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Menswear Designer Ecliff Elie Isn’t All Fashion. He Shows Heart Too in Latest Move.

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Even fashion can play a pivotal role in the lives of Caribbean youth. Trinidad and Tobago menswear designer Ecliff Elie, concerned about the uphill battle faced by so many young men in Trinidad and Tobago, for yet another year opened his heart to do something he felt would uplift a few of them, shining the spotlight on them, if only for one special night in 2019. For a dozen teenage boys who were leaving the Secondary education system to continue their respective journeys, Elie and his team donated custom tailored suits for their graduation events.

Ecliff Elie never forgets his humble beginnings.

One student of Diego Martin Secondary was chosen by his teachers for the ultimate graduation gift from the contemporary menswear brand, Elie explaining that he had in fact given a speech at the school and engaged the teachers, asking them to choose a student they considered highly promising to be outfitted. Separately, one young man who attended CUC College was also outfitted. He had performed well academically, despite the challenges associated with his single parent background. Over in sister isle Tobago, Ecliff also teamed up with the Pink Diamond Society to deliver a suit to a special young man, chosen by the group.

Elie’s focus on fashion throughout his life catapulted him from his Arima, East Trinidad hometown, eventually opening him up to greater opportunities in the West of the island. His Rosalino Street, Woodbrook fashion house now caters to the needs of many professionals and men from all walks of life who desire the right fit, and look for various occasions. “I know how hard it can be to shoulder the many burdens that go hand in hand with adolescence. There’s a period of uncertainty faced by all youths and sometimes a little moral support can go a long way,” said Elie.

He has been a source of inspiration for many young people who’ve heard his story- his mother having been a single parent of 15 children and he being the last of the brood. Ecliff’s father passed away when he was just 5-years-old. “I know what it’s like to be in many of their shoes. My mother was forced to be the sole breadwinner after my father passed away. I know that’s not very easy for most mothers so because of my personal experience I will always try to help,” said Elie. He also called on society to think of the greater good. “I believe that if we each do what we can in our respective disciplines, to aid in at least one young person’s life journey, the Trinidad and Tobago we see now, can be uplifted and changed,” he said.

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Machel Rubs Shoulders with International Celebs. Fans Defend Him.

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. One radio personality made a point on Wednesday, of telling listeners that he felt Machel Montano was pretty much acting like a groupie when he attended Rihanna’s Diamond Ball last week. All this because the superstar soca artiste who has collaborated with the likes of Doug E Fresh, Ashanti and Shaggy, had taken and posted a lot of celebrity pics, post event.

Fans are however supporting the Soca Taipan, saying it’s good to see that Machel, being a Caribbean megastar, is also a fan of artistes and isn’t afraid to express that feeling. Montano met and took photos with Rihanna, Pharell, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill and Megan the Stallion who recently signed with ROC Nation.

On the heels of that event and Montano’s social media photo explosion, came his appearance on the Girls Cruise reality TV show. Fellow soca artist, Rome is a part of the show’s full time production and showcased Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2019 season, to major cast members Chilli of TLC, Lil Kim, BSimone and Maya among others. The episode aired last weekend, saw appearance during by Machel and Alison Hinds during a yacht party. Montano even performed.

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Erphaan Alves Will Release His ‘Proudest’ Project Tonight.

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He’s ambitious! Erphaan Alves is adamant that he will take the Soca genre global. He made a point of launching the effort dubbed the No Seasons Project after Carnival 2019, promising to deliver new music regularly. Other artistes like Iwer George promised to do the same, but thus far, Nailah Blackman has been the one Soca artiste who’s delivered new music consistently.

Tonight, Erphaan Alves’ continues his commitment to delivering soca year round. A brand new single and video will be released – another track post carnival – the young entertainer having released, “Lock On” in May this year. Erphaan says this project forms part of his soca story and effectively strengthens his mission to take the genre to global audiences.

Erphaan Alves wants to take Soca music to global audiences.

On Instagram, Alves said the production and delivery of new Soca music post carnival, by artistes, would essentially lead to more interest by fans, more local soca events, increased market activity and essentially, increased global appeal. His launch later tonight, takes place at Buzz Bar located at One Woodbrook Place in Port-of-Spain.

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