted among the best in Caribbean fashion and that’s promotion we certainly cannot pay for. – Ecliff Elie 

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