Fashion and the practical woman

I spent the last four weeks in Brussels doing a teaching course. It was the first time since my move to Europe that I ventured into doing something non-fashion.

Looking at the bigger picture

Following up on last’s week column, fashion careers, this week I wanted to share with you my general response to the commonly asked question, can the Caribbean actually have a thriving fashion industry?

Careers in fashion

When most people in the Caribbean think about fashion as a potential career, the only job titles they tend to associate it with are seamstress, fashion designer or model.

Political style update

Fashion has always offered consumers the ability to open conversation within the parameters of social, economic, cultural and political significance for those who want to truly unravel the semantics of clothes.

Life lessons from Paris

Since I moved to Europe, things have been a bit hectic and sometimes a bit unbalanced because of the nature of my husband’s job.

Fashion roundup

I haven’t been sharing too many details of my latest finds since I moved to Europe, as I am still trying to find a photographer.

A reflection…

When I attended Marian Academy, there was always a day designated during term time for reflection.

Trending now

This week I wanted to share with you a few things that have come under my radar that I found quite interesting and important to the way fashion and the arts are shaped in the Caribbean.

Their hair…

For as long as I could remember, I was always uncomfortable with my frizzy, curly hair.

Sandra Granger’s tastefully sleeveless style

I love Sandra Granger’s style! And I honestly thought that with her rocking all those sleeveless dresses as First Lady, we would have seen a shift in the archaic rules we still have in Guyana when it comes to dress codes in a majority of public offices.

Caribbean designers

It feels so good to not wear a coat. I’m back in Guyana for a bit before I leave for my belated honeymoon.

Christmas wish list

Christmas is almost here. It is the time of year that I believe consumers spend the most willingly, without feeling too guilty about it, or at least I do.

Feeding the fashion greed

Who doesn’t like a sale? I personally fancy a good bargain and getting constantly bombarded by emails on a daily basis to notify me on sales and flash discounts.

Balmain x H&M, a review

Almost every fashion conscious person with Instagram is aware of the Balmain Fashion Revolution or the hashtag Balmainarmy.

Not investing

Of recent, I find myself being drawn towards buying the impractical and cute as opposed to the necessary and basic.

Shoes as art

Three weeks ago, I visited the Mode Museum (Momu) Fashion Museum in Antwerp to see the Footprint Exhibition.

Our Danish wedding

It has been approximately one month since I have been in Belgium and exactly one week since I tied the knot with my partner of four years.

The social media model

As fashion month winds down, the dominance of certain faces opening and closing the runways remains the same.

Trending locally

From That Look Boutique’s last editorial featuring Lieve Blanckaert and Kimberly Niles, I decided to select the trends that I thought were cute and questionable.

Swinging 70s

I was browsing YouTube the other day and came across a video of H&M promoting the notion of re-fashioning and re-wearing the clothes in your wardrobe.

Regional political style

It was Miuccia Prada who said fashion is an instant language. While some may beg to differ, I personally believe politicians and women married to politicians must learn to master the art of “talking through their clothes” and using it as a channel to communicate their values and beliefs.

Wants and needs

I was in conversation earlier this week with a friend of mine and I was relating to her the frustration of being stylish in a world where fashion has become ‘dog cheap’.

Plus size developments

Far too often in the fashion industry we override certain developments and movements because fashion has this crazy partisan attitude attached to it.

Spice and July trends

Not too many female dancehall artists in the Caribbean have managed to acquire a social media following like Spice and establish stable brand identity.

Granger’s style

It’s been just over a month since the new government has been in power and boy oh boy was I dying to see the wardrobe of the new President!

The ‘Granny’ dress

It’s impossible to get dressed and not think of what other people may think of your outfit, especially if you happen to be a fashion conscious person.

‘Summer’ buys

We have become fixated with using the word “summer” for the months July and August and having adapted the season terminology, we also take everything that comes with it.

Lisa’s formal chic

I got the chance to style Lisa Punch again last Saturday for the Swearing-In Ceremony for President David Granger.

Coalition style

During the course of the election season, I played stylist to Lisa’s image for her rally appearances.

Who wore what

The Last Word

This week my focus is on the style diary of the women who performed at the GDF Anniversary concert last week: Guyanese Jacki Jaxx and Timeka Marshal and Jamaican Tanya Stephens.